Men's Health News - Part 74

06 May

The Hollywood smile – A brighter, sharper smile

Develop a Hollywood smile

Hollywood actors – Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Cameron Diaz etc – all have great looking smiles. And of course the basis for their fantastic looking 100 megawatt smiles are bright white teeth.

UK’s bad press

Here in the UK we (rightly or wrongly) have been labelled a nation with poor dental hygiene. This bad press has possibly stemmed from characters depicted in US movies and TV shows. Such movie includes Austin Powers series as well as images found in The Simpsons Movie and TV series. That said, anyone who has seen the smile of The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan could, of course, wrongly assume that all us Brits looked like the gapped-toothed Irish rock star.

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05 May

5 tips for fat blokes!

5 tips for fat blokes1. Get up 10 minutes early

Many men say they don’t have time for breakfast, or they don’t feel like eating in the morning. No breakfast means your body shuts down your metabolism, fearing it’s about to be starved to death, energy is saved and stored as fat. Additionally by starting off the day without eating you will feel hungry mid-morning and reach for the nearest snack, which is unlikely to be an apple! Solution? Get up just 10 minutes early, make time for some toast, or even better a small bowl of muesli and some fruit

2. Choose a lunchtime sandwich that’s low in fat, high in fibre

For most of us this means cut the mayo, and include the salad. There’s 500 kcal in a typical chicken sandwich with mayo. Chose a healthier option, add the salad, cut the calories to 275 and get one portion of veg for your trouble. Choose wholegrain bread too. It tastes better and improves your bowel movements. Everyone will be impressed!

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05 May

How is prostate cancer treated?

prostate cancer treatedYour treatment will depend on what kind of cancer cells you have, how far they have spread, your age and general health, and your preferences.

You and your doctor may decide to treat your cancer with surgery, radiation, hormone therapy, or a combination. Or, if the cancer has not spread and you are around age 70 or older, you may be able to wait and watch to see what happens. During watchful waiting, you will have regular checkups with your doctor to see if your cancer has changed.

Choosing treatment for prostate cancer can be confusing. Talk with your doctor to choose the treatment that is best for you.

Original: Prostate Cancer
04 May

Should you have regular tests for prostate cancer?

regular tests for prostate cancerIt is important to have regular health checkups, including a digital rectal exam. But experts disagree on whether regular PSA testing is right for all men. Testing could lead to cancer treatment that can cause other health problems, especially loss of bladder control and not being able to have an erection.

Talk with your doctor about the reasons for and against having a PSA test for prostate cancer. The decision to have a PSA test depends on your doctor’s opinion and your preferences.

Original: Prostate Cancer
04 May

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

prostate cancer diagnosedThe most common way to check for prostate cancer is to have a digital rectal exam, in which the doctor puts a gloved, lubricated finger in your rectum to feel your prostate, and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. A higher level of PSA may mean that you have prostate cancer, but it could also mean that you have an enlargement or infection of the prostate.

If your PSA is high, or if your doctor finds anything in the rectal exam, he or she may do a biopsy to figure out the cause. A biopsy means your doctor takes a sample of tissue from your prostate gland and sends it to a lab for testing.

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04 May

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate CancerProstate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in a man’s prostate gland. The prostate sits just below the bladder. It makes part of the fluid for semen. In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut. It usually grows larger as you grow older.

Prostate cancer is common in men older than 65. It usually grows slowly and can take years to grow large enough to cause any problems. Most cases are treatable, because they are found with screening tests before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Although most men may die with prostate cancer, most men do not die from it.

Experts don’t know what causes prostate cancer, but they believe that your age, family history (genetics), and race affect your chances of getting it. Eating a high-fat diet may also play a part.

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04 May

Prostate Cancer

Prostate CancerProstate cancer is common among men older than 65. Most cases are treatable because they are found with screening tests before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Most men do not die from it.

The most common way to check for prostate cancer is to have a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. A higher level of PSA may mean prostate cancer, but it could also mean an enlargement or infection of the prostate.

Experts disagree on whether regular PSA testing is right for all men. Testing could lead to cancer treatment that can cause other health problems, especially loss of bladder control and not being able to have an erection. The decision to have a PSA test for prostate cancer depends on your doctor’s opinion and your preferences.

Because other problems can also cause your PSA to be high, your doctor may do a biopsy to figure out the cause. A biopsy means your doctor takes a sample of tissue from your prostate gland and sends the sample to a lab for testing.

Choosing treatment for prostate cancer can be confusing. You and your doctor may decide to treat your cancer with surgery or radiation. Or, if the cancer has not spread, you may be able to wait and watch to see what happens. During watchful waiting, you will have regular checkups with your doctor to see if your cancer has changed.

Original: Topic Overview
04 May

How is Erectile Dysfunction diagnosed?

viagraPatient History
Medical and sexual histories help define the degree and nature of Erectile Dysfunction. A medical history can disclose diseases that lead to Erectile Dysfunction, while a simple recounting of sexual activity might distinguish among problems with sexual desire, erection, ejaculation, or orgasm.

Using certain prescription or illegal drugs can suggest a chemical cause, since drug effects account for 25 percent of Erectile Dysfunction cases. Cutting back on or substituting certain medications can often alleviate the problem.

Physical Examination
A physical examination can give clues to systemic problems. For example, if the penis is not sensitive to touching, a problem in the nervous system may be the cause. Abnormal secondary sex characteristics, such as hair pattern or breast enlargement, can point to hormonal problems, which would mean that the endocrine system is involved. The examiner might discover a circulatory problem by observing decreased pulses in the wrist or ankles. And unusual characteristics of the penis itself could suggest the source of the problem–for example, a penis that bends or curves when erect could be the result of Peyronie’s disease.

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03 May

Viagra celebrates 10th year

ViagraTen years ago this month the lives of millions of men and women were changed almost overnight by the advent of a little blue pill – the first oral treatment for impotence.

Viagra, developed by accident by scientists at Pfizer Laboratories, was first approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration on March 27, 1998.

“Originally, we were testing sildenafil, the active drug in Viagra, as a cardiovascular drug and for its ability to lower blood pressure,” said Dr Brian Klee, senior medical director at Pfizer. “But one thing that was found during those trials is that people didn’t want to give the medication back because of the side effect of having erections that were harder, firmer and lasted longer.”

Since Viagra went on the market it has been used by 35 million men around the globe, and it took impotence off the taboo list, making it infinitely easier to treat. Urologists’ waiting rooms became busier as news got round that the condition, which was rechristened with a new, scientific name – erectile dysfunction, or ED – could be treated with a triangular blue pill.

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02 May

Staring at women’s breasts is good for mens health!

Staring at women\'s breasts is good for mens health!

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