Monthly Archive: July 2012

Heart Disease is Preventable 0

Heart Disease is Preventable

Heart Disease is Preventable   A recent article maintains that we should fight heart disease head on because heart disease is preventable. The article contains some interesting observations and suggestions, as for example:  “Although the rate of death from cardiovascular disease declined by 31% from 1998 to 2008, the disease is still the leading cause of death in the USA. One in every three deaths are from heart disease and stroke, according to the heart association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.” Heart Disease is Preventable “Men often develop and die from heart disease at a younger age than women.” “Men suffer from the disease at a younger age because they tend to have higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol, and they are more likely to be smokers than women.” “And men are less likely to be treated for high blood pressure than women” These comments come from experts associated with the Minnesota Heart Survey, a population-based study tracking heart disease. They go on to say: “Men are not seekers of care. We did a study a couple of years ago, and we autopsied people who were under 60 who died a premature, sudden death — 95% of them...

The Problem Of A Low Sperm Count 0

The Problem Of A Low Sperm Count

The Problem Of A Low Sperm Count Many men are often affronted or indignant if told their sperm count is low as if it is a slight on their masculinity, but really there is no need for loss of face in such a situation since the two are not directly related. The Problem Of A Low Sperm Count It is unfair to belittle a man for “firing blanks” since the problem of a low sperm count is often just one of those things. Having a low sperm count doesn’t make you any the less of a man, but of course it makes for difficulties if you and your partner want to have a baby. A recent article explains more about the problem and how to deal with it. “Sperm issues are a contributing factor in 40 per cent of infertility cases. In half of these cases, it is the sole cause. Male infertility problems are related to “production” or “transport”. Limited sperm production, or low sperm count, could be the result of a genetic condition or an external factor, such as the use of anabolic steroids. Research has also shown excessive exercise, particularly cycling, can have a temporary impact on...

Some Men’s Issues 0

Some Men’s Issues

Some Men’s Issues Men are not so ready to talk about personal problems, either emotional or physical, but there are some men’s issues that need to be discussed with a doctor. A recent article reminds us of some problems unique to men that they may find embarrassing or difficult to discuss, but that it is important to take these issues up with the doctor for the sake of their health and quality of life. Some Men’s Issues The article mentions three main areas of concern that men need to be aware of and overcome their shyness in respect of seeing their doctor about these issues. They are described as:  “Your sex drive has taken a dip.  There are many things that can cause this.  One of them is low testosterone (test-AH-stir-ohn). “   “You have trouble urinating.  Here again there are several things that may cause this difficulty.  Prostate cancer could be one of them.  If you have the PSA (prostate specific antigen) test, realize only 1 in 4 men with high PSA levels have prostate cancer!”   “You think you might have erectile dysfunction (E.D).  Erectile dysfunction means that you have trouble getting and or maintaining an erection until the...

The Importance of Gum Health to General Health 0

The Importance of Gum Health to General Health

The Importance of Gum Health to General Health A report here explains that bacteria on the base of the teeth can gain entry into the bloodstream of gum tissue and contribute to serious health problems, and stresses the importance of gum health to general health. So keeping your teeth and gums clean and fresh is not just good for your social life but also important for your general health. The Importance of Gum Health to General Health The article explains that “Gum disease increases your risk of all kinds of other health complications, including stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.”  “The link between oral health and overall body health is well documented and backed by robust scientific evidence. Despite this, only one in six people realises that people with gum disease may have an increased risk of stroke or diabetes. And only one in three is aware of the heart disease link.” “Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that support the teeth. It’s mainly caused by bacteria from plaque build-up. In some patients who are susceptible to gum disease, the body over-reacts to the bacteria around the gums and causes too much inflammation. In others, the inflammation doesn’t clear...


The Dilemma of Prostate Screening

The Dilemma of Prostate Screening The early detection of cancers is extremely important, since in general it greatly enhances the chances of successful treatment, but the dilemma of prostate screening is that there is as yet no reliable screening test. Traditionally there has been the rectal digital examination which only gives an indication that the prostate is enlarged which it is in most men over 50 to some degree or other. Some doctors reckon they can tell whether the gland is hard or soft to prodding but this is far from an exact diagnostic test. The PSA or prostate-specific antigen test has been the main indicator of prostate cancer for some time now but again has been shown to be unreliable. An article here explains that:-   “Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is a substance made by cells in the prostate gland (both normal cells and cancer cells). PSA is mostly found in semen, but a small amount is also found in the blood. Most healthy men have levels under 4 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) of blood. The chance of having prostate cancer goes up as the PSA level goes up.” However quite often men have test figures above 4 without any...