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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

14 Proven Strategies to Quit Smoking Especially for the First Hard Days


1. Sip cold water and eat small meals
2. Recognize instant emotional and financial rewards
3. Brush your teeth frequently
4. Avoid alcohol
5. Find your own non-smoking areas. 
6. Embrace your reasons for quitting
7. Be physically active every day
8. Engage in activities that are enjoying ful for your and your significant other.
9. Put something else in your mouth
10. Ask someone to be there for you when you need support
11. Limit your caffeine
12. Avoid negative emotions
13. Avoid troublemakers.
14. Be patient 

Webmd has great step by step information on this topic. For more information please Click Here

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Obesity Biggest Risk Factor for Diabetes Among Poor - British Medical Journal

Obesity is the most important risk factor for type 2 diabetes among poor people, according to a new study that also says lifestyle changes are the key to reducing diabetes in this population.

In the study, researchers examined long-term data collected from about 7,200 British civil servants to assess the link between socioeconomic status and several major risk factors for type 2 diabetes.


During an average follow-up period of 14 years, more than 800 people in the study were diagnosed with diabetes. Those in the lowest job category had a 1.86 times greater risk of developing diabetes than those in the highest job category.

Usnews.com has great article about this issue. For more information, please Click Here

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weight, Cholesterol, High blood pressure and Decline in Brain Function


People who are obese and also have high blood pressure and other risk factors called metabolic abnormalities may experience a faster decline in their cognitive skills over time than others, according to a study published in the August 21, 2012, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.


Those individuals who were both overweight and diagnosed with some type of metabolic issue experienced a 22% faster decline in mental function than the other subjects during the time of the study.


The study involved 6,401 people with an average age 50 at the start of the study. Information on body mass index (BMI) and the risk factors was gathered at the beginning of the study. The participants took tests on memory and other cognitive skills three times over the next 10 years.

Over the 10 years of the study, people who were both obese and metabolically abnormal experienced a 22.5 percent faster decline on their cognitive test scores than those who were of normal weight without metabolic abnormalities.

There is a very nice article by , in Examiner.comFor more information Click HereThe original article can be find Here

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Doctor's Bedside Manner


You'll better understand why your doctor lacks bedside manner if you understand his point of view. Remember, he has insurance constraints, a waiting room full of patients, the rent and power bills are due on his office space, and he promised his daughter he would be there for her soccer game after school, and just had an argument with his wife (or variations thereof!). The point is that doctors are people, too, who have similar frustrations to yours and mine.
Here are some steps you can take to encourage a better bedside manner from your doctor:
1. When you have an appointment, be prepared. Bring a list of questions, and keep them concise. 
2. Limit your questions to the top three or four. If you have more than that, then plan to make a second appointment to cover them. 
3. Break the ice. Don't chat aimlessly about something that's not important. Rather, briefly mention something friendly, benign and short like the weather, an upcoming holiday, a local sports team, or something humorous that happened in the news. Doctors spend their whole day under stress and time limits, and breaking that tension might be just what it takes to lighten the mood and free up your doctor to show his friendly side. 
4. Once the ice has cracked or broken, remember to continue being respectful of your doctor's time. 
5. If you feel as if you've experienced that compassion and friendliness you've looked for, then thank your doctor. Shake his hand. A thank you from you for being the kind of doctor whose bedside manner you appreciate may improve your chances of seeing that good bedside manner again.
About.com has great article about this issue. For more information please Click Here

10 Signs That You Need a New Doctor

Many people also find that they feel a bit intimidated by their physicians, and once with a doctor, don't feel they have the right to switch, or worry that they will offend the doctor. 

Remember – in a doctor-patient relationship, YOU are the client, and the doctor is providing a service. And if that service is not meeting your needs, the best thing you can do for your health is to find the right doctor who will meet your needs.

How do you know when it's time for a new doctor? Here are some signs. 

1. Your doctor doesn't respond to calls or faxes. 
2. Your doctor's office is unresponsive, disorganized, or rude. 
3. Your doctor dismisses the Internet as a source of quackery and nonsense. 
4. Your doctor is unwilling to explore your ideas.
5. Your doctor is interested in selling expensive products or services.
6. Your doctor doesn't listen.
7. Your doctor doesn't see the bigger picture.
8. Your doctor is influenced by a pharmaceutical company.
9. Your doctor is arrogant or rude.
10. Your doctor is not your partner in wellness.

About.com has great article regarding this issue and explains each sign in more details. For more information Click Here

Have you ever dealt with difficult doctor? what was the situation and how did you handle it?

Diabetes Mellitus and Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Sexual dysfunction in diabetic women was reported in the August 2012 edition of the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers affiliated with the University of California (San Francisco) and Kaiser Permanente Northern California (Oakland) reported on the impact of diabetes on sexual satisfaction in women.


The authors concluded that, compared with non-diabetic women, diabetic women are more likely to report low overall sexual satisfaction. They noted that prevention of end-organ complications may be important in preserving sexual activity and function in diabetic women.
End-organ complications are more common in diabetics with poor control; thus, this study points to one more problem that can occur in diabetic women. Good control of diabetes plus appropriate lifestyle choices (i.e., avoidance of obesity, healthy diet, and exercise) will facilitate a longer and more satisfactory life.

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Male Sexual Dysfunction with Larger Waist Size

In fact, the results of a comprehensive British study announced earlier this month, shows that men with larger waist lines who suffered through lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) also experienced increased sexual dysfunction. It’s the first such study that connects the dots between obesity and sexual health problems.

Most of us were aware that an earlier onset of diabetes was one of the most striking consequences of large girth in men (and many women), because waist size reflects belly fat and fat around the internal organs that is strongly linked with type 2 diabetes. But the addition of far more frequent sexual dysfunction adds yet another aspect of physical and lifestyle impairment to the woes felt by individuals who carry what is known in delicate British clinical parlance as “central obesity as measured by weight circumference.” In other words, those 2.5 inches of extra width can have an impact larger than their relatively diminutive size.

Read more: http://www.voxxi.com/male-sexual-dysfunction-waist-size/#ixzz241JwpOso



Viagra and Alcohol Intake


In some dance clubs, young men are mixing Viagra and alcohol or other drugs like Marijuana or Ecstasy, to allow men to have sex while high.  Viagra should never be taken with alcohol, illegal drugs or any other prescription drugs, since this can lower heart rate and blood pressure to dangerously low levels.  This illegal use of Viagra is leading to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancies, and performance anxiety.  Performance anxiety occurs when a man believes he needs Viagra to get and or maintain an erection.  He believes that if he doesn’t use it, he can’t perform.  When a person believes this, it can actually occur.
People who drink excessively or use drugs are more likely to experience symptoms of erectile dysfunction, because drugs and alcohol have an effect on the central nervous system.  Young men who began smoking cigarettes as children or in their teens have a higher instance of developing impotence at a young age.  As children engage in these unhealthy activities at a younger age, the likelihood of developing erectile dysfunction at a younger age increases.

Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men


As more young people under the age of 20 develop obesity due to poor diet and lack of exercise, this causes serious health effects.  Obesity can lead to several medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes.  These conditions can result in erectile dysfunction.  As more children develop obesity, the likelihood increases that these young men in their 20’s and 30’s can develop medical problems that result in erectile dysfunction.
Another reason erectile dysfunction can develop in the young is when they use Viagra that’s not prescribed for them.  Young people should not take this medication if they do not have an issue achieving or maintaining an erection suitable for sexual intercourse.  While it can seem fun to take Viagra to see how it can improve the erection, taking such medication can cause damage to the blood vessels and nerves in the penis, which can cause permanent erectile problems.  This is due to the dangers of an erection lasting longer than 2-4 hours.

Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Most erectile dysfunction occurs to men over 40.  The causes are varied and include heart disease, diabetes, side effects of medication, and age related sexual dysfunction issues.

There are dangers in buying Viagra without a prescription over the internet.  Viagra can be expired and may not be effective, or it can be counterfeit Viagra made in illegal labs in China, Russia or elsewhere, using unknown and even unsafe dangerous ingredients.  Seized counterfeit Viagra made in China was found to contain lead, which can be deadly if consumed.