It is a common misconception that dietary fat is bad for you and should be avoided at all costs. In fact, fats are essential for numerous body functions, including cell membrane repair, body warmth, organ protection and energy; some vitamins, appropriately called fat-soluble vitamins, actually need fat to dissolve and be absorbed by your body. What is important to remember about fats is that some are healthier for you than others – and the types of fats you choose to consume will directly impact your health.
As spring reveals its vibrant blooms, reflecting these bright colors on our plates is a powerful step towards improved health. The compound that pigments fruits and vegetables are called flavonoids. While these are essential to plants for pollination and protection against diseases, these same chemicals have been found to have many health benefits. In particular, flavonoids have been highlighted to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Men with low levels of the male hormone testosterone have problems with erections, are weaker and more easily fatigued than men with normal levels of testosterone. However, these symptoms are also part of the normal aging process. So how do you know if your symptoms are due to low testosterone or are just related to getting older?
A study that was published over the summer in the New England Journal of Medicine helped to answer this question. The researchers studied over 3000 average men older than 40 to help determine which had low testosterone. All men studied were given a questionnaire that asked about symptoms commonly related to low testosterone levels, and each had their testosterone checked. [Read more...]
With all of the different options for the treatment of prostate cancer, men must often wonder why prostatectomy compared to other forms of treatment.
The complete removal of the cancer. Surgery is the only way to completely remove the cancer. Occasionally a tiny portion of tumor is left behind (a positive margin), but surgeons know when this happens it can tailor the patients disease management differently. Additionally, surgeons remove the lymph nodes, which are involved with cancer in a small proportion of patients. [Read more...]
Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common malignancy, second only to skin cancer. Unfortunately over 240,000 men are diagnosed with the disease every year, translating into 1 in every 6 men being affected by prostate cancer. Being diagnosed with cancer usually sets off a cascade of emotions, making patients feel confused, anxious, and at times even hopeless. All too often this is compounded by the challenges of determining a plan of action to treat ones disease.
Following diagnosis, patients are flooded by information and trying to make sense of the different treatment options can make even the most educated patient uncertain. [Read more...]