Diabetes: Effects on Men’s Health

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that affects your body’s ability to process sugar. The disease occurs in both men and women, and both sexes can experience secondary health risks, such as hypertension, kidney disease, and stroke. However, diabetes can also cause special problems for men, including low testosterone and erectile dysfunction.

Low Testosterone
The American Diabetes Association indicates that men with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to develop low testosterone as those without. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and plays a key role in the function of the male sex organs, and in developing secondary male sexual characteristics like body hair and a deep voice. Although testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, it also has other functions in the body including:

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Concussions: Getting Your Head in the Game Isn’t Always Smart

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heading soccer ball can cause brain damageIf you’re a soccer fan, nothing can compare with the sight of a player “heading” the ball into the goal. Being able to do that takes years of practice—practice that aside from improving skills, may be causing brain damage–even if it doesn’t cause a concussion.  [Read more...]

Let the Ink Flow, Digital Scrapbooking

I admit it: I’ve never really gotten the whole scrapbooking thing. Could be that I don’t have the time–or that I’m too lazy to do it. But it’s one of the most popular activities in the world–and digital scrapbooking has made it even bigger. All you have to do is look at the exploding popularity of Pinterest to see what I’m talking about. In this guest post–which taught me a lot–Norul Amin, has some great tips to get you started.

 

Preserving precious memories lets one relive them long after the people are gone or grown up. One of the issues with scrapbooks is how to pass it on, and what to do with it once a group has demised or moved on. Digitizing a scrapbook comes as a solution. It lets one post it on the web as a record of history, and honors those who put that time and effort in. It allows printing it out to have a copy on hand.

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Sorry, I Forgot. Did You Say Something?

Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter is a really good kid, but she can’t seem to remember anything for more than five minutes. We constantly have to harp at her about things that should be habits, like brushing her teeth every morning. Is there something wrong with her? Why can’t she remember to do things like that on her own?

A: Unfortunately, you and your daughter aren’t living in the same world—at least not at the same time. In your world, people remember to brush their teeth (but do you always floss?). In hers, there are so many other things going on that it’s easy to get distracted. Things that seem critical to you may not even be on her radar at all. So expecting her to act like a mini adult is unrealistic.

What I’m getting at is that from what you’re describing, it’s pretty unlikely that there’s anything wrong with your daughter’s memory, other than losing track of time or having her priorities in a different order than yours. That said, there are a few steps you can take to keep her on track.

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I knew it–I just knew it! Proof that beer makes men smarter

Researchers at the University of Chicago just confirmed what a lot of guys have always suspected: having a few beers may actually make us smarter. Or at least it makes us solve more brain teasers more quickly than our less lubricated brothers.

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