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How to Choose the Best Anti-Wrinkle Cream

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Wrinkles and aging some people’s biggest fears. Let’s face it - we all dread it happening, but it eventually will. It is just a part of the human’s natural aging process and is inevitable; however, there are ways to slow the aging process down. Besides natural aging over the course of time, other factors such as prolonged sun exposure and an unhealthy lifestyle can be huge contributors to accelerate signs of aging. Our choices to live a healthy life (or not) make a significant impact on our skin as we age. Although wrinkles will come with aging, there are ways to help minimize visibility on your skin by maintaining healthy lifestyles, getting enough sleep, and routinely applying anti-wrinkle creams.

 

Anti-wrinkle creams may be the holy grail for many people who hope to look younger, healthier, and more radiant. There are so many anti-wrinkle creams on the market, with more and more products from different brands popping up on store shelves, but which of these wrinkle creams actually work? Keep reading to help narrow down your choices to invest in the best anti-wrinkle creams available.

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5 Best Foods to Help You Lose Weight

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With summer just around the corner, it is time to get serious about our diets and workout regimens to get our bodies ready to bare some skin. As many of you know, diet is just as important (if not more important) as exercise. The goal for your diet is to significantly reduce your appetite to prevent junk food impulses, lose weight quickly, and improve your metabolism. Maintaining a proper diet will keep you fuller and more satisfied throughout the day. 


If you are looking to shed some pounds and not sure how, keep reading. We’ve assembled a list of 5 foods to include in your grocery list that will help you reach your goal weight along with some helpful tips and recommendations to consider.

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What Is Menopause?

Things You Should Know About Menopause
 

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Oh, the joy of being a woman...Menstrual cycles (commonly known as periods) impact women’s lives on a monthly basis starting at puberty for several decades, with the exception of pregnancies when periods cease for a period of 9 months.  However, these menstrual cycles do not last forever. Periods will eventually come to a halt permanently, also known as menopause. Understanding menopause is important for men as well as women, since it will affect how men communicate with the women in their lives such as a spouse, mother, sister, female friends, or other relatives during the menopause stage that may last up to a decade. Menopause is popularly correlated to hot flashes and the ceasing of womens’ periods but there is a lot more to it than that. Here are some things you need to know regarding the menopause stages women are going through or will eventually go through and treatments recommended by experts. 

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Stem Cell Research May Help Peyronie's Disease

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Similar to other fibrotic diseases, the cause of Peyronie’s disease (PD) is still unclear. This disease is defined by fibrous plaque that accumulates on the soft tissue of the male sexual organ; this causes the organ to bend significantly as well as cause erectile dysfunction, followed by pain and difficulty in sexual performance. Even with the current wide array of medications, procedures, natural remedies, and alternative options available, finding effective treatment of Peyronie’s disease remains a challenge to this day.

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5 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Testosterone

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When you see the term “testosterone,” we typically associate it with masculinity and men. However, women generate testosterone too. So, what exactly is testosterone? Testosterone is a steroid hormone that plays a significant role in the male sperm production and produced in women’s ovaries in much smaller amounts. Rising levels of testosterone stimulates physical and chemical changes for boys and men such as increased muscle, pubic hair growth, deeper lengthened vocal chords, and increased sexual desire.


Testosterone production significantly spikes during puberty and starts to drop after age 30. Having optimal levels of the steroid hormone is essential from puberty throughout adulthood for general health, aids in preventing certain chronic diseases, and increases energy levels. As our levels of testosterone naturally decrease over time, rest assured there are ways to naturally boost it back up.

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Best Ways to Get Radiant, Beautiful Skin

Isn’t it just about every woman’s dream to achieve naturally healthy, radiant and glowing skin? Like Beyonce’s “I Woke Up Like This,” we all want to wake up with a fresh face ready to take on the day every single morning, but sadly it may not be the case for everyone. Is this glowing skin too good to be true? Are we forced to wallow in envy of those glamorous-faced girls in the skin care commercials? Before you jump to throwing in the towel, please note it is actually a lot more attainable and not as complicated as you think. The best long-lasting ways to get beautiful skin is simply through good skin care and healthy habits. The time is now to live your best life with skin you can feel proud of.


Beauty Starts Within

 


We are constantly exposed to environmental toxins like sun, chemicals, smoke, smog, and dust on a daily basis. Unfortunately, a lot of the most popular skin care and cleaning products contain ingredients that are actually harmful for the skin. These factors stress our skin and bodies and will start to become visible over time. Numerous studies have been conducted and have proven skin imperfections such as acne, wrinkles, and dull skin result from stress, bad eating habits, insufficient sleep. If you are affected by these stressors, it is crucial to reset your system from within. What does that mean exactly? Adopt healthier lifestyles we recommend below and you will begin to see a positive change to rejuvenate your skin and even your well-being. 

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7 Best Anti-Aging Foods

As we grow older, we can expect our bodies to go through some significant changes that start from within that will eventually start to show physically. It’s alright, folks...It’s all a natural part of life. What can be done? How can we retain that youthful look? Unfortunately, the fountain of youth is still yet to be discovered, but there are certain things you can do assist you to continue to look and feel young and vibrant including what we put in our diets. Many people dream of reviving & retaining their youthful, radiant skin and although there is no magic pill to immediately transform you, there are things you can eat to bring you closer to your goal. In fact, studies have shown certain foods can slow down our aging process or even reverse effects. We have gathered a list of some great anti-aging foods to put on your grocery list and a few may surprise you! Keep reading to find out more.

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Hematocrit (blood thickness) elevation following testosterone therapy – does it increase risk of blood clots?

 

In discussions about side effects of testosterone treatment, prostate cancer and heart disease get most attention. However, as we have described in several study reports published here in the “Research News” section, the widespread fear of prostate cancer and heart disease is unfounded and not supported by medical research.

The expected potential side effect of testosterone treatment - which in fact is a therapeutic effect in men with anemia [1-3] - is an increased level of red blood cells, known as erythrocytosis or polycythemia.[4-7]  In the context of testosterone treatment, erythrocytosis and polycythemia are used interchangeably to refer to an abnormal increase of red blood cells or hematocrit, which may increase blood viscosity (“blood thickness”).[8, 9]


However, it should be pointed out that technically, erythrocytosis is just red blood cell elevation, while polycythemia involves elevation of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Using these terms as synonyms can cause confusion. In polycythemia, it is likely the increase in platelets that is the major culprit of blood clots.


Elevated hematocrit is the most common side-effect of testosterone treatment.[4-7] The clinical significance of a high hematocrit level is unclear, but it may theoretically be associated with an increased risk of thrombosis (blood clots).[4]

Here I summarize the results of an analysis of the effect of different testosterone preparations on hematocrit elevations, published in the journal Sexual Medicine Reviews.[10]

 
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Is there a protective role of testosterone against high-grade prostate cancer?

 


Historically, testosterone has almost been a synonym for prostate cancer, and therefore many men have been - and still are - denied testosterone therapy, despite having testosterone deficiency.[1]

A rapidly growing number of studies have challenged the long-standing belief about a putative detrimental association between testosterone and prostate cancer development and/or progression.[2-5] Here I summarize the results of a study published in The Aging Male, which investigated the incidence and severity of prostate cancer in testosterone treated versus non-testosterone treated patients who underwent prostate biopsy.[1]

 
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Effects of testosterone treatment on body fat, lean mass, symptoms and leptin resistance in obese men on a calorie-restricted diet

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It is well-documented that the relation between testosterone deficiency and body fat is bi-directional; low testosterone levels contribute to the development of excessive body fat accumulation, and an excessive amount of body fat contributes to a reduction in testosterone levels.[1-3]

Here I present a series of three reports from a study that specifically investigated if testosterone therapy has beneficial effects on body composition, symptomatic response, adipokines (hormones secreted by fat cells, such as leptin and adiponectin) and gut hormones, over and above caloric restriction alone.[4-6]

 

Key Points

-    Compared to diet alone, combining diet + testosterone therapy results in a greater reduction in fat mass (-2.9 kg) and visceral fat, and a reduced loss of lean mass after 1 year.

-    Dieting men who receive testosterone therapy display higher physical activity levels than dieting men not receiving testosterone therapy.

-    The elevation in testosterone levels by diet alone is not enough to optimize body composition results. Diet alone results in less body fat reduction and more lean mass loss than diet + testosterone therapy. 

-    Diet + testosterone therapy ameliorates symptoms long-term after a diet. Diet alone does not confer long-term symptomatic improvements.

-    Diet + testosterone therapy, but not diet alone, reduces leptin resistance.

 
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