Call For Women To Give The Gift Of Men’s Health This Valentine’s Day

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healthyheartbpDr. David Samadi Creates The Ultimate Check-Up Guide for Women On Men’s Health Just In Time For Valentine’s Day.

World renowned prostate cancer surgeon and men’s health physician, Dr. David Samadi, is calling for women to urge men to be more proactive and preventive about their health this Valentine’s Day.

Dr. Samadi urges all women to take the #samadichallenge as a gift to their men for Valentine’s Day. To accept the challenge, women must get a man in their life to have a routine PSA screening and get testosterone levels checked, record a video message challenging three other women to do the same and post it on the Women for Prostate Health Facebook page.

“Getting men to care about their health is a real issue and we know that women are vigilant when it comes to screening. We need them to motivate the men in their lives to have that same proactive attitude towards their health,” said Dr. Samadi.

Statistics show that women make over 70% of the medical decisions in a household. Women are proactive and anticipate health issues and practice prevention. Research also shows that they ask a lot of questions of their doctor and want to make an informed decision regarding their health.

“My husband of 27 years was diagnosed with prostate cancer and is now cancer free thanks to Dr. Samadi. I want to challenge my female friends to get all of the men in their lives tested. It’s the numbers that save lives. Symptoms do not have to be present for cancer to be present. The PSA is an early indicator of prostate cancer,” says Lisa Hill who took the #SamadiChallenge in 2014.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of being your own advocate. But most male patients I see either come with, or are encouraged to go to the doctor by their wife, mother, daughter or girlfriend. Women are the ones who can push men to educate themselves and make their health a priority and personal responsibility,” said Dr. Samadi.

Men live an average of 5 years less than women. More men suffer and die from chronic illnesses than women. They’re 1.3 times more likely to have cancer than women and 2 times more likely to die from liver disease. The evidence is clear and the risk is high; men need to be more attentive to their health.

In particular Dr. Samadi wants to highlight the severity of prostate cancer in men. “There are 233,000 new cases in the U.S. every year and 1 out of 7 men are diagnosed. Due to these hard facts, getting an annual PSA screening is essential.”

The United States Preventive Services Task Force screening standards claim men should start getting their PSA (prostate specific antigen) screenings at age 55.

Dr. Samadi believes it to be wise for men to begin screening for their PSA between the ages of 40-45. “If you have a family history or are african american, you’re more at risk for prostate cancer. It’s important to get a PSA screening at age 40 to learn what your baseline is. Then have a conversation with your doctor about where you’re at and how to watch it over time.”

The number of younger men diagnosed with prostate cancer has increased 6 times in the last 20 years and the disease is more likely to be aggressive.

According to the American Urological Association, a PSA screening can find prostate cancer early, before it has spread. Early treatment can help some men avoid problems from cancer later on and live longer.

The goal of the #samadichallenge is to unite all women to:
-Learn the risk factors of common diseases in men such as prostate cancer
-Improve the lifestyles of the men in their lives
-Encourage men to get screened annually
-Push men to seek treatment immediately in case of a positive diagnosis

“Women are better advocates and care more about important issues related to health than men. They take their health more seriously. We need that kind of thinking to rub off on men,” expresses Dr. Samadi.

As a gift to help women get started, Dr. Samadi put together The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Guide for Women on Men’s Health:

For men in their 20s:
-Complete physical every three years
-Get blood pressure checked every year
-Cancer screenings every three years particularly for thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth and skin
-Cholesterol test for total, LDL and HDL (the good kind) every three years
-Testicular self exam every month

For men in their 30s
-Complete physical every 2 years
-Get blood pressure checked every year
-Cancer screenings for thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth and skin every three years
-Cholesterol test for total LDL, HDL (the good kind) every three years
-Testicular self exam every month

For men in their 40s
-Get blood pressure checked every year
-Cancer screenings for thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth and skin every three years
-Cholesterol test for total LDL, HDL (the good kind) every three years
-Testicular self exam every month
-Complete physical every 2 years
-Baseline prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test and digital rectal exam (DRE)
-Stool test (for colon and rectal cancers) every year

For men in their 50s
-Get blood pressure checked every year
-Cancer screenings for thyroid, testicles, lymph nodes, mouth and skin every three years
-Cholesterol test for total LDL, HDL (the good kind) every three years
-Testicular self exam every month
-A sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy (for colon cancers) every three to four years or as recommended by your healthcare provider
-PSA and DRE exam every year

Learn more about Women for Prostate Health online and on Facebook.

ABOUT DR. DAVID B. SAMADI
Dr. Samadi is a board certified urologic oncologist trained in open, traditional and laparoscopic surgery and is an expert in robotic prostate surgery. He is Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He has dedicated his distinguished career to the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer and is considered one of the most prominent surgeons in his field. Learn more at http://www.roboticoncology.com/index.php

Daily Aspirin Is Good For Some Men, Not Others

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Interesting article from last months Harvard Men’s Health Watch provided by PRWeb…..

pillsDaily aspirin is recommended for those with existing cardiovascular disease. For otherwise healthy men, the small potential benefit of aspirin must be weighed against the risk of unwanted bleeding.

For men who have had a heart attack, stroke, or other problem related to clogged arteries, the benefits of taking aspirin outweigh the risks. In this group, the benefits include preventing a first or repeat heart attack or stroke or dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease. But in otherwise healthy men, the balance of benefits and risks shifts, according to the October 2014 Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

The best research to date shows that men who have not been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease glean no overall benefit to taking aspirin every day—including men at higher risk, like those with diabetes.

In otherwise healthy men, aspirin prevents some non-fatal heart attacks, but not strokes. At the same time, it can cause harmful bleeding in the digestive tract. Aspirin use has also been linked to small bleeds in the brain which, though uncommon, can be deadly. In fact, aspirin causes more cases of worrisome bleeding than almost any other medication because so many people take it.

The point at which the chance of being helped by daily aspirin outweighs the bleeding risk varies from person to person. This is why experts recommend an individualized assessment.

“You have to be more thoughtful when considering aspirin for prevention in people without known cardiovascular disease,” says Dr. Christian Ruff, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “You need to assess the risk of having a heart attack or stroke and also the risk of bleeding.”

Some men take a daily aspirin without checking with their doctors. That’s not a safe move. “Although you don’t need a prescription for aspirin, you should treat the decision to use it as if it were a prescription drug,” Dr. Ruff says.

Read the full-length article: “Aspirin: Heart healthy but know the risks”

Also in the October 2014 issue of the Harvard Men’s Health Watch:

* Do some prostate drugs cause cancer?

* Tips for success for those who need to go gluten free

* Secrets of living until your 80s and beyond

* How to keep your get up and go.

The Harvard Men’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/mens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Fact Or Myth: Sleep Apnea Linked To Low Testosterone Levels In Men?

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By Dr. Michael Layton (DDS)

mansmileIs there a link between sleep apnea and low testosterone levels in men? Health.com recently posted the connection between the two in their 13 Surprising Facts About Testosterone. How valid is this? Let’s examine the facts and nothing but the facts to determine the implications of sleep apnea on testosterone.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Lawrence Epstein, M.D. of Harvard Medical School and the editor of Harvard Health Publications special health report defines sleep apnea as “a collapse of the upper airway during sleep that is due to the size of the airway and the changes that happen when you fall asleep. The airway is a flexible tube where air passes through the mouth or nose. When you fall asleep the tissue surrounding the breathing tube narrows a little bit. When it closes halfway thats when you start to get an obstruction to airflow which causes very turbulent airflow, resulting in the tissues to vibrate and thats snoring. When the airway completely closes off thats apnea.”

The closing off the airway triggers the brain of the individual to wake up, sleep apnea sufferers can have their sleep interrupted from 25 to 50 times per hour. Sleep apnea is chronic condition affecting 858,900 Canadians who are 18 years and older. Statistics for people who suffer from this sleep disorder reported being diagnosed with the more serious obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This more severe form affects 26 percent of Canadians or 1 in four adults. These statistics can be found at the Public Health Agency of Canada from the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey provisioned through Stats Canada.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

mansleepingatdeskSleep apnea is more common in males than in females.

Symptoms are as follows:

● interruption of sleep

● shortness of breath

● loud snoring

● waking up with a dry or sore throat

● headaches

● constant reawakening

● decreased interest in sex

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs commonly in people who suffer from obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes, if left untreated it will only exacerbate these preconditions. Extreme fatigue that results from waking up multiple times in a night leads to depression, driving accidents and workplace hazards. When your mother told you to go to bed early when you were a child she may have known a thing or 2 unbeknownst to her about natural health. A good night’s sleep can not be underestimated for your overall health.

What Is Testosterone?

Testosterone is produced in the testes it is the secondary sex characteristic responsible for the reproductive development of the male gender. This male sex hormone is commonly associated with sexual desire and the production of sperm. The three main types of testosterone classification are as follows:

1. Free Testosterone. Total testosterone the purest form found in the human body with no proteins attached to it. This testosterone makes up 2 to 3 percent of total testosterone levels in the human body. Free testosterone is really important for bodybuilders and athletes in sports.

2. SHBG-bound Testosterone. SHBG is bound with the sex hormone globulin. It can not be used to build muscles or change a persons mood. SHBG makes up 40 to 50 percent of our total testosterone levels.

3. Albumin bound Testosterone. Albumin is a protein found in the liver that helps stabilize extracellular fluid in the body. Just like SHBG Albumin is biologically inactive.

Testosterone governs the following factors:

● Skin-Hair growth, balding, sebum production

● Brain-Libido, mood

● Liver-Synthesis of serum proteins

● Male Sexual Growth-penile growth, spermatogenesis, prostate growth and function

● Muscle development-increase in strength and size

● Kidney-stimulation of erythropoietin production

● Bone marrow- stimulation of stem cells

● Bone-accelerated linear growth

manphoneTestosterone affects your level of focus, bone density and last but not least the size of your muscles. Most people associate testosterone with bodybuilders and aggression in athletes especially football players, boxers and MMA fighters. Most of the testosterone in the human body gets bound by the sex hormone binding agent globulin that grabs the testerone preventing its over release, there is another protein amylin also grabs the testerone for when its slowly needed as required. The globulin protein increases as men age leading to decreased levels of testosterone.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

● erectile disfunction

● lack of sex drive

● lack of focus and ambition

● obesity

● decreased muscle mass

● bone density decrease

● abnormal male breast tissue

● low sperm count

● loss of body hair

● mild anemia

● decreased energy and depression

Low levels of testosterone in men can lead to an increased risk of chronic conditions like diabetes or hypertension or even death in some cases.

Linking Sleep Apnea and Low Testosterone

doctorAny physician out there will acknowledge there is a direct link between aging and a decrease in testosterone levels and higher incidences of sleep apnea. Testosterone deficiency or hypogonadism is prevalent among obese people. If noticed during this article there are many common symptoms related to men who have low levels of testosterone and people who have sleep apnea. All evidence points to a definite correlation for men who have sleep apnea and decreased levels of the male hormone testosterone.

Medical doctors recommend getting blood work done if your energy levels are low or getting a polysomnogram for possible sleep apnea. Low levels of testosterone are linked to low levels of insulin production making people susceptible to Type II Diabetes. Obesity is a common denominator in people who have diabetes. Individuals who are diabetic are at an increased risk for sleep apnea. Medical studies have drawn too many parallels between sleep apnea and low testosterone levels in men for this issue to be ignored.

If you are a male who is experiencing any of the symptoms outlined you many want to consult with your physician on your next checkup.

– Dr. Michael Layton (DDS) is a South Surrey Dentist, based in British Columbia. He has been in the dental industry for the last decade and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington. He takes pride in providing a positive and caring dental solutions for people of every walk of life. You can follow him on Google+.

Men – Hold On To Your Prostates!

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By Dr. Michael Wald

malepushupThe US Preventative Services Task Force recommended last week that healthy men no longer receive the PSA blood test. According to the Task Force, the test has resulted in needless procedures that have left tens of thousands of men incontinent, impotent or both. “Unfortunately, the evidence now shows that the test does not save men’s lives”, said Dr. Virginia Moyer, chairwoman of the task force. The PSA test was routinely given to men aged 50 and over to identify cancerous cells in the prostate. These cells grow slowly and the vast majority of men with cancer cells never get prostate cancer.

Many routine medical procedures are recommended to people with little or no explanation. Many people are also ill-equiped to properly question their health care providers. We encourage our patients to question our recommendations to foster communication and proactiveness. Any health care provider that becomes defensive or is unable to justify the reason(s) for why they have recommended a procedure(s) must examine his/her purpose for practicing medicine.

The PSA is just a single example of many tests that are routinely recommended in medical circles and have caused needless suffering. Future story posts will include the dangers of mammography, CT scans and x-rays. Natural medicine offers many preventative strategies to offset a certain degree of negative effects from various medical procedures.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Mars And Venus — In Caregiving Too?

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By Diana B. Denholm, Ph.D., LMHC

seniorcoupleexercisesmallWe’ve been told that men and women approach life in differing Mars and Venusian ways. Caregiving is not exempt from such dissimilarities. In fact, the challenges men and women face are quite different, as are their responses to them.

Married in their early 30s, Linda and Larry have enjoyed 25 years raising their children, and now spoiling grandchildren. Their lives are similar in many ways. Both work part time; Larry at his law practice, Linda in real estate. All expenses are split equally. They enjoy playing golf together and share many interests and friends.

Both take on additional duties. Larry’s in charge of hiring people for house, yard, and pool maintenance. He oversees legal matters, does all the investing, and is in charge of car care. Linda was a hands-on Mom, and the chauffeur and cheerleader for athletics. Now she’s in charge of all things medical for the family, plus cleaning, shopping, cooking, and entertaining. She’s also very involved with the grandchildren and their extracurricular activities.

They have distinct-but-equal roles, but what happens if one of them becomes terminally ill? While for both the life and marriage they knew has ended, let’s look at how the experience differs for each gender. Keep in mind that these are generalizations and don’t apply to either sex all of the time.

What men face.

The biggest challenge for Larry is that men are providers, protectors, and fixers. That’s men’s biological programming. So Larry approaches Linda’s illness as something to fix. That’s good because Larry may see caregiving as a separate task, rather than a way of life, so can mentally compartmentalize the challenge. That’s bad because he can’t fix it. This makes him feel like a failure and may lead to depression. Men are more visual than women, so he’s more easily turned off sexually by his sick wife. The effects on husband caregivers are so different from wives, that their divorce rates are much higher.

On the plus side, men are not seen as caregivers, so praise is more likely showered upon them.

On the plus side, men are not seen as caregivers, so praise is more likely showered upon them. While Larry may not seek help, nurturing women around him will offer. If he doesn’t cook or clean, friends are more likely to offer assistance, along with information regarding nursing and other services to help Larry avoid dealing with delicate duties.

Rather than share his concerns with friends or use support groups, Larry gets his emotional support indirectly, just doing “guy” things and being with his friends, without having to say a word about what’s going on.

Although he took on new duties and roles, those likely will stop when Linda dies. These were things he only needed to do or know about temporarily, including cooking, since the casserole brigade will probably line up at his door the moment Linda has passed on – offering a ready relationship under the guise of food.

What women face.

Biologically, women are the nurturers. That’s good because the caregiving role is more natural to Linda. That’s bad because she isn’t even considered a caregiver. It’s expected of her—she’s just doing what a wife is supposed to do. So Linda’s efforts go unnoticed and unappreciated. Even though she’s never been a nurse, she’s expected to know how to do caregiving, so less help is offered. Yet there will be plenty of people to tell Linda the “correct” way to perform her duties!

As a “good” wife Linda may immerse herself in Larry’s care. While she isn’t expected to fix his illness, she certainly should be able to manage everything about his care and ensure his happiness. She is at physical risk because she is smaller than Larry, and handling him is difficult. While Linda may normally share concerns with friends, she’s learned that people may get tired of listening.

Along with her previous roles and caregiving, now come household maintenance, finances, and legalities.

Along with her previous roles and caregiving, now come household maintenance, finances, and legalities. These are difficult to learn quickly and can have serious consequences if handled ineptly. When Larry dies, Linda can only shed her caregiving and must continue these household, financial, and legal obligations. Unlike when a wife dies, there’s no casserole brigade on its way to Linda’s doorstep.

“What can couples do about this?”

This is the important question. Whether you’re the man or woman caregiver, your life and your marriage do not have to be over! There are simple tools you can learn to reclaim the life and relationships you thought were lost. In my book, The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook, I offer strategies, tools, and resources that have helped many couples navigate through a long-term serious illness. The Handbook is a wellspring of hope for the marriage – and the life of the caregiver. It’s about making life work while your loved one’s health is falling apart.

– Guest Author, Diana B. Denholm, Ph.D., LMHC, author of “The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook – Caring for your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself” (Hunter House 2012).

Childhood Obesity – More From The UK

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From Your Health Journal…..”Earlier today, we did a review from another UK publication which stated the London’s Westminster Council has come up with a drastic plan to help end the UK’s growing obesity problem: cutting benefits for any obese person who refuses to exercise. This was a very interesting article. Now, a new article came out from another great UK publication called The Guardian which is stating how the health secretary is considering to introduce new laws to limit the amount of sugar, salt and fat in processed foods to curb childhood obesity but said he wanted to give supermarkets and manufacturers a chance to get their “house in order” before resorting to legislation. Sounds like the UK is really pushing forward the fight against childhood obesity. Going to be interested to see how this all unfolds. Please visit The Guardian web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Supermarkets and manufacturers told to get ‘their house in order’ or face laws to curb high levels of sugar and fat in food

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said he will consider introducing new laws to limit the amount of sugar, salt and fat in processed foods to curb childhood obesity but said he wanted to give supermarkets and manufacturers a chance to get their “house in order” before resorting to legislation.

The comments come after his Labour counterpart, Andy Burnham, announced a consultation on capping sugar and fat levels in food targeted at children. Hunt criticised the former health secretary for failing to tackle the problem while he was in power, and said Labour had left the nation with the highest childhood obesity rate in Europe.

He told ITV News: “My message to the supermarkets and the food manufacturers is that we will of course consider legislation. But we want to give you a chance to put your house in order and make sure that we are not shovelling sugar down the throats of young children and storing up problems for the future.”

A report by the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that English children were the third fattest in Europe, after Italy and Greece – but almost twice as obese as the French. Almost 27% of girls in England were overweight and 23% of boys.

The OECD estimated that a comprehensive anti-obesity strategy in England would cost less than £12 per person and save 70,000 lives per year.

Earlier, Burnham said voluntary agreements with the food industry were not working, and that Labour was looking at legal limits setting maximum permitted levels of fat, sugar and salt in food aimed at youngsters, which could include a 30% cap on sugar in cereals.

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