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Low Testosterone Appears To Increase Long-Term Risk Of Death

Men may not live as long if they have low testosterone,
regardless of their age, according to a new study.

The new study, from Germany, adds to the scientific evidence linking deficiency 
of this sex hormone with increased death from all causes over time, so-called 
“all-cause mortality.”

The results should serve as a warning for men with low testosterone to have a 
healthier lifestyle, including weight control, regular exercise and a healthy diet,
reported researchers from Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, Institute 
for Community Medicine.

The researchers believe it is very possible that lifestyle determines levels 
of testosterone.

In the study, the team looked at death from any cause in nearly 2,000 men aged 
20 to 79 years who were living in northeast Germany and who participated in the 
Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP). Follow-up averaged 7 years. At the beginning 
of the study, 5 percent of these men had low blood testosterone levels, defined as 
the lower end of the normal range for young adult men. The men with low testosterone 
were older, more obese, and had a greater prevalence of diabetes and high blood 
pressure, compared with men who had higher testosterone levels.

Men with low testosterone levels had more than 2.5 times greater risk of dying during 
the next 10 years compared to men with higher testosterone, the study found. This 
difference was not explained by age, smoking, alcohol intake, level of physical 
activity, or increased waist circumference (considered a risk factor for diabetes 
and heart disease).

In cause-specific death analyses, low testosterone predicted increased risk of death 
due to cardiovascular disease and cancer but not death of any other specific cause.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is the principle male sex hormone. It is secreted by the testes in males,
though small quantities are secreted by adrenal glands as well. In an adult male it 
primarily helps maintain:

    * sex drive or male libido
    * muscle mass and strength
    * bone strength and
    * mood levels

Why is Testosterone So Important?

Testosterone is highly important as the above functions indicate. As a matter of 
fact it is the single most factor in giving you your male characterstics. An average
male has forty to sixty times more testosterone than an adult female.

It is the presence of this hormone that makes man more aggressive than females.

Recommended Diet Changes…

Eat more protein, fruits and vegetables and reduce excessive carbohydrate 
intake specially of simple sugars and starches like grains, potatoes, pasta.

Eat essential fats such as the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and flaxseed as
well as saturated fats are essential for normal testosterone production. All steroid 
hormones are produced from cholesterol and when fats are deficient in the diet, 
this process will be inhibited.

Studies clearly indicate that low fat diets results in lower testosterone levels while 
those higher in protein, lower in carbohydrate and moderate in fat cause the greatest 
sustained levels of testosterone and growth hormone.

Be Sure To Exercise…

Both the lack of physical activity and too much of it is going to make your tesosterone 
levels dip.

Studies show that with an exercise of 45-60 minutes your testosterone levels will 
increase and any more after that is going to have a reverse effect on testosterone 
since cortisol begins to increase and testosterone will decline.

Recommended Natural Supplements…
Flaxseed Oil, Fish Oil Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba and 
L-Arginine (Amino Acid.) Natrol L-Arginine

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Hormones Cause People To Regain Weight After Dieting

Although restriction of diet often results in initial weight loss, more than 80 per cent of obese dieters fail to maintain their reduced weight. Worldwide, there are more than 1.5 billion overweight adults, including 400 million who are obese.

In Australia for example, it is estimated more than 50 per cent of women and 60 per cent of men are either overweight or obese. Although restriction of diet often results in initial weight loss, more than 80 per cent of obese dieters fail to maintain their reduced weight. Obese people may regain weight after dieting due to hormonal changes, a new study has shown.

 

The study involved 50 overweight or obese adults, with a BMI of between 27 and 40, and an average weight of 95kg (210 lbs), who enrolled in a 10-week weight loss program using a very low energy diet. Levels of appetite-regulating hormones were measured at baseline, at the end of the program and one year after initial weight loss.

Results showed that following initial weight loss of about 13 kgs (28 – 29 lbs), the levels of hormones that influence hunger changed in a way which would be expected to increase appetite. These changes were sustained for at least one year. Participants regained around 5kgs (11 lbs) during the one-year period of study.

 

Researchers  from the University of Melbourne and Austin Health said the study revealed the important roles that hormones play in regulating body weight, making dietary and behavioral change less likely to work in the long-term.

 

“Our study has provided clues as to why obese people who have lost weight often relapse. The relapse has a strong physiological basis and is not simply the result of the voluntary resumption of old habits,” they said.

Although health promotion campaigns recommended obese people adopt lifestyle changes such as to be more active, the researchers believe they were unlikely to lead to reversal of the obesity epidemic.

 

“Ultimately it would be more effective to focus public health efforts in preventing children from becoming obese.”

“The study also suggests that hunger following weight loss needs to be addressed. This may be possible with long-term pharmacotherapy or hormone manipulation but these options need to be investigated,” they said.

 

The study was done in collaboration with La Trobe University. It was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

Story Source: University of Melbourne (2011, October 28). Obese people regain weight after dieting due to hormones, Australian study finds.

Journal Reference: Long-Term Persistence of Hormonal Adaptations to Weight Loss. New England Journal of Medicine, 2011;

This article is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Contact your doctor or healthcare professional for medical and nutritional consultation.

Animal and Synthetic or Herbal Hormone Production – -Which do you want?

Our goal is to get the body to make new tissue. The new tissue or cells would be the hormones that your body’s glands, the (endocrine system) produce to help the body function.

Hormones are defined by all medical dictionaries as substances which are produced in glands. We are going to talk about the female hormone
called estrogen. Estrogen is the female hormone produced primarily in the female reproductive system. It has been found that the female hormone
production can be in balance even when the female body has had a hysterectomy.
This includes the ovaries, the tubes and uterus.

Science does not know where the estrogen production comes from,
but there is strong evidence to show that the rest of the endocrine system can
and does produce estrogen in the female body. Estrogen production is best in
those ladies that are whole and has not had the surgery.

Let’s look at the female hormone problem. The problem will be solved by either the scientific way or with natural common sense. The doctors of course, when there is a female problem would rather do surgery on the part of your body that do not work properly. And this doesn’t help because now you have to take synthetic hormones.

There are many chemical synthetics in the drug scene today. Many
natural doctors want to give you natural hormones which come from animals which are called protomorphogens. This means that the ovaries or other parts of the animals are ground up and animal estrogen is extracted from a horse, pig or a cow. We believe this to be a synthetic to the human body. This brings me to this question; Do I want the male hormone from a bull or horse?

It seems logical then that we would want our own hormones. The surgery, chemical synthetics, hormone substitutes from animals are not a valid long range solution to hormone imbalance and create a dependence on drugs.

The natural choice is to go back to food, exercise and healthy thinking. The human body was created to produce estrogen or testosterone if it gets the right food. If the body is only fed sugar coated cereals over a long period of time, how many hormones will it produce, not very many at all. The hormone production is decreased. If we used foods or herbs that have some history behind it to give the body a chance to produce its’ own hormones, this would be the natural choice.

For the female body, foods like red raspberry leaves, damiana,
oriental plants called ho shou wu, and dong quai, supply to the female body
those foods, those energies, enzymes, vitamins and minerals that the female
human body needs to produce its’ own estrogen.

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