CDC: Doctors Increasingly Prescribe Exercise

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CDC: Doctors Increasingly Prescribe Exercise

1 in 3 Adult Patients Advised by Their Doctor to Boost Physical Activity

By Matt McMillen WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

 

Feb. 9, 2012 — A new report from the CDC shows that more patients are getting prescriptions for exercise from their doctors.

 

In 2010, 1 in 3 adults who saw a doctor or other health care professional was advised to increase their physical activity as a means of maintaining or improving their health. That’s a significant increase over 2000, when less than a quarter of consultations included such advice.

 

“Trends over the past 10 years suggest that the medical community is increasing its efforts to recommend participation in exercise and other physical activity that research has shown to be associated with substantial health benefits,” states the report, from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

 

It’s an important development, the report indicates, because patients listen to their doctors. According to a 2008 study, overweight patients were nearly five times more likely to exercise if their doctors counseled them to do so. They were even more likely to keep active if their doctor followed up with them after the initial prescription.

 

Exercise lowers the risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and depression. Yet, according to government estimates, only 3 in 10 U.S. adults get the recommended amount of exercise each week.

 

 

Prescription Breakdown

According to the report, doctors and other health professionals most frequently prescribed exercise to their overweight and obese patients. Nearly half of obese patients received such advice in 2010, compared to less than a quarter of healthy-weight adults.

 

Although Hispanic patients showed the largest increase in exercise recommendations, increases were seen across all races and ethnic groups, the report states.

 

Almost 30% of adults aged 85 and older received exercise advice in 2010, a nearly two-fold increase over the 10 years covered by the report. However, the largest number of adults receiving prescriptions for physical activity were those aged 45 to 74. Adults younger than 25 received the fewest.

 

The same upward trend can be seen among patients with chronic diseases, particularly those with type 2 diabetes, half of whom received exercise counseling from their doctors. In 2010, a significantly greater number of patients with heart disease and stroke risk, high blood pressure, and cancer received exercise advice compared to 2000.

 

Despite the rise in the number of patients being advised to get and stay active, the authors of the report acknowledge that there is a long way to go before such advice reaches a sufficient number of people.

 

“The prevalence of receiving this advice remains well below one-half of U.S. adults and varies substantially across population subgroups,” the authors write.

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Feeling Stresses? Try Exercise

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We all know stress is bad for your body.  So don’t go day after day stressed out and not doing anything about it.  Life is full of demands and it’s hard not to be stressed, however, it is important to find a way to release some of that stress.  Why not try some simple exercises to help your body feel good.

 

Exercise and stress: Get moving to combat stress.

One way to take control of the stress in your life is through physical activity. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries.

By Mayo Clinic staff

 

You know that exercise does your body good, but you’re too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second — there’s good news when it comes to exercise and stress.

Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to weightlifting, can act as a stress reliever. If you’re not an athlete or even if you’re downright out of shape, you can still make a little exercise go a long way toward stress management. Discover the connection between exercise and stress relief — and why exercise should be part of your stress management plan.

 

Exercise and stress relief

Exercise increases your overall health and your sense of well-being, which puts more pep in your step every day. But exercise also has some direct stress-busting benefits.

  • It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike also can contribute to this same feeling.
  • It’s meditation in motion. After a fast-paced game of racquetball or several laps in the pool, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do.
  • It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. Exercise also can improve your sleep, which is often disrupted by stress, depression and anxiety. All this can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.

Testosterone; Male or Female you need it!

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We don’t have to be miserable as we age like many want us to believe.  Find out where your levels are and get them balanced.

 

Testosterone; Male or Female you need it! 

by: Michelle LeSueur

 

It is amazing how many people are suffering from low testosterone.   What is concerning is how young they are both male and female. Many are in their 20′s and early 30′s. So I decided that I would write on this in hopes to enlighten people and give them a direction.

When you talk about testosterone we tend to think that it is a male hormone.  Testosterone is considered a male hormone but both men and women have it.  For men it is primarily produced in the testes, women only make one tenth of what men do and it is made in smaller amounts in the ovaries.  Both male and female produce smaller amounts in the adrenal glands.  Testosterone is the main component when it comes to a sex drive for both men and women.

Many people believe that low testosterone only affects older men but,  According to the FDA, more than 4 million men suffer from low testosterone levels.  Yet, 95 out of 100 men fail to seek treatment.  Many believe that low hormone levels are just a part of getting older.  What men and women don’t realize is if you replace your hormones with Bio-identical natural hormones you don’t have to age!!

Research shows that by the time we get to 70 and 80 there is an increased risk of obesity, brittle bones, muscle loss, impotence and you are at higher risk for a heart attack, because of low testosterone.  When women finish menopause, they usually have low testosterone levels and it can be even worse for those using synthetic estrogen replacement.  Many find they have no energy, muscle tone or libido.  Testosterone increases the metabolic functions, which contribute to faster healing and lower total body fat.

If you are training and working to build muscle and shed fat, you need healthy testosterone levels.  One of the first things many notice when their levels start to drop is midsection weight.  Once levels have been restored many find that they are able to lose that unwanted belly fat.

When we are born we have so many fat cells.  At puberty and for women, pregnancy are two times in your life that you can actually increase the amount of fat cells you have.  Once you have increased fat cells you can never get rid of them.  You are able to shrink them, but never get rid of them.  These fat cells can expand mach larger than what they were originally if we over eat and need to store more and more fat.  But again, you can shrink them.  Hormones affect fat cells in two different ways, depending on the message they get.  A lipolytic or beta hormone tells the body to in crease fat burning energy and lipogenic or alpha hormones tell the body to store fat.  In different parts of our bodies we have alpha or beta-receptors and that is why it is easier to lose weight in some areas over others.  The name of the game is for our fat cells to have more beta-receptors than alpha.  By increasing testosterone, we increase beta-receptors. I have seen men with high cholesterol levels drop into normal range after they started replacing their testosterone.

Testosterone is necessary for sperm to mature and contributes to the overall quality of the sperm.  In the last 15 years male infertility is on the rise.  But here is the problem; it takes 3 months for sperm to develop verses one cycle with women, so male infertility is more of a problem than when a woman has fertility issues.  There is a lot of research that supports that we are seeing a rise in this because of all the estrogen’s in our environment.  You can find out more about environmental factors in the book, “Willing to Change! Can You Beat Genetics”.

So what are the symptoms of low testosterone?

Here is a little test to take, if you think you may have low levels.   The Saint Louis University Androgen Deficiency in Aging Men (ADAM) Questionnaire. Dr. John Morley, a researcher with the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, developed the self-screening tool to help identify symptoms of low testosterone in men. Choose the responses below that best describe how you have been feeling.

1. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?

2. Do you have a lack of energy?

3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?

4. Have you lost height?

5. Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment of life”?

6. Are you sad and/or grumpy?

7. (MEN) No longer wake up with a morning erection?

8. (MEN) Are your erections less strong?

9. Have you noticed a deterioration in your ability to play sports?

10. Are you falling asleep after dinner?

11. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?

12 Do you have a hard time sleeping through the night?

13. (WOMEN) Do you have a hard time getting aroused?

If you answer yes to question one or seven, or at least three of the other questions you may have low testosterone levels.

What is the side affects from low testosterone?

Increased body fat, Gyneomastia, Weak erections, Loss of muscle mass, Lack of libido, Lack of motivation, depression, memory loss, irritability, low self esteem, heart disease, diabetes, Hypertension, Osteoporosis, and even premature death.  We need our hormones!!

We don’t have to be miserable as we age like many want us to believe.  Find out where your levels are and get them balanced.

Women…Regain vitality by simply balancing your hormones today!!

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Contact Boston Testosterone Partners today to find out how we can help you balance your hormones and get you feeling better than ever.  No matter what your age or what stage of life you are in, we will personalize a protocol to fit your needs.  Don’t waste another day just getting by, make the call and get your life back.

 

In this article I will outline the benefits for testosterone use in women for increasing libido, mood, energy, skin quality, and body composition.

 

Testosterone is vital for women to preserve their lean mass and to prevent obesity. Not only will testosterone help mobilize body fat and negate some of the fat storing effects of estrogen, it is also extremely effective in building lean mass in women – even at small doses. Hormone replacement therapy that only includes estrogen and progesterone but leaves out testosterone is a curse of many a women’s fat loss program. This is not only a concern for postmenopausal women. Young women should think twice about using birth control pills. Birth control pills elevate estrogen and progesterone levels while drastically lowering testosterone levels. This is reason why many women experience large gains in fat as well as a decreased libido when using birth control pills.

 

Energy, Mood, and Libido

Far from being the cause of irritability and “roid rage” as widely believed, I have found that restoring testosterone levels to normal can tremendously improve energy levels and mood in women. Estrogen is sometimes believed to be energizing, but most women do not feel much ofan “energizing effect” from estrogen. Natural progesterone can have a calming, relaxing effect on women, but the nasty synthetic and potent progestins like Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate) or the more potent, nornorethindrone can actually cause irritability, aggressiveness, and even acne.

 

Libido is one area of use for testosterone in women that is starting to gain larger acceptability. One pharmaceutical company (Unimed) is close to getting a testosterone gel for women approved for use as a libido enhancing drug. While the thought of horny postmenopausal women may cause you to snicker, I believe that libido is a serious medical issue. The infamous study on sexual dysfunction funded by the Ford Foundation and the U.S. National Institute of Health showed that low interest in sex was the number one cause of sexual dysfunction in women (Laumann, et al, 1999, JAMA , Feb., 10, 199, Vol 281. No 6:pp537-544). Restoring a healthy libido in women can help bring back the spice in marriages, relationships, relieve stress and depression, and even improve body composition through increased sexual interest and activity. Testosterone is the primordial hormone for promoting both a sexy body and a bette rsex life.

 

While traditional “female” hormones progesterone and estrogen may have a role in preventing heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and osteoporosis, testosterone replacement therapy in the near future will have a much larger effect on women’s lives. In fact testosterone replacement therapy may soon become more widely practiced by women than men.

 

Testosterone and other androgens may have a critical role treating some types of female obesity-the estrogen dominant type. Precious little research has been done in this controversial area, but it is obvious that a major reason why women have more difficulty losingfat than men is due to their lower levels of testosterone. Since testosterone can not only help mobilize fat but also build muscle, women can attain higher resting metabolic rates. This is in stark comparison to most diet drugs that result in loss of muscle and usually the return of lost body fat once drug use is ceased. While androgens will obviously have some side effects in women, hence the controversy, however these side effects are likely less than the often life threatening effects of Phen-Fen and other diet drugs. Testosterone as a treatment for obesityis probably much safer and actually more effective in the long term than liposuction. I really hope more research is done in this area, as I believe androgens are crucial in the war against the rapidly evolving plague of obesity in this country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Authors

 

Karlis Ullis, MD, is the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medical Group in Santa Monica, California and a faculty member of the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Ullis has recently completed two books published by Simon & Schuster: Age Right : Turn Back the Clock With a Proven, Personalized Antiaging Program and Super-“T”, The Complete Guide to Creating an Effective, Safe, and Natural Testosterone Enhancement Program for Men and Women (Fireside Division of Simon & Schuster)Josh Shackman, M.A., is the Research Administrative Director at the Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medical Group and a co-author of Super-“T”, The Complete Guide to Creating an Effective, Safe, and Natural Testosterone Enhancement Program for Men and Women.

Why our loved ones, our Dads and our Husbands need to check their testosterone levels immediately!!

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High Testosterone Levels Linked to Lower Heart Disease Risk in Men

by Deanna Kidd on Fri, Oct 28, 2011

 

According to a recent study, elderly men who have HIGHER testosterone levels are less susceptible to stroke and heart attack than those with low testosterone. A report of the study appeared in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and it involved the observation of 2,400 Swedish men in their 70s and 80s. The results showed that men who belonged to the quarter of the group with the highest testosterone levels were 30% less likely to suffer from stroke and heart attack than the other subjects.

 Leader of the study, Ana Tivesten from the Sahlgrenska University Hospital, said that elderly men with high levels of testosterone have relative protection against cardiovascular conditions, and therefore, those who have lower testosterone levels are at greater risk of contracting heart problems.

Although she did not participate in the study, physician and medical investigator from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, JoAnn Manson, said that low testosterone levels may serve as a marker of other health problems that increase the risk of heart disease in men. She also said that one of the possible reasons why men with higher testosterone levels enjoy better cardiovascular protection is that they have more lean muscles and less body fat.

Testosterone and Hormone Replacement Becoming More Popular Among Doctors

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Testosterone Therapy: Spreading Globally

JANUARY 31, 2012 BY WILLIAM LLEWELLYN

More good news for aging men around the world – recent reports are that the benefits of male hormone replacement therapy are catching on with physicians. A paper just published in the journal Aging Male reports on a series of interviews with doctors in Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. Researchers asked them why they might, or might not, be inclined to treat their patients with steroids like testosterone. The result; it appears that the use of drugs like testosterone enanthate and testosterone cypionate are on the rise. Doctors around the world are more readily recognizing the signs of testosterone deficiency, which include loss of muscle mass, strength, libido, energy, and vitality. They are also less likely to exclude patients for fear of side effects (often incorrectly) attributed to therapy, than they were just a few years ago. The percentage of men treated for low testosterone, or hypogonadism, is still very low considering the large number of those that need it. However, it is very encouraging to see that the trend is a positive one.

 

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