Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mens health and sexual problems

Both men and women are affected by sexual problems. They can occur in adults of all ages. Among those commonly affected are seniors, which may be related to a decline in health associated with aging. In some cases, premature and inhibited ejaculation are caused by a lack of attraction for a partner, past traumatic events, and psychological factors, including a strict religious background that causes the person to view sex as sinful. Premature ejaculation, the most common form of sexual dysfunction in men, often is due to nervousness over how well he will perform during sex. Certain drugs, including some antidepressants, may affect ejaculation, as can nerve damage to the spinal cord or back.
Retrograde ejaculation is common in males with diabetes who suffer from diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). This is due to problems with the nerves in the bladder and the bladder neck that allow the ejaculate to flow backward and into the bladder. In other men, retrograde ejaculation occurs after operations on the bladder neck or prostate, or after certain abdominal operations.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hormones present in the blood

The level of SHBG present in the body is also variable and can be altered by a number of factors. The most prominent seems to be the concentration of estrogen and thyroid hormones present in the blood. We generally see a reduction in the amount of this plasma binding protein as estrogen and thyroid content decreases, and a rise in SHBG as they increase. A heightened androgen level due to the administration of anabolic/androgenic steroids has also been shown to lower levels of this protein considerably. This is clearly supported by a 1989 German study, which noted a strong tendency for SHBG reduction with the oral anabolic steroid stanozolol (Winstrol).
After only 3 days of administering a daily dose of 2mg/kg body-weight (about 18mg for a 200lb man), SHBG was lowered nearly 50% in normal subjects. Similar results have been obtained with the use of injectable testosterone enanthate; however, milligram for milligram, the effect of stanozolol was much greater in comparison.
The form of administration may have been important in reaching this level of response. Although the injectable was not tried in the German study, we can refer to others comparing the effect of oral vs. transdermal estrogen. These show a much greater response in SHBG levels when the drug is given orally. This is perhaps explained by the fact that SHBG is produced in the liver. Therefore, we cannot assume that injectable Winstrol (or injectable steroids in general) will display the same level of potency in this regard.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Erectile problems

Impotency is very common among middle aged and older men. Previous research has shown that around one in five men aged 40 and over reports moderate to severe erectile dysfunction.

Even among men with no previous record of heart disease, increasing severity of erectile dysfunction led to sharp rises in the risk of being hospitalised.

Mild erectile dysfunction was associated with a very small 0.08 per cent increased chance of an admission for ischaemic heart disease, a condition caused by blocked arteries. But this rose to a 37 per cent higher risk for men with moderate ED and 60 per cent for those severely affected.

Erectile problems had a major impact on heart failure admission rates, boosting them five-fold even for mild and moderate conditions.
To some, saying you have a sex addiction is a bit like saying you’re addicted to the gym or eating cookies; it’s an innocent exaggeration. Add in the fact that many experts aren’t convinced either—sexual addiction is not formally recognized in the bible of psychiatry, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)—and the diagnosis smacks of a philanderer’s last-ditch grasp at redemption.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

ED may be a risk factor for heart disease

Exactly how taking multiple medications may increase risk for severe ED is not fully understood. But the findings suggest that tapering off unnecessary medications may be the first step in treating ED in some men. There are medications that treat ED, she says, but for these men, the first step is to look at what they are already taking to see if making some tweaks can improve the situation.

Researchers tracked information about medication use among 37,712 men aged 45 to 69 years between 2002 and 2003. Of these men, 29% said they had moderate or severe ED. The more medications the men took, the more likely they were to experience moderate or severe ED, the study showed. Other risk factors for ED included older age, higher body mass index, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression, and being a current or past smoker.
We know that eating a healthy diet that's loaded with fruits and veggies, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a normal weight will help reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke. Now new research shows that these same lifestyle changes may be effective in improving erectile dysfunction (viagra). What's more, erectile dysfunction may be a risk factor for heart disease, often appearing as many as five years before a diagnosis of heart problems.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Importance of Testosterone

The principal androgen (male sex hormone) is testosterone. This steroid is manufactured by the interstitial (Leydig) cells of the testes. Secretion of testosterone increases sharply at puberty and is responsible for the development of the so-called secondary sexual characteristics (e.g., beard) of men. The level of testosterone is under negative-feedback control: a rising level of testosterone suppresses the release of GnRH from the hypothalamus. This is exactly parallel to the control of estrogen secretion in females.

The Facts: Andropause, also known as the male menopause or manopause, is the result of a gradual drop in testosterone which is an androgen, giving the condition its name. In many cases, bioidentical hormones can be part of the solution. When men get into their early 30s, they begin losing testosterone at a rate of one to two percent a year.

The Importance of Testosterone: Testosterone assists the male body in building protein and is crucial for normal sexual drive and stamina, and in producing erections. Testosterone also contributes to several metabolic functions including bone formation, liver function, prostate gland growth and production of blood cells in bone marrow. The various studies suggest that using more than one type of anabolic steroid at the same time ("stacking") causes a stronger inhibition of the gonadal functions than using one single anabolic steroid. After abstention from anabolic steroids these changes in fertility usually reverse within some months. However, several cases of have been reported in which the situation of hypogonadism lasted for more than 12 weeks.