Never too late: Exercise helps late starters

Results of studies from several countries, including the United States, confirm that men who do not start exercising until middle age still gain many health benefits from it, most importantly added longevity. Men who start exercising after age 50 need to exercise caution.  (Locked) More »

Meat or beans: What will you have? Part ll: Beans

Red meat is a justifiable source of protein and iron, but research has established a connection between higher meat consumption and higher rates of several cancers, and a higher mortality rate in general. For those looking to cut back on the amount of meat they eat for health reasons, legumes such as black beans, chickpeas, and lentils are an excellent source of protein and fiber. (Locked) More »

Obesity: Unhealthy and unmanly

Excess body fat raises levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and triglycerides while also lowering HDL ("good") cholesterol levels. Obesity impairs the body's responsiveness to insulin, raising blood sugar and insulin levels. Obesity increases the risk of male maladies, ranging from erectile dysfunction to BPH and prostate cancer. It also increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, gallstones, cancer, osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, fatty liver, and depression. Obesity and lack of exercise are responsible for about 1,000 American deaths each day, and if present trends continue, they will soon overtake smoking as the leading preventable causes of death in the U.S. More »

Peripheral artery disease screening

My senior center is sponsoring a test to check for "peripheral artery disease." The test is free, and they say it's safe and painless. Do you think it's a good idea? (Locked) More »