Antioxidants linked to quality of older men’s sperm

October 22, 2012
Male infertility could have any number of causes, he noted. So couples having trouble conceiving should not pin their hopes on vitamins. Recently, a new study at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, suggests middle-aged and older men who get enough antioxidants in their diets may have better-quality sperm than men who are lacking in the nutrients.
Researchers found that among men age 45 or older, those who got the most vitamins C and E, folate and zinc tended to have fewer DNA-strand breaks in their sperm.
That’s a measure of the genetic quality of sperm, which is known to decline as a man ages.
The findings do not prove that antioxidants directly improve sperm quality – or boost the chances of a healthy pregnancy. But it wasn’t overall nutrition that was linked to older men’s sperm quality, it was the antioxidants specifically.Antioxidants help mop up reactive oxygen species, but that does not mean men should start scarfing supplements for the sake of their sperm. Even if the nutrients are the reason, the men in this study with the best-quality sperm just got the recommended amounts of antioxidants, through food or pills.

Foods rich in vitamin C include citrus fruits, red and green peppers and tomatoes. Vitamin E is found in certain vegetable oils, nuts like almonds and green vegetables like spinach and broccoli, while zinc sources include seafood, red meat, beans, nuts and dairy.
The findings were similar when the researchers looked at vitamin E, zinc and folate, though the differences in sperm DNA damage were smaller. Again, older men in the high-intake groups typically got more of each nutrient than is recommended, but were still well within the safe ranges.
The recommended daily intake for vitamin E is 15 mg (and no more than 1,000 mg); for zinc, it’s 11 mg (and no more than 40 mg); and for folate, it’s 400 mg (no more than 1,000 mg).
The researchers found no link between antioxidant intake and sperm quality in younger men.

Natural ways to increase testosterone

September 11, 2007

by Dr.Savitha Suri

Testosterone hormone is produced by testicles in men. It is responsible for development of male sexual characters like physical strength, muscle mass, body shape, body hair, deep voice, sexual function etc. Erectile dysfunction occurs when testosterone level is reduced. But this is not the only cause for erectile dysfunction.

Causes for low testosterone levels:

Age: The testosterone level in blood start reducing as age advances .Usually it starts between 35 to 45 years of age. Irrespective of age the andropause in men sets in as the testosterone level starts dipping.

Injury to testicles: Testicles are prone to injury as they are suspended outside the abdomen. Injury to both testicles can reduce testosterone production

Infection of testicles: If mumps infection during adolescence or early adult hood involves testicles it may affect testosterone production

Cancer treatments: The treatments for cancers like chemotherapy or radiation therapy may temporarily cause reduction of testosterone levels. But some times it may become permanent.

Diseases : Chronic kidney related diseases, Cirrhosis of liver, Sarcoidosis, chronic illness etc can also cause low testosterone levels .

Medications: Corticosteroid medications and medicines used to treat prostate cancer can cause lowered testosterone level.

Apart from the above mentioned reasons alcoholism, stress, insufficient exercise, obesity and a poor diet which is not rich in nutrients can also cause lowered testosterone levels.

Symptoms of lowered testosterone levels

* Erectile dysfunction * Obesity * Osteoporosis * Infertility * Low sexual drive * Fatigue or weakness * Enlarged male breasts * Decreased body hair * Loss of muscle mass * Depression * Loss of concentration. * Mild anemia

Simple natural ways to increase testosterone level

* Increased weight or obesity leads to increased estrogen levels. Increased estrogen lowers testosterone level. Hence try to shed excess fat. Do not fast or skip meals to shred excess fat. Once again poor eating habit reduces testosterone level. Losing 2kgs of weight per month is always ideal. * Do not take a diet which is very high in protein. Reduce carbohydrates, sugar and oil content in daily diet. * Regular eating habit prevents frequent fluctuation of hormonal level. * Exercise regularly. * Perform sex frequently specially in morning. Frequent sex reduces weight and increases testosterone levels. * Eat pea nuts, pea nut butter and olive oil. * Reduce alcohol intake * Relax and try to distress. Yoga and meditation help to reduce stress level.

About the Author
This article is copy righted. The author Dr.SavithaSuri is an Ayurvedic Physician and web master of Ayurhelp.com Read this article at Natural ways to increase testosteron


The Two Types Of Incontinence

June 21, 2007

Many men and women suffer from incontinence and a weak bladder. Although this medical condition is treatable, most people are very embarrassed to discuss this situation with their doctor. Almost never do the victims of incontinence talk to friends or family about this condition. The stigma of being seen as weak and imperfect + the nature of the topic can be very embarrassing for anyone suffering from Incontinence.

What are the two main types of Incontinence? Incontinence has two basic types: Fecal Incontinence and Urinary incontinence.

Urinary Incontinence

This is the most common type of Incontinence. Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. This medical condition can happen to anyone, but it is more common with older men and in women. Incontinence can happen in any age, but usually starts somewhere during the 50s of a victim. Some symptoms include mild leaking and uncontrollable urinal wetting. These embarrassing symptoms might be due to problems such as weak bladder muscles, overactive bladder, or blockage from an enlarged prostate, damage to nerves that control the bladder, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

There are four types of urinary incontinence: stress incontinence, urge incontinence, overflow incontinence, and functional incontinence. The options for treatment for urinary incontinence depend on its type. Treatment options include Kegel exercises, bladder training, medications, and even surgery. Most health care providers pick up the cost for the treatments.

Most bladder control problems happen when the bladder muscles are too weak or over-active. If the muscles that keep the bladder closed are too weak, a patient may have (urinal) accidents when she sneezes, laughs or has to lift a very heavy object. This is a type of stress related incontinence. If bladder muscles become too active, you may feel a strong urge to go to the bathroom when you have little urine in your bladder. This is urge incontinence or overactive bladder.

Fecal Incontinence

What is Fecal Incontinence? The lesser known type of Incontinence is fecal incontinence. Fecal continence is a medical condition characterized by leaking or poorly controlled bowel movements. In the United States, more than 6 million Americans are suffering from fecal incontinence. Like urinary incontinence this medical condition can affect people of all ages. But according to modern research and studies, fecal incontinence is more common in women than in men and more common in older adults than in younger people.

Fecal incontinence can have several causes. These include (but are not limited to) muscle damage, particularly to the anal sphincter muscle; nerve damage, loss of storage capacity in the rectum; diarrhea; and pelvic floor dysfunction.

What are common symptoms for fecal incontinence? Loss of bowel control, diarrhea, and leaking bowel movements are some of the better known symptoms of fecal incontinence. If you experience these kind of symptoms, you should never ignore them or mistaken as just a part of a loose bowel movement. Please consult with your primary care physician for medical advice and for early diagnosis and treatment. Various treatments for fecal incontinence are available and include diet changes, drugs and medications, bowel training, and surgery.

About the Author
Brenda T. Watson is a well-known writer and author. She consistently is thriving to provide free information and helpful advice about different topics. Brenda is currently writing about female incontinence.


Impotence – a quick guide

February 22, 2007

by James Hunaban

So, what causes impotence? I hear you ask. Well, damage to arteries, muscles, and other tissues, possibly because of disease, is probably the most common reason for impotence. Anything that impedes the blood flow in the penis can cause impotence. Another cause of erectile problems is prescription drugs, with more than 250 variants held to blame.

A lot of males with diabetes have no sexual problems, but this is one illness that can cause impotence. Back injuries, especially if they involve the vertebral column have also been known to cause impotence. About 50% of men who are treated for prostate cancer will experience some degree of impotence, albeit just temporarily.

In some cases, the cause is mainly psychological; in others it is physical. Chronic stress caused by job, financial or marriage problems can also be the reason behind impotence and your doctor may ask you to take a test for depression, which is a known cause of impotence. Incidentally, hormonal problems are not usually the cause of impotence.

As for fixing this problem, the best treatment for you personally will depend on the cause of your impotence. In recent years there have been a lot of advances in the treatment of impotence, and lots of men have been treated effectively. In the past, the usual treatment for impotence was a penile implant or extended psychotherapy, but things have moved on a bit now.

Oral drugs like the most famous one “Viagra” have revolutionized the treatment of impotence; but the problem is these impotence pills do not work for everyone. Also ask your doctor or medical advisor about “Levitra” which is another new erectile dysfunction treatment pill that does a similar job to “Viagra” in the treatment of impotence. The good news is there is a lot of help out there. Have a look at the site link below for a wealth of information on this subject.

About the Author
James Hunaban is the owner of http://impotence.health-info4u.com/ a site dedicated to Impotence information.


Spice Up You Sex Life With Levitra

February 22, 2007

by Joseph Oliver

The expression of love is the most satisfying expression that exists in a relationship. It can fill your life with colors. Sex is the significant aspect of life that helps to rejuvenate human existence. Sexual intercourse gives one the feeling of fullness and can unite two souls. Alas! There are millions of men who are debarred from enjoying this pleasure because they suffer from a sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction commonly known as impotence in men occurs when the men are unable to maintain penile erection. In many cases, men hardly attain an erection. Such a health condition expels one to seek pleasure during a sexual intercourse. Various psychological factors are responsible to contribute to erectile dysfunction. But physical discrepancy remains the major factor. The hardening of penile arteries restricts the blood flow to the penis which prevents attaining an erection.

With the increasing concern over men’s sexual health, the pharmaceutical industry has launched various oral prescription drugs to cure erectile dysfunction. Levitra- the FDA approved drug has confirmed its trustworthiness amongst other drugs in the competitive pharmacy industry.

Levitra increases the blood flow to the penis by relaxing the smooth muscles. It helps to achieve an erection when you are sexually aroused. A harder quality erection can kindle your sexual appetite. It further helps you to reach an orgasm giving you complete ecstasy during those intimate moments.

Contentment in sex is necessary for a relationship to continue smoothly. Levitra can ignite your desire for sex. It is a promising drug that ensures to give you complete satisfaction with your partner in bed.

Attaining and maintaining an erection for a longer time becomes very easy with levitra. It can facilitate you to enjoy every single moment of sexual intercourse. You can simply remain motionless inside your partner after reaching the climax of sexual intercourse, feeling every part of her. Such a wonderful experience is not possible without levitra. Levitra has been tested on thousands of men. The results observed were positive and the medicine has been diagnosed to treat diabetes and prostate cancer as well.

Although levitra is safe for use, it should not be taken without the prescription of a doctor. It is advisable to take the dosage as prescribed by your physician. Necessary precautions must be taken while consuming this medicine. Do not try to overdose the medicine as it may cause some grave side-effects. Take the dose in a single gulp with a full glass of water. Crushing or chewing the pill may lessen its effect.

The advent of levitra has emerged like a ray of hope for those suffering from erectile dysfunction. It can quench your sexual thirst, leaving you more delighted during those warmest moments. Buy levitra and experience the magic of love.

About the Author
Joseph Oliver has been working in the same field and writes informative articles for Levitra Power subject. To find erectile dysfunction, levitra, buy levitra, levitra info, Levitra online visit http://www.levitrapower.com


Current test for prostate cancer is inadequate

February 2, 2007

Britain’s top cancer scientists claim that men’s health is at risk because the current test for prostate cancer is inadequate. The warning comes as The Institute of Cancer Research launches the 7th Everyman Male Cancer Awareness Month to alert men to the risk of prostate and testicular cancer.

With research into male cancers still 10 years behind other cancers, the Everyman scientists are calling for £500,000 to help fund their research into developing better methods of testing men for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is now the most common cancer to affect men in the UK, with 27,000 diagnosed each year, and one man dying from the disease each hour.

Recent research shows that half of all men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer by PSA testing do not need any treatment at all for their cancer, but the PSA test is incapable of discriminating between those who do need treatment and those who do not.

The controversial PSA test is currently the only method of screening for early prostate cancer, but many doctors believe it to be too unreliable to recommend to patients routinely.

Professor Colin Cooper, Head of the Everyman Male Cancer Research Centre at The Institute of Cancer Research comments:

“PSA testing has two major failings; firstly it doesn’t detect all cancers, and secondly when it does detect cancer it cannot predict how that cancer will behave. This often results in men being given invasive treatment that they do not require. What we
urgently need is a test which can differentiate between cancers that are aggressive, the tigers, and those that are pussycats, but meantime PSA is the best we’ve got.”

Treatment options for prostate cancer most commonly include the removal of the prostate (prostatectomy), radiotherapy and hormone treatment, but these treatments can leave the patient with serious long-term side effects that can include incontinence and impotence. So ideally, such treatment would be restricted only to the 50% of prostate cancer patients who need it.

Dr Chris Parker of The Institute of Cancer Research comments:

“Prostate cancer is the only human cancer that is curable but which commonly does not need to be cured. It can often be so slow growing as to never cause the patient any ill effects. So it can be a case of the cure being worse than the disease. The challenge is to identify who needs to be treated and who doesn’t.”

By the age of 65, many men will have some cancer cells in the prostate, but most will live out their natural span without the disease ever causing them any ill effects. This presents patients with the dilemma of whether or not to go for treatments which carry a real risk of incontinence and impotence.

In the United States men over 50 are routinely given PSA tests during health checks with more than half having a test each year. This level of testing has led to the incidence of prostate cancer in the USA more than doubling since the introduction of screening. The standard approach in the US is to offer radical treatment to all men with localised disease, resulting in up to 50% being over treated and subjected to significant risks of incontinence and impotence. Without a new prostate cancer test, this trend for PSA testing looks set to continue, and treating all cases in this way will become increasingly difficult to justify.

Dr Chris Parker at The Institute of Cancer Research is currently conducting a study of a new approach for men with early prostate cancer called Active Surveillance. Any men whose tumours show early signs of growth are treated, but the rest continue on the surveillance programme with no ill effects from the disease and no need for
treatment. Early results of the Active Surveillance programme suggest that two thirds of selected patients may be safely spared invasive treatment for their prostate cancer.

Professor Peter Rigby, Chief Executive of The Institute of Cancer Research concludes:

“At the moment we simply don’t know what causes prostate cancer. We desperately need more funds to enable us to carry out that research, and to develop a test which can distinguish between the pussycats and the tigers, between those men who can be spared treatment, and those with an aggressive cancer who need to have life saving treatment to beat the disease.”

http://www.icr.ac.uk


Study finds breast cancer in men is increasing though the disease remains rare

January 21, 2007

The largest study to date of male breast cancer finds, contrary to previous reports, breast cancer rates in men are increasing though the disease remains rare. A new study published May 24, 2004 in the online edition of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, concludes there are significant differences in the presentation of breast cancer between the sexes though survival rates remain similar. The full study will be available via Wiley InterScience, and will appear in the July 1, 2004 print issue.

Male breast cancer is a rare malignancy, representing only 0.6 percent of all breast cancers and less than 1 percent of cancers in men. Because it is so rare and poorly studied, there is limited data regarding its epidemiology, treatment, and prognosis. Moreover, studies to date conflict on whether the disease presents the same in men as it does in women.

To fill in the gaps in clinical knowledge of male breast cancer, researchers analyzed data collected from 1973 to 1998 and included in the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database representing the largest study to date of male breast cancer.

Researchers led by Dr. Sharon H. Giordano of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center found that the incidence of breast cancer in men increased significantly, from 0.86 to 1.08 cases per 100,000 men over 25 years. Still, this increase was not as dramatic as the increase in female breast cancer over the same period. For both genders risk increased with age, and stage-for-stage there was no difference in survival.

The study also found men tend to be diagnosed at an older age (67 years) than women (62 years). Clinically, men are more likely to present with disease in axillary lymph nodes, at a more advanced stage of disease, and with estrogen and progesterone receptor positive tumors. The two most common types of breast cancer in men were invasive ductal or unclassified carcinomas (93.4 percent) and papillary carcinomas (2.6 percent).

Larger tumor size and axillary lymph node disease were independently associated with shortened survival. Tumor grade and receptor status were not.

The authors conclude: “this data suggests that the incidence of male breast cancer is climbing, men are diagnosed with later stage disease than women, and that hormone receptor status and tumor grade are not independent prognostic factors for men.”

http://www.interscience.wiley.com/cancer-newsroom


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