Monday, March 31, 2014

Cholesterol-lowering that Helps Erectile Dysfunction

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Good news for older men who are taking cholesterol-lowering medicine. Statin helps lower bad cholesterol level in patient’s blood. It is given to patients to help prevent stroke and heart attack. A new study by researchers of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School shows that statin medication not just lower cholesterol but also improves a man's erectile function. Their findings are posted on the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session and in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

The head of the research John B. Kostis, MD, professor of medicine, director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, said: "Older men who have poor cardiovascular health, diabetes or metabolic syndrome often experience erectile dysfunction and the prevalence of these diseases is expected to increase."

"Our research indicates that statins not only improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack, but also improve erectile function in the men included in our analysis."

Taking statin after a cardiovascular disease is detected on patient may offer early benefits in addition to improved sexual function. However, he also warns not to take statin for erectile dysfunction alone. More study is needed to determine the link between statin therapy and the improvement of erectile function.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Expert Said Drinking Water Don't Help Weight loss

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A professor from University of Alabama in Birmingham said that drinking water is not the  “magic bullet” for losing weight.

Beth Kitchin, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor of nutrition sciences said that “There's a very little evidence that drinking water can bolster weight loss; it is one of those self-perpetuating myths.” However, she did not claim that drinking water is not good for you, but there are not enough study that show people who drank water burned calories as a result.

The recommended drinking 250ml glasses of water per day is also a myth.

“Yes, people do need to get fluids; but it does not have to be water,” Kitchin said. “There’s no evidence that it melts away fat or makes you feel fuller, so if you don’t like water it’s OK.”

She also said that water remains the best way to keep hydrated, however, you can also get your fluid from other flovered beverages like juice, tea, coffee or colas.

“People think coffee doesn’t count, but actually it does,” she said. “When you drink coffee, your body is retaining much of that fluid especially for people who are habituated to drinking caffeine, as the body adapts, resulting in a reduced loss of fluids.”

Drinking cold water burn more calories because the body will work double time to raise its temparature is also a myth.

"You will hear that ice-cold water helps burn extra calories." "While there may be a few extra calories lost, it won’t be nearly enough to make a dent in your weight-loss endeavors."

If you want to lose weight, she recommends a long-running, research-based weight management programme like EatRight by UAB or Volumetrics.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Breastfeeding your baby for above 2 years may lead to infant tooth decay

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Breastfeeding has its benefits but overdoing it may also be bad for your baby, it may post a higher risk of cavities in baby's first teeth.

A new scientific study said that about 48% of babies who were breastfed beyond 24 months have developed infant tooth decay. It is because the baby’s teeth are confined while it is breastfeeding, this prevents saliva from breaking down bacteria for extended periods of time.

This is due to the fact that a baby’s teeth are sealed off while it is breastfeeding, which prevents saliva from breaking down bacteria for extended periods of time.

Benjamin Chaffee the leading researcher from University of California, San Francisco said,

"The top priority for the breastfeeding mother is to make sure that her child is getting optimal nutrition." "Our study does not suggest that breastfeeding causes caries."

Chaffee and his team studied a possible link between longer breastfeeding and the risk of tooth decay and cavities using 458 babies in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The babies are from low-income families and most of the babies were old enough to begin eating sold foods, but they were still being breastfed by their mothers. The team studied the babies when they were about 6, 12, and 38 months old.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that mothers to breast fed their babies for the first 6 months, then add solid foods to the diet after. However, they also recommends continued breastfeeding up to age two and beyond.

The team found out that about 40% of the babies breastfed between ages 6 and 24 months had developed some tooth decay by the end of the study. For babies breastfed for longer than 24 months and frequently, that number rose to 48%.

Although breastfeeding may cause tooth decay in children, doctors advise that mothers follow a hygienic habits for their babies. They could use a damped soft cloth to wipe a baby’s teeth and gums clean before and after a meal. It is also important to double check that there are no excess food in the baby’s mouth after eating, this can cause a tartar build up.