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Men’s Fitness

For as long as man has wanted a better body, he’s been looking for a wonder drug that will give it to him.

Of course, you know there’s no substitute for hard work and consistency when it comes to building muscle and losing fat. But the idea of a potent elixir that can help speed the process isn’t just a pipe dream, either. Human growth hormone, or HGH, has the potential to pave the way for a younger, stronger, and healthier body—and best of all, your body’s already making it.

Learn to boost your levels naturally and safely, and you can defy the aging process indefinitely.

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Extended-Release Medications for Obesity Treatment

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JAMA

2015

Naltrexone Extended-Release Plus Bupropion Extended-Release for Treatment of Obesity

 

In September 2014, a proprietary formulation of naltrexone extended-release (ER) plus bupropion-ER (brand name Contrave) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA),1 becoming the fourth medication approved for long-term weight management in patients with obesity.2 Liraglutide (brand name Saxenda), a glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist, was also approved for obesity treatment in December 2014. This Viewpoint discusses naltrexone-bupropion ER and its potential use for the adjunctive treatment of patients with obesity.

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A flood of recent studies is giving us new insights into how important getting enough good sleep is for staying healthy, feeling great, and thinking straight. So take a short siesta and check out the slumber stats below.

Sleep deprivation makes you eat more.

Skip sleep, and the next day you’ll eat too many calories from fat and too few from carbs, according to a UPenn School of Medicine study. When subjects were kept from sleeping, a brain region called the salience network, which regulates emotions and bodily sensations like a racing heart, lit up and raised their fat cravings. By the way, if you do pig out, just don’t do it late at night: Eating when the body’s usually asleep can hamper learning, damage memory, hurt the immune system, and even lead to type-2 diabetes, UCLA researchers say.

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ACEP NOW

APRIL 2015

 

A Deadly Case of MANOPAUSE A quest for the Fountain of Youth may cost more years than it gains.

The Case “I told him he never should have started that medication,” said the patient’s worried wife. Several hours earlier, her husband had presented to the emergency department for chest pain and shortness of breath. He first noticed it over the past week when doing routine chores such as cleaning and moving furniture. “It didn’t stop him, even though it was bothering him. He never had any serious health problems,” she said. Other than diabetes and sleep apnea, her 62-year-old husband was healthy. His primary doctor sent him to the ED for further evaluation after a concerning ECG was obtained in his office. He was tachycardic but seemed relatively stable. We proceeded with a chest pain and dyspnea work-up, which included cardiac enzymes, chest X-ray, and a d-dimer. He waited patiently, charming the staff with his small talk and affable personality. Enzymes were negative, and d-dimer was positive. I took him for his CT angiogram. As soon as it was done, the tech and I immediately noticed the large bilateral pulmonary emboli on the screen in front of us (see Figure 1). I was preparing to take him back to the ED when he asked, “Is there a bathroom over here? I’d rather use it here before going back to the ED. It’s pretty crowded over there.” He had a point. The ED could be a madhouse with just two bathrooms. His wife and I assisted him to the bathroom. It was only seconds before I heard her scream. I opened the door, and he was sitting on the toilet, a glazed look on his eyes. “I think he just passed out,” she exclaimed.

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SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE

JAMA

April 14, 2015

The Culture of Organs, a book published in 1938 by Nobel Laureate Alexis Carrel and well-known aviator Charles Lindbergh, described how organs could be kept “alive” in culture for months, with the intent to reuse them. Decades later, regenerative medicine, a field of science that aims to restore or establish normal function by replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues, and organs affected by disease, is becoming a reality. The field is a progression of previous efforts to restore function, ranging from prosthetics to organ transplants. Advances in cell biology, biomaterial science, and biological molecule discovery have led to new options for cellular therapies, engineered tissues and organs, and new strategies to stimulate endogenous repair and regeneration.

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Men’s Fitness

1 Eat six small meals a day. Stoking your body with food every three to four hours can rev your metabolism to the max.

2 Run 10 100-yard sprints and burn up to 500 calories.

3 Wait 20 minutes before going for seconds.

4 Throw on a hoodie before working out. When your muscles are warm, you actually burn more calories.

5 Use a smaller dinner plate – it’ll limit how much you can pile on.

6 Use a blue dinner plate. Studies show the color has an appetite suppressing effect (as opposed to red and yellow plates).

7 Sub in nonfat Greek yogurt for mayo and sour cream – you’ll save 700 cals and 100 cals per half cup, respectively.

8 Eat peanuts from their shells. You’ll nosh on 50% fewer nuts in a sitting just trying to peel before eating.

9 Chew on sugar-free mint gum after a meal. Mint flavors send signals to your brain that it’s time to stop eating.

10 Snack on pistachios instead of pretzels.

11 Take up power yoga. You can burn up to 344 calories a class.

12 Train fasted once a week. This helps the body to keep adrenaline high and blood sugar low.

13 Run intervals. Turn your body into a fat-fighting furnace by alternating sprints with jogs.

14 Replace your morning bagel and juice with a bowl of oatmeal and protein-packed eggs.

15 Work out with your partner. Couples who train together are 34% more likely to stick to their workouts.

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SFGATE

 

 

With vivid burgundy seeds and a distinctive sweet flavor, the pomegranate is a nutrient-dense fruit that is fun to eat and steeped in history. Its medieval French name originates from the Latin roots for “apple” and “seedy,” according to the University of California. It was first cultivated in Iran, but spread to the Mediterranean area and later to the Americas. People during the Middle Ages thought pomegranates were good for liver inflammation, a common malady in men, but today, other male health benefits are being discovered.

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JAMA

2015

 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a first-of-its-kind weight loss treatment device that electronically suppresses hunger signals traveling between the stomach and the brain. The Maestro Rechargeable System, which is manufactured by EnteroMedics of St Paul, Minnesota, consists of an electrical pulse generator, wire leads, and electrodes that are implanted into the abdomen and intermittently send electrical pulses to the vagus nerve.

A new device targets the brain-stomach nerve connection that controls feelings of hunger and satiety.

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Muscle & Body Magazine

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help you.

Supplements are great when taken in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise plan, but some supplements can be viewed as more essential than others. A good protein blend, for example, is crucial for building muscle and preserving lean body mass, but beyond the aesthetic reasoning behind most supplements on the shelves today, there is one in particular that belongs at the top of your list: omega-3 fatty acids.

These fatty acids derived from fish oil have been a staple in my supplement regimen for years due to their positive effects on my physical and athletic performance, as well as their brain-boosting, heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory properties. If you’re not taking an omega-3 supplement, now may be the time to start.

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cardiovascular disease

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Men’s Fitness

Your grandparents never thought twice about eating foods that were loaded with saturated fat. Not long ago, people drank milk with cream on the top, ate whole eggs for breakfast, and enjoyed steak for dinner—and led normal, healthy lives. Yet today, despite all the warnings we’re told to heed about saturated fat and its deleterious effects on the heart, cardiovascular disease is more prevalent than ever. We corralled some of our most trusted nutritionists and asked for their best advice on saturated fats.

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