iHealthCast

image image image image image image image image image image

You can Follow Us,
Ask our Doctor and
Give Us Feedback at:

facebook  twitter  feed  newsletter

Boost Male Testosterone Naturally and Slow Aging

Great news for men who are starting to experience the complex symptoms associated with premature accelerated aging.

The latest research as reported in: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, included findings on a total of 1,645 male participants age 70 or older, indicating there is no question that decreases in testosterone levels accelerate the aging process.

The good news is other research reports have recently revealed that incorporating exercise, vitamin D, zinc and magnesium can help support natural production of testosterone. I always tell my patients that are feeling more tired than usual that they should never accept this as just part of the aging process. The biggest mistake people make is that they accept feeling poorly as “I am just getting old”.

Bottomline: Modern man is aging prematurely due to being “too busy or stressed” to exercise and getting sufficient sleep. It is essential to get up and get the body moving. Also incorporating Vitamin D, Magnesium and zinc via a good multivitamin or additional supplements and food is definitely not only food for thought but also the body. A well nourished and rested body is better able to thrive and not just survive daily existence.

Autism and the Power of Prenatal Vitamins

What is true female fertility? Is it just the ability to become pregnant or maintain a pregnancy? Well, modern living has made the concept of fertility a lot more complex. With autism on the rise, with a prevalence of 1 in 100 births, we must all rethink what fertility really means.

It is clear that the neurological system is very susceptibility to environmental factors, not only as reflected by the surge in autism, but also with the concurrent increase in Alzheimer’s disease as well, which now ranks the 6th leading cause of death in America, even more prevalent than diabetes.

There is some good news though, being faithful and pre-emptive with taking ones prenatal is a must. The latest research points to the fact that women who didn’t take prenatal vitamins early in pregnancy had an elevated risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder. This was the findings of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, that collected data 700 California families with children ages 2-5, who had autism or typical development. The researchers reported that “Mothers of children with autism were significantly less likely than those of typically developing children to report having taken prenatal vitamins during the three months before and the first month of pregnancy.” These findings were reported in the journal titled: Epidemiology in July 2011.

The risk of having a child with autism was up to 7 times greater in women who did not report taking prenatal vitamins that were at risk of having a child with autism.

Bottomline: The concept of a Pre-Natal, is just that it should be taken prior to the “Natal” state of being pregnant. I recommend that when possible that my patients start taking a prenatal 3 to 6 months, with the ideal being 6 months prior to trying to conceive. If you are already pregnant, make sure you take your prenatal vitamins and eat your veggies and fruit. Also getting plenty of sleep and minimizing stress is crucial for you and baby on-board.

Restless Legs Syndrome

Over the last 20 years I have helped countless people with RLS, Restless Leg Syndrome. I get about an 80% success rate for my patients with these 3 simple approaches. I will add magnesium citrate , folic acid (as a B complex) and iron as supplements.

My approach is simple, I will have them or their bed partners rate their level of suffering and restlessness prior to supplementation, then in 6 to 8 weeks we will re-rate how they are doing. It takes 6 to 12 weeks for meaningful results, thus we will remeasure in 12 weeks as well. Needless to say people are amazed at how some simple supplements can help. Of course there are other reasons for RLS, including low dopamine levels and sleep apnea as well, along with some neurological conditions.

So, if the simple 3 supplements; magnesium, B complex in the morning, and iron as clinically indicated per blood tests don’t do the trick, then I will often add a little tyrosine in the morning, for healthy patients with no heart or blood pressure issues. I will also have them crank up either banana or avocado intake to augment potassium within the diet.

If there are still problems or if the person with RLS is a snorer, then I will have them get a sleep study and be treated for sleep apnea.

Bottomline: RLS is more that a hassle, it impacts the RLS sufferer and their bed partner not only at night, but the next day, as a result of a less than optimal level of restorative sleep. Putting a couple minerals and some B vitamins to work, can often help alot from what I have observed clinically for years. May you and your bed partner sleep well and be still.

newsletter

Health Tips On the Go!

Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

Physician's Blogs

Health Reference

Open for Text and Video

PageTop | Home