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Diabetes Affects 9.3% of Americans

Shocking data published by Annals of Internal Medicine. About 21 million American adults are obese and diabetic.

“Diabetes has increased dramatically. The rates have almost doubled since the late ’80s and early ’90s,” said Elizabeth Selvin, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore.

“This study also highlights that the increase in diabetes really tracks closely with the epidemic of obesity. The diabetes epidemic is really a direct consequence of the rise in obesity,” Selvin said.

There are two main types of diabetes — type 1… Continue reading

Falling Levels of Testosterone and Estradiol Conversion

low-testosterone-basicsResearchers who tried to figure out the actual effects of low testosterone on male health came to several conclusions.

Low testosterone production can reduce strength, muscle size and lean mass. If the testosterone isn’t being converted to estrogen, men may see an increase in body fat. And a deficiency of either can spark a decline in sexual function.

The research, involving hundreds of volunteers and published online September 11 in the New England Journal of Medicine, comes at a time when testosterone supplements are being widely advertised to men in the U.S., for example, in commercials urging them to be… Continue reading

Superbugs Resistant to Antibiotics

  • superbug-infectionsSuperbugs, aka drug-resistant bacterial infections, can cause infections that are hard to treat with antibiotics, the drugs that usually kill bacteria.
    In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all bacterial infections in the world are slowly becoming resistant to antibiotic treatments. That's because disease-causing bacteria are living organisms that constantly evolve, enabling them to adapt to new environments. Antibiotic resistance develops over time — it can start from even a very small number of microbes within a population that have genes that allow them to continue to grow, despite the use of drugs that… Continue reading