A new study from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) finds that men with erectile dysfunction, prostate problems, and other urologic conditions are usually at higher risk of developing depression and having issues with sleep.
For the study, a team of researchers examined 124 men whose average age was 54 years. They all attended a clinic specializing in men’s health. The participants filled out questionnaires about mental and general health, sleep, and urologic conditions.
First study author Arman S. Walia, of the Department of Urology at UCI, explains: “This underscores the importance of screening for conditions, thereby preventing patients from slipping through the crack and being able to more accurately identify those in need of further interventions.”
The pelvic floor muscles are the muscles supporting pelvic organs — the bladder and the bowel. This set of exercises for the pelvic floor offers many benefits to both, men and women.
For women, these exercises aid with a lower risk of vaginal prolapsed, better bowel and bladder control, and improved recovery after giving a birth. For men, they benefit by speeding recovery after prostate surgery, decrease the risk of rectal prolapsed, and improve bowel and bladder control. These are the best four exercises for this group of muscles:
Kegel exercise: sit in a comfortable position, close the eyes, and visualize the muscles that can stop urine flow. Try to tighten these muscles as much as possible. Hold for 3–5 seconds. Release the muscles and rest for a few seconds. Repeat up to ten times.
Squeeze and release: sit in a position that can be comfortable for you. Picture the pelvic floor muscles. Squeeze the muscles as quickly as possible. Rest for 3–5 seconds and then repeat up to 10 or 20 times.
Bridge: lie down on your back, bend the knees, and place your feet on the floor on the width of hips, The arms should be lying alongside your body with the palms downward. Contract the buttocks and pelvic floor to lift the buttocks several inches above the ground. Hold this position from 3 to 8 seconds. Relax the buttocks and the pelvic floor. Repeat up to 10 times. Try to perform 2 repetitions more.
Squats: feet are apart on the hip-width, flat on the ground. Bend the knees to lower the buttocks toward the ground. Keep your back straight. Knees are in line with toes. Tighten the buttocks and the pelvic floor when returning to a standing position. Repeat up to 10 times.
Remember to consult your doctor before performing these exercises.
A new Spanish study that eating a handful of nuts, such as almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts, improves the sperm count by 16%. Also, nuts boost sperm movements by 6%, its survival by 4% and shape by 1% that are all related to male fertility.
For the study, a team of researchers from the University Rovira I Virgil, Tarragona, Spain, analyzed 119 healthy men aged between 18 and 35 years for 14 weeks. The results of the analysis showed that a handful of nuts on a daily basis reduces sperm’s DNA damage.
Author of the study Dr. Albert Salas-Huetos says: “Evidence is accumulating that healthy lifestyle changes such as following a healthy dietary pattern might help conception and of course, nuts are a key component of a Mediterranean healthy diet.”
The findings of the study were presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Barcelona, Spain.
A new study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, reveals that men who used to binge-watch TV-shows may have the higher risk of developing colorectal cancer.
For their study, a team of researchers analyzed data from UK Biobank, a health database of approximately 500,000 men and women in the United Kingdom. The scientists gathered data on how many hours each subject spent in sedentary activities such as TV-watching or using a computer daily.
Having analyzed the received results, the scientists concluded that men who watched TV at least 4 hours a day had a 35% greater risk of developing colorectal cancer than men who watched TV for 1 hour a day or less. Also, the researchers found that men who were engaged in higher levels of physical activity had 23% lower risk of developing colon cancer.
A new study from Denmark shows that such widespread painkiller as ibuprofen can have a significant negative effect on male fertility affecting testicular health, altering hormone production and inducing compensated hypogonadism.
For the research, the scientists recruited 31 men aged between 18 and 35 half of whom received a moderate dose (600 mg, or three tablets) of the drug daily during six weeks. The other group received placebo. Within 2 weeks, the men who were taking ibuprofen on a daily basis demonstrated an increase in luteinizing hormones.
The team writes in their paper: “It is also of concern that men with compensated hypogonadism may eventually progress to overt primary hypogonadism, which is characterized by low-circulating testosterone and prevalent symptoms including reduced libido, reduced muscle mass and strength, and depressed mood and fatigue.”
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