Archive Yearly Archives: 2014

Fitness does not equal health

Damaging your body through excessive exercise I was inspired to write this on seeing a recent video (which I can’t find at the moment) of a couple of female runners crossing the finish line of the

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Exercise doesn’t help weight loss

Lots of people, the majority I would say, believe that exercise is a key determinant of obesity and weight loss. Food companies want you to believe this; there’s even a term for what food companies

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Age is no bar to fitness

A few people asked me whether it was me on the cover of my recent book. Alas, it was not; it was a stock photo of a male model several decades younger than me. But this photo is me; while it’s not

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Depression Is an Inflammatory Disease

Michael Maes, M.D., a Dutch biological psychiatrist who now works in Australia, has done much to establish the biological correlates of mental illness, especially depression, and has shown that inflammation

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How to lose fat

The above diagram is taken from a paper by Jeff Volek and co-authors, Low-Carbohydrate Diets Promote a More Favorable Body Composition Than Low-Fat Diets (pdf). It shows that the breakdown of fat, or lipolysis,

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Diabetes cured with diet and exercise

The scourge of the obesity epidemic One of the worst consequences of the obesity epidemic is skyrocketing rates of type 2 diabetes. In the U.S., around 26 million people have diabetes, and perhaps even

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Five Ways to Be in the Top 10% of Men

The pathetic average Lots of men are looking to get ahead in life. (If instead you’re one of those who lives for his widescreen TV, you can stop reading right now.) The average man in this country

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Preface to my book: Why men need to take action for their health

I’ve been told that the preface to my book, Best Supplements for Men’s Health, Fitness, and Virility, is fairly “red pill”. For those unfamiliar with the term, it refers to a set

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Caffeine extends lifespan, protects against glucose toxicity

A screen for lifespan-extending drugs found six, including caffeine A recent study set out to screen for FDA-approved drugs that might extend lifespan: FDA-Approved Drugs that Protect Mammalian Neurons

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The FDA is coming after testosterone

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing whether to limit testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to certain narrowly defined conditions. See: Will the FDA Tighten the Use of Testosterone

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New study finds that antioxidants hamper exercise adaptation

A number of studies have found that taking antioxidant vitamins, namely vitamins C and E, hampers or blocks the physiological adaptation to exercise. However, other studies have not, so we have a state

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Muscular Strength Is Associated with Lower Cancer Mortality

Obesity is a well-known risk factor for cancer, but does muscularity have any protective effect? Researchers from the Cooper Institute, which is the home of “aerobics”, wanted to know, and

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Vegetarians have lower sperm counts

An article in the journal Fertility and Sterility reports on a study that looked at sperm counts and sperm motility in vegetarians: Decreased sperm concentration and motility in a subpopulation of vegetarian

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N-acetylcysteine can improve mental health

N-acetylcysteine, or NAC, is a cheap over-the-counter supplement that has shown promise in treating a number of illnesses, not least among them mental illnesses. Before I show how and why this works, we

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Musclemen have more sex partners

  Costs and benefits of fat-free muscle mass in men: relationship to mating success, dietary requirements, and native immunity Abstract: On average, men have 61% more muscle mass than women (d=3),

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Obesity risks have been greatly underestimated

We’ve been awash in studies that allegedly show that obesity is either not as harmful as thought or that it isn’t really harmful at all. Most of these studies were done by examining mortality

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Reversing cognitive decline

Cognitive decline will always accompany aging to some extent; if aging means the deterioration of the body and its organs and tissues, it’s unreasonable to think that the brain will be spared. Declines

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Aspirin increases lifespan

In the last post, we discussed a multi-ingredient supplement that increased lifespan in mice. Interestingly (at least to me), one of the ingredients was acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin. Turns out there’s

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