Archive Yearly Archives: 2017

When to Collect Social Security Depends on Your Life Expectancy

One of the decisions one must make as one ages is when to collect a pension, such as Social Security in the U.S. Since we’re all about anti-aging and lifespan here at Rogue Health and Fitness, I

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Will Viagra and Cialis Extend Lifespan?

Viagra and Cialis, and a third, lesser known drug, Levitra, are used to treat erectile dysfunction. Use of these drugs is associated with a lower risk of heart attacks, and can be used as therapeutics

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Women Find Men’s Strength Their Most Physically Attractive Trait

A question of age-old interest to men is, what do women actually find to be most physically attractive about them? Is it the way they dress, their gestures, posture, a handsome face, beard or lack of one,

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Does Vitamin D Prevent the Flu?

Influenza (flu) epidemics occur in winter, and rarely if ever in the summer. Vitamin D levels in humans are lowest in the winter, and highest in summer. Is there a connection, and does vitamin D prevent

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How Much Vitamin D Do We Need?

  Do we get enough vitamin D for good health? Many people are vitamin D deficient, and what’s more, there’s evidence that the amount of vitamin D in supplement form that relieves deficiency

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Strong Bones Improve Brain Function and Slow Aging

Strong bones are usually thought of in the context of osteoporosis, the pathological thinning of bones in old age. Osteoporosis can be fatal, since it leads to hip fractures, a large fraction of which

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Low Testosterone Is Associated with Insulin Resistance

Testosterone (T), the hormone that gives men their male sex characteristics, declines with age. T is also declining over time, i.e. a men of any age have lower T levels than men the same age 20 or more

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Blood Donation Increases Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin sensitivity is crucial to both health and slowing aging. Decreased insulin sensitivity (or increased insulin resistance, same thing) is associated with vastly greater risks of heart attack, stroke,

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Cold Thermogenesis

Cold thermogenesis, or the generation of heat through exposure to cold, has become popular recently, or as popular as something like this can become. What’s the reality and how much is hype behind

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Why You Should Never Feed Your Child Commercial Infant Formula

Commercial infant formula is an abomination, a concoction of chemicals and industrial “food” that you should never feed your child. Here’s why. After weaning Over the Thanksgiving holiday,

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What an Amish Mutation Can Tell Us About Long Life

A new study found that people with a relatively rare mutation live longer than those without it. The mutation was found among the Amish people in Indiana, and what this mutation does says a lot about what

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Fasting Insulin

A blood test for fasting insulin can be one of the most important that you get. It’s important because it shows the degree of insulin resistance: the higher the number, the more insulin resistant.

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Exercise Capacity, the Most Important Health Risk Factor

Exercise capacity is closely related to both aging and to health. Exercise capacity declines with age, and people with low exercise capacity have higher health risks. In fact, exercise capacity is the

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Healthy Drinks

Lots of attention has been given to what food is healthy and what isn’t, but less has been given to which drinks are healthy. The list of healthy drinks is surprisingly limited. Don’t drink

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Americans Are Now Fatter Than Ever

The obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing, and Americans are now fatter than ever. When looked at in terms of body fat rather than body mass index (BMI), the numbers become astronomical. No use sugarcoating

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Cleansing and Detox Don’t Work and Are Pseudo-Health Practices

“Cleansing” is the practice of using a special diet for several days or even weeks with the end of cleansing the body of toxins, a “detox”. Unfortunately, the evidence for any benefit

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Iron Supplements Increase Infection Risk

It’s been known for some time that iron supplements increase infection risk, because people who take them have more infections. A recent report clarifies some mechanisms. Evidence for increased infections

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How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

Exercise is known to be healthful, one of the healthiest things you can do. It’s said that if exercise were a pill, doctors would prescribe it to everyone, and high cardiorespiratory fitness is one

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