Fact Or Myth: Sleep Apnea Linked To Low Testosterone Levels In Men?

By Dr. Michael Layton (DDS)

mansmileIs there a link between sleep apnea and low testosterone levels in men? Health.com recently posted the connection between the two in their 13 Surprising Facts About Testosterone. How valid is this? Let’s examine the facts and nothing but the facts to determine the implications of sleep apnea on testosterone.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Lawrence Epstein, M.D. of Harvard Medical School and the editor of Harvard Health Publications special health report defines sleep apnea as “a collapse of the upper airway during sleep that is due to the size of the airway and the changes that happen when you fall asleep. The airway is a flexible tube where air passes through the mouth or nose. When you fall asleep the tissue surrounding the breathing tube narrows a little bit. When it closes halfway thats when you start to get an obstruction to airflow which causes very turbulent airflow, resulting in the tissues to vibrate and thats snoring. When the airway completely closes off thats apnea.”

The closing off the airway triggers the brain of the individual to wake up, sleep apnea sufferers can have their sleep interrupted from 25 to 50 times per hour. Sleep apnea is chronic condition affecting 858,900 Canadians who are 18 years and older. Statistics for people who suffer from this sleep disorder reported being diagnosed with the more serious obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This more severe form affects 26 percent of Canadians or 1 in four adults. These statistics can be found at the Public Health Agency of Canada from the 2009 Canadian Community Health Survey provisioned through Stats Canada.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

mansleepingatdeskSleep apnea is more common in males than in females.

Symptoms are as follows:

● interruption of sleep

● shortness of breath

● loud snoring

● waking up with a dry or sore throat

● headaches

● constant reawakening

● decreased interest in sex

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs commonly in people who suffer from obesity, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes, if left untreated it will only exacerbate these preconditions. Extreme fatigue that results from waking up multiple times in a night leads to depression, driving accidents and workplace hazards. When your mother told you to go to bed early when you were a child she may have known a thing or 2 unbeknownst to her about natural health. A good night’s sleep can not be underestimated for your overall health.

What Is Testosterone?

Testosterone is produced in the testes it is the secondary sex characteristic responsible for the reproductive development of the male gender. This male sex hormone is commonly associated with sexual desire and the production of sperm. The three main types of testosterone classification are as follows:

1. Free Testosterone. Total testosterone the purest form found in the human body with no proteins attached to it. This testosterone makes up 2 to 3 percent of total testosterone levels in the human body. Free testosterone is really important for bodybuilders and athletes in sports.

2. SHBG-bound Testosterone. SHBG is bound with the sex hormone globulin. It can not be used to build muscles or change a persons mood. SHBG makes up 40 to 50 percent of our total testosterone levels.

3. Albumin bound Testosterone. Albumin is a protein found in the liver that helps stabilize extracellular fluid in the body. Just like SHBG Albumin is biologically inactive.

Testosterone governs the following factors:

● Skin-Hair growth, balding, sebum production

● Brain-Libido, mood

● Liver-Synthesis of serum proteins

● Male Sexual Growth-penile growth, spermatogenesis, prostate growth and function

● Muscle development-increase in strength and size

● Kidney-stimulation of erythropoietin production

● Bone marrow- stimulation of stem cells

● Bone-accelerated linear growth

manphoneTestosterone affects your level of focus, bone density and last but not least the size of your muscles. Most people associate testosterone with bodybuilders and aggression in athletes especially football players, boxers and MMA fighters. Most of the testosterone in the human body gets bound by the sex hormone binding agent globulin that grabs the testerone preventing its over release, there is another protein amylin also grabs the testerone for when its slowly needed as required. The globulin protein increases as men age leading to decreased levels of testosterone.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

● erectile disfunction

● lack of sex drive

● lack of focus and ambition

● obesity

● decreased muscle mass

● bone density decrease

● abnormal male breast tissue

● low sperm count

● loss of body hair

● mild anemia

● decreased energy and depression

Low levels of testosterone in men can lead to an increased risk of chronic conditions like diabetes or hypertension or even death in some cases.

Linking Sleep Apnea and Low Testosterone

doctorAny physician out there will acknowledge there is a direct link between aging and a decrease in testosterone levels and higher incidences of sleep apnea. Testosterone deficiency or hypogonadism is prevalent among obese people. If noticed during this article there are many common symptoms related to men who have low levels of testosterone and people who have sleep apnea. All evidence points to a definite correlation for men who have sleep apnea and decreased levels of the male hormone testosterone.

Medical doctors recommend getting blood work done if your energy levels are low or getting a polysomnogram for possible sleep apnea. Low levels of testosterone are linked to low levels of insulin production making people susceptible to Type II Diabetes. Obesity is a common denominator in people who have diabetes. Individuals who are diabetic are at an increased risk for sleep apnea. Medical studies have drawn too many parallels between sleep apnea and low testosterone levels in men for this issue to be ignored.

If you are a male who is experiencing any of the symptoms outlined you many want to consult with your physician on your next checkup.

- Dr. Michael Layton (DDS) is a South Surrey Dentist, based in British Columbia. He has been in the dental industry for the last decade and received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington. He takes pride in providing a positive and caring dental solutions for people of every walk of life. You can follow him on Google+.

Get Informed Before Selecting A Health Insurance Plan For Your Family

familyvectorOpen enrollment tends to happen around this time of year and if you’re one of the fortunate individuals to have insurance options through your employer, you should take advantage of it.

However, when selecting health insurance, it is not to be taken lightly as there is a lot involved in selecting an insurance provider that will equip you with the coverage you need in times of sickness and in health. Rather than just selecting an insurance policy because it’s what your parents used or the most affordable, you should consider necessary factors that include:

· Your Personal Priorities

· Health Insurance Types

· Overall Cost of Coverage

Make a List of Your Personal Priorities

What you need from an insurance provider should be your first consideration. Paying for something that does not compensate all of your needs is a waste of money. Ask yourself questions such as; do you like your current doctors? If so, which insurance plans do they accept? Do you or loved ones get sick often? Do you require a visit to various specialists throughout the year for preexisting medical conditions? This will give you a basis of what to look for as you begin your research on various health insurance providers.

Learn About health Insurance Types

There are three main types of insurance plans that you can choose from: Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), or Point of Service Plans (POS).

· HMO - HMOs are often regarded as the most affordable options for health insurance coverage. You are only allowed to see doctors within the network, limiting your flexibility when it comes to choosing healthcare providers and specialists.

· PPO – PPOs are a bit more expensive than an HMO. However, you are allowed to choose doctors and specialists both in and out of network. Out of network medical professionals will cost quite a bit more, and overall out of pocket expenses for PPOs can be costly.

· POS - POSs are said to be a combination of the HMO and the PPO. They allow you to select a primary care physician of your choice; however, you are typically required to receive a referral from this physician to see other specialists. The costs are not as steep as a PPO, but are still not as affordable as most HMOs.

Factoring Your Total Cost of Coverage

Most people assume that the premium is all that needs to be considered when looking at health insurance costs. However, there are some other out of pocket expenses that one needs to consider.

· Premium Costs – The premium cost is often the most obvious expense to calculate. It is the amount that your insurance provider bills you on the monthly basis in order to keep coverage.

· Deductible – The deductible is the amount you will have to pay each year towards medical bills before the insurance company will pay their portion. Not all insurance plans have a deductible but it is worth checking into.

· Coinsurance – Unless your insurance plan includes 100 percent coverage, you are going to have to pay some coinsurance. This is the amount you share in payment of medical bills with your insurance provider.

· Co-pay - Your co-pay is the amount you have to pay every time you make a visit to a healthcare provider.

To factor in all of these costs, utilize online resources, of which there are many. Sites like Health Net are geared toward individuals and employers and allow you to review various insurance plans, make comparisons, and even calculate projected costs. By being fully informed in all of the above mentioned areas, securing an insurance premium for you and your loved ones becomes a lot simpler.

- Submitted by Katherine Smith

Lighting Tips For Surviving The End Of Daylight Savings

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sunThe end of daylight savings arrives at 2 a.m. on November 2, 2014, throughout most of the United States and Canada. For many, it’s more than just setting the clock back an hour. It can come as a shock to leave work at the usual time, only to return home after the sun has set. Interior and exterior lighting is a great way to offset this sudden shift in light and prepare for the longer evenings to come.

For starters, a comprehensive landscape lighting plan brightens the yard during the winter months, when daylight hours are limited. “Our Super Duty brand of LED landscape lighting was developed specifically to endure the rigors of lighting the yard all year long,” explains Dennis Swanson, Lamps Plus founder and CEO. Featuring sturdy construction and energy-efficient LED light sources, this collection includes tall landscape lights and post lights for general outdoor illumination, spot and flood lights for accent lighting, and landscape lighting sets combining a range of types for an all-in-one yard solution. “A variety of flood, spot and tall lights artfully illuminates your property while simultaneously increasing safety and security.”

There are a number of other fuss-free ways to light the home’s exterior and eliminate the worry of running the electrical bill up too much. Dusk-to-dawn lighting, for instance, uses an internal light sensor to turn the unit off and on with the rising and falling of the sun. For an even more specific option, motion sensor security lights turn on only when they sense movement nearby. Motion sensor lights are best-suited for deterring would-be burglars and illuminating high-traffic locations such as garages and back doors.

Indoors, similar technology makes it easy to keep the lights on during the winter months. Motion sensors can also be installed to trigger lights each time a person enters the room. To avoid returning home to a dark house, consumers can use timers for table and floor lamps. Installed directly into the outlet, these timers can be easily set to turn lamps on and off at regular intervals. And new wireless remotes make it easier than ever to operate lights throughout the home. Able to operate up to three outlets at once, the latest remote control designs allow a person to control lamps and other appliances with the single touch from a handheld remote.

Despite the increased convenience of many new lighting products, longer evenings still require homeowners to keep lights on longer. Luckily LED lighting – which is up to 10x times as energy-efficient as standard incandescent lighting – can make up for those extra hours on the electrical bill. And it looks great too. “The quality of LED light has increased dramatically over the years,” says Swanson. “For the ‘warm’ look that people used to associate with standard bulbs, consumers should look for LEDs with low color temperatures in the 2700K-3000K range.” Higher color temperatures provide a clear and “cool” white light that’s ideal for reading and other tasks around the house.

From safety and security in the yard to fresh new style indoors, LED and other new technologies offer easy and energy-efficient ways to keep the home bright all winter long. As a reminder, don’t forget to set clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday, November 1st.

About Lamps Plus

For more than 30 years, Lamps Plus has been synonymous with excellence in the retail lighting industry. Established in 1976, Lamps Plus is the nation’s largest specialty lighting store, with more than 40 superstores throughout the western United States. LampsPlus.com was named a 2014 Top 10 Housewares/Home Furnishings e-tailer and a 2013 “Hot 100″ world’s best retail website by Internet Retailer Magazine. Together with its retail locations, the company serves customers nationwide with the largest selection of functional and decorative lighting fixtures, accessories, furniture and home decor. This selection includes hundreds of products, ranging from traditional chandeliers to the latest in home decor, available exclusively from Lamps Plus. The company also holds several patents for innovative lighting. Services offered include in-home lighting consultations, in-store workshops and installation from expert, licensed electricians. American Lighting Association certified designers are available to offer product recommendations and advice in all our stores, by phone or online at LampsPlus.com. The Lamps Plus family of websites also includes 55 Downing Street, Builders Discount Lighting and Lamps Plus Open Box. Visit the official Lamps Plus website: LampsPlus.com.

20 Percent Of Women Will Require Surgery For Stress Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse

womanarmupDr. Catrina Crisp, urogynecologist at Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, a TriHealth partner, says women need to educate themselves about their pelvic health and seek treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Crisp discusses possible reasons why women wait for seven years on average to get treated for health issues that restrict a woman’s physical activity and social life.

A Cincinnati urogynecologist urges women to educate themselves about their pelvic health and seek treatment for conditions that their grandmothers had to endure.

Catrina C. Crisp, MD, MSc, surgeon a[Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, a TriHealth partner, said a new, definitive study on women’s pelvic health finds that 20 percent of women nationwide have a lifetime risk of requiring surgery for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

This new figure is double the 11 percent figure from two previous studies.

Stress urinary incontinence is urinary leakage associated with coughing, sneezing and physical activity. Pelvic organ prolapse is a loss of supportive structures leading to bulging or pressure.

Crisp said the new figure is not surprising and illustrates how common SUI and POP are in women. For example, the 20 percent figure is much higher than a woman’s risk for breast cancer (14.8 percent) or lung cancer (6.3 percent).

“Previous studies were smaller in size and limited geographically to women living in the Northwest area of the United States,” said Crisp. “The new Wu study polled a large population of women across the country. Women are beginning to become more aware of their body systems and understand that they don’t have to endure conditions their mothers and grandmothers lived with. Women should now be empowered to stand up and say, ‘yes, I have this problem’ and get treatment.”

Women suffer from a peak of pelvic floor symptoms at the age of 46, then again at age 70, said the study. Crisp said reasons are that at age 46, women are in a transition between childbearing and menopause. At 70 years old, women are post-menopausal.

“We know that certain women are not overly symptomatic,” said Crisp. “But once they go through menopause, they start to develop more symptoms. Estrogen affects collagen, which affects muscle strength and overall support, and the amount of muscle you have atrophies with age. Because of all these things, women develop a weaker pelvic floor.”

Despite how common pelvic floor disorders are, the average American woman waits seven years before she seeks medical treatment for a pelvic health problem. Crisp said she thinks many women are embarrassed to talk openly about pelvic floor issues until they discuss the subject with friends or family and realize other women are going through it, too.

“Women are very strong and tend to take care of everyone else in their families first,” said Crisp. “They keep on going until they are fed up with their symptoms—then seek care. Then they realize what a huge difference proper treatment makes for them.”

Another reason women may delay treatment could be that SUI and POP are not considered life-threatening illnesses, admitted Crisp. “These are not normally issues that may end your life prematurely,” she said, “But they are health issues that can lead to larger issues. And usually insurance covers the majority of costs associated with medical evaluation and office procedures.”

Up to 65 percent of women nationally suffer from some form of incontinence, overactive bladder, or pelvic organ prolapse, with problems increasing after giving birth multiple times or because of the aging process.Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates is trying to improve those statistics through research and education.

Crisp gives lectures on women’s pelvic health to women’s groups and at TriHealth Fitness Pavilion in Blue Ash. She sits on the advisory board for the TriHealth Hatton Institute for Research and Education and was a finalist for Cincinnati’s Forty Under 40 leaders and innovators.

She and partners Rachel N. Pauls, MD, and Steven D. Kleeman, MD, engage in medical research and provide patient evaluation, physical therapy and traditional and non-invasive robotic surgery for patients with pelvic prolapse and incontinence.

Cincinnati Urogynecology Associate has offices in West Chester; Clifton at Good Samaritan Hospital; TriHealth Fitness and Pavilion in Blue Ash; and Lebanon at Arrow Springs- Bethesda. The physician group specializes in women’s pelvic floor disorders.
For more information about Cincinnati Urogynecology Associates, call (513) 463-4300 or visit http://www.CincinnatiUrogynecology.com.

More about TriHealth

TriHealth is hospitals, physicians and the community working together to help people live better. We provide clinical, educational, preventive and social programs through Bethesda North, Bethesda Butler, TriHealth Evendale and Good Samaritan hospitals and more than 120 other locations throughout Greater Cincinnati. This includes an ambulatory network, physician practices, research division, employer-based health services, hospice care, and fitness and health facilities. Learn more at trihealth.com, Facebook.com/TriHealth, @TriHealth on Twitter, Pinterest.com/TriHealth and at YouTube.com/TriHealth.

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How To Best Address The Behavior Of Someone With Dementia

By Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D.

informationAnyone caring for someone with dementia should carefully observe what is taking place before, during, and after a common “behavior.” Then is the time to think about ways for preventing, reducing or addressing the behavior.

“Brainstorming” is a method of solving specific problems by spontaneously thinking of new and creative ideas without immediately judging whether they will work or not. After you have brainstormed for 10 minutes or so, go back and critically look at your ideas and whether they are doable. You can brainstorm with a health-care professional or someone else you know who has experience with these problems.

Here are some general guidelines for brainstorming:

1. Always work on one behavior at a time.

2. Consider what your personal goal is (e.g., prevent the behavior, minimize its occurrences, make it safer for the person if the behavior occurs).

3. Consider which triggers can be changed. Strategies are designed to help minimize the occurrence of the behavior or address the behavior when it occurs. The strategies may also help keep the person with dementia safe, comfortable and content, as well as preserve your own energy, time, patience and financial resources.

After brainstorming, try to implement one or more strategies:

1. Try out the one(s) you have chosen.

2. Try just one strategy at a time or try several, depending on the behavior.

3. You may have to try a strategy for 1 to 2 weeks before you are able to notice a difference in the person with dementia’s behavior.

4. If you find that a strategy makes the behavior worse, discontinue it.

5. You may benefit from working with a health professional to review your situation.

6. Communication strategies are highly effective, so try these first.

Finally, evaluate whether the strategy is effective: Does it work?

1. Record or monitor which strategies seem to reduce or help address the problem behavior.

2. If the strategies do not work, then try others from your brainstorming list. You may also want to then talk to family members, health professionals and the doctor of the person you are caring for about the behavior to identify other strategies for addressing the behavior.

- Laura N. Gitlin, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health at John Hopkins University. In addition to directing the Center, Dr. Gitlin is a professor at the Schools of Nursing and Medicine. She is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher with more than 24 years experience in dementia and caregiving research. Dr. Gitlin’s research is supported by grants from both federal agencies and private foundations, including the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institutes of Health. Founded by Dr. Gitlin, the Center seeks to improve the lives of older adults and their family members through research, training of health professionals, and implementation of evidence-based clinical services. the Center is committed to enhancing the quality of life for older adults and family caregivers by developing, testing, and disseminating innovative community and home-based health and human services. Learn more about the Center’s research at jefferson.edu/jchp/carah.

Do Older Women Need A High-Dose Flu Vaccine?

From the web master…..Although this is from the September issue of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, it still valuable information…..

The high-dose flu vaccine may trigger a greater immune response against the virus in adults ages 65 and over and may increase protection against the flu.

seniorwoman2For some older women, the flu is far more than a fever and sniffles that sidelines them for a few days. It can lead to serious complications like bronchitis and pneumonia. The flu can also worsen existing conditions such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. A higher-dose flu vaccine has been available since 2009 for adults 65 and over, but questions remain as to whether it can protect better than the traditional vaccine, according to the September 2014, Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

The high-dose vaccine is called Fluzone High-Dose. Like the regular-dose flu vaccine, it contains the three flu strains experts believe will be most abundant in the upcoming flu season. But it also contains four times the usual amount of immune-stimulating antigens against the virus.

Should people over 65 get the high-dose vaccine? It’s an area of debate and discussion, and so worth talking about with your physician, says Dr. Elisa Choi, a clinical instructor in population medicine at Harvard Medical School and an infectious disease specialist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.

Some studies have found that the high-dose vaccine stimulates a higher immune system response in the lab, but it isn’t yet clear whether that translates into better protection against the flu in the real world.

The high-dose vaccine also comes with some downsides worth considering: more pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, as well as body-wide side effects like muscle pain, headache, and fever. Most of these effects are mild and short-lived.

There are currently no official recommendations advising seniors to switch to the high-dose flu vaccine.

The type of vaccine isn’t nearly as important as getting vaccinated as early in the flu season as possible. Flu outbreaks can start in October, and it takes two weeks after getting the shot for the body to produce antibodies against the virus. Some people hold off on vaccination out of concern that the protection wanes over time, but the shot should provide protection for the entire flu season.

Read the full-length article: “Time for your flu vaccine: Do you need a higher dose?”

Also in the September 2014 issue of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* 8 creative ways to avoid too much sitting

* Tips to improve memory

* What to do about thinning hair

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

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6 Tips To Boost Your Confidence

By David Johnson

mansmileWe all have days when we just aren’t our own biggest fan. But the truth is… you’re awesome! Here are some tips to help you remember this and tackle the day with your head held high.

Exercise regularly. Even if you feel like you are nowhere near your goal fitness level, the act of getting out and being active is an instant confidence booster. The better news: it’s also a long-term confidence and mood booster. Working out is an activity that positively impacts your physical and mental health, and makes you feel more in control of your appearance and confidence. Find a friend or colleague who is also interested in working out with you and make plans to hold each other accountable. The encouragement you give to each other will help you grow from one level of confidence (and fitness) to the next.

Dress for success. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to embrace your own personal style—and feel confident as a result. Don’t worry about trends when you buy clothing; instead, look for items that flatter your body shape and make you feel comfortable in your own skin. Even the addition of just a few items to your wardrobe every season add up over time and give you more to choose from when you are constructing your outward appearance each morning.

Get organized. While you can’t prepare for everything, there are a lot of things that you can control in order to feel more confidence in your daily routine. This applies to work, family life, and personal goals. The simple act of taking care of you and setting yourself up for success is a confidence booster. Spend a little time choosing a great outfit for tomorrow and lay it out for yourself tonight. Pack a healthy lunch and snacks to take to work after dinner tonight. Practice presentations in front of your spouse a few times before delivering them to your colleagues. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you can’t seem to show up anywhere on time, or can’t find the items you are looking for, or have trouble even finding the time to eat right. By doing some basic planning in advance, you will feel more confident and purposeful when it comes to the course of your day.

theroadupKeep improving. It’s in our human nature to like a challenge. When you become too locked into your daily routine or too comfortable, it can lead to a drop in confidence levels and overall happiness. Even if you don’t have much time to dedicate to something new, look for small ways to challenge yourself every day. Apply for a promotion at work. Tackle a home improvement project on your own. Find a road race and begin training for it. In every situation, ask yourself: How can I be better? Not better than anyone around you—better than you were the day before.

Do something that scares you. Step outside of your comfort zone and attempt something that makes you uncomfortable at first. By making progress on that activity, and potentially even mastering it one day, you will have a newfound confidence in that task—and in yourself too.

Don’t be afraid of change. It’s important to accept the person you truly are, both inside and out. Still, more than half of the women in the world feel say that they are their own worst beauty critic—but these women also feel empowered to change what they don’t like. This may mean something as simple as a new hair style or color, or something more permanent like fat-reducing laser treatments. Whether you want a new tattoo, a new apartment, or a new look—don’t be afraid of change. Be true to your authentic self and you can’t go wrong.

- David Johnson is the Creative Director at Verju. Verju by Erchonia is a new revolutionary device designed specifically for the treatment of cellulite. In his free time David enjoys writing, craft beers, and practicing Brazillian Jiu Jitsu at his local gym.

Halloween Safety Tips For Your Pet

By Dr. Jeff Werber

Dr. Jeff explains how to keep your pets safe, calm and free from danger this Halloween.

boydog· Candy is meant to attract, and it does. Candy isn’t good for dogs, and can actually be deadly. Still, dogs will happily eat whatever candy they can get their paws on. And because they can’t unwrap it, they’ll gobble up the wrapper too.

· Sugar isn’t good for a dog, but dark chocolate can result in serious illness or death. Fatty chocolate and candies can also predispose dogs to pancreatitis. Raisins can cause death, and many nuts are also dangerous if ingested.

· If your dog snatches a candy or two, it’s probably not cause for alarm, but if she gets into a big bag, she may end up in the hospital.

· And the wrappers, string, sticks that accompanied the candy may cause a blockage that requires medical attention.

· Stream of visitors and continuous ringing of the doorbell can be stressful and confusing to a dog; protective instinct is over-triggered; costumes and masks may freak out a dog. Reactive behaviors could range from fear, anxiety, aggression, escape attempts, which are likely to be successful due to the frequently opening door.

catstretching· If you know your dog is nervous, keep him or her contained in a part of the house that’s as far as possible from the action. Even a normally calm dog may be overwhelmed by the activity and prefer to be contained in a secure environment. This also prevents your dog from getting out.

· There are calming formulas, which are herbal, natural formulas and which can help to keep your dog relaxed in this type of stressful situation.

· And if you are tempted to take your dog along with your family as you “trick or treat,” please be aware that these same considerations apply (noise, crowds, costumed kids).

- Dr. Jeff Werber has dedicated his life to the care and protection of animals. A renowned veterinarian and pet parenting specialist, Dr. Jeff maintains that pets are more than just companions; they are part of the family and deserve to be treated that way. A top graduate of the University of California Davis Veterinary School, Dr. Jeff established his Los Angeles-based private clinic, Century Veterinary Group, in 1988. Dr. Jeff cares for the pets of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Britney Spears, Julia Roberts, Ben Affleck, Eddie Murphy, Paula Abdul, Rod Stewart, Mark Wahlberg, Patrick Dempsey, Mandy Moore, Jennifer Love Hewittand many more – along with those of everyday pet owners. He is a highly sought after and frequent guest speaker on a number of national news programs and has lent his expertise on Dr. Oz, CBS’ The Early Show and Sunday Morning, CNN Sunday Morning, Fox News Channel and Rachael Ray. As an Emmy Award winning veterinarian, he has hosted the wildly popular Petcetera on Animal Planet Network, sharing his compassion and knowledge with millions of viewers around the country, encouraging responsible pet ownership and care.

Balancing Diet, Physical Activity Key To Combating Obesity Epidemic

Submitted by Matt Raymond

New Article Makes Recommendations for Public Health Strategies

joggerIs it possible for experts from the leading nutrition and sport medicine professional organizations to come to consensus on how to strategically address obesity? The answer can be found in a peer-reviewed paper, Energy Balance at a Crossroads: Translating the Science into Action, which provides specific recommendations for biological, lifestyle and environmental changes that will successfully guide children and families toward healthier weights.

The paper, published jointly in the July editions of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, outlines steps to incorporate energy balance principles into public health strategies.

The recommendations include:

* Integrate energy balance into curriculum and training for both exercise science and nutrition professionals and strengthen collaborative efforts between them.

* Develop competencies for school and physical education teachers and position them as energy balance advocates.

* Develop core standards for schools that integrate the dynamic energy balance approach.

* Work with federally funded nutrition programs like the Cooperative Extension Service and school lunch programs to incorporate energy balance solutions.

* Develop messaging and promotional strategies about energy balance that American consumers can understand and apply to their lifestyles.

* Map out and support existing programs that emphasize energy balance.

“We have been discussing and analyzing the obesity epidemic for years. I am ecstatic to see actionable steps toward realistic solutions,” said Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, the IFIC Foundation’s senior vice president of nutrition and food safety and co-author of the paper.

“Addressing obesity prevention through sharing best practices with consumers and community leaders, in addition to undergraduate and graduate level training, is a comprehensive approach that works.”

The paper is an outcome of the October 2012 expert panel meeting titled “Energy Balance at the Crossroads: Translating the Science into Action,” hosted by ACSM, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Agriculture Research Service.

The IFIC Foundation, along with ILSI North America, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American College of Sports Medicine, held a webinar for health professionals Aug. 28 on the same subject as the paper; it can be viewed here.

In addition to Smith Edge, the article’s co-authors are Melinda M. Manore, Oregon State University; Katie Brown, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation; Linda Houtkooper, University of Arizona; John Jakicic, University of Pittsburgh; John C. Peters, University of Colorado, Denver; Alison Steiber, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation; Scott Going, University of Arizona; Lisa Guillermin Gable, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation; and Ann Marie Krautheim, National Dairy Council.

saladplateIn a related vein, the IFIC Foundation’s Food Insight newsletter published an article in its September issue about a new study in the American Journal of Medicine that suggests that decreased physical activity is a bigger culprit in our nation’s expanding waistlines than increased calorie intake. The story is accompanied by an infographic summarizing key findings.

For interview requests and any other questions, please contact the IFIC Foundation media team at 202-296-6540, Raymond@ific.org.

The International Food Information Council Foundation is dedicated to the mission of effectively communicating science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition for the public good. The IFIC Foundation is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. Visit foodinsight.org.

How To Identify Signs Of High Cholesterol And Lower Cholesterol Naturally

healthywordsAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every six Americans has high cholesterol. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA explains how to identify signs of high cholesterol and reduce cholesterol levels without the use of expensive medications.

Recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that 17% of Americans–one out of every six adults–have high levels of cholesterol. While this is a serious condition, affecting millions of people, too many individuals don’t take action and try to lower their cholesterol levels because there are few outward signs and symptoms that easily identify the problem. Sadly, for many people, it’s only after they suffer a heart attack or stroke that they find out that they have high cholesterol. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA has recently published a video on how to identify signs of high cholesterol and reduce cholesterol levels without the use of expensive medications.

WebMD says that some people may notice bumps, from a build up of fat and cholesterol, on their hands, skin or feet. Other than that there are no outward ways to identify high cholesterol. People with certain risk factors, including eating a poor diet, being overweight, being inactive, smoking, taking certain medications, age, having diabetes or a family history of cholesterol, should keep a close eye on their cholesterol levels.

Starting at age 20, Mayo Clinic recommends that adults have their cholesterol checked every five years unless the doctor says otherwise. People who are at a higher risk for elevated cholesterol levels should take measures to lower their LDL (“good”) cholesterol and raise their HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

While many medical professionals advocate the use of prescription medications to lower cholesterol, there are natural options for individuals who prefer to take a more holistic approach to their health. Adjusting one’s diet and lifestyle can go a long way in reducing cholesterol levels or preventing them from getting too high.

Some foods which aid in lowering cholesterol include:

* Avocado and avocado oil- Enjoy chopped avocado pieces on a salad, or stir fry vegetables in avocado oil.

* Dark chocolate- Sprinkle dark cocoa powder on coffee for a guilt-free indulgence.

* Wine- A small glass after dinner assists in lowering LDL levels and provides antioxidants.

* Nuts- Have a handful as a snack, or sprinkle on oatmeal and salads.

* Salmon, Tuna, Halibut- Broil or bake un-breaded fish filets for a wholesome, filling meal with plenty of hearty-healthy fats.

* Apples- Grandma was right; an apple a day can keep the doctor away. Apples, and pears, have pectin which is a type of fiber that assists in lowering cholesterol.

fruits-and-vegetablesFor work lunches, try swapping out low-quality fast food meals for homemade salads and fresh fruit. Walk, and take the stairs, whenever possible to be more active. Buy a fitness DVD to do in the early mornings or evenings to help lose weight. None of these activities require much time or money, but they will all help people live longer, healthier lives and spend less on health care.

To make long term lifestyle changes, it’s important to make the changes gradually. Start with one change a week, adding a new one while maintaining previous ones. It’s only natural to make mistakes and slip-up from time to time; recognize the mistake and jump back on the path to better health. Over time, these changes become second nature.

For more information on this and other topics related to health and wellness please visit Dr. Jain’s website at http://www.sanjayjainmd.com/.

About Dr. Sanjay Jain:

Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA is a New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, accomplished medical doctor, health expert, life coach and inspirational keynote speaker who has dedicated his life to helping people find their purpose by achieving a meaningful life that they deeply cherish. Sanjay Jain is U.S. trained and a board certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience. He holds certifications in Diagnostic Radiology, Integrative Medicine, and Healthcare Quality and Management. He is a graduate from the accelerated BS/MD program at The Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has diversified experience in the private practice, academic, and integrated multispecialty settings.

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