Male Menopause

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The article Male Hormone Deficiency by Dr Robert McEvoy at healthnews.net.au states the symptoms vary and are not specific with ‘male menopause’, which is the wrong expression, as unlike women, mens sex hormones drop slowly at around 40-50.

There is no main cause, however stress is a factor, like it is with other health problems. It includes tiredness, irritability, loss of motivation, joint aches and other symptoms too.It can be looked at through blood tests by your doctor to check the level of testosterone in your body. Like many things, a healthy diet and exercise increases metabolism and can stimulate hormone production, so older men who are overweight and unhealthy have a larger chance of going through ‘male menopause’ earlier on.

Like many health articles, it demonstrates that healthy eating and ongoing exercise, especially for elderly, is beneficial in almost every way. Exercise for elderly men could be perhaps doing the gardening or walking to the local grocery store.

Male hormone deficiency will happen to every man that gets older, however its in no way beneficial to get symptoms earlier on and therefor as the article demonstrates, elderly men should get regular check ups, keep active, eat healthy and they will generally have less health problems and less problems when they go through ‘male menopause.’

Will reading from screens harm your eyes?

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The article Will Reading From a Screen Harm My Eyes? Written by Ken Singh was not specific to the elderly but it definitely applies to them, as it applies to most people. It’s a fact that it is bad for your eyes to read in the dark but is it bad for your eyes to read from tablets, iPhones, computer screens and e-books? This is a topic that some of the elderly are more worried about, as they weren’t brought up in a generation with the products and therefore less trustworthy of some.

The article explains that there is evidence that if you are reading too close to a screen then there can be a negative impact and it could negatively impact on your sight as you then risk becoming more shortsighted. Luckily for the elderly, this is seen in children or young adults with eyes that are still developing.

If the elderly have sore eyes from watching television all day or maybe even using their computer for a while or reading a book, they should just rest their eyes until they feel better again, usually for about 5 to 10 minutes.

This article is useful because there are myths about whether or not reading from an electronic screen is bad for your eyesight; it is therefore good to know the actual facts. This article gives useful facts and could be helpful for elderly or younger people, so they know what is healthy for them and they can correctly tell their children and grandchildren what is healthy for them too.

Sources from the article: ABC health & Wellbeing at abc.net.au; and the conversation.edu.au

Beer is Healthy!

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From reading the ‘Be Healthy – Health works’ February newsletter, I came across an interesting, eye-catching, article, Beer benefits by Bill Owen. It explains that while wine gets praise in the health industries for actually being healthy for you (in moderation, one glass a day), studies have also found that beer can have a healthy affect on your heart.

It is the ingredients in the beer that are good for you. The article shows that drinking one beer a day keeps the cardiologist away. Folate and the constituents found in beer together, reduce homocysteine in the blood, lower cholesterol and reduce blood clotting and one beer per day has been associated with a lower risk of heart disease. They emphasise that drinking more than that, and heavy drinking is still bad for you.

They also busted the myth that low-carbohydrate beer is better for you, as all beers are low in carbohydrate and contain much less than a regular soft drink. In conclusion, Bill Owen expresses that just like wine, beer has also been found to be healthy for you if only consumed once a day.