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Subtle Signs You May Have Clogged Arteries

How common are clogged arteries?

 

coronary artery angiography ,Coronary artery disease , left coronary angiographyEach year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 735,000 people suffer a heart attack and 610,000 people die of coronary heart disease (CHD). That’s one in four deaths. Preventing heart disease in patients is a physician’s main goal, but early detection is the next best thing. This can lead to changes in lifestyle and medical therapies that can delay or deny the onset of a heart attack; almost 80 percent of heart disease is preventable with lifestyle changes. Many of my patients are shocked to learn about the following clues to underlying clogged arteries and heart disease.

 

Erectile dysfunction (ED)

 

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Men have a built-in warning system for silent CHD. When achieving an erection is difficult or impossible, it can be a sign of clogged arteries in the pelvis that presents before a heart attack hits. There are, on average, three to five years between the onset of ED and the finding of CHD, which is plenty of time to detect and work on preventing heart issues. If you and your partner are worried about sexual performance, it’s smart to look for and treat the root causes of diseased arteries before automatically turning to a blue pill.

 

Calf pain when you walk

 

7 Silent Signs You May Have Clogged Arteries

This is known as claudication (from the Latin for “to limp”). Atherosclerosis can block leg arteries, particularly in smokers, before CHD is diagnosed. This symptom requires an evaluation without delay. Your doctor will examine the pulses in your legs and perform simple measurements of leg blood pressure and blood flow to confirm a diagnosis of poor circulation. It is crucial that heart disease be diagnosed as early as possible because there are many dietary and medical treatments that can help reverse the problem. I advise my patients to eat more plant-based foods and fewer animal products and to start a walking program. Their calf pain completely resolved within weeks and has not recurred for years. Anyone with any of the above signs of silent CHD should know his or her numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting glucose). Ask your doctor if you should be checked for heart disease with an EKG, a coronary calcium CT imaging, or an exercise stress testing.

Tight jaw

 

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This symptom of clogged arteries occurs more often in women, but men should be aware of it, too. According to the Harvard Medical School, aches and pains in the jaw and neck are common symptoms of angina, which is the discomfort that results from poor blood flow to part of the heart. The pain occurs because the vagus nerve (the main nerve that carries pain signals from the heart) is in constant contact with the neck, jaw, head, and left arm. Visit your doctor to find out if your jaw pain is the result of something benign, such are teeth grinding, or if it’s something you’ll want to monitor with caution.

 

Lower back pain

 

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Your lower back pain might not be a simple sign of aging muscles. According to the Physicians Community for Responsible Medicine, the lower back is also often one of the first parts of the body to accumulate plaque. You’ll feel pain because the reduced blood flow to the area can weaken the disks that cushion the vertebrae.

 

Smoking habit

 

7 Silent Signs You May Have Clogged Arteries

The chemicals in tobacco damage the structure and function of your blood vessels and damage the function of your heart. This damage increases your risk of atherosclerosis, according to the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute. One of the best things you can do to decrease your risk of CHD is to quit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers help for quitting smoking.

 

Joel K. Kahn, MD.

 

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4 Types of Diabetic Neuropathy

What Are the Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy?

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As soon as I posted on Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, the question was asked about the other types of Diabetic Neuropathy.

 

The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy depend on the type of neuropathy that affects a person and the nerves being targeted. Common symptoms are known to involve the sensory, motor and autonomic (or involuntary) nervous systems.

However, some people with nerve damage may not manifest symptoms at all, while others may only experience mild symptoms such as numbness, tingling or pain in the feet.

Mild cases may also remain unnoticed for a long period of time because most damage occurs over several years. Other people, typically those with focal neuropathy, can also experience sudden, severe and painful symptoms.

Diabetic Neuropathy Symptoms Vary According to the Type of Condition
There are four types of diabetic neuropathy that can affect people, and symptoms are usually specific to the type.2

1.Peripheral neuropathy — Feet and legs are often affected first, followed by hands and arms. Patients with peripheral neuropathy may experience:

◦ Numbness or reduced ability to feel pain or temperature changes

◦ A tingling or burning sensation

◦ Sharp pains or cramps

◦ Increased sensitivity to touch

◦ Muscle weakness

◦ Loss of reflexes, especially in the ankle

◦ Loss of balance and coordination

◦ Serious foot problems such as ulcers, infections, deformities and bone and joint pain

2. Autonomic neuropathy — This form of neuropathy targets the autonomic nervous system responsible for controlling the heart, bladder, lung, stomach, intestines, sex organs and eyes. Symptoms include:

◦ Hypoglycemia unawareness (a lack of awareness that blood sugar levels are low)

◦ Bladder problems including urinary tract infections or urinary retention or incontinence

◦ Constipation, uncontrolled diarrhea or a combination of the two

◦ Gastroparesis (slow stomach emptying), which can cause nausea, vomiting, bloating and appetite loss

◦ Vaginal dryness and other sexual difficulties (women)

◦ Erectile dysfunction (men)

◦ Difficulty swallowing

◦ Increased or decreased sweating

◦ Changes in the way your eyes adjust from light to dark

◦ Problems with body temperature regulation

◦ Increased heart rate during rest

◦ Inability of the body to adjust blood pressure and heart rate, causing sharp drops in blood after sitting or standing and leading to fainting or lightheadedness

3. Radiculoplexus neuropathy — Radiculoplexus neuropathy affects nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks or legs. This condition is also called diabetic amyotrophy, femoral neuropathy or proximal neuropathy.

Typically, symptoms of radiculoplexus neuropathy are found on one side of the body, but in some cases these can spread to the other side:

◦ Sudden and severe pain in your hip and thigh or buttock

◦ Eventual weak and atrophied thigh muscles

◦ Difficulty rising from a sitting position

◦ Abdominal swelling if the abdomen is affected

◦ Weight loss

Take note that most radiculoplexus neuropathy patients improve at least partially over time, but there are instances when symptoms can worsen before they get better.

4. Mononeuropathy — In this form, there is damage to a specific nerve in the face, torso or leg. Mononeuropathy, also called focal neuropathy, often comes on suddenly. The symptoms of this type of diabetic neuropathy depend on the nerve involved, and can include:

◦ Difficulty focusing your eyes, double vision or aching behind one eye

◦ Paralysis on one side of the face (Bell’s palsy)

◦ Pain in the shin or foot

◦ Pain in the lower back or pelvis

◦ Pain at the front of the thigh

◦ Pain in the chest or abdomen

Mononeuropathy may also occur when a nerve is compressed. Among diabetics, carpal tunnel syndrome is a common type of compression neuropathy.

Patients can experience a numbness or tingling in the fingers or hand (especially in the thumb and/or index, middle and ring fingers), a sense of weakness in the hand and a tendency to drop things.

While mononeuropathy is known to trigger severe pain, this disease doesn’t necessarily  cause long-term problems, unless untreated. Symptoms may disappear on their own within a few weeks or months, with proper treatment.

If you notice these symptoms, talk to your doctor immediately to determine the type of diabetic neuropathy that may be affecting you so you can receive proper treatment.

 

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Chemicals in Cosmetics, Soaps May Harm Men’s Fertility

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Men who have been exposed to common chemicals known as parabens have lower testosterone levels and more sperm that are abnormally shaped and slow moving, according to a study that suggests these ingredients may contribute to infertility.

Researchers examined lab tests done on 315 male patients of a fertility clinic in Poland to pinpoint issues they were having with reproduction. All of the men provided samples of urine, saliva, blood and semen for analysis.

 

Compared to men who had low concentrations of parabens in their urine, men with high concentrations of the chemicals also had a larger proportion of sperm with what’s known as abnormal morphology, or unusual size or shape, that’s associated with infertility, the study found.

Higher levels of parabens in the urine were also associated with DNA damage in the sperm and what’s known as decreased motility, or slower moving sperm that may contribute to infertility by being unable to travel far enough to reach an egg.

 

“We have observed an impact of parabens on semen quality,” said lead study author Joanna Jurewicz of the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz.

 

“To avoid parabens is very difficult because they are widespread, but we can try to minimize the exposure by only using personal care products with label information saying that there are no parabens in the particular product,” Jurewicz said by email.

 

Parabens are widely used preservatives in cosmetic products, including soaps, creams and makeup. The most common parabens in cosmetics are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Typically, several parabens are used in combination to increase their effectiveness.

Some parabens are banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not limited use of the ingredients.

 

Past research in animals has suggested that parabens can mimic the hormone estrogen and lower testosterone levels, the authors note in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

 

Parabens and other so-called hormone disruptors may have developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune-system side effects, and they may be found in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, pesticides, plastics, detergents, food, toys, and flame retardants, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The current study found one chemical in particular, butyl paraben, associated with an increase in the percentage of sperm with an abnormal size and shape as well as a decrease in sperm motility.

 

Another chemical, ethyl paraben, was associated only with sperm of atypical size and shape.

 

Beyond its small size, other limitations of the study include the lack of data on other environmental or medical factors that might influence sperm quality or infertility. Because the men all joined the study after visiting a fertility clinic, it’s also possible the results might not apply to other men.

 

Scientists don’t know exactly what amount of parabens might be harmful or exactly how they work in the human body to damage fertility.

 

“No one really knows the mechanism of action of these compounds,” said Marisa Bartolomei, co-director of the epigenetics program at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

 

Parabens are also so ubiquitous that they’re hard to avoid.

 

“Parabens are in many products: sunscreens, body lotions, facial lotions and cleansers, mascara, assorted lipsticks, hand soaps, shampoos, conditioners, sprays, gels, and some food products,” Bartolomei, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

 

Products labeled “paraben-free” may not necessarily be safe, either.

 

“Many of us wonder what substitutes for these chemicals there are and if the substitutes are better or if they have even been tested,” Bartolomei said.

 

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5 Drugs Keeping Men Down

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Prescription Drugs And Erectile Dysfunction: 5 Drugs Keeping Men Down

 

These five categories of drugs may cause erectile dysfunction.

 

Most men who take prescription medications know that they’re going to come with a list of side effects, which usually include drowsiness, headaches, dry mouth, or upset stomach. Sometimes, they’re a bit more serious, encompassing everything from skin irritation to allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock. But most of these guys forget one of the more unwanted side effects: erectile dysfunction.

 

Around the country, erectile dysfunction, or simply ED, affects as many as 30 million men, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Though this figure probably doesn’t include all those men taking prescription meds, they certainly experience the same effects, such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and a decreased quality of life. Nevertheless, it’s important to know which medications may cause these side effects, and speak to a doctor about possible alternatives — or just prepare to have trouble keeping it up. Here are five of them.

Benzodiazepines

 

It’s interesting that benzodiazepines, which are commonly used for anxiety — but also seizures and insomnia — can cause ED, and thus further anxiety. In fact, you’ll find that it’s a running theme. Anxiety is well known to cause ED, as increased levels of stress harm the body and take away from a man’s libido.

Though common benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Librium, may help calm a man’s anxieties through sedative effects, they may also end up lowering a man’s desire to have sex, as well as his ability to stay erect.

Antidepressants

 

Another condition that causes ED in itself, major depression affected an estimated 16 million adults in 2012. Antidepressants are also used to treat anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and even long-term pain. One of the major forms of antidepressants, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are comprised of the drugs Celexa, Prozac, Zoloft, and Lexapro.

Up to 60 percent of people taking SSRIs may experience ED, according to Medscape. Though it’s unclear how it causes ED, experts suspect it relates to the way the drugs influence function of the neurotransmitters serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, all of which relate to feelings of well-being.

Beta Blockers

 

High blood pressure damages blood vessels, including those in a man’s penis; causing ED. But beta blockers, one of the drugs most commonly prescribed to people who have blood pressure, may also cause them to experience ED. Drugs that fall into this category include Sectral, Lopressor, Cogard, and Tenormin.

Just like antidepressants, these drugs also affect neurotransmitters in the brain, specifically epinephrine (adrenaline). In this particular case, they counteract the stimulatory effects of the molecule, tamping down on a person’s excitement. At the same time, some evidence suggests beta blockers also messes with the areas of a man’s nervous system that make him erect.

Antihistamines

 

Millions of men suffer from allergies, but some of the most common drugs, such as Benadryl and Dramamine, may be causing them to have ED, too. Though it’s unclear exactly how it causes ED, personal accounts of its effects suggest that it could alter the way men’s nervous systems react to stimulation around the penis. It also seems to be temporary, with sensation coming back gradually after ending use.

H2 Blockers

 

Also called H2-receptor antagonists, this category of drugs include the popular heartburn drugs Zantac and Pepcid. They’re used to treat gastrointestinal disorders like gastric ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

For the most part, they cause ED when taken in high doses, and the drug Tagamet (cimetidine) is most likely to give men problems. Along with Ed and a decreased libido, they can also lower a man’s sperm count.

Though life on these drugs may seem grim within the sexual arena, taking them is important for treating whatever disease a doctor has prescribed them for. Also, by talking with a doctor about alternative treatments, lowering doses, or taking supplements, anyone who takes these drugs may be able to get some of their sexual health back.

 

So what do you do?

 

As always give us a call.  The answer to many of the symptoms described here, which started someone on the cycle of various prescriptions, can be treated and reversed with other ways.  Taking a chemical to treat a symptom is only going to cause more problems for you.

 

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Increase Your Libido

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Increase Your Libido

Do you feel that there are times when sex just does not interest you? If you are suffering from lowered libido, or your sex drive just does not seem to be as strong as it used to be, the foods you eat could help you increase your sex drive.

It is important to understand that a decreased libido could be due to medications or an illness, so if the following foods do not help improve your drive, you should consult your doctor to address the problem.

Best Libido-Increasing Foods If you want to use a natural approach to increasing your sex drive, these foods are some of the best options to try.

Onions Even though most people avoid onions due to the smell, sautéed onions are great for increasing libido. Simply peel and dice an onion, and sauté in clarified butter until translucent. Eat the onions with a teaspoon of honey daily.

Dates Dates are high in iron, and help with sex drive and ovulation. Simply soak a serving of dates in one cup of honey, and eat one teaspoon of the date-infused honey each day.

Fish Tuna, anchovies, salmon, sardines, mackerel, and herring are high in omega-3’s, which are important for overall health. Eating these types of fish also naturally increase sex drive and stamina.

Watermelon Watermelons provide amino acids that are important for sexual health, and they increase nitric oxide in the body. These two substances greatly increase sex drive and blood flow to improve sexual performance.

Peanuts Nuts are high in fiber, antioxidants, and L-Arginine. L-Arginine is a natural libido enhancer, and the additional amino acids improve blood flow for more sexual stamina.

Blueberries Blueberries contain antioxidants that are proven to help men with increased pleasure and sex drive. Eating blueberries daily will increase blood flow, pleasure, and erection strength.

Garlic Raw garlic provides a drastic increase in libido due to allicin, which is proven to enhance blood flow. Eat one clove each day for great results.

Pumpkin Seeds Pumpkin seeds are high in vitamins and zinc, which helps with testosterone issues, and sperm production.

Oysters Oysters not only increase dopamine production, they also contain zinc. These substances increase testosterone and healthy sperm when you eat them two times per week or more.

Dark Chocolate Dark chocolate contains high amounts of antioxidants and phenylethylamine, both of which work to enhance your sex drive when eaten daily.