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Recipe for Impotence: A Burger and TV.
You think I'm exaggerating?
Well, maybe a little.
does take more than one burger and one sitcom to deprive you of your
manhood. But the same bad habits that drive up your cholesterol and
clog your arteries—a high-fat diet and inactivity—can
of the penis as the fleshy equivalent of a automobile tire—one
that fills with blood rather than air. When it's time for an erection,
blood flow into the penis increases by as much as eight times, and
flow out drops dramatically. Blood backs up and . . . presto, an
erection—unless not enough blood can get in or too much gets
stops blood from getting into the penis? Atherosclerosis—the
hardening and plugging of arteries that leads to heart attacks, stroke
and other circulatory diseases. And, because the penis is usually
smaller than the heart, its blood vessels are more easily plugged.
fact, loss of erections is often the first clear sign of a more-serious
illness. Studies at Washington University in St. Louis have shown
that 25 percent of men who seek help for a potency problem have a
heart attack or stroke within five years.
stops blood from staying in the penis? Within the last couple of
years, researchers have at the University of California, San Francisco,
have figured out that spongy tissue in the penis actually breaks
down, becoming permanently incapable of storing blood and expanding
the penis. They believe that lifestyle has much to do with this breakdown.
How do you protect your penile circulatory system from unnecessary
damage so you keep on enjoying nature's gift? It a simple and energizing
Just reduce your intake of fat by not eating red meat and fried foods
very often, by using reduced-fat dairy products and by making it a
point to fill up on whole grains and vegetables.
too, is easy and beneficial. All it takes is 30 minutes of moderate
activity (brisk walking, for example) three times per week to enjoy
most of the benefits of fitness.
Try it. You'll feel better, and you'll live and love longer. In health.
men should perform monthly self-testicular examinations just as women
do monthly self-breast examinations. The optimal time to perform the
examination is while taking a warm shower. Both hands should be used
to examine each testicle with the thumbs in front and the first two
fingers behind the testicle. The testicle should be rolled between
the fingers and thumb, feeling for any lumps or bumps.
testicle normally feels like a hard-boiled egg without the shell.
If lumps or bumps are discovered, a physician, preferably a urologist,
should be consulted at once. The best chance of prevention is early
detection and treatment.
cancer: flexible sigmoidoscopy
sigmoidoscopy is the visual examination of the lining of the rectum
and a portion of the colon using a lighted, flexible, fiberoptic tube
that's about the thickness of your finger. This remarkable piece of
equipment can be directed and moved around the bends in the lower colon
The fear of the unknown keeps many men from having a flexible sigmoidoscopy.
Yet this simple, outpatient exam takes only ten minutes and provides
the physician with a great deal of useful information. The exam is
performed while lying on your side, in a comfortable position. The
procedure should be painless, although you may feel slight pressure
or a bloating sensation.
men over the age of 40 should have a rectal examination once a year
to screen for prostate cancer. There
is now a new blood test called PSA recommended for all men over the
age of 50 with at least a life expectancy of 10 years, and all men
over the age of 40 who are at high risk including African-American,
and those who have a family history of prostate cancer. The PSA can
be elevated with enlargement, infection, or cancer.
more to avoiding skin cancer than a tube of sunscreen.
would be hard to have missed the fact that exposure to the sun can
cause skin cancer. The numbers have been well publicized: 732,000
new cases per year, 9,000 deaths per year, new cases increasing at
a rate of 100,000 every two years. But there's still quite a bit
you might not know about skin cancer:
are inherently at greater risk. Because they more commonly work
outdoors, men, on average, have greater lifetime exposure to sunlight.
regardless of skin color, is at risk. Although fair-skinned, blue-eyed
people are more than 10 times as likely to get skin cancer as black
people are, it does happen.
may not be enough. Although regular application of sunscreen with
a protection factor of at least 15 protects against many types
of skin cancer, it may not, alone, offer adequate protection against
the most deadly type, malignant melanoma. Tightly woven clothing
and a broad-brimmed hat complete the protection scheme.
cancer doesn't necessarily occur on sun-exposed skin. Unlike other
skin cancers—which are most common on the head, neck, shoulders,
hands and, feet—melanoma is most common in men between the
shoulders and hips. (Women are most likely to get melanoma on the
lower legs or trunk.) Melanoma does occur on the head and neck,
but even areas such as the buttocks and genitals can develop it.
parlors are not safer than sunlight. Both types of ultraviolet
radiation—UVB, which causes tanning, and UVA, which penetrates
deeply into the skin—appear to be involved in producing skin
runs in families. Having two or more relatives with melanoma puts
you at greater risk.
melanoma can be cured if detected early enough. About 83 percent
of people whose melanomas are detected early survive at least five
years. Survival for advanced cases drops to 10 percent.
melanoma is as easy as ABCD. Melanoma develops from moles. Once
a month, examine moles on your entire body carefully for the following:
Asymmetry—the shape of one side of the mole doesn't match
the other. Border irregularities—the edges are not smooth.
Color nonuniformity—brown or black is normal. Diameter—no
larger than a pencil eraser. Any of these signs are cause for a
visit to the doctor.
listen guys, self-exams don't have to be boring. Ask your partner
to inspect your skin and offer to return the favor. Make it fun,
and it may lead to even more fun.
detection is critical. Skin self-exams should be performed once a
month—make it fun by including your partner so you can examine
each other. Should you find a suspicious lesion, have it evaluated
by a physician as soon as possible.
your number of sexual partners.
sex with people you don't know well or people who have multiple
use condom and spermacide, regardless of the need for contraception.
sex with people who are being treated for a sexual disease.
sexual contact with anyone who has visible lesions on the genitalia.
you are infected with an STD, refrain from sexual activity until
treatment has completed.
lots of water. It dilutes your urine, reducing the likelihood
of a crystal forming.
excessive calcium in your diet. You need calcium, but too many
dairy products or antacids containing calcium can increase your
risk of getting stones. Calcium is found in milk, cheese, dairy
products, and certain vegetables like broccoli.
regular exercise. Being active helps send calcium where it belongs:
into your bones.
foods containing lots of vitamin A. Orange fruits and vegetables
and broccoli help keep your urinary tract in good shape.
eat too much protein. Most Americans get more than they need,
and there is a direct association between kidney disease and
you develop kidney stones, your doctor can suggest some other dietary
approaches that will reduce the chances that they'll trouble you
again. Still, once you've had one, your chances of getting another
are fairly high.
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