Over the past few years I’ve been asked to give several talks on women’s health issues. Being a topic that expends well across the realm of endocrinology I had no problem with it. The problem with that, however, is that I was “the guy” lecturing a group of women—the experts on this topic!
If you’re a lady, and most certainly you will be one if you’re reading this, I must apologize to you in advance. So, what can this guy tell you about PMS that you don’t already know? Well, let’s find out…
Women outlive men by six or seven years on average. More boys than girls suffer from hyperactivity, reading and behavioral problems, clumsiness, stammering and autism. Once they make it into adulthood, boys are more likely to suffer from circulatory disorders (including the biggest killer, heart disease), diabetes and alcoholism, ulcers and lung cancer. Male infertility rates are on the increase too.
WHY IS THIS?
One of the problems is testosterone. While helping out in many areas, it also has some drawbacks, including raising cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and lowering immune function.
Luckily there is an upside to all this and many simple ways to reduce the risk of having these problems…
Everyone goes through stressful periods in their lives, and some of us suffer from chronic stress. Learning how to cope is the key to living an enjoyable and healthy life – thankfully there are natural ways to beat stress.
What is stress?
Stress may be defined as the mental state when we are unable to cope comfortably with events facing us. These can occur suddenly and be short-lived or be around us for long periods of time.
This results in the release of specific chemicals or hormones into our bloodstream, namely adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, triggering a stress response in the body.
When we speak of stress, we usually refer to stress on the mind or psychological stress, rather than that on the body (physical stress).
Many of us are so used to living with stress daily that we may not even understand what stress symptoms are. Here are some signs: Continue reading >