You’ve probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. Well, it’s not just a saying; it’s the truth. There’s a raft of scientific evidence that proves that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)-and running in particular-has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. Here’s how:
1. Running makes you happier.
If you’ve been working out regularly, you’ve already discovered it: No matter how good or bad you feel at any given moment, exercise will make you feel better. And it goes beyond just the “runner’s high”-that rush of feel-good hormones known as endocannabinoids.
In a 2006 study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that even a single bout of exercise-30 minutes of walking on a treadmill-could instantly lift the mood of someone suffering from a major depressive order. In a May 2013 study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in which rats and mice got antidepressant-like effects from running on a wheel, researchers concluded that physical activity was an effective alternative to treating depression.
And even on those days when you have to force yourself out the door, exercise still protects you against anxiety and depression, studies have shown.
Moderate exercise may help people cope with anxiety and stress even after they’re done working out, according to a 2012 study published in Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. A 2012 study in the Journal of Adolescent Health proved that just 30 minutes of running during the week for three weeks boosted sleep quality, mood, and concentration during the day.
Ever heard someone call running their “drug”? Well, apparently, it actually is pretty similar. A 2007 study in Physiological Behavior showed that running causes the same kind of neurochemical adaptations in brain reward pathways that also are shared by addictive drugs.
Obesity and leptinThe hormone leptin is produced by fat cells and is secreted into our bloodstream. Leptin reduces a person’s appetite by acting on specific centres of their brain to reduce their urge to eat. It also seems to control how the body manages its store of body fat.Because leptin is produced by fat, leptin levels tend to be higher in people who are obese than in people of normal weight. However, despite having higher levels of this appetite-reducing hormone, people who are obese aren’t as sensitive to the effects of leptin and, as a result, tend not to feel full during and after a meal. Ongoing research is looking at why leptin messages aren’t getting through to the brain in people who are obese.
Obesity and insulinInsulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is important for the regulation of carbohydrates and the metabolism of fat. Insulin stimulates glucose (sugar) uptake from the blood in tissues such as muscles, the liver and fat. This is an important process to make sure that energy is available for everyday functioning and to maintain normal levels of circulating glucose.In a person who is obese, insulin signals are sometimes lost and tissues are no longer able to control glucose levels. This can lead to the development of type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome.Read more at:
As the medical field is becoming more concerned with illness that plagues females, more and more information is coming to light about the complex organism that is the female body. Only a little over a hundred years ago, women were accused of having “hysteria” instead of being treated for what was wrong with them. The word “hysteria” comes from the latin word for uterus. It is now much less taboo to talk about female sexuality and we have found that a problem that plagues nearly half of women is called Female Sexual Arousal Disorder.
Once seen as mostly a psychological issue, in recent years female sexual dysfunction (FSD) has been recognized as a wide spread problem with physiological aspects that are treatable. According to reported data, up to 43 percent of women in the United States experience some form of FSD. One of the most commonly reported types of FSD is female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD).Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD)
- FSAD is the persistent or recurrent inability to attain or maintain the lubrication-swelling response of sexual excitement until completion of sexual activity
- Arousal disorder is characterized by a lack of vaginal lubrication; decreased clitoral and labial sensation; decreased clitoral and labial engorgement; or decreased sexual arousal and excitement
- When these symptoms cause significant personal distress to the women affected, a diagnosis of FSAD is made
- FSAD occurs despite adequate focus, intensity and duration of sexual stimulation
Causes of FSAD
- Surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy may affect changes in blood flow, which can cause a lack of sensitivity and sexual arousal
- A hysterectomy, with or without oophorectomy (removal of ovaries), may also affect how a woman feels about herself sexually
- The decrease in estrogen levels associated with menopause may make the vagina dry and thin, even causing it to shrink
- Certain medications such as oral contraceptives, antihypertensives and antidepressants, may impact sexual function and libido; Women taking these drugs may report a decrease in arousal, increase in vaginal dryness and increase in difficulty reaching orgasm
- Psychological factors such as depression, stress and relationship issues may cause or contribute to FSAD
- Other causes include certain chronic diseases like diabetes, lifestyle choices such as cigarette smoking, and surgical trauma or nerve damage to the pubic area
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Lumenis, Ltd. (Yokneam, Israel) reasserted its lead-
ership in the aesthetic market with the release of
the versatile LightSheer Duet platform for laser hair
removal. Featuring two handpieces, the smaller
spot size ET delivers higher fluences with contact
cooling and the larger spot size HS (high speed)
provides lower fluences with vacuum-assist. The
ability to perform single pass treatments and no
need for external cooling make laser hair remov-
al with LightSheer Duet easier on clinicians, as
well as patients. Furthermore, the HS handpiece’s
safety, efficacy and treatment speed have been
supported by recent clinical trials.
“The fact that new technologies often choose LightSheer as the basis for comparison emphasizes that it’s such a
trusted and popular device.”
“Harnessing the principle of selective photothermolysis for hair removal is very effec-
tive,” Dr. Halachmi stated, “but it can be somewhat difficult for patients to tolerate due
to long treatment times, and some discomfort. There is also an inherent risk in some
treatments because higher fluences translate into greater discomfort and an increased
risk of adverse events. Laser manufacturers have begun to address this problem by
developing creative technologies that deliver the laser energy in different ways, so that
the hair follicle absorbs a therapeutic level of energy but the temperature of the epider-
mis remains low and safe.”
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As we age, there is less collagen in our face, there is less tone, blood vessels become weaker, wrinkles become more apparent and ultimately lead to the loss of that youthful look. Men and women have been getting face lifts for a very long time to counter that fact but there may just be a new method that does more than just lift the skin. Check out this article about what a stem cell facelift is and call us today to book an appointment!
What is the Stem Cell Facelift?
The stem cell facelift is a complete facial rejuvenation procedure without involving any surgery. The procedure avoids any incisions and the actual were lifting of the skin itself. The procedure has been performed at the Plastic Surgery Center Internationale for over four years with outstanding results.
The main function of the procedure is to restore both the youthful contour and shape of the face as well as a marked improvement in skin quality, tightness and color irregularities caused by the aging process as well as exposure to the sun and environment.
Patients who have undergone this procedure frequently avoid or markedly reduce the need for other maintenance procedures like Botox and cosmetic filler injections.
The function of the procedure is based on the regenerative capacity of a group of cells called ADULT STEM CELLS.
Of the hundred trillion cells that make up the human body, stem cells are the most important category. They are among the few cells in the body that are specialized and have the potential to become a particular cell type and replace worn and damage cells.
A large number of stem cells exist in adipose or fat tissue. When stem cells are transplanted with fat in the different parts of their body, the majority of them grown and exist in these new areas helping to form new tissue at the transplanted site.
By using the regenerative properties of stem cells along with transplanted fat, a marked improvement of survival of these tissues occurs.
What makes the stem cell facelifts unique and different from other fat transplant procedures is the fact that the abdominal fat and stem cells are mixed with a specific combination of growth factors that help both the stem cells and adipose tissues grow into the needed tissue to restore both the fat to enhance the volume of the face as well as skin elements to improve both the quality and texture of the skin.
Unfortunately, there is still a connotation that exists when it comes to women and hormones. If you say the words “hormone imbalance”, most people think of women but it is also extremely common in men. Men often let this go untreated as low testosterone levels can wreak havoc on their lives. Check out this article from WebMD about the effects low testosterone can have on your body.
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone may be the most notorious of hormones. It conjures up thoughts of muscles and masculinity. In fact, testosterone does fuel sex drive and muscle mass, but it also regulates mood and bone strength. When a man’s level falls below normal, a doctor may prescribe shots, gels, or patches. But there is some debate over who needs treatment.
Aging and Testosterone Levels
A slow drop in testosterone is a normal part of aging, sometimes called “andropause” or “male menopause.” For many men, this doesn’t cause any significant problems or symptoms. Others may notice hot flashes, irritable moods, or less interest in sex.
Low Testosterone and the Body
Low testosterone can cause visible changes in some men:
- Thinner muscles
- Loss of body hair
- Smaller, softer testicles
- Larger breasts
Low Testosterone Affects Bones
You may think osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, is a woman’s disease, but it can affect men as well. Low testosterone is a common cause. As testosterone levels fall, the bones may get thinner, weaker, and more likely to break.
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