Sex Positions and Techniques That Can Increase Your Risk of Penile Fracture

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Jan 302014
 

One of the best preventive measures for penile fracture is to make sure both you and your partner know that the penis can be broken during sex. In the Men’s Health article “The 4 Most Dangerous Sex Positions,” very vigorous sex is cited as one of the most frequent causes of penile fracture. Penile fracture also frequently occurs with the female partner on top, according to the Urology Care Foundation article “Penile Trauma.”

Additional tips on how to prevent your penis from breaking during sex is

  • To stop thrusting if the penis slips out of the vagina
  • Avoid having sex in unusual places like counter tops or airplane lavatories
  • And make sure you are in a position that assures good balance during sex

Three positions increasing your risk of penile fracture are

  • Standing on your toes while your female partner is sitting on a counter
  • Having sex on a Swiss Exercise Ball
  • And with your female partner on top

The Urology Care Foundation states that modern treatment for penile fracture is a surgical procedure. The surgeon removes any blood clots, and repairs any muscle tears in the penis. Most cases will heal without problems if treated quickly. However, in some cases, these complications can occur:

  • Infection
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Priapism where the penis can stay erect to the point of pain
  • Or the curvature of the penis

To avoid breaking your penis during sex, make sure that both partners are aware that a penis can be broken during sex. Have sex in familiar places using well practiced techniques. Above all, if your penis slips out of the vagina, thrusting completely until the penis is reinserted. Penile fracture doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it can be a serious injury.

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Higher Levels of Melatonin May Reduce Risks of Prostate Cancer

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Jan 202014
 

Being reported in LiveScience is that “Men with higher levels of the sleep hormone melatonin may be less likely to develop prostate cancer.” This new study also indicates that men with higher levels of melatonin in their urine have a 75% decreased risk of developing advanced prostate cancer.

The researchers do not know if the higher levels of melatonin are naturally occurring or from supplements.

Men who had the lower levels of melatonin were those who took medication for sleep problems, and difficulty in falling and staying asleep. The Independent reports that “Sleep loss and other factors can influence the amount of melatonin secretion or block it altogether, and health problems associated with low melatonin, disrupted sleep, and/or disruption of the circadian rhythm are broad, including a potential risk factor for cancer.”

The researchers stress that this is a small study, and needs verification through replication.

Past studies have also hinted at an increased risk of breast cancer associated with night shift work. As reported by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, “An increased risk of breast cancer was found among subjects who reported not sleeping during the period of the night when nocturnal melatonin levels are typically at their highest.”

Our body produces melatonin in the dark at night. This hormone regulates our sleep-wake cycle, and influences our circadian rhythm. People with low levels of melatonin typically experience disrupted sleep.

Our bodies typically produce melatonin at levels near 0.3 mg per day. So, you don’t need mega doses of this hormone as a supplement to maintain normal body levels. And according to the University of Maryland, “1 to 3 mg 1 hour before bedtime is usually effective (for insomnia), although doses as low as 0.1 -0.3 mg may improve sleep for some people.” As with all supplements, discuss it with your doctor before taking it.

The medical community is becoming increasingly aware of the role melatonin may play in preventing some cancers like breast and prostate cancers. Poor night sleep and low melatonin levels are associated with increased risk of both cancers. If you decide to take melatonin as a supplement, remember that only small doses are needed. Of course, always talk to your doctor first before taking any supplement.

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Tony Dorsett Wants to Know If Football Caused His CTE

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Nov 082013
 

Former NFL players Tony Dorsett, Joe DeLamielleure, and Leonard Marshall are diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE.

CTE is a progressive degenerative brain disease found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma. The type of brain trauma that is common among football players and boxers. According to Boston University, the brain degeneration of this disease is characterized by memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems, aggression, depression and eventually dementia.

CTE also is associated with an abnormal buildup of a brain cell protein called tau. In particular, various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is associated with an abnormal buildup of a phosphorylated tau protein or p-tau. Clumps of p-tau are known to impair the function of brain axons. Axons make it possible for brain cells to communicate with each other. When our brain cell communication ability is disrupted, various forms of dementia develop.

The three players sought medical help when they noticed memory loss, feelings of depression and suicide, and fogginess of thought.

There is one silver lining to the diagnosis of these three players. Researchers can now observe this disease in living people. Until now, doctors were only able to see the results of this disease after the deaths of athletes. Tracking CTE in living people will help medical researchers develop early diagnosis procedures and possible treatments.

No one is saying that football is the direct cause of CTE. But it’s clear that athletes who experience repeated head trauma, common in football and boxing, have a high risks factor for developing CTE.

New Study Confirms That Flu Vaccine Can Reduce Risk for a Heart Attack

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Aug 222013
 

You probably thought that the flu vaccine was only good for cutting your chances of getting influenza. But for over 10 years, researchers have known of a link between influenza and heart disease.

According to Mail Online, a new study published in the journal Heart confirms that for middle-aged men, a flu vaccine can cut their risk of a heart attack in half, or about 45%.

It’s not completely understood how a flu vaccine helps your heart health. But one possible explanation, as indicated in an article published on HowStuffWorks, is that the vaccine helps your immune system fight off infections at an early stage. This in turn prevents your body from activating an inflammatory response.

When our arteries become inflamed, our blood may thicken, and blood clots may form. Both of these changes in our circulatory system can lead to a heart attack, especially if our arteries are already narrowed with plague. By preventing the inflammation from occurring, the vaccine helps reduce our chances of getting a heart attack from a viral infection.

So you now have another reason to get your flu vaccine every year. It not only cuts of chances of getting the flu, it also cuts your risk of a heart attack, at least for middle-aged men.

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Calcium Supplements May Be Deadly To Men

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Feb 072013
 

The good news is that there is no connection between calcium supplement and heart disease in women, and there is no connection between calcium from food and heart disease.

The problem for men is when we take more than 1,000 mg of calcium in the form of a supplement. If we men do that, we are 20% more likely to suffer heart disease compared to men who don’t take calcium supplements. This is the conclusion of evidence that comes from the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study that has followed the health of almost 400,000 men and women since 1995.

This study was not a randomized study, which means that there could be other factors other than calcium supplements that may explain the increased risk of heart disease. However, there are also other studies being conducted that are showing a concern about calcium supplements and heart disease in men.

The bottom line is that it is much healthier for men to get our calcium from food rather than from supplements.

The USDA National Nutrient Database for Calcium provides an excellent list of foods that have naturally occurring calcium in real food. Excellent food sources of calcium are low fat milk and yogurt, soymilk, dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and sardines packed with their bones.

The problem with calcium is when it is not completely absorbed into the bloodstream, and starts to calcify organs (kidney stones), joints (arthritis) and arteries in the form of arterial plague. The medical community and the mineral supplement industry, unfortunately, does not stress enough that calcium must be balanced with magnesium. One of the functions of magnesium in our body is to keep calcium from calcifying our tissues, arteries and joints.

Again using the USDA National Nutrient Database for Magnesium shows that buckwheat, oat bran, whole grain wheat, spinach, pumpkin seeds, black beans and nuts are excellent sources of magnesium. If you can’t get enough from foods, try a magnesium supplement. Magnesium chloride is considered by some to be the most bio-available. Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD – author of the book “The Magnesium Miracle” – takes magnesium in the form of magnesium citrate and magnesium taurate. Magnesium oxide is less absorbable, but is widely available and inexpensive.

For men, it is best to stay on the side of caution and try to get our daily calcium needs from food. And as an added caution, taking a magnesium supplement will help prevent even natural forms of calcium from causing medical problems with our heart, kidneys and bones.

Sources:

Harvard Health Publications: High Calcium Intake From Supplements Linked to Heart Disease in Men

Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD: The Magnesium Miracle

New Research Indicates That Male Circumcision Substantially Reduces Risk Of Urinary Tract Infections

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Dec 092012
 

In Jewish and Islamic oriented cultures, male circumcision is the norm and few question the practice. This is also true in many Christian cultures as well. Being raised in a predominantly Catholic society myself, circumcision was frequently practiced and considered the normal thing to do with new born male babies.

There are many, however, who believe the practice is completely unnecessary. Circumcision is, after all, a disfiguring practice. Those who are uncircumcised say that keeping the area clean is a simple hygienic function. They also argue that the foreskin is important to protect the glans, and prevents the loss of lubrication.

New research on the other hand is showing that circumcision substantially reduces the risk of urinary tract infections (UTI) of men of all age groups. After studying 22 studies published between the years 1987 and 2012 that included over 407,000 men in all parts of the globe, the researchers from the Sydney Medical School concluded that

  • UTI in the first year of life is 9.9 times higher in uncircumcised males
  • Is 6.6 times higher in uncircumcised males between the ages of 1 and 16
  • And 3.4 time higher in uncircumcised males older than 16.

Other medical professions are not totally convinced of the results indicating that the researchers failed to analyze the quality of the studies that they reviewed.

In my personal experience and being circumcised at birth, I have never experienced UTI. I also had one uncircumcised uncle who later in life decided to undergo the circumcision procedure due to frequent urinary problems.

In conclusion, those living in societies that frequently practice male circumcision will see the results as justification of what they consider normal. Those that believe it is a barbaric practice will see the flaws in the research results. However, I believe that the results show that the risks of UTI can be avoided with circumcision, even if some of the 22 studies analyzed have flaws. The results are just too overwhelming to ignore.

References:

Reuters: "Uncircumcised Boys And Men May Face More UTIs"

University of Sydney: "Medical Researchers Recommend Male Circumcision"

The Art of Madness: "Clip the Tip? Point/Counterpoint on Male Circumcision"