Low testosterone and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Aging Matters Magazine
by Kam Clarke
13h ago
As a man ages, his testosterone levels deplete. Low testosterone can cause problematic symptoms. Sufferers can opt for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) but in the past, it has been suggested that TRT can increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes. However, research published in The New England Journal of Medicine and presented in Chicago at ENDO-2023 has suggested that’s not the case. The findings have come as a relief to doctors and patients.   Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Cardiovascular safety. Dr Steven Nissen, chief academic officer of the Heart, Vascular & Thorac ..read more
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Newly discovered connection between stress, the immune system and the brain
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by Kam Clarke
2w ago
Nearly three in ten adults have been diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives. Researchers from the University of Zurich have discovered a new link between stress, the immune system and the brain which could open up the development of new treatments for depression.   Scientists have found an enzyme that can change the function of the brain. Chronic stress can have a massive impact on the body, including the immune system and the brain. The international research team at the University of Zurich, the University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich, and the Icahn School of Medicine a ..read more
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The gut-brain axis – managing IBS with CBT
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by Kam Clarke
1M ago
The precise cause of the disorder IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is unclear and there is no cure. Recently, doctors have revealed that when talking to IBS patients, 60% of them meet the criteria for psychiatric disorders, most commonly anxiety, stress and depression. Could cognitive behavioural therapy help relieve IBS? This is what we know… IBS is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder in the world. When suffering an IBS attack, there is a disruption between the gut, brain and neurological system. 5-10% of the population worldwide under the age of 50 suffer from the sometimes em ..read more
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Grab a coffee and let’s talk about Sarcopenia
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by Kam Clarke
1M ago
New research suggests that coffee could help slow down age-related muscle loss. Whilst a cup from your favourite coffee shop can be quite pricey and we are told to cut back on caffeine, there are health benefits to drinking a coffee of your choice. Grab a coffee and let’s talk about Sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is a musculoskeletal disease that causes the loss of muscle mass and function. It’s a progressive disease when muscle strength, quality and performance are affected, the disease is age or sedentary-related. Sufferers become weak, frail and prone to falling over. It can result in mobility prob ..read more
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Larger brains, the microbiota-gut-brain axis and impressive brain technology
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by Kam Clarke
1M ago
The World Health Organization (WHO) projects that the number of people over the age of 65 who will develop brain disorders, conditions and diseases will at least double in 30 years. However, larger brains, our microbiota-gut-brain axis and impressive brain technology could scupper their projections. The human brain is getting larger. A recent study by scientists at UC Davis Health found that in the US and elsewhere dementia risk may be decreasing and the potential explanation is the fact that human brains are getting bigger, larger brains are more resilient to degeneration such as dementia whi ..read more
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Why does joint pain affect women more than men?
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by Kam Clarke
2M ago
The most common cause of joint pain is arthritis. Of those people who suffer from osteoarthritis, 50% more are women. 3 out of 4 people who have the disease rheumatoid arthritis are women. So, why does joint pain affect women more than men?   Joints and the anatomy of a woman’s body There are 360 joints in the human body. Joints allow the body to move and support bodily functions. Joints are a complicated bio combination of bone, nerve cells, lubricant and cartilage. Cartilage in a joint acts as a cushion between the bones.   Hormones play a significant role in the female and male jo ..read more
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Health changes for the ageing woman
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by Kam Clarke
2M ago
Midlife brings significant health changes to the ageing woman. It can become hard to embrace getting older when she looks in the mirror and sees a body she doesn’t recognise anymor – it’s a different version of her. The ageing woman’s body changes dramatically, most notably in the production of her hormones, and her monthly menstrual cycle stops. Normally, between the ages of 40-50, she makes the transition into menopause. The female menopause can be like an unkind hormonal tsunami. Symptoms come and go in waves, sometimes resulting in physical and mental trauma and lasting up to 14 years. &nb ..read more
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Rimegepant – addressing the unmet needs of migraine sufferers
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by Kam Clarke
3M ago
Sometimes, life can be a real headache, especially for migraine sufferers. The prescribed migraine drug Triptans has significant limitations, such as incomplete and inconsistent pain relief, a high rate of headache recurrence and cardiovascular contradictions. Now, there is a better alternative drug, Rimegepant, it’s successfully addressing the unmet needs of migraine sufferers.     Rimegepant is a migraine drug approved by the NHS, and experts say it could help thousands of people.  Rimegepant is a type of drug primarily developed for the acute treatment of migraine.  ..read more
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Ageing and food allergies
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by Kam Clarke
3M ago
Our immune system is heavily impacted by age. It is forever evolving and being remodelled. Around 10% of older people develop allergies later in life which can result in severe reactions. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) have stated that food allergies are a growing concern in our senior population worldwide.     Ageing brings changes to the immune response in the digestive tract.  As we age, there are many structural, functional and physiological changes with impaired interactions between immune responses including a change to the immune response of the digestive tra ..read more
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R-Lipoc Acid, the powerful antioxidant
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by rebecca.sturgess
3M ago
Alpha-Lipoic acid (ALA) is a natural antioxidant produced in every cell in the body. It is produced to turn glucose into energy, as well as attack “free radicals” – the waste products that are created when food is turned into energy and, if left unchecked can damage DNA. Alpha-Lipoic acid is found in 2 forms: R-LA (R-Lipoic Acid) and S-LA (S-Lipoic Acid). R-Lipoic Acid (R-LA) – The natural and biologically active form of lipoic acid, this is found in certain foods such as red meat, organ meat, broccoli, peas, spinach and tomatoes, as well as in certain supplements such as ATPPro. R-LA is ess ..read more
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