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Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland, caused by several factors and resulting in three different conditions. It is the most common prostate problem in men under the age of 50.
Although its name and symptoms suggest an infection in the prostate gland, about 90% of cases are of the non-infectious variety. Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis is marked by pelvic pain during three out of six months in a six month period. This can be caused by urinary catheterizations and other medical procedures, or it can be idiopathic or of unknown origin. Another common reason for this situation in a man over the age of 50 is a concurrent enlarged prostate. Bacterial prostatitis, accounting for only about 10% of cases, may be acute or chronic.
The former develops from bacterial infections from sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), unprotected anal intercourse, bladder and urinary tract infections, and urinary tract medical procedures. Chronic bacteria...
Consider this the case of the incredible shrinking brain – and there’s a possibility you can head it off at the pass.
Type 2 diabetes – which has been identified as a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease – also may pose a threat to your brain’s size, according to new research. This study out of the University of Pennsylvania involved 614 participants who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for an average of 10 years. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans were used to look at the participants’ brains.
These scans showed that there was participants who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for the longest period of time experienced more brain shrinkage. Furthermore, the scans revealed that the physiological changes in these brains were estimated to be the equivalent of what is seen in a brain that was at least two years older than the participants' actual age. The brains of participants who were the same age and who didn’t have...
How much we eat matters. It determines our size, which in turn is the most important part of controlling our diabetes.
But what determines how much we eat? It can’t be just because we are hungry, since almost everyone overeats sometimes. We get cues from our environment.
The good news is that we can control one of these cues, which gives us a simple way to guide ourselves to eating less. For a long time some dieters have assumed that this cue works. Now we have the scientific proof that it does.
The size of the bowls that we eat out of and the size of the spoons that we use to serve ourselves matters. Most of us can use smaller bowls and spoons to help ourselves better control how much we eat. On the other hand, people who need to put on weight can use bigger bowls and spoons.
It’s just an illusion. But even when we know that it is an illusion it can help us. After learning about this research, I have shifted from serving myself in big bowls to small bowls and on dinner plates...
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