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Reduce fats: Decreasing dietary fat intake and increasing aerobic exercise to optimize weight is a good starting point for reducing cholesterol levels. Some people are genetically predisposed to have elevated cholesterol despite lifestyle modification, and require medications. Great question, and good luck! ...Read more
You don't want to: Hdl stands for high density lipoprotein cholesterol - the good ('h' from 'healthy') cholesterol that 'cleans' the endothelium (blood vessel lining) of fatty particles that lead to blockages. In fact, one would want to have the highest HDL possible, at least 40 mg/dl for men and 50 mg/dl for women. Being lean and exercising, not smoking are the bat ways to increase your hdl. ...Read more
Depends: CPKs are enzymes inside the cell that are release after injury to the membrane cause by trauma, inflammation, ischemia or even excessive exercise. It comes in different isoforms depending on the cells it comes from such as skeletal, heart, liver, brain etc. So it can be chronic as in inflammation of skeletal muscles or transient as in trauma or heart attacks or induce by drugs. ...Read more
Don't: Estrogen levels should not be lowered. They are critical in a womans fertility, regular cyclicity and have many beneficial effects. If there is a specific condition that warrants suppression then there are many treatments, including lupron, (leuprolide) birth control pills and other methods. The question should be why do the estrogen levels need to be decreased? ...Read more
Beauty: Is in the eye of the beholder. Chubby cheeks are considered a positive when you're a baby, but may not be as you age. Beauty is, however, in the eye of the beholder. Generally they are due to weight gain, and weight loss may help. Check w/your doctor for possible medical causes that can be corrected. Otherwise plastic surgery may be helpful for some. Avoid internet scams. ...Read more
Yes: In women dhea peaks after the 20s and slowly declines. In premenopausal women dhea is made 50/50 in the ovary and adrenal glands. Blood levels measure contributions from both. But there is a wide overlap of "normal" values at different times of day as well as at different ages and sexes. ...Read more
May not need to: Lab testing isn't "one size fits all." a lab may list 1.2 as the "upper limit of the reference range", but a muscular patient can and should have a higher level. When I was lifting daily, my creatinine stayed at 1.6, and an elite bodybuilder's is likely to 2.0 or so. The level itself doesn't make you sick; it's just one piece of information to tell whether there's kidney disease. ...Read more
Watch carbohydrates: Your body turns carbohydrates you eat into sugar that goes into your blood. If you eat less carbohydrates you'll make less sugar. More importantly, though, is the type of carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates like sugars, white bread, cake, candy, juice, and sugary soda pop all make your blood sugar go up, and very quickly. Complex carbohydrates like beans, lentils, and green vegetables do it less. ...Read more
Manage work stress: Or any other stress with e-a-s-e. 1)eliminate it from your life (be assertive; delegate; take breaks & vacations) 2)alter the impact of the stressor (problem solving; time management; social/group action); 3)shift your outlook (reduce unrealistic expectations, irrational beliefs & negative self-talk); & 4) ease your response (relaxation, exercise & good nutrition). Counseling can help. ...Read more
Australian & Scot-: Tish studies showed that IQ's in 8-year-olds who ate fast-food beginning in toddlerhood were 2 points lower that IQ's of 8-year-olds who ate foods " from scratch". Although adjustments for wealth & socioeconomic status were taken into account, cause-and-effect were not proven, as other factors like parental IQ were not factored in. ...Read more
See below: Most common cause of decreased urine production/output is decreased fluid intake. Your kidney can regulate the loss of water from urine by putting out less urine but containing the same amount of waste. This is done quite efficiently. If anyone develops kidney disease the urine output can also drop, despite you drinking adequate water. Seek medical advice as soon as possible. ...Read more
None: Persistent hormonal gynecomastia from adolescence, from a drug related or other medical problem does not care how much or what exercises you do. Keeping your total body fat percentage below 20% through diet/exercise can reduce any contribution by body fat, but glandular tissue & some body fat stores can only be treated surgically. ...Read more
Avoid sun exposure:
Exposure to UV light is a trigger for melanin production. If you are naturally dark skinned, there may not be a healthy way to reduce the melanin production.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Keep skin moist: Eczema is an allergic skin disease, caused by internal allergies. It is related to asthma and hay fever, and is genetic. It can be seasonal and worsened by stress. It is important to keep the skin moist and to not scratch. You can buy over the counter Hydrocortisone cream, moisturizers like cerave or cetaphyl, and pills to stop itching, like Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. If it is very bad, see your md. ...Read more
Age and infrquent SA: Semen production tends to decrease with advancing age. Also with chronic disease such as diabetes. Semen frequently goes backwards, into the bladder after prostate surgery. Infrequent ejaculatios, either by masturbation or during sex probably leads to reduced semen production. ...Read more
Nothing: This is a famously unreliable test in any case, with a lot of random variation from lab conditions. Only if it's way elevated does it mean anything at all, and even so, it's not something to be treated. Life's difficult enough without fretting over labs that are just general indicators of health. ...Read more
Snoring: If you are obese, you need to lose weight. Easier said than done, I know. If you have enlarged tonsils and adenoids, your doctor may discuss removing them, which can help a lot. If you smoke, stop. In any case, if you are snoring that much you may also be suffering from sleep apnea. Long term consequences of apnea include increased heart disease, obesity, diabetes, more. See your doctor. ...Read more
As a physical activity, it would require the burning of calories like any other type of exercise, so would certainly not cause weight gain.
As a weight loss method, although likely more entertaining than the treadmill, the calories burned have not been estimated to be extensive. ...Read more
Age 27: Most studies show a decline in fertility around age 27. A further decline generally occurs between age 36-38 and a much more significant decline on average occurs around age 42-43. However, in some women, those declines can occur much earlier. And in some women they maintain high fertility at later ages. Some unpredictability. ...Read more