Courtesy of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York Citywww.awellnessupdate.comEach time you eat, your body breaks down food into glucose (sugar) -- and that's where insulin comes in. This hormone, produced by the beta cells of the pancreas, is the key that unlocks your cells and allows sugar to enter. Once inside, the sugar gets converted to energy needed for metabolism as well as for thinking, speaking, running, walking, and any other movements or brain functions.If you don't need all that energy right away, insulin stores the sugar in muscle, fat, and liver cells for later use. Then, when you need it (such as when blood sugar is too low), a hormone called glucagon releases that storage into the bloodstream.As insulin helps your cells use up the sugar, your blood sugar goes back down. At the same time, beta cells start producing more insulin so it's ready the next time you eat.What happens in Type 2 diabetesWhen you have Type 2 diabetes, your pancreas still makes insulin, but your cells … [Read more...] about How insulin works in the body
When Viagra arrived on the market 25 years ago, it seemed like a magical answer to a common problem: Simply take a pill and suddenly a man had no erectile dysfunction (ED) worries. Although this iconic medication remains one of the most popular prescription drugs in the world, many men are finding that it often doesn’t deliver on the promises made in television commercials. “We’ve found that Viagra is like any other medication – some patients do better with it than others,” says John Wheeler, M.D., urologist at the Loyola University Medical Center whose specialties include ED. The problem is not only that Viagra does not work for everyone, sometimes men find that it becomes less effective over time, leaving them mystified and frustrated about what to do. Although the manufacturers of ED drugs (including Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra) say they are effective 75 to 85 percent of the time, independent studies show the … [Read more...] about What to Do When Viagra Stops Working
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE The latest effort to come up with a male birth control pill has found a formulation that appears to be safe. But the experimental pill has at least one of the same problems that plague female birth control pills: it caused the men to gain weight. And after just a few weeks of testing, it’s also not yet clear how well it works. Even though the researchers said they were “very excited” by the results, they haven’t been testing it long enough to show whether it decreases sperm production, and they haven’t shown whether it stops couples from conceiving. Nonetheless, it may be the best hope yet for a non-permanent male contraceptive, said Stephanie Page of the University of Washington School of Medicine. “Our last great advance in male contraception was 300 years ago with the development of the condom,” Page told a news … [Read more...] about New male birth control pill is safe but does it work?
According to national figures diabetes is the fastest growing health threat in the UK, with numbers of people living with type 2 diabetes having doubled since 1996. Last year 14 billion pounds were spent on treating the disease, equating to £25,000 every minute. Our increased consumption of sugar is largely to blame, along with more sedentary lifestyles, poor nutrition in general and a lack of exercise. Some nutritionists would argue that sugar is sugar, regardless of the source. The fructose in fruit has the same effect on blood sugars as a processed sugar added to food. It causes a rapid rise in blood sugar levels; this causes a release of insulin into the blood telling the cells to dispose of the sugar through storage in the liver, muscles and fat cells. If someone is eating too much sugar over a period of time, then the constant release of insulin leads to diabetes – the insulin is no longer working properly; it’s worn out. Despite nutritionists, bodybuilders and … [Read more...] about Diets Don’t Work: Is it OK to eat fruit? It’s high in sugar, right?
When his adopted son, then 10 years old, started to hear voices and act violently, Matthew Timion knew the boy needed psychiatric help. He did not realize how difficult it would be to pay for it.Timion, a computer programmer who at the time lived in Oak Park and now lives in Moline, said he was in a continual fight with his private insurance and the state to fund his son’s stays at numerous psychiatric hospitals.After a hospital stay when the boy was 13, Timion placed him in a $300-per-day residential facility where he expected treatment to last for nine months to a year, per the advice of multiple doctors. But Timion’s insurance, which required weekly updates, after a month decided the boy was no longer a threat and that it would not cover any more days, Timion said."I remember thinking, This is insane that we have zero resources for people who could turn into violent shooters,” said Timion, who asked that his son not be named. The boy had a history of kicking holes … [Read more...] about 10 years after federal law to protect insurance coverage of mental illness, advocates question if it’s working