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HGH Injections | Nutropin AQ (somatropin) injection, for …

Posted: September 20, 2017 at 1:47 am

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Nutropin therapy and your safety:

Please read this Important Safety Information carefully. Then, if you have any questions, talk with your doctor.

What should you tell your doctor before starting Nutropin therapy?

While taking Nutropin, contact your doctor immediately if you experience:

Other important information about Nutropin

What are common possible side effects of Nutropin therapy?

Common side effects reported in adults and children taking Nutropin therapy include injection site reactions. Additional common side effects in adults include swelling, joint pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

You may report side effects to FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.

How should you store Nutropin?

Nutropin must be kept refrigerated (36 to 46F [2 to 8C]). Do not freeze. Cartridges and NuSpin pens must be used within 28 days of initial use. Throw away any unused Nutropin after 28 days of initial use. Before giving an injection, check the manufacturers expiration date on the cartridge or pen. Do not use if it has expired. Do not inject medication if the solution is cloudy.

Please see accompanying Nutropin full Prescribing Information for additional Important Safety Information.

Nutropin AQ (somatropin) injection for subcutaneous use is a human growth hormone that is available by prescription only.

Doctors prescribe Nutropin therapy for children and teenagers who are short or growing slowly because they:

Doctors prescribe Nutropin therapy for adults who have growth hormone deficiency that began either in:

Your doctor will test to see if growth hormone is right for you.

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Research Peptides – Peptide Guide

Posted: September 20, 2017 at 1:45 am

Latest blog postsBrief overview of popular peptide products:

ACE-031 is an activin type 2 receptor, which is a myostatin inhibitor. ACE-031 is a protein that was designed to bind to myostatin before it can attach to its receptor and suppress muscle growth. Myostatin is a hormone produced by our bodies that signal muscles to stop growing and developing. Thus, by inhibiting or blocking myostatin, muscles would be able to grow bigger and stronger.

Adipotide is a completely different weight loss drug. It works by cutting off the blood supply to fat cells. Adipotide causes the blood vessels that supply the fat cells with blood to shrink and eventually leads to fat tissue death. The dead tissue is then reabsorbed and metabolized by the body. It also lowers the level of insulin resistance drastically which is the main sign of metabolic disorders like diabetes.

BPC-157 is a peptide that is derived from human gastric juice and is being researched for its regenerative and healing effects. BPC stands for Body Protecting Compound. Our body produces it in our own gastric juices in very tiny amounts where it protects and heals stomach and gut. BPC-157 speeds up the healing of existing injuries and protects the body from new injuries. It is completely free of side effects and research has shown that it can repair tendons, muscles, intestines, teeths, bones and more.

CJC-1295 DAC is a tetrasubstituted peptide used to increase Growth Hormone production. It is in the class of Growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) analogs. GHRH is the name of naturally occurring hormone in the human body, it is not commonly used because of its high price and extremely short half-life. CJC1295 is the improved version of GHRH with addition of DAC – Drug Affinity Complex. CJC1295 DAC provides stable blood levels after injections and half-life of approximately one week. Generally, CJC1295 is not used alone, but used in conjunction with a peptide of the GHRP category, for instance GHRP-2, GHRP-6, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin.

DSIP is a neuropeptide that stands for Delta sleep-inducing peptide. It works by inducing spindle and delta EEG activity and by reducing motor activity. DSIP is used to improve sleep quality. It also lowers corticotropin levels and prevents its release. DSIP also helps the body to release more LH (Luteinizing Hormone). Additionally, it assists in Growth Hormone release and suppresses the production of Somatostatin. DSIP is also known to normalize the blood pressure and might slow down the cell damage by offering anti-oxidant benefits.

Erythropoietin (a.k.a EPO) is a glycoprotein made by interstitial fibroblasts in kidneys, that stimulate the red blood production. More red blood improves delivery of oxygen from the lungs to the muscles. The extra oxygen greatly increases the muscles energy production and can help to improve athletic performance output – longer duration and higher intensity. Endurance athletes are highly attracted to EPO because of the effect it has on red blood cell production.

Epitalon is a synthetically produced tetrapeptide. Its main function is to increase the production of telomerase, a natural ferment that aids cells to produce telomeres, which allows the body to regenerate old cells and grow new ones. Epitalon has also been shown to suppress the growth of cancer cells, allowing to live longer, happier and healthier life. Studies show that Epitalon is a strong antioxidant which gets rid of free radicals that are responsible for damaging and destroying cells.

Follistatin is an interesting protein that is able to increase the muscle growth beyond natural limits by inhibiting myostatin, a hormone that regulates muscle growth negatively. Follistatin is naturally produced in almost all mammals. Follistatin works by binding and inhibiting myostatin. Myostatin also has a role in a regulation of fibrosis, too much myostatin can cause chronic diseases in internal organs, bones, and tissues.

GHRP-2 is a hexapeptide which is in the class of drugs known as Growth hormone secretagogues. This drug class includes GHRP-6, GHRP-2, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin and it’s main function is to stimulate the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone which also results in elevated IGF-1 levels. GHRP-2 is a ghrelin agonist and it helps to stimulate the release of Growth Hormone in two ways. Firstly, it stimulates the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone and secondly it suppresses a hormone which restricts the release of growth hormone – Somatostatin.

GHRP-2 is the second generation GHRP and it is mainly used for increasing Growth Hormone and IGF-1 levels. In this regard, it is better than GHRP-6 and at the moment is preferred peptide for reaching highest increases in GH. The use of GHRP-2 can potentially lead to increased appetite.

GHRP-6 is a hexapeptide which is in the class of drugs known as Growth hormone secretagogues. This drug class includes GHRP-6, GHRP-2, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin and it’s main function is to stimulate the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone which also results in elevated IGF-1 levels. GHRP-6 is a ghrelin agonist and it helps to stimulate the release of Growth Hormone in two ways. Firstly, it stimulates the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone and secondly it suppresses a hormone which restricts the release of growth hormone – Somatostatin.

GHRP-6 is the first generation GHRP and bodybuilders use it for two reasons – the first is the elevation of Growth Homone and IGF-1 levels and the second is increased appetite. GHRP-6 is great addition for individuals who are struggling with appetite.

Gonadorelin is a synthetic version of GnRH (Gonadotropin-releasing hormone) which is released naturally from the hypothalamus gland. GnRH stimulates the synthesis and secretion of FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (Luteinizing Hormone). LH and FSH control the fertility in adults and development in children.

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by females in the early stages of pregnancy to help balance and control woman’s hormones In males, HCG mimics LH (Luteinizing Hormone), which tricks the Leydig cells into producing testosterone when natural levels of LH are suppressed. This can theoretically aid in keeping the HPTA functioning while using anabolic steroids and make recovery easier. HCG is also used to help diagnose cancers.

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a hormone that is produced, stored and secreted by the pituitary gland. It is very important in human development and HGH is at the highest levels during youth. HGH is responsible for growth and regeneration of our cells, it affects our bones, muscle, internal organs and also plays important role in countless other areas of our body.

HGH Fragment 176-191 is a hormone of the Growth Hormone class. As its name indicates, it is an isolated fragment of the Growth Hormone that is responsible for fat burning properties. Scientists have found that HGH Fragment regulates fat loss 12.5 times better than regular synthetic HGH. It also stops formation of fatty acids and other lipids. In addition, HGH Fragment 176-191 increases lean body mass, protein synthesis and improves the quality of sleep.

Human menopausal gonadotropin (HMG), also known as Menotropin, is a medication used for treating infertility and fertility issues. HMG peptide is made for women where it stimulates the ovaries to mature follicles, therefore making them more fertile. HMG can also be used in men that are suffering from hypogonadism to increase sperm count. HMG contains LH and FSH activities in nearly identical proportions.

Hexarelin, also known as, Examorelin is a hexapeptide which is in the class of drugs known as Growth hormone secretagogues. This drug class includes GHRP-6, GHRP-2, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin and it’s main function is to stimulate the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone which also results in elevated IGF-1 levels. Hexarelin is the strongest GHRP in terms of Growth Hormone release. It has no effect on ghrelin (the peptide that induces hunger) but just like all other GHRP’s will lead to increased IGF-1 production. The use of Hexarelin will quickly lead to peptide receptor desensitization which doesn’t make it ideal for long term use but studies has shown that the pituitary gland recovers its sensitivity quickly so there is no pemament loss of sensitivity. According to studies, the constant use of Hexarelin will most likely lead to desentitization within two weeks.

IGF-1 (Insulin-like growth factor-1) is a hormone that is produced primarily by the liver and also in target tissues in a paracrine/autocrine fashion. The main role of IGF-1 is to promote cell growth and division. It is involved in cell repair, especially in the brain, heart and muscle.

IGF-1 DES is the shorter variant of the IGF-1 chain and is 10 times stronger than regular IGF-1. It has a half-life of approximately 20-30 minutes, which means it is a very fragile peptide. Thus, it should only be used at the site where muscle growth is desired. IGF-1 is a polypeptide and it stands for insulin-like growth factor. IGF-1 is primarily responsible for bone growth in children and muscle growth, recovery of adults.

IGF-1 LR3 (Long R3) is a synthetic analogue of naturally occurring hormone IGF-1. IGF-1 LR3 is chemically modified to avoid deactivation by IGF-1 binding proteins in the blood. Therefore, the modification results in a half-life of around 20-30 hours instead of 20 minutes. IGF-1 LR3 will travel through the body for approximately one day, binding to receptors and activating cellular communication that promotes muscle mass growth and bodyfat loss.

Ipamorelin is a pentipeptide which is in the class of drugs known as Growth hormone secretagogues. This drug class includes GHRP-6, GHRP-2, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin and it’s main function is to stimulate the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone which also results in elevated IGF-1 levels. Ipamorelin is the third generation GHRP and is solely used for Growth Hormone release and production of IGF-1. IGF-1 or Insulin-like Growth Factor 1, which is produced in liver is highly anabolic in its nature and plays a significant role in general growth, repair of muscular and skeletal tissue.

Mechano Growth Factor (MGF) is a growth factor that is derived from damaged muscle cells. MGF has a unique role in muscle development. MGF has the capability to induce damaged tissue growth and improvement by activating satellite cells and increasing the sensitivity of protein synthesis. This exclusive ability can make the recovery faster and accelerate speed up the muscle growth.

Mod GRF(1-29), also known as, tetrasubstituted GRF (1-29), is an injectable peptide used to increase Growth Hormone production. It is in the class of Growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) analogs. Mod GRF(1-29) amplifies Growth Hormone pulse in the same fashion that GHRH does but it doesn’t induce the pulse of GH. That’s why it is recommended to combine Mod GRF(1-29) with a peptide of the GHRP (Growth hormone releasing peptide) category because if no GH pulse occurs during the time of Mod GRF(1-29) injection then it has nothing to amplify.

Melanotan 1, also known as Afamelanotide is a synthetic analogue of a-MSH (alpha-Melanocyte-stimulating hormone) and is used to avoid skin damage caused by exposure to UV. Alpha-MSH is responsible for pigmentation of the skin and it also has influence in other body processes like appetite, lipid metabolism and libido. Melanotan 1 causes the skin to achieve tan by producing more melanin. The effectiveness of Melanotan 1 is thousand times more effective than naturally occurring a-MSH.

Melanotan 2 is an injectable hormone analogue of Alpha-MSH and it is used to promote tanning. Melanotan 2 works by stimulating Alpha-MSH receptors, which promote the production of melanin in response to Ultraviolet exposure. When Melanotan 2 is used, the user develops a tan as if he were a naturally darker skin type. As Alpha-MSH also contributes to sexual arousal, Melanotan 2 causes enhance libido and erections in males.

Oxytocin is a hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland. It plays a role in human bonding, sexual reproduction and during the childbirth. Oxycotin is released into the blood during the childbirth and during the breastfeeding. The presence of Oxytocin helps with childbirth, maternal bond and lactation. Newer studies show that Oxytocin can also combat and prevent aging of skeletal muscles. Scientists are also investigating Oxytocin as a treatment for depression, autism, emotionally unstable personality disorder, alcohol withdrawal syndrome and other diseases.

Pegylated Mechano Growth Factor, PEG-MGF, is a peptide mostly used for faster recovery after exercise. It is recognized being capable to repair muscle damage more effective than IGF-1. Since PEG-MGF is a variant of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1, it is known for inducing better growth in adult muscles. It has also been proven that PEG-MGF causes growth of new cells near damaged muscle tissues which act as replacement cells in the damaged muscle. That means that by using PEG-MGF it is possible to create new muscle cells while repairing existing ones.

PT-141, a.k.a Bremelanotide is a synthetic peptide analogue of alpha-MSH. PT-141. Alpha-MSH (Alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone) has significant influence in improving the body’s ability to control appetite, metabolism and sexual desire. PT-141 is a derivative of Melanotan 2 that lacks C-terminal amide group. PT-141 primarily used for treating erectile dysfunction in males and arousal disorders in females.

Selank is a heptapeptide developed by Russia. Selank mimics the effects immunomodulatory peptide tuftsin. It has been shown that Selank increases the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter that is linked to mood regulation and it also has ties to sleep and hunger regulation. The presence of Selank and it’s capability to increase the serotonin secretion means that users can experience improvements in terms of emotional state, hunger and sleep.

Semax is a heptapeptide mostly produced and prescribed in Russia for a wide range of health conditions but mostly for its evident neuroprotective, nootropic and neurorestorative effects. Semax has been found to produce anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. Semax can be effective in the treatment of ADHD and depression. Medically Semax is used to treat stroke, TIA, PUD (peptic ulcer disease), cranial nerve disease and to improve immune system.

Sermorelin Acetate (GRF 1-29) is a peptide analogue of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH). It means that Sermorelin stimulates the part of the brain that secretes and releases Growth Hormone. Sermorelin acts exactly the same as naturally occurring GHRH. By stimulating the brain, Sermorelin preserves growth hormone hypothalamicpituitaryadrenal axis that declines with aging. Sermorelin provides all of the effects of HGH and more. Another great benefit of Sermorelin is that it stimulates the pituitary gland to regenerate.

TB-500, also known as Thymosin Beta 4 is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring peptide that is used to accelerate healing, increase range of motion of injuries, reduces inflammation. TB-500 has been used widely on race horses but just recently humans have started experimenting with this peptide. TB-500 is especially suggested for treatment of chronic muscle injuries, such as muscle strains, tears or tendonitis.

Tesamorelin, also known as Egrifta, is a synthetic form of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) and is traditionally used to decrease abdominal fat in HIV patients. This injectable peptide reduces belly fat that’s brought on by lipodystrophy. Tesamorelin works by signaling the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone. It has been approved by FDA medication for HIV-related lipodystrophy.

Triptorelin is a gonadotropin releasing hormone agonist (GnRH). GnRH is responsible for signaling the brain to produce Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). These hormones are used to produce testosterone and sperm. Triptorelin signals the HPTA to produce more GnRH, therefore it signals the pituitary gland to produce LH and FSH, which means that more testosterone is produced in males. The correct dosing with Triptorelin is very important because too much GnRH can lead to hormone production shut down.

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Am I beautiful – to you ?

Posted: September 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

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Am I beautiful - to you ?

I had been shooting on the beach for several hours while watching my daughter and her friend play – everybody saw this big old longhair and his massive black camera.

I think she wanted to see if the camera would focus upon her form. She walked down the sidewalk next to the beach beyond me, then down to the water, and then turned, walking slowly towards me – giving me her coolest walk. Getting close, she gave no reaction to the loud slapping of my Canon’s shutter as I fired off about 20 shots. Once past, she stopped and stood next to me.

When I first started my Street Obesity Photo Documentary Project over 6 years ago – the project focused upon the obvious examples of our obesity epidemic – but as time went on, the project demanded many perspectives on obesity – causing me to look for, among other things, the understanding and the beauty.

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Am I beautiful – to you ?

Video: 9-minute quick weight loss workout – Times of India

Posted: September 7, 2017 at 9:44 pm

With every fitness enthusiast endorsing ‘give yourself time to lose weight’, the newest on the weight-loss bandwagon often tend to get confused. On one hand you have office to juggle and on the other, your home. Long workouts do not seem to cave their way into your schedule. Here we have curated a 9-minute fast paced workout. This will help you in two ways: losing weight and gaining time!

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Along with celebrity fitness expert and nutritionist, Neeraj Mehta, enhance your fitness journey. Make sure to keep a bottle of water and towel with you for this rigorous 9-minute workout. However, listen to your body and do not overexert yourself. Give yourself a break of minimum 5 minutes between two circuits. Here is how you can do the exercises: CIRCUIT 1

Jumping Jacks Stand erect with your feet parallel to each other and hands at an equal distance. Lift and jump on your toes and also land on toes. Simultaneously, let your hands come up to shoulder level. Repeat this for 20 jumps.

Modified Jumping Jacks Stand erect with your feet parallel to each other and hands at an equal distance. Extend your left hand and left leg at the same time. Repeat this with your right side. You do not need to jump. Repeat this for 20 sets (On each side).

Alternate Slide Stand erect. Extend your right left leg and folded arm. While extending your left side, go down in squat position and on your way up, straighten your leg. Repeat the same for your right side. Remember to keep your back straight. Do 10 sets of each side.

Standing Back Extension and Forward Stretch Stand with your back, arms and legs erect. Extend your arms upwards and stretch back. Slowly, take your arms ahead and go forward. Try and touch your hands to your toes. You will feel a stretch in the back of your hips and calf muscles. Do this for 20 seconds.

Modified Burpees Stand straight. Bend your knees and go forward with your hands (like an animal). Next, keep your knees, core and chest area on the ground. Stay there for 5-6 seconds and come back up with the help of your hands and lifting your knees, core, and chest off the ground. Repeat this 8-10 times.

Burpees Stand erect. Jump from our toes while extending your arms and go forward using your hands. Do not touch your knees to the ground, and go forward in a push-up position. Next, come back up using your hands. Repeat this 8-10 times.

V Sit Ups Lie down flat on your back. Next, raise both your hands parallel to each other over your head. Keep both your legs straight and on the floor. Pull your upper body towards your lower body, let your hands be straight and legs bent. When you bend your legs, your knees should touch your chest. Repeat this movement. (minimum 3 reps).

Modified V Sit Ups Lie down. Now, come up with your back straight and your knees bent. Your feet should be on the ground and parallel to each other. Repeat this for 2 reps. Modified Sun Salutation Stand straight. Extend your arms up and stretch back. Now move arms forward and stretch them towards your feet. Next, take your right leg forward and bend it. Further, bring your arms upward and close your hands together. Stretch your back. Let your right leg be perpendicular and your left leg stretch back and straight. Now, bring your arms forward and keep your hands on the ground and both your legs straight and on your toes. Stay there in a push-up position for 3 seconds. After this go forward and stretch your body in cobra position. Next bring your chin and chest up with your body in a V position. You will feel the stretch in your back. Now bring your right leg forward, bend it with your arms extended up. Come back in standing position. Repeat this with your left side. Do 5 sets of this.

Squat Hold

Stand straight with legs apart. Let your hips, feet and legs be parallel to each other. Hold your hands together and in front of your body. Keep your stomach muscles tight. Go down in sitting position. Extend your arms forward, parallel to eachother and keep your hands straight. Stay there for 10-15 seconds. Come up and straighten back.

Alternate Punches (Boxing) Stand straight. Keep your arms straight and hands fisted. Extend your right arm forward and simultaneously, your right leg on its side. Repeat this with your left side.

Plank Hold Start on your hands and knees on the ground. Your hands and knees should be shoulder-width apart. Lift your knees off the ground and push your feet back, bringing your body to full extension. Once you’re there, make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart to start. Your arms should be bent with elbows on the ground. Stay there for 10-15 seconds.

Modified Plank The same as the above plank position. Except here, you have the liberty to keep your knees on the ground.

Spot run (Works on: Cardiovascular Endurance, Blood Circulation) Standing Forward Stretch (Works on: Stretching and strengthening lower back muscles) Modified Push-Ups


The Hundred Straight Leg Lie down on your back. Bring both your legs up and keep them straight. Next, extend your arms and slowly move them up and down. You will feel pressure on your core.

The Hundred with Bent Knee Come in the same position as the hundred with straight leg. The only difference here is that you can bend your knees and repeat the same exercise.

The Hundred with 45 degree Leg Come in the same position as the hundred with straight leg. Let your legs be straight and move forward in the 45 degrees angle. Repeat the same exercise.

The Single Straight Leg Stretch Lie down on your back. Keep your right leg on the floor and bring your left leg up. Try and touch your head to your knee. Keep your back straight otherwise you can end up hurting it.

The Single Modified Leg Stretch The same as single straight leg stretch, except here you can bend your knees. Repeat the same drill.

The Side Kick Front n Back Go on your side and let your body be in one straight line. This means you should only be able to see your toes. Now with the help of your elbow, come up. You should be in a slanting position by now. Next, bring your leg up (the one above) and move it forward and back, like a kick. Repeat the same with your next side.

The Swan Neck Roll Lie down on your core area. Keep both your hands besides your chest. Slowly your torso, stretching your back and keep your neck straight. Turn your neck towards the right and bring it back to the centre. Now go down again and repeat the same with your left side.

The Swan Neck Roll (Modified) Repeat the same as the swan neck roll, except here, you do not need to lift your back entirely up. Stop mid-distance, or wherever your body feels comfortable and twist your neck.

Modified Roll Ups Sit with your back straight and your legs spread in a V shape. Join both your hands. Now move your hands clock-wise. When you take them forward, extend your back forward as well. When you bring your hands towards your chest, let your back also come to its original position.

Rolling Back on V Sit straight. Bend your knees and bring them closer to your chest. Now hold your knees with both your hands. Try and touch your nose to your knees. Now move back forth in a pendulum position.

Rolling Back (Modified) The same as rolling back on V. Except here, everytime you come forward, you need to stretch your legs and straighten them out.

The Spin Stretch Forward Sit with your back straight. Spread your legs forward and in V position. Now extend your arms and stretch them forward. Everytime you go forward, make sure to keep your back straight.


Spot run Stand straight on your place and jog lightly. Make sure to land on your toes. Modified Push-Ups A regular push-up will require you to go forward and let your body be parallel to the floor. In the modified version, everything remains the same, except you can keep your knees on the floor.

Wrestling Pushups Stand with back straight. Move forward on the floor with the help of your hands. Your body should be parallel to the floor. Go down. While coming up, your back should be concave. Come back in a V position. Repeat this circuit.

Free Squats Stand straight with legs apart. Let your hips, feet and legs be parallel to each other. Hold your hands together and in front of your body. Keep your stomach muscles tight. Go down in sitting position. Extend your arms forward, parallel to eachother and keep your hands straight. Go up and down. Make sure to keep your back straight.

Jump Squats The same as free squats. Except everytime you go down, you need to come up jumping on your toes. Make sure to land on your heels to avoid any kind of injury.

Crunches Together Lie down on the floor. Let both your legs be parallel to eachother. Now, bend your knees and come forward from your torso. Try and bring your knees closer to your chest. Keep your back straight.

Drop Kicks Stand straight. Now move forward and bring your right leg up. Make sure your leg remains straight and stretches to its maximum potential. Every time you move your leg forward, try and make a circle. Repeat this with your left leg.

Split Leg Stretch Stand straight. Gradually, stretch the leg on the side you’re standing on. Simultaneously, keep stretching the back leg as well. The moment you are closer to the floor, use your hands to support your body to go into a full split. Once on the floor, or near it, bring your head closer to your knee. Repeat this for both sides.

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Researchers Are Developing a Pill That Helps You Lose Weight and Lets You Still Eat Carbs – Men’s Health

Posted: September 7, 2017 at 9:44 pm

It’s important to note, right away, that this research is in its infancyif you were looking for an excuse to go wild on a plate of pasta tonight, this ain’t it (but there are some healthy options, just in case). The research is largely based on two independent studies on mice which showed that a high-fat, zero-carb pure ketogenic diet made mice live longer and age slower. The drawback, of course, is that humans aren’t mice, and the diets necessary for the study would be extremely difficult, if not dangerous to achieve for a normal person (one of the studies, at the University of California, Davis, put the mice on a 90 percent fat diet). Basically, the researchers realized that carbs are actually great, and giving them up totally sucks.

The biggest problem with the [ketogenic] diet is that it is difficult to maintain as a lifestyle, Dr. Eric Verdin, the lead researcher of a newer study, published Tuesday, told the Guardian. “Its an antisocial diet. You can hardly eat anything that most of us like.

(Want a great diet without sacrificing delicious foods? The Men’s Health Metashred Diet will help you lose fat fast with an eating plan that’s incredibly easy to follow.)

That’s where the pill comes in. Ketogenic diets are difficult for humans both because not eating carbs sucks, and because high-fat diets can cause havoc on the body by increasing LDL, or “bad cholesterol” levels. (Mice aren’t as susceptible to LDL, so they can pig out on the greasy stuff to their tiny hearts’ content.)

Verdin’s study at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California found that one of the biggest benefits of the diet was a “ketone body” called BHB, which the mice’s bodies produced during ketosis. As the Guardian notes, Verdin has been researching BHB for years, and found in 2013 that it had the potential to either protect cells from or reduce the microscopic wear and tear that accumulates as bodies get older, lengthening lifespans and helping people feel healthy much later in their lives. To get around the minefields of LDL and bread-free diets, Verdin is now trying to develop a compound, taken as a supplement, that would help the body generate BHB and reap its benefits without making people deluge themselves in fat.

“Im excited about this, and its hard not to be after what weve seen that it does. These are pretty profound effects, Verdin told The Guardian about the original study. His research is ongoing, but the initial results are certainly a fresh look at narrowing down the exact chemicals and bodily processes that help us live healthier livesand then making pills out of them.

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Super-slimmer whose 23st bulk ruined her sex life shows off dramatic NINE STONE weight loss after ditching her … – The Sun

Posted: September 7, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Weight, what?

Katie Dolan knew it was time to change her life when her doctor recommended gastric surgery

A SUPERMARKET worker who binged on fast food every day has shown off her incredible nine stone weight loss and she claims its transformed her sex life.

Katie Dolan, 26, from Cornwall, wouldnt let her boyfriend see her naked because of her body hangups.

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As she became unhappy in her career, Katie began binge eating for comfort and could gorge herself on up to three takeaways daily.

Worryingly, she ballooned to an unhealthy 23 stone as she could put away 8,000 calories in just 24 hours.

Katie remembered what life was like at 24 stone, remarking: I was too lazy to exercise and I never cooked.

Gary and I would eat takeaway curries, Chinese or pizzas every single night.

I was a proper secret eater and some days I would have three takeaways a dayI was spending a fortune on food.

Not only did her weight begin to pose a threat on Katies health, it also affected her relationship with her boyfriend Gary Ballard.

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She recalled:The bigger I got, the more my confidence suffered.

I was so self-conscious all the time and I started to develop pretty serious anxiety. I just wanted to hide myself away.

It put a real strain on our relationship and meant I couldnt trust him because of my own insecurities.

I never ever got undressed in front of him and when it came to being intimate the lights would have to be off and I would keep most my clothes on. It created a real barrier between us.

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As Katies weight peaked, a medical professional asked her to consider getting a gastric band to help her shift some pounds.

Determined to get fit without surgery, the supermarket worker made it her mission to turn her life around.

She said:I told the doctor then and there that I was determined to prove I could do it myself. It was a real turning point for me. I completely changed the way I was living my life.

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Katie joined Weight Watchers and learned to prepare meals for herself.

She was involved in a car crash one month into her weight loss journey, but she didnt let this stand in her way.

Not only has she managed to shift an impressive nine stone, her change in diet has also improved her body confidence.

She said: My relationship with Gary is so much better. He is amazing. He has been by my side every step of the way supporting me.

Before I was too lazy to do anything but now, we go out all the time.

We are so much closer than we have ever been. I trust him completely and we can be a lot more intimate. It is amazing.

Katie isnt the only super-slimmer to show off her dramatic transformation.

One fashion fan revealed how she lost seven stone to fit into her dream dress by giving up junk food.

And read up on the A-Z of dieting to find the regime that could work wonders on your health.

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Super-slimmer whose 23st bulk ruined her sex life shows off dramatic NINE STONE weight loss after ditching her … – The Sun

Is testosterone therapy safe? Take a breath before you …

Posted: September 7, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Understand the potential risks and consider alternatives before boosting your hormones indefinitely.

Millions of American men use a prescription testosterone gel or injection to restore normal levels of the manly hormone. The ongoing pharmaceutical marketing blitz promises that treating “low T” this way can make men feel more alert, energetic, mentally sharp, and sexually functional. However, legitimate safety concerns linger. For example, some older men on testosterone could face higher cardiac risks.

“Because of the marketing, men have been flooded with information about the potential benefit of fixing low testosterone, but not with the potential costs,” says Dr. Carl Pallais, an endocrinologist and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Men should be much more mindful of the possible long-term complications.”

MIND Depression Reduced self-confidence Difficulty concentrating Disturbed sleep

BODY Declining muscle and bone mass Increased body fat Fatigue Swollen or tender breasts Flushing or hot flashes

SEXUAL FUNCTION Lower sex drive Fewer spontaneous erections Difficulty sustaining erections

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A loophole in FDA regulations allows pharmaceutical marketers to urge men to talk to their doctors if they have certain “possible signs” of testosterone deficiency. “Virtually everybody asks about this now because the direct-to-consumer marketing is so aggressive,” says Dr. Michael O’Leary, a urologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Tons of men who would never have asked me about it before started to do so when they saw ads that say ‘Do you feel tired?'”

Just being tired isn’t enough to get a testosterone prescription. “General fatigue and malaise is pretty far down my list,” Dr. O’Leary says. “But if they have significant symptoms, they’ll need to have a lab test. In most men the testosterone level is normal.”

If a man’s testosterone looks below the normal range, there is a good chance he could end up on hormone supplementsoften indefinitely. “There is a bit of a testosterone trap,” Dr. Pallais says. “Men get started on testosterone replacement and they feel better, but then it’s hard to come off of it. On treatment, the body stops making testosterone. Men can often feel a big difference when they stop therapy because their body’s testosterone production has not yet recovered.”

This wouldn’t matter so much if we were sure that long-term hormone therapy is safe, but some experts worry that low-T therapy is exposing men to small risks that could add up to harm over time.

A relatively small number of men experience immediate side effects of testosterone supplementation, such as acne, disturbed breathing while sleeping, breast swelling or tenderness, or swelling in the ankles. Doctors also watch out for high red blood cell counts, which could increase the risk of clotting.

The evidence for long-term risks is mixed. Some studies have found that men on testosterone have fewer cardiovascular problems, like heart attacks, strokes, and deaths from heart disease. Other studies have found a higher cardiac risk. For example, in 2010, researchers halted the Testosterone in Older Men study when early results showed that men on hormone treatments had noticeably more heart problems. “In older men, theoretical cardiac side effects become a little more immediate,” Dr. Pallais says.

Some physicians also have a lingering concern that testosterone therapy could stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cells. As with the hypothetical cardiac risks, the evidence is mixed. But because prostate cancer is so common, doctors tend to be leery of prescribing testosterone to men who may be at risk.

“Like any treatment, there is risk,” Dr. O’Leary says. “I would not give it to a man who is being treated for active prostate cancer, but it’s pretty safe under careful supervision for those who need it.”

For the time being, the long-term risks of testosterone therapy are “known unknowns.” It offers men who feel lousy a chance to feel better, but that quick fix could distract attention from unknown long-term hazards. “I can’t tell you for certain that this raises the risk of heart problems and prostate cancer, or that it doesn’t,” Dr. Pallais says. “We need a large study with multiple thousands of people followed for many years to figure it out.”

So, keep risks in mind when considering testosterone therapy. “I frequently discourage it, particularly if the man has borderline levels,” Dr. Pallais says.

These steps can help you feel more energetic today without drugs or dietary supplements:

Pace yourself: Spread out activities throughout the day.

Take a walk: It gives you a lift when you feel pooped out.

Snack smart: Have a snack with fiber and some protein between meals.

A large, definitive trial for hormone treatment of men is still to come. Until then, here is how to take a cautious approach to testosterone therapy.

Have you considered other reasons why you may be experiencing fatigue, low sex drive, and other symptoms attributable to low testosterone? For example, do you eat a balanced, nutritious diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you sleep well? Address these factors before turning to hormone therapy.

If your sex life is not what it used to be, have you ruled out relationship or psychological issues that could be contributing?

If erectile dysfunction has caused you to suspect “low T” as the culprit, consider that cardiovascular disease can also cause erectile dysfunction.

Inaccurate or misinterpreted test results can either falsely diagnose or miss a case of testosterone deficiency. Your testosterone level should be measured between 7 am and 10 am, when it’s at its peak. Confirm a low reading with a second test on a different day. It may require multiple measurements and careful interpretation to establish bioavailable testosterone, or the amount of the hormone that is able to have effects on the body. Consider getting a second opinion from an endocrinologist.

After starting therapy, follow-up with your physician periodically to have testosterone checks and other lab tests to make sure the therapy is not causing any problems with your prostate or blood chemistry.

Approach testosterone therapy with caution if you are at high risk for prostate cancer; have severe urinary symptoms from prostate enlargement; or have diagnosed heart disease, a previous heart attack, or multiple risk factors for heart problems.

Ask your doctor to explain the various side effects for the differentformulations of testosterone, such as gels, patches, and injections. Know what to look for if something goes wrong.

Testosterone therapy is not a fountain of youth. There is no proof that it will restore you to the level of physical fitness or sexual function of your youth, make you live longer, prevent heart disease or prostate cancer, or improve your memory or mental sharpness. Do not seek therapy with these expectations in mind.

If erectile function has been a problem, testosterone therapy might not fix it. In fact, it might increase your sex drive but not allow you to act on it. You may also need medication or other therapy for difficulty getting or maintaining erections.

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy – Ehormones

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The most effective delivery method for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (or TRT) is Testosterone injections. Testosterone Replacement Therapy typically requires weekly Testosterone injections and ancillary medications, where necessary. These may include medications which allow the testes to continue its natural production of testosterone while on TRT, and an Aromatase Inhibitor, typically in pill form, to suppress the bodys conversion of Testosterone to Estrogen.

Every man has his own unique set of circumstances and must be treated as an individual. Therefore, EHormonesMD managed physicians perform physical examinations on every patient, in addition to using a combination of comprehensive, diagnostic lab work, feedback from the patient himself, as well as medical history and symptomology to determine the patients individual Testosterone Therapy regimen. However, it is important to note that not every adult male will be a candidate for Testosterone Replacement Therapy. This is why its very important that you speak with a doctor who specializes in treating Low Testosterone in adult men.

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Bryant Stamford, Special to the Courier-Journal Published 7:00 a.m. ET Sept. 7, 2017

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Testosterone (T) is a naturally occurring hormone in men, and most of it is produced in the testicles.

At puberty, T production escalates, bringing about masculinizing changes in muscle mass. also promotes sex drive, sperm and red blood cell production, bone massand determines how men store body fat.

It can impact quality of life issues as well, like mood, energy and motivation.

Beginning at about age 30, T production begins to decline on average by about 1 percent per year, plummeting late in life. This causes all sorts of problems, including lack of sex drive, inability to sleep, loss of muscle and bone mass, increased belly fat, the list goes on. Reversing these symptoms and improving the quality of life is the reason T replacement therapy (TRT) clinics supervised by physicians have sprung up around the country.

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Although it is considered a male hormone, women also produce a modest amount of T in the ovaries. After menopause, estrogen production declines, which alters the ratio of estrogen to T, explaining why women begin taking on some male characteristics, like storing more fat around the midsection, rather than on the hips, thighs and buttocks as occurs earlier in life.

Is TRT a good thing? It can bewhen managed responsibly. If you are older, and your T level is very low and falls below the normal range, it makes sense to address it with TRT because it can negatively impact health, increasing risks associated with diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. Low T also may shorten life, but this is controversial because when TRT raises T levels it has not been shown to extend life.

More is not always better, and many TRT clinics are viewed with suspicion because they advertise that its possible to feel like you are 25 years old again, even though you are decades older. Perhaps this is possible, but at what price, and if you are taking huge doses of T, could you be damaging your health?

Research studies in 2013 and 2014 indicated that TRT increased the risk of heart disease in men 65 and older, and in younger men with a history of heart disease. However, subsequent studies refute these findingsand some show a deceased risk of heart disease. Another area of concern is an increased risk of prostate cancer, but this, too, is controversial. There does appear to be solid evidence that TRT can increase the risk of blood clots and stroke, plus sleep apnea, acne and breast enlargement.

All in all, some experts believe the benefits outweigh the risks, while others are more cautious because TRT hasnt been around long enough or impacted enough men to draw meaningful conclusions. Time will tell. In the meantime, like most things in life, moderation is the best approach.

Anabolic steroids (AS) are synthetic steroid hormones that resemble T. AS require a doctors prescription and were developed to promote muscle mass in postsurgical patients, particularly older patients. Unfortunately, AS use spilled over to strength athletes who wanted the advantages associated with increased muscle mass, and AS delivered as promised. This, in turn, inspired gross overdosing with AS as a means to producing freaky muscular proportions and super human strength.

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AS can cause a long list of negative side effects, the most serious being growth of tumors in the liver and acceleration of atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries). AS suppress HDL (good cholesterol) production, which leads to a ratio of bad to good cholesterol that is out of whack, promoting clogged arteries and ultimately leading to a heart attack. Worse, because a doctors prescription is required, AS often are obtained illegally from foreign countries through the mail, with no sense of the quality of the product or the dangers involved.

When I was young, I was an enthusiastic weight lifter, working out hours every day. Some of my friends went the AS route and developed amazing physiques. Recently, I have endeavored to track them down to see how they are doing, and I was saddened to learn that too many have died prematurely, in their fifties and sixties, some even earlier. The most likely cause was a heart attack.

TRT has a place and can be beneficial if managed prudently. Just be careful of extreme approaches and promises that seem too good to be true. As for AS, there is no justifiable reason for athletes to be taking them. Ever!

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Health Fair blood draw – Lusk Herald

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Many things only occur in September. The school year gets into full swing as does football season. Gardens are nearing the end of their life spans . One of the most important events that happens every September is the Niobrara Health Fair Blood Draw. It will be held from 6 am to 9am Thursday September 14 and Friday September 15 at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds Auditorium meeting rooms. A team of skilled phlebotomists has been assembled to .expertly draw your blood and prepare it for shipment to Quest Diagnostics Labs in Denver for analyzing If you have limited funds for health care, this is the perfect way to gather a large amount of information about your body and health for a minimal investment. Most doctors readily accept the results of this blood testing and it is a bargain compared to the same tests done at a hospital lab.

A list of the screenings available and the associated prices follows:

The most basic and popular test is the HealthScreen/TSH/Direct LDL Measurement (previously known as the Chemistry Panel) which will give information on cholesterol levels, triglycerides, liver function, kidney function, thyroid function, and shows the presence of a gout indicator. This test is $35. A twelve hour fast is recommended.

A complete blood count (CBC) is available for $17.00 and will give information about the presence of infection, anemia, and early signs of leukemia.

The PSA or Prostate Specific Antigen Test is available for $27.00 and is used to detect possible prostate cancer. It is recommended for men over the age of 50.

The Hemoglobin A1C test priced at $27.00 is available for diabetics to check their average blood sugar levels and help determine if their medication is working properly. It is also recommended for anyone with a family history of diabetes.

Vitamin D screening is available for $42.00 It has been recently determined that low levels of vitamin D may be the cause of many aches and pains. Vitamin D deficiency may also be related to other health issues.

The Cardio CRP test is $32.00 and screens for high levels of a protein that indicates inflammation in the body, especially in arteries. Arterial inflammation may cause cholesterol deposits to break away and clog an artery leading to a heart attack or stroke.

The Cardio IQ+HealthScreen test is also available for $92. This test is generally only recommended for those people with known cholesterol issues and provides a much more detailed cholesterol analysis. It also includes a basic blood chemistry test to check kidney, thyroid, liver and bone functions. A twelve hour fast is recommended. This test is not done if the regular chemistry test for $35 is chosen.

A Gluten Intolerance/Celiac Screen test is available for $42. This test will indicate the presence of celiac disease and help individuals determine if they should avoid foods containing gluten.

Vitamin B12 and Folate testing is also available for $42. This test will determine if you have abnormal levels of vitamin B12 or of folate, another B vitamin.

Female and Male Testosterone testing is priced at $42. This test will indicate abnormal levels of this hormone. It is a great way to determine if you many need testosterone replacement therapy.

An InSure FIT Colon Screening Kit is also available for $25.00. This is a take home kit that checks for colorectal cancer.

Dont pass up this economical opportunity to get more information about your health. Be sure to attend the Niobrara Health Fair Blood Draw on Thursday September 15 or Friday September 16 from 6 am to 9 am at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds Auditorium. If you participated in the past, you should have received, or will be receivingsoon, a post card reminder in the mail. For additional information or questions, please contact Randi Ross at 307 334-0107 or 307 216-0073

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