The Medical Screenings All Men Need, and When

No matter how fast medicine moves us towards treatments, preventive medicine will always be the most effective and cheapest way to keep healthy. Yesterday, we went over the most common screenings for women. Today we’ll look at men’s health screenings, when you should get them, and what kind of experience you’re in for.

Source: The Medical Screenings All Men Need, and When

Curious to know about colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy preparation?

64oz to be drunk in 8oz servings every 15 mins – wasn’t awful tasting…similar to warm, flat, weak Gatorade.

As you’d expect, you’ll start with solid poop, then brown liquid to clear liquid.

What you don’t expect is the velocity which it shoots out of your butthole – near the end, I felt like I was jet propelled. It’s like your anus is blowing its nose FORCEFULLY.

I also didn’t expect how sore my butthole would feel afterwards. If you’ve had stomach flu where all you did was poop, you’ll have an idea how raw it felt.

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Standing Desks Are No Replacement For a Workout

Planting your behind in a seat for hours at a time has been squarely linked to an increase in health problems, from shorter lifespans to a slew of diseases, including cancer. Concerned office workers have leapt to standing desks as healthier alternatives. But prolonged sitting may be getting a bum rap, a new study suggests.

Source: Standing desks are no replacement for a workout

The moral of the story is still this: go out and get some exercise.

No gym membership needed. Go out and run. Or walk at first if you can’t run. Or try cycling. Or try rowing. Or swimming. Can’t swim? Even better- you’ll go on a great journey just learning how to swim crawl correctly.

What – winters are bad where you live? Cross country skiing.   Endurance exercise has the power to change your life.

It’s Official: Bacon, Hot Dogs, Other Processed Meat Cause Cancer

After years of research and hundreds of studies finding links between eating certain meats and cancers, health experts have finally broken out the branding irons.

Today, in a sizzling announcement, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) officially marked processed meat, such as bacon, hot dogs, and sausages, as “carcinogenic to humans,” a “group 1” designation. The agency, an arm of the World Health Organization, also classified red meat, such as beef, pork, and lamb, as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a “group 2A” grade.

Source: It’s official: Bacon, hot dogs, other processed meat cause cancer

This news is all over the place, but I was really surprised that there’s no actual scientific fact.  All I get is there was a meta-study that amounts to “there’s a correlation”.   It’s all speculative, nothing about how the meat is prepared or cooked.  It was almost a year ago that an actual link was found – in the neu5Gc content

Ginger: How Much Vitamin K?

Not to be confused with redheads… 😉

I remember ginger as something I was told to avoid while on blood thinners.  But research consistently says consuming ginger is not a concern while on warfarin/coumadin.  There’s 0.1 mcg of vitamin K in 100 grams/3.5 ounces of raw ginger – there’s so little, it’s basically non-existent.  I love ginger, as an ingredient in a recipe or various forms of candy: covered in sugar, or chocolate…

There’s numerous health benefits, to the point that hospitals stock ginger ale for sore throats and to soothe stomach aches.  I’d never heard of ginger being used for motion and sea sickness, but apparently ginger is good for reducing dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.  Here’s some other things ginger is known for:

  • anti-inflammatory
  • protection against colorectal cancer
  • Ovarian cancer cell death
  • boosting the immune system

Tips for ginger:

  • Freeze it to make it last longer, and easier to peel or grate.  But hard to cut…
  • Putting powdered ginger into a recipe that calls for fresh ginger is not recommended and vice versa.
  • A nugget of ginger can be used for flavouring (IE: in a soup), but removed before serving
  • You could peel & grate the ginger before freezing, but this bypasses two major benefits:
    1. Ginger grates really easily and finely when frozen, and even obviates the need to peel
    2. You don’t create a lot of surface area for oxidization when you do it this way, which means it actually tastes fresh

Fit Middle-Aged Men: Lower Risk for Some Cancers

Very fit men in their late 40s are less likely to get lung cancer and colorectal cancer than unfit men, a study in JAMA Oncology suggests.

Their high fitness levels also appear to increase their chances of surviving cancer if they are diagnosed later on.

University of Vermont researchers said even small improvements in fitness could help to reduce cancer risk.

Source: Fit middle-aged men ‘at lower risk for some cancers’

Prostate cancer gets a mention that fitness didn’t prevent so much, but in every case there’s a belief that fit men are more likely to be testing often if at all to catch things as early as possible.

It’s well known that people in better shape do better.  What’s “better”?  Low body fat, endurance, and a good diet are the best indicators of being “healthy”.  You can always get a work-up to determine blood pressure, cholesterol, and any vitamin deficiencies. It’s entirely possible to be in good shape physically, and yet be very unhealthy. People in better shape, with stronger immune systems, get higher doses of chemotherapy because they can tolerate the side effects better.  The higher the dose you can tolerate, the better the treatment outcome (generally) because you’re more likely to kill more cancer cells.

FYI: The recommendation for a hereditary history of colon cancer is generally to get a colonoscopy every 1-2 years, starting at 10 years before youngest case in the family.

Sushi Parasite Inspires Worm Test for Cancer

Dogs do it. Rats do it. Even some people seem to be able to sniff out cancer and other diseases. Now we can add the humble roundworm to the list of super-smellers.

Japanese researchers have discovered that Caenorhabditis elegans worms can detect cancer in people’s urine. They are working with technology companies Hitachi and Johnan to turn the finding into a diagnostic test that can be used to catch the disease in its early stages.

…The team are now investigating whether different cancer types release different odours, and whether this has an effect on the worms. They hope to have a commercial product ready by 2019. The idea would be that users send a urine sample to the company and get the results back the next day, says Hirotsu.

Source: Sushi parasite inspires worm test for cancer

It was only recently that dogs were trained to sniff out cancer, though dogs have been trained companions for detecting low blood sugar for diabetics in the past.  Much as I like dogs, the worms are a much better idea for a diagnostic test.  Being smaller means less space needed, and likely less resources to keep.  Don’t have to walk the worms 😉

Here’s to a cost-effective, non-invasive, diagnostic test that posted a 96% success rate.  No word about what stage the respective cancer was at, but the ability to test and test often is still pretty good.

I’m interested to see how the commercial aspect turns out for worms that have been used in research since 1963.  I shudder at the thought of repeating the breast cancer testing fiasco, and hope they see that the volume of commercialized test sales could offset upscale pricing.

The Surprising Health Benefits of Beans

Beans are a super healthy, super versatile and super affordable food. Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Eating beans regularly may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management. Beans are hearty, helping you feel full so you will tend to eat less.

As we get older, we need fewer calories and beans are a great way to boost the nutrition power of your meal without boosting the calories. A half-cup of beans has only about 100 calories.

Source: After-40 Nutrition: The Surprising Health Benefits of Beans

They missed something you can do with beans – make vegan brownies (recipe).  I’m conflicted about eating them – it’s way too healthy for a brownie.  I also like to add salsa to my navy beans.

Colonoscopies: Replaced by Yogurt?

A spoonful of yogurt could soon offer a cheap and simple way to screen for colorectal cancer.

Sangeeta Bhatia, a professor at MIT, is working to replace costly and uncomfortable colonoscopies and MRIs with a helping of yogurt followed by a urine test—a cheap method that could improve the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

Source: Cancer-Detecting Yogurt Could Replace Colonoscopies

The team has also developed a paper test—a bit like a pregnancy/litmus test—that identifies the presence of the broken-down molecules in a human’s urine.  Assuming it works out, a non-invasive, easy test is something we’d all like to see.  I have similar hopes for the cancer detection based on Mantis Shrimp eyes.

French Vanilla or Chocolate?  I think this is something we can all get behind