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Impotency and the Waist Line

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ShareUntil recently, a man unable to develop or sustain an erection sufficient for penetrative sexual intercourse has been referred to as ‘impotent’. This term, however, has negative connotations which imply a general loss of prowess in other domains of mental and physical function. Although the problem is most commonly the result of isolated malfunction of penile erection, diminished or absent …

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Antioxidant Benefits of Alpha Lipoic Acid

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ShareAlpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a natural molecule consisting of a five-membered cyclic disulphide and hydrocarbon tail ending with a carboxylic acid group. Hence, lipoic acid is a predominantly lipophilic molecule having an amphipathic character due to its carboxylic acid group attached to the ring structure. Lipoic acid is present in our diet mainly in animal foods such as meat …

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Fibre Facts for Lower Glucose Levels

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ShareFibre is found in plant-derived foods such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes (beans) and cannot be broken down by the body. As a result, these fibres pass through the body and carry other things off with them. Fibre helps to protect against heart disease, diabetes and contributes to gastrointestinal (GI) health by preventing constipation and helping to prevent …

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Reform Sugarmonger, Fix Your Addiction

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ShareThere you are, sitting with your eyes closed as Paul McKenna‚ the world’s most famous hypnotist, asks you to imagine how chocolate cake, your favourite indulgence, would taste mixed with cabbage, the food you hate the most. “As you bite into the cake, mix its flavour with cabbage,” he instructs you. “The texture, the taste, is cabbage and there’s some …

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The Pathophysiology of Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

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ShareThe prevalence of Type 2 diabetes increases with age. It is present in 1–2% of those aged 20–40 years but this rises to nearly 20% of those aged over 60 years. Type 2 diabetes is also linked strongly to obesity. The increased prevalence relates principally to decreased levels of physical activity and increased consumption of calorie-dense food. The risk of …

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