Author: Leann Poston, M.D.

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How To Increase Male Libido: 7 Methods

Low libido describes a decreased interest in sexual activity. Low libido may be pervasive or only occur with a single partner. It may be episodic or persistent and may indicate an underlying medical or psychological condition. Most men experience a decreased libido at some point in their lives. Testosterone is involved in every aspect of the male sexual response. However, low testosterone is not usually the reason for a low libido. Instead, relationship, psychological, and environmental...

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Low Libido in Women: Causes and Treatments

Low libido is the lack of desire to have sex. It is your sex drive. Having periods of low libido is very common, but if it is persistent, a physical, psychological, or relationship issue is likely affecting your desire. Low libido can be pervasive or only with a single partner. It can also be episodic or persistent. Low libido may have a single cause, but it is more likely to have a combination of underlying causes. There is no normal sex drive because libido varies between people and even...

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Minoxidil Side Effects: What Are They?

Topical minoxidil is available over the counter and is used to treat hair loss. Minoxidil was initially developed to treat ulcers, but it was not effective. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved it as a blood pressure medication in the 1970s. About 20% of people taking oral minoxidil to control their blood pressure had increased hair growth (hypertrichosis), which led to developing minoxidil as a medication to treat hair loss. Due to its serious side effects, the oral form of minoxidil...

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Erectile Dysfunction: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common, treatable medical condition. Almost all men will have an episode of erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives. But just because it is common, does not mean it should be taken lightly. ED can be an indicator of a more serious medical condition and, if left untreated, it can lead to relationship and psychological issues.  ED affects approximately 30 million men in the United States,1 with nearly a quarter of them under the age...

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13 Medications That Can Cause Hair Loss

Hair loss is not life-threatening, but it can be distressing, especially when you don’t know what’s causing it. Some medications cause hair loss. Depending on the medication’s effect on the hair follicle, hair can thin or come out in clumps. While many medications can cause hair loss, not everyone who takes the medication experiences this side effect.  A wide range of medications can cause hair loss. In some medications, such as some chemotherapy drugs, hair loss is an expected...

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Amazing Benefits of B12 Injections

You may be vitamin B12 deficient and not even know it! Vitamin B12 deficiency is common and underdiagnosed. In the United States, one in five people over age 40 and 6% of people under age 40 are thought to be B12 deficient.1 In most people, B12 deficiency is mild, and therefore the symptoms may be nonspecific.2 Supplementing vitamin B12 or taking vitamin B12 injections, when your body is low on this key nutrient, can restore your energy and provide other health benefits. What does...

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How To Reverse Aging Skin: 18 Easy Tips

Skin aging is a natural and inevitable process. Scientists are exploring ways to reverse aging or at least slow the process. But, as of now, reversing the aging process is not a reality. Unfortunately, you cannot turn back time. Changes you see in your skin are a combination of your genetic predisposition interacting with external factors, such as your diet and environment.   Skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. The epidermis is a multilayered...

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What is Super Trimix?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), or the inability to get and sustain an erection, affects nearly 18 million US men.1 This represents nearly half of all men aged 40 and up.2 Even more surprising, about 26% of men seeking ED treatment are under the age of 40.3  Many effective treatment options for ED exist, yet many men choose not to try them. When researchers analyzed the insurance claims for 6.2 million men, only one-fourth of men diagnosed with ED filled their prescriptions.4 Treatment costs,...

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What Is Brain Fog and How to Beat It

Brain fog is not a diagnosable medical condition. Instead, it is a constellation of symptoms affecting thinking and memory. Many people have experienced temporary brain fog. We all have those days when we lose track of what we are doing, can’t remember where we put our keys and phone, repeat ourselves when giving instructions, or miss an appointment on our calendar. If you are experiencing brain fog, you may notice you are constantly jotting notes on your phone, a major change from when...

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What Happens When a Man’s Testosterone is Low?

Up to five million men in the United States have low testosterone. Unfortunately, aging is a major risk factor for testosterone decline. After the age of 30, testosterone drops by about 1% per year. When testosterone levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl) in a man with symptoms consistent with low testosterone, this is referred to as male hypogonadism. The prevalence of hypogonadism increases with aging, obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic and age-related conditions.  Restoring...

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Future Anti-aging Technology: Is Age Reversal Really Possible?

If we accept aging as a fact of life and inevitable, then there is nothing we can do to slow or even stop the process. However, considering the possibility that aging has a cause means there is the potential to identify the cause(s) and reverse or at least mitigate its effects.  Aging is the sum of all the bodily changes that occur throughout your lifespan. How fast these changes occur and how they present themselves differs from person to person.1 Healthy lifestyle choices can slow the...

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What Causes Skin Wrinkles and How To Treat Them

Wrinkles are a visible reminder to yourself and others that you are getting older. Most of us dislike acknowledging this inevitable process. People in the United States spend over 50 billion dollars annually on anti-aging products, medications, and procedures.  Before there were effective treatment options, your only choice was to accept that your skin thins, sags, wrinkles, and accumulates age spots, but today many people are seeking age management treatment options.  Exposure...

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Can Vitamin Supplements Improve Overall Brain Health?

Supplements are nutrients and vitamins people take to mitigate the effects of an imperfect diet or increased needs due to chronic disease or aging. Over 170 million Americans take dietary supplements. Top reasons for taking supplements include overall health and wellness benefits, increased energy, filling a nutrition gap, bone health, heart health, and healthy aging.  Research on supplements has exploded over the past two decades. However, it is a tough field to study as nutrients and...

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How Do Brain Health and Mental Health Intersect?

For most other body organs, it is straightforward to understand the relationship between the physical organ and the diseases that impact it. For example, when fluid fills the lungs, the fluid can become infected, and we call this pneumonia. The medical workup to diagnose pneumonia is pretty standard, as are the treatment options. So why is the relationship between brain health and mental health so murky? Our current understanding of mental illnesses is that they are conditions that negatively...

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How Does Metformin Contribute to Anti-Aging?

Anti-aging is not just about looking better. Although that is important for many people, it is also about living a healthier life longer. As a population, we are living longer, and you want those additional years to be healthy ones that allow you to be active and disease-free. The World Health Organization now formally recognizes aging as a disease in its latest International Classification of Diseases, which opens the door for developing therapeutic interventions that specifically target aging...

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What Are the Health Benefits of NAD+ Therapy?

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is a universal cellular electron transporter that transfers energy from the macronutrients in foods to cells in your body where it can be used for energy. There is a lot of supporting evidence that NAD+ plays a key role in longevity and long-term cellular health. A quick search on ClinicalTrials.gov yields over 1,000 clinical trials investigating the role of NAD+ in preventing and treating disease. NAD+ is a cofactor for many chemical reactions, including...

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When to Start Thinking About Anti-Aging

Do you want to look and feel younger? You are not alone. By 2030, the anti-aging market is expected to grow to around $119.6 billion. Treatment options for a more youthful appearance are far more comprehensive than ever before. Prices range from super-expensive plastic surgery to much more affordable anti-aging creams and supplements. So why is the market expanding so quickly? People are thinking about anti-aging long before that first wrinkle or smile line appears. When is the best time to think...

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Do You Get Shorter as You Age?

Do you get shorter as you age? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. According to researchers, the process starts after age 30. The change is not dramatic, only an inch or two, unless you have a medical condition called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is decreased bone density. It increases your risk of hip and spine fractures. Spine and hip fractures can cause chronic pain and disability. If you are over 50, it is worth tracking your height periodically because osteoporosis doesn’t have any symptoms in...

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Aging Differences by Sex and Gender

Women live longer than men. Why? There have been several theories, including estrogen protection against cardiovascular disease, a less risky lifestyle, and a willingness to seek preventative medical care. These factors may explain lifespan differences in some cases, but are unlikely to explain a persistent difference between men’s and women’s lifespans. The biggest factor affecting how men and women age and why they age differently is sex hormones. Testosterone levels slowly decline...

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What Is Hormonal Aging?

The endocrine and nervous systems work together to control almost all bodily functions. The nervous system acts quickly and precisely, while the endocrine system works more slowly. Together, these two systems work to keep your body in a steady state. Endocrine glands throughout the body release chemical messengers called hormones. These hormones bind to receptors on target cells, where they produce a response. The same hormone may produce very different responses depending on the target cell with...

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