JAMA - Men's Health Briefing
So what does it take to live long, and healthy? For guys …you need to be strong, and lean in your mid-life. A new study found that avoidance of being overweight, and not having diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, or excessive alcohol consumption were associated with both overall and what they term exceptional survival, meaning survival to a specific late age, like 85, without major medical conditions or Alzheimer’s.
The big indicator of a long healthy life though…was grip strength! Dr. Bradley Willcox, the study author out of the Pacific Health Research Group, says, “Physical fitness is very important. You can think of gripping a tennis ball that tells you how strong your grip is, it is actually an indicator of how well you are built genetically and physically and it is also an indicator of how well trained you are in terms of physical fitness.”
The probability of exceptional survival to age 85 years was 55 percent with no risk factors but decreased to 9 percent with 6 or more risk factors. And preliminary research suggests that testosterone replacement therapy for men with low testosterone levels appears to have little effect on the prostate gland, contrary to some reports that this therapy may be harmful. Serum levels of testosterone decline with age, and changes because of that have been called "male menopause."
Now, treating the problem with testosterone replacement therapy has been thought to promote the development of prostate cancer. But in the latest study of men who got testosterone replacement, no treatment-related change was observed in prostate tissue or in cancer rates or severity. In 2005, a total of 2.3 million prescriptions were written for testosterone productsDisclaimer
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