Male

Breast Cancer Alert: Men Need to Be Careful, Too

…too. Not too long ago, my wife Jan’s son was one of the approximately 1,000 men diagnosed annually with breast cancer. Like most of you who have a male family with breast cancer, to say that we were shocked would be an understatement. Jan’s is not a family with a history of breast cancer, yet it has…

Read More

Surprising Health Benefits of Donating Blood

…donating blood heart healthy? When you donate blood it reduces your blood volume and promotes healthy blood viscosity, or blood flow. Plus, if you’re a male or a postmenopausal woman, periodically donating blood is extremely important because it helps to reduce excess iron in your blood. Why Is Reducing…

Read More

Should You Get Screened for an Aneurysm?

…explained that her father just lost three uncles and two cousins—all men between the ages of 55-65—to sudden death from aortic aneurysms. Another male cousin is about to undergo surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, and a female cousin was just diagnosed with an aneurysm. Understandably, she was concerned…

Read More

On the Road with Dr. Sinatra

…cancers combined. Clearly, we all need to support any cause that raises awareness about heart health. So, there I was, the only woman in their usual male foursome—including a golf pro! And while I’ve never been much of a golfer (and hadn’t played in years…talk about intimidated!), the guys were…

Read More

Is Taking a MacStatin a "Holistic" Approach?

…cardiovascular events. Really? Secondary prevention—doing something after an event like a heart attack has happened—is a different matter. For a male with known coronary artery disease, taking a prescribed statin on a regular basis will help—a statin will assuage the inflammation we know provokes…

Read More

Testosterone Levels and Cardiovascular Health

…older men with multiple health issues and limited mobility. Because the heart and blood vessels house many testosterone receptor sites, it seems the male hormone was obviously meant to serve these body parts. To be sure, testosterone levels, like other hormones, decreases with age, and a very low level…

Read More

Grapefruit Health Benefits and Side Effects

…enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen in men, often causing an undesirable feminizing effect. In fact, I took a dietary history on one of my male patients who complained of erectile dysfunction (ED). When I learned the gentleman ate or drank grapefruit/grapefruit juice every day I realized the…

Read More

Low Testosterone Side Effects Include Heart Disease

…light of what we know about the heart. There are many testosterone receptor sites in the heart and blood vessels, which means nature intended for this male hormone to serve these organs. But as men pass the age of 50, the level of testosterone production falls 1 percent to 2 percent each year—making declining…

Read More

Statin Medications Can Cause Diabetes, Memory Loss

…* First off, my statin drug recommendations remain unchanged. In my opinion, the only people who should be on a statin medications are middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. For these patients, the benefits outweigh the potential risks—and the chief benefits are not statins’ ability to lower…

Read More

Statin Drugs and Memory Loss

…with a decline in total cholesterol. What’s the bottom line for you? In my opinion, the only people who should be on statin drugs are middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. That’s the only part of the population that truly benefits from statin medications. I’m also adamantly against the…

Read More

The Side Effects & Symptoms of Statin Medications

…believe cholesterol lowering statin medications are over prescribed. In my opinion, the only people who should be on a statin drug are middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. That group has the most to gain. But for most people, the long list of side effects of statin drugs isn’t worth the…

Read More

Important Warning About Statins and Diabetes

…Statins and Diabetes The same advice I’ve been giving for years still holds. The only group of people who should be on statin drugs is middle-aged males with coronary artery disease. This group has the most to gain from these medications, so the medications far outweigh the risks. Plus, low doses are…

Read More