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Lack of adequate sleep causes a number of serious complications including what some studies have noted as poor sex drive in men. Irregular sleep patterns seem to result in lower levels of testosterone which in turn reduces sex drive.
In addition to obesity and other factors, did you know that chemicals in cans or bottles are responsible for girls maturing earlier than ever? What’s more, these same chemicals may cause an increased risk of developing cancer and diabetes. The chemical classes in question are phthalates, phytoestrogens and phenols – which includes the well-known chemical bisphenol-A.
Olive oil has a rich and flavorful history that is interwoven with the story of mankind. The first use of the pitted fruit is thought to have begun in the southwest Mediterranean. Prized for its culinary and medicinal uses, olive oil is the center of much health research – the oil has even been shown to fight breast cancer naturally.
Exposure to the chemical bisphenol A during early pregnancy may be associated with wheezing in children, according to a Penn State College of Medicine researcher. Bisphenol A, or BPA is a chemical found in many consumer products, including plastic water bottles and food containers. It is present in more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, suggesting widespread exposure. Experimental research suggests that prenatal BPA exposure causes asthma in mice, but no data exists for humans.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious condition that interferes with proper breathing. Diseases associated with COPD actually block airflow as you exhale and make it hard to breath. One study found that vitamin E may serve as a protectant for the lungs and also help prevent against COPD.
Sleep is very important, especially for young children who are in school. Researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) say that 3-5 year olds need 11-13 hours of sleep each night, while 5-12 year olds need at least 10-11 hours.
Diabetes is linked to a number of very serious health conditions such as heart disease, nerve and kidney damage. Now, researchers from Japan are finding the condition also negatively impacts the brain, causing cognitive decline and dementia.
Regular exercise could be a natural and effective way to help treat diabetes. A study conducted with diabetic Hispanic men and women undergoing a strength training routine found that within 16 weeks there was dramatic improvement with their sugar control.