Posts Tagged ‘smoking cessation’

Healthy Living-Healthy Sex Life: 5 Action Steps To Improve Your Sex Life

July 7, 2014

Millions of American men after age 50 suffer from ED or erectile dysfunction. Many of these men are prescribe drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis which are often successful. However, men can take a non-medical approach to solving ED. This article will discuss five action steps that any man with ED can take to reduce the risk and even treat his problem of ED.

There are five action stseps that can help men with ED. These are proper weight management, adequate sleep, a structured exercise program, limited alcoholic intake and a proper, balanced diet.
Sometimes men need to make changes in their lifestyles. Sexual dysfunction in men is often caused by something that is also life threatening, such as cardiovascular problems. Men who take these lifestyle action steps are often able to go off of medication including increase their sexual performance.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
Men who are obese have much lower testosterone levels, which plays a major part in sexual function. I suggest that overweight men lose the pounds by changing their diet and increasing physical activity, which helps in improving erectile problems.

ADEQUATE SLEEP
Men who snore should be evaluated for sleep apnea. This is because sleep apnea will interrupt a man’s sleep cycle, affecting the normal cycles of erections that happen during the night. I also recommend that men get adequate sleep, as sleep deprivation can affect a man’s sex drive. A good sign of a good night’s sleep is a man’s early morning erecttion. If that involuntary morning erection is missing, then men are advised to improve their sleep habit.

REGULAR EXERCISE
Without question, a man in good physical health will have a much better sex life. The fitter you are, the better your sex life will be. A structured exercise program is not only a great way to lose weight and decrease obesity, but it also helps a man to feel better about himself and boost his confidence. Regular exercise also boosts his testosterone, which will rev up his desire.

BALANCED DIET
Lowering cholesterol can help increase a man’s testosterone levels, so diet is crucial when it comes to sexual function. Plus, high sugar levels in men with diabetes can affect the function of the nerves in his penis. Men are advised to change their diet to a more nutritionally balanced one, which will lead to an overall better health, aid in weight management and sugar control, which will get the nerves in the penis going again.

LIMITED ALCOHOL
Surprisingly, a little alcohol can actually help men with ED. One to two drinks a day decrease the risk of cardiovascular problems – a major cause of erectile dysfunction. But don’t go overboard, this can lead to the reverse effect. Moderation is the key here. Animal studies have shown that high volumes of alcohol cause the penis to contract, which is the opposite of what should be going on during sexual arousal.
Alcohol is a suppressant, and the suppression of the central nervous system will cause a decrease in sensitivity to sexual stimulation.

Bottom Line: ED is a common condition that can significantly impact a man’s quality of life. Although medications are helpful, men can take alternative non-medical solutions to get his ED back on track. Not only are these suggestions helpful for controlling ED, they lead to overall health improvement in so many other areas of a man’s life.

Smoking and Bladder Cancer-Now Another Reason To Stop Smoking

October 2, 2013

Just Say "No"

Just Say “No”


Some important facts about bladder cancer include:
• Bladder cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.
• More than 72,000 new cases of bladder cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2013.
• Approximately 15,000 people will die from the disease this year alone.
• Bladder cancer is three times more common in men than in women.
• One in 42 people will be diagnosed with bladder cancer during their lifetime.

Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of bladder cancer than non-smokers. Smoking tobacco is the most important known risk factor for bladder cancer. Smoking has been shown to be responsible for half of female bladder cancer cases. The increase in the proportion of smoking-attributable bladder cancer cases among women is likely explained by the greater prevalence of smoking among women.
Here’s the good news: As with many other smoking-related cancers, smoking cessation was associated with reduced bladder cancer risk.
Bottom Line: Smoking is certainly implicated as a cause of bladder cancer. By stopping the use of cigarettes, you can decrease the risk of bladder cancer.

It’s never too early to quit smoking

February 9, 2013

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Everyone knows that smoking is deleterious to your health. If you are looking for a reason to quite, read the rest of this blog.

Lifelong smokers die an average of 10 years younger than nonsmokers. The good news is that smokers who manage to quite by age 35 can add that decade back onto their life expectancy. Even kicking the habit before age 60 can add 6 more years of life.

Bottom Line: Don’t start smoking, but if you already have, the benefits of quitting are enormous.

Secondhand smoke may be a risk factor for children’s bladder irritation

July 25, 2012

Parents smoke may be putting her children at greater risk for bladder irritation. Research from the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey surveyed children from age 4-17. All the children had symptoms of bladder irritation, such as frequency and urgency of urination,. Those with more significant urinary symptoms were more likely to have consistent exposure to secondhand smoke. Of these children, 23% had a mother who smoked and 50% were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke while riding in a car. If you are looking for another reason to begin a smoking cessation program, think about the health of your children and its impact on their bladder.

Tips and Tricks for Smoking Cessation

April 23, 2010

I have never met anyone who has smoked for several years who declares that they enjoy smoking or that they could quit anytime they wanted. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Studies have shown that nicotine addiction is as hard to break as heroin or cocaine addiction. This article will focus on tips and techniques to help smokers kick the habit. After reading this article and if you are a smoker, you will have suggestions to help get the nicotine monkey off your back.

There are two phases to successful smoking cessation:

  • Phase one is getting help and assistance.
  • Phase two is staying smoke-free and not relapsing as so many quitters have done in the past.

Phase One-Getting Help

The most successful quitters are those who get help and plenty of it. Sadly, eighty percent of smokers who quit do so without being in any program. Many studies have shown that 95% of these self-reliant quitters fail, and go right back to smoking a short time later.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that most smokers can successfully kick the habit if they recognize that they can’t do it alone. Your past failures are not a lesson that you are unable to quit. Instead, they are part of the normal journey toward becoming a nonsmoker.

Successful quitters buy a “How to Quit Smoking Book”, or a motivational cassette tape program in a bookstore, and listen to the tapes in your car. Next, there are help groups in most communities including New Orleans. The American Cancer Society, or the American Lung or Heart Associations have inexpensive and effective, smoking cessation programs. The National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quitline, 1-877-44U-Quit, offers counseling by trained personnel.

Other top of the line, physician-endorsed methods include nicotine replacement and Zyban. The nicotine patch or gum are now available at any pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. The anti-depressant Zyban and nicotine inhaler do require a doctor’s prescription.

Recently the FDA approved a new medication, Chantix, which was designed to inhibit a part of the brain that is responsible for the addiction to nicotine. As a result the medication reduces a smoker’s nicotine addiction, as well as decreasing the craving for cigarettes and diminishes the withdrawal symptoms for those who decide to go cold turkey.

Chantix is given twice a day for 12 weeks and then an additional course of 12 weeks of medication is recommended to increase the likelihood of long-term abstinence and to reduce the urge to smoke.

Phase two-staying smoke free and not relapsing

Those who have successfully kicked the habit will report that overwhelming surprise attacks of a desire for cigarettes are sure to come a few weeks or months into your new smoke free life. You can anticipate irresistible urges that may take you by surprise and try to encourage you to have “just one”. Even months after you have been smoke-free, the experts say that you can count on these cravings occurring.

When these nearly out-of-control urges come, one of the best ways to make them pass is to take a few deep breaths. Perhaps the single most powerful and important techniques is taking a few deep breaths when that uncontrollable urge arrives. Every time you want a cigarette, do the following:

Inhale the deepest lung-full of air you can, and then, very slowly, exhale. Purse your lips so that the air must come out gradually.

As you exhale, close your eyes, and let your chin gradually sink over onto your chest. Visualize all the tension leaving your body, slowly draining out of your fingers and toes, just flowing on out.

This is a variation of an ancient yoga technique from India, and is very centering and relaxing. If you practice this, you’ll be able to use it for any stressful situation you find yourself in. And it will be your greatest weapon during the strong cravings sure to assault you over the first few days when you stop smoking.

Another important technique you can use to avoid relapsing is self-talk. Several times a day, quietly repeat to yourself the affirmation, “I am a nonsmoker.” Many quitters see themselves as smokers who are just not smoking for the moment. They have a self-image as smokers who still want a cigarette. Silently repeating the affirmation “I am a nonsmoker” will help you change your view of yourself, and, even if it may seem silly to you, this is actually useful and very effective.

Self-talk is a reminder to yourself that if you can hold out for just five minutes the overpowering urge to smoke will completely pass.

Bottom Line: No one needs to be told that smoking is unhealthy. Nearly everyone who smokes would like to quit. However, the addiction to nicotine is often more than most of us can handle without assistance. If you use the two- phase technique I have recommended, you can plan to become and remain smoke-free. Remember, when treating tobacco dependency, every step towards quitting is one step closer to success.