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  1. The hormone deficiency that's robbing you of muscle

    There's no doubt about it: We all lose a little something off our muscle as we age, and all the training and exercise in the world can't stop it.

    But there's a difference between "losing a little" and "losing a lot" -- and today, far too many seniors are losing WAY too much.

    It's hurting and even killing them. But for men, at least, there may be an easy answer for slowing and reversing the muscle loss that comes with age -- and it's that same hormone that makes you a man in the first place.

    It's testosterone -- and the latest research on 1,200 seniors who were tracked for nearly five years finds that those with the highest levels of it keep the most of their muscle, especially the critical muscle in the arms and legs.

    And those who have the lowest levels, on the other hand, lose more muscle and have more difficulty with basic leg function and simple exercises and even trouble getting up from a chair.

    This shouldn't be too surprising, since the links between the hormone and muscle mass are pretty well known. Bodybuilders have been boosting their testosterone levels for years to help transform themselves into walking mountains of muscle.

    But for seniors, this isn't just some exercise in vanity -- and it's not even about the frustration of, say, losing the ability to open a jar of spaghetti sauce.

    It's a life-or-death issue, because seniors with low muscle mass have an increased risk of falls and other injuries. Reach a certain age, and any fall can lead to long-term hospitalization, permanent institutionalization and even death.

    If you're past middle age -- and certainly, if you're a senior -- odds are the needle on your testosterone tank is swinging towards the "E." A naturopathic physician can top your tank off the right way, but he can't do anything at all if you don't ask.

    In other words, don't be shy on this one.

  2. Sex can help women age better

    Sex doesn't just get better with age -- age gets better with sex, especially for women.

    In fact, older women with satisfying sex lives have better lives overall -- and that's not just opinion; it's a scientific fact.

    Because when researchers interviewed 1,235 senior women in San Diego, they found that even the elderly can have satisfying sex lives -- and when it comes to those later years, quality trumps quantity (but feel free to boost quantity just the same, it's good for both of you).

    Overall, the researchers say 31 percent of women in their 80s, 57 percent of women in their 70s, and 70 percent of women in their 60s reported at least one sexual encounter over the previous six months.

    But regardless of how much sex they had, they all reported similar levels of moderate to high "sexual satisfaction" -- mostly hovering around 60 percent.

    And with sexual satisfaction came other forms of satisfaction: Those women with satisfying sex lives reported more happiness and a better quality of life than those with less sexual satisfaction.

    The researchers also wrote in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that as women got older, they were more likely to report problems with sexual arousal and desire -- and of course, that's music to the drug industry's ears. (Cheesy 70s porn music, I'm sure.)

    That's because Big Pharma has been lusting after a so-called "female Viagra." And while none of the drugs they've come up with have been approved for women (yet), that hasn't stopped them from priming the market.

    And as I've told you before, some of the tactics they've used have been downright underhanded.

    Don't fall for it.

    In many cases, female sex problems are caused by drug side effects, especially in older women. In other cases, it could just be one of the signs of aging as hormone levels drop -- but not the ones you're thinking of.

    Testosterone is often considered a male hormone, but women need it too. Older women who get a boost often see dramatic improvements in their sex lives.

    If you're having problems with arousal and desire, don't wait for Big Pharma to come out with a sex med. Visit a naturopathic physician who has experience working with hormones.

    Then tell your husband to get ready.

  3. What twins are telling us about premature aging

    We know that hormonal changes affect all of us – not just women – as we age. But what many people don't realize is how we are, to a certain extent, in control of them. Our actions cause their reactions.
  4. Prostate cancer study dances around surgery question

    A recent study found that older men with early stage low- or moderate–grade prostate cancer are more likely to die of something other than the prostate cancer.
  5. Keeping your brain sharp may be easier than you think

    You can get a sneak peek at an elderly person's future mental health if you know something about their lifestyle, outlook and exercise habits.

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