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  1. Dangerous meds for little girls

    It's one of the worst ideas I've ever seen from the mainstream -- and that's saying a lot.

    An outrageous new study is pushing powerful diabetes meds on girls as young as 8 years old who don't even have the disease in a bizarre effort to preserve their fertility decades later.

    Researchers claim their study shows that the drug metformin can help prevent polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS -- a
    hormonal imbalance that's one of the leading causes female infertility.

    In reality, the study doesn't even show that much -- but if it did, there are other safer ways to beat the condition.

    I'll get to those in the moment.

    First, the details: Researchers recruited 38 8-year-old girls (presumably through their parents) who had some of the key risk factors for PCOS: low birth weight and early appearance of pubic hair.

    Half were given metformin for four years between the ages of 8 and 12, while the rest got the drug for just one year at the age of 12.

    By 15, the girls who were on the drug for four years were up to 8 times less likely to have some of the later signs of PCOS, including menstruation problems, acne, abnormal hair growth, and higher levels of male hormones.

    Obviously, there's no indication of whether or not these girls experienced fertility problems, but the researchers say they plan to track them until the age of 18 to see what else happens.

    But really, why bother?

    PCOS doesn't have a single "right" answer and there's no surefire cure for it -- and metformin won't turn out to be one, either.

    If it works even a little, it's because the condition appears to be related to diabetes: Women who suffer from PCOS have a higher risk of insulin resistance and a higher risk of the disease itself.

    The most promising treatment for both PCOS and diabetes isn't a drug -- it's lifestyle changes, and many of the women who've made those changes have been able to get both under control.

    One study from 2005 found that six months of a low-carb diet improved weight as well as testosterone and insulin levels in obese women who suffered from PCOS. A study last year found similar results from a low-glycemic diet, which is similar to a low-carb diet.

    Since eating right can make anyone healthier at any age, this one's a no-brainer: Don't give a little girl drugs for a condition she doesn't even have -- just put better food on the table every night, and the entire family will benefit.

  2. Older men still love sex

    Who says you can't get busy as you get old?

    A new study out of Australia finds that age is no obstacle when it comes to sex--because men in their 70s, 80s and even 90s are still doing it.

    And many of them even say they still consider sex an important part of life.

    Researchers asked 2,783 Australian men between the ages of 75 and 95 about their sex lives, and found that 49 percent overall considered it to be at least “somewhat important.”

    And nearly a third overall had sex at least once within the previous year.

    Naturally, the researchers found that the youngest of the old--those in the 75-79 age group--were most active, with 40 percent of them still having sex. But even the oldest were doing it: Eleven percent of those between 90 and 95 reported at least one sexual encounter over the previous year.

    And of the men who were still having sex, 43 percent said they wanted more.

    Here's your odd stat of the day: Four of the seniors (0.5 percent) said they were having too much sex.

    Rough life, right?

    The study also confirmed the link between testosterone and sex drive, because the researchers found that the men who did it most also had the highest levels of manly hormones.

    Call it one more reason to get your own testosterone levels checked--and boosted if needed--no matter how old you are.

    And while this study looked at Australian men, other studies have found similar numbers here in the United States. A 2007 study found that more than half of all men between the ages of 65 and 74 were still having sex--as were 26 percent of men between 74 and 85 years old.

    Another study funded by the makers of Trojan condoms found that up to 30 percent of men in their 80s were using their beds for more than just sleep.

    The researchers behind the new study say that while many men were slowed by injuries, physical limitations in themselves or their spouse or the lack of a partner, others were slowed by their own doctors.

    Too many physicians just assume older men aren't doing it anymore--and prescribe drugs with sexual side effects without even warning them.

    The researchers say docs should talk more about sex with their older patients, but don't be afraid to take matters into your own hands here and initiate the conversation yourself.

    Just don't ask about Viagra--ask instead about the natural alternatives to your current meds that will treat your condition without putting a stop to your sex life.

    Reference:
    Many older men sexually satisfied in 70s, 80s, even 90s

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