Showing posts with label Mens Health. Show all posts
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April 7, 2019

Adult Circumcision Will Affect The Jobs That Body Member Has Been Assigned to Do~`For Better or Worse



Two patients reveal what it was really like. 
By Colleen de Bellefonds
Men's Health


Ever wondered if sex feels better for men who have their foreskin than those who don’t? If you were circumcised at birth, it's impossible to tell how the procedure shaped your sex life-you don't know your penis any other way. But the sexual experiences of men who were circumcised as adults could shed light on the ongoing debate around circumcision.
The heated debate around whether or not circumcision is necessary hinges on two arguments. There’s the case for health, which says that circumcision appears to slightly reduce the very low risk of penile cancer, as well as HIV and sexually transmitted infections. (Ultimately, the American Academy of Pediatrics says these health benefits outweigh the risks, but they’re not great enough to recommend circumcision for all baby boys.)

Then there’s the case for sexual pleasure, which says that removing the foreskin might compromise penile function and sensation. Pro-circumcision groups also argue that the surgery is painful and risky, and boys should be able to make their own choice later in life.
But how does circumcision really affect your sex life? 
Circumcision and Sexual Sensation
The foreskin has the most nerve endings of any part of the penis, says Amin Herati, M.D., a urologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine who specializes in adult circumcision. And the skin on the head of the penis does become thicker after circumcision due to increased friction. That’s made some men concerned that the procedure might decrease sensitivity and pleasure in their penis. 
Extensive studies, however, have found that circumcision has no effect on the sensation or function of the penis, says Herati. He notes that research has shown circumcision can’t fix premature ejaculation by making men’s hypersensitive penises less sensitive. "The larger nerve fibers responsible for sexual function are at a deeper level" than the skin that’s cut during circumcision, he says. 
To date, Herati says no patient has ever told him that circumcision affected his sex life. Men who’ve had the procedure later in life agree. 
James* chose to get circumcised last fall at the age of 28 because his frenulum(the skin connecting the foreskin to the penis) was sometimes sore after sex. He was awake during the procedure, which he had at The Urology Place
“I have had migraines that hurt worse,” says James, who took over-the-counter meds to relieve the pain. Within two weeks, he was healed and ready for sex. Neither James nor his wife noticed any differences in their sex life after the procedure. He says his circumcised penis feels more sensitive. “Now there’s more feeling of the vagina during intercourse, instead of the foreskin sliding back and forth over the head,” says James.
For some men, circumcision actually reduces pain and increases pleasure during sex. Sam*, a patient of Herati’s, had a condition known as phimosis, where tight foreskin can’t retract over the penis. In the two years before the surgery, sex was increasingly painful. 
"The breaking point was when I felt deterred from having sex," says Sam. Last summer, in his late 30s, Sam was circumcised; like James, he was awake during the procedure. Post-surgery swelling lasted about eight weeks, and there was discomfort as he got used to the head of his penis being exposed to clothes. “It was surreal, to some degree, because I was an adult male getting used to having a 'new' penis," he says.
After circumcision, Sam says sex was pleasurable again. “I was surprised and heartened by the genuine support I received from women who knew I had the procedure," he says. "I had the feeling they couldn't wait to be the first to ‘try it.’… Sex has been wonderful, both in terms of sensation and not worrying in the back of my mind that I could experience pain or discomfort." 
“I do miss having an uncircumcised penis, because it was more unusual and unique in a way," he adds. "But I'd give up novelty for function.” 
How Adult circumcision is done
If you’re among the roughly 40 percent of American men who aren’t circumcised at birth, you might have considered making the cut. According to Herati, most men who are over 50 get circumcised mostly to fix a condition called balanitis, or inflammation of the head of the penis that scars foreskin so it can’t retract. Younger men most often come because they’re self-conscious about having a foreskin. “They think looking more ‘normal’ with a circumcised penis would give them more self-confidence,” says Herati.
As an adult, you can choose to either be awake with local anesthesia in the clinic, which takes about 45 minutes to an hour, or you can go under with general anesthesia, which takes 30 to 45 minutes. A doctor makes two incisions, one above and one below the foreskin. Once the skin is removed, the two sides are sewn back together. “The foreskin does have the most nerve sensation of all the penis, but when we block that with lidocaine men are very comfortable,” says Herati. You’ll likely be sore for four to five days and shouldn’t have sex for about a month. “Then it’s business back to usual,” says Herati.
Complications of adult circumcision
Complications (usually pain, minor bleeding, or infection) happen in just 1 to 2 percent of all circumcisions, says Herati, although risk is slightly higher in adults than newborns, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Very rarely, too much or too little foreskin is removed, or the remaining foreskin attaches to the tip of the penis. Surgery can address these problems. 
*Names have been changed to allow subjects to speak freely on private matters.

November 2, 2018

Prostate Cancer Is The Most Prevalent,Invasive Among Men and For Gay Men is Even Worse





                                       



By Dan Avery
Prostate cancer is the most prevalent invasive cancer among men, affecting nearly one in eight at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But the unique challenges facing gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer have largely gone unaddressed.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) are less likely to get regular prostate cancer screenings, and those who are diagnosed are less likely to have familial and social support, according to research cited by the National Institutes of Health. And if their health care provider is not culturally competent, gay and bisexual men are much less likely to understand how treatment will impact their quality of life. 
“Many LGBT people enter their cancer treatment wary,” Liz Margolies of the National LGBT Cancer Network told NBC News. “Those in large metropolitan areas may have the option of searching for an LGBT-welcoming provider, but most Americans don’t have a choice about who treats them.”
As a result, Margolies added, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients go back in the closet when they begin cancer treatment. Even if they don’t, providers often don’t ask about patients' sexual behavior or identity, forcing them to bring the subject up themselves — sometimes again and again with each new specialist.

SHAME AND INHIBITION

Writer Perry Brass was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2016. Three months later he had a radical prostatectomy, removing his entire prostate. Brass, then 68, was lucky: He lives in New York City, home to top-notch doctors and a medical community more informed about LGBTQ health. “I’ve been a gay activist — and been out — so long that I took it for granted I could talk openly to my doctors,” he told NBC News. But even he was unprepared for the side effects.
"Your sex drive can take a nosedive," Brass said, adding that prostate cancer can also lead to erectile dysfunction. "You’re experiencing ED, but that doesn’t mean you’re not experiencing sexual attraction," he said.
About 20 percent of patients treated with radiation experience irradiated bowels, which can make receptive anal sex painful or even impossible. Treatment can also affect penis size, ability to ejaculate, experience of orgasm and urinary continence during sex. Brass’ said his sexual function was relatively good, but instead he struggled with incontinence for weeks — using as many as nine “pads” a day and staying within yards of a bathroom at all times.  
He joined a prostate cancer support group specifically for gay and bisexual men at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, one of several organized by the national advocacy organization MaleCare.
Being with other queer men “allowed us to be very open about our feelings — and our sexuality — and to be empathetic with each other,” Brass said. “Too often gay men are erased in these [support] groups. They don’t want to hear other men be vulnerable, and they don’t want to hear about gay sex.”
That’s true in the doctor’s office, too, Brass added.
“If you’re gay and you go to a urologist who hasn’t dealt with gay men, they’ll tell you, ‘Bring your wife with you,’" he said. "If you bring another man, they don’t know what to do. They can’t even breathe the words ‘anal sex.’ Talking to a man about it is just impossible.”
That discomfort can spread to gay patients. “To go into a urologist office, you walk in with all this shame and inhibition,” Brass lamented.

"A NEGLECTED AREA"

It’s impossible to know how many gay men have been diagnosed prostate cancer, because questions about sexuality are rarely included in research studies. “The medical community say, ‘We don’t want to ask older heterosexual men questions that might upset them,’" Simon Rosser, an LGBTQ health specialist and co-author of "Gay and Bisexual Men Living With Prostate Cancer," told NBC News.
Simon Rosser
Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH, is a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. University of Minnesota

A professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Rosser has received a $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to put together the first comprehensive rehabilitation program specifically for gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer. But he’s not just a researcher — he’s a survivor himself, diagnosed last year at age 59. And he’s keenly aware of how little information is available for men like him.
“When my husband was diagnosed and had a radical prostatectomy, we reached out for help," Rosser said. "We were amazed to see how little was out there. I realized there were no studies, no research. It was a neglected area.”
But it wasn’t institutionalized homophobia, Rosser stressed. “Our efforts were focused on battling HIV, keeping young men alive. Frankly the older guys were secondary.”
When it comes to cancer, urologists and oncologists — even wives — are laser-focused on survival, according to Rosser. But he said when it comes to male patients, "studies show again and again that quality of life is equally important." And, he added, "a big part of quality of life is urinary continence and sexual function.” Doctors may also make a number of assumptions about patients, including about their family support system, their sexual orientation and their sexual interests.
“Your doctor might tell you you’ll have an erection strong enough for intercourse, but anal penetration requires 33 percent more rigidity,” Rosser said. He’s heard men say their doctors “neutered” them. Others have said they’d rather be dead. In all, 15 percent of all men who’ve had a radical prostatectomy exhibit some kind of “treatment regret.” For gay men, so long ignored by medicine, Rosser believes those rates are much higher.
“[A heterosexual man] with a postmenopausal wife who doesn’t want sex anyway might just accept having a low libido,” he explained. “But if your partner is another man, and his drive isn’t diminished, it can be a real problem.”
Rosser said the silence and shame surrounding the topic allows ugly myths to flourish — like that gay sex somehow “caused” their cancer. “Guys can feel guilty,” Rosser said. “Or, their partners may think on some level, they can ‘catch’ it.”
He had some of those thoughts himself: “I’m a cyclist — did being in the saddle too much cause it? Did enjoying receptive anal sex?”
Without good data, researchers can’t get to the truth, Rosser stressed.

RAISING AWARENESS

The first step is raising awareness: Launching in January, Rosser’s groundbreaking program is bringing together a multidisciplinary team of top urologists, medical doctors, clinicians and sex therapists working with 450 candidates flagged by MaleCare.
“It’s an opportunity for all of us to do better,” he said. “Gay men have a lot to offer the subject of prostate cancer. And we have studies that show outcomes are different for gay men: We have worse mental health, we have greater urinary problems, but our sexual outcomes are reliably better.”  
This spring, after his prostate specific antigens (PSA) started rising, Perry Brass underwent radiation treatment. The testosterone-killing hormones he had to take led to a kind of “male menopause.” But he’s in remission, something he credits to both his medical team and his husband, Hugh.
The survival rate for early-stage prostate cancer is 99 percent. Getting the disease, ironically, is something of a luxury for a gay men of Brass’ age: Too many had their lives cut short by the AIDS epidemic long before they’d typically be diagnosed (the average age for a prostate cancer diagnosis is 66).
After the advent of lifesaving antiretroviral drugs in the mid-1990s, though, gay men are finally reaching their golden years.
“I am grateful that I’m alive when so many of my friends aren’t,” Brass said. “It actually got me through the diagnosis. Knowing that a third of my friends died from AIDS, I felt like I owed it to them to do everything I could to stay alive.”
It stole a generation, but the AIDS epidemic also taught gay men how to fight disease, how to ask questions and how to demand better treatment.
“I think there’s a lot we can teach in fighting prostate cancer,” Rosser said. “About expanding your idea of sex and sexuality, about maintaining a fit lifestyle as you get older. And, I think, as gay men, we bring a deep feeling of compassion, empathy and humor. We can laugh at it sometimes — and I do.”

February 7, 2018

Do You Need Hair? Thanks to The Japanese There is Now Hope






I see this story as a health story since this blog tends to not publish pigs with hair just to show how diverse nature could be. The hair on the above pictured pig was grown by Japanese scientists. Since adamfoxie🦊 has an audience of about 54% men, the rest being women but propecia is usually a problem for men even though I don't see why women with loosing hair can't take advantage of this discovery. This is why is a health story because I have so many men of which a proportion whould be bald or balding and most men think that loosing their hair makes them look older or not as healthy (all baloney of coarse) Now, before you start throwing away all those baseball caps that boldly advertises to everyone you are bald, even men with hair are assumed bald if they wear one (exception: Actual baseball players).
Yes there is a catch, isn't there always? The catch is as long as there are no unexpected problems for this new discovery to come to market, you need to have at least 10 years of life. If you are 90 you should be happy with being 90 but if you are 50, imagine! You could get sexy all over at 60.  Be careful though because some men and women preffer a bald man which in case you can grow it to make a profile pic at FaceBook and then let then shave it all off. And get your sexy (not) cap out of the closet.  Adam Gonzalez, Publisher🦊 (Any complaints or thoughts you can direct them to me and not the Japanese).

The study used two kinds of cells placed in silicone containers to cultivate “hair follicle germs” — the sources of the tiny organs that grow and sustain hair.

Led by professor Junji Fukuda at Yokohama National University, the team managed to cultivate 5,000 within just a few days, enough to replenish hair.
The method is a massive step up from existing laborious techniques that can create just 50 or so “germs” at once.
While human tests might not be in the cards for another five years, ultimately researchers believe the technique could be used to generate luscious new locks.
The technology could also help cancer patients and others with medical conditions that cause hair loss, said Fukuda, whose research was published in the journal Biomaterials.
“Beauty clinics currently often use hair from the occipital region (back of the head) and plant them to frontal areas with hair loss. A problem with this is that it doesn’t increase the total volume of hair,” Fukuda said.
Existing medication can slow hair loss, but it does not necessarily reverse the problem, he added.
New treatment using the technique may be available in 10 years, the professor said.
While the study offers hope for the hairless, Fukuda debunked some rather optimistic reports suggesting McDonald’s fries could help cure baldness.
The silicone used in his study, dimethylpolysiloxane, is reportedly used by the fast food giant in its oil fryers, but consuming the substance alone offers no fringe benefits.
Fukuda said he was baffled by the readers’ misinterpretation of his research.
“I have seen online comments asking, ‘how many fries would I have to eat to grow my hair?’ ” he said. “I’d feel bad if people think eating something would do that!”

Japantimes.co.jp

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August 3, 2016

Ruling Indicates NHS Has the Responsibility To Gay Men to Roll Out Treatment of PrEp



       
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The health and lives of gay men matter. That’s what the high court ruled on Tuesday morning. Last year, NHS England decided against rolling out a treatment called PrEP – which prevents the transmission of HIV. The wellbeing of gay men was overriden by other priorities. Given it costs substantially more money to treat HIV than to prevent it, even financial considerations weren’t a good reason.

 On Tuesday, NHS England was defeated in court and told it was responsible for funding the treatment, and that they have a “preventative role and power to commission preventative function”. Pressure must now be placed on the NHS to start rolling this drug out immediately. As the British Medical Journal pointed out, “delays by NHS England will cost lives”.
If you want to stop HIV spreading, then PrEP is one among many solutions. It works. As studies in the United States have shown, if taken every day, it has been shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection in high-risk individuals by up to 92%. The objections to PrEP, in truth, are based on moral objections. If you do not want the risk of HIV, goes the argument, then wear a condom. Those who get HIV are, by implication, morally condemned for bringing it on themselves.
Of course, safer sex messages must always emphasise the importance of condoms: after all, they protect against many other STIs. But – in the real world, rather than the non-existent world of the morally self-righteous – things are more complicated. People get carried away; people get drunk (yes, in the real world imperfect people sometimes drink more than the recommended daily amount); condoms break. The same moralising is used against the right of women to have control over their own bodies, whether it be the right to abortion or even the morning-after pill. The standards set by the “morally pure” cause harm – or even kill.
We have come so far with the treatment of HIV, once a disease that ravaged the gay world. But according to the Terence Higgins Trust, there are 45,000 men who have sex with men living with HIV; and thousands of them do not know they even have it. The annual rate of newly infected men in 2014 was higher than the decade before. If you genuinely want to send HIV infection rates hurtling into reverse, then PrEP is not the only solution – but it is a good one.
Gay people, their health and their lives, matter. That’s a court judgment. NHS England must now accept the defeat – and start doing its job: protecting health and saving lives.

May 26, 2014

Can Gay Men Change Before is too Late

                                                                           

  
What a strange-looking word.  Change.  We use it for such different purposes.  Transition.  Loose coinage.  Currency due back.  I used to hate change unless I was in control of it.  I grew up hating change.  I was taught to hate change.  Change was not my friend. 
I in fact I’ve have had a stinking relationship with change. There: I said it and mean it.  Growing up my family tried to maintain a kind of stability that gave them a feeling of safety.  When we moved from East Cambridge to Woburn (wow, about 8 miles away) our relatives thought they had to get a passport, visa, and pack a few extra meals in order to visit us.
My parents had the same friends for 50 year or more.  I admired this.  They didn’t change relationships easily, though were always open to new friends.  I’ve tried to keep up with old friends I’ve had for years, even when they’ve moved on and have no interest in keeping up with me.  Many phone calls and emails later I’ve finally let go.
I got all A’s in elementary school.  It was then expected that I’d get all A’s for the rest of my life.  Those C minuses in organic chemistry and D in microbiology in college came as quite a shock (I’m still not over it.  I’ve accepting going balder and greyer, but how the male body changes in middle age is not even funny!  No wonder so many actors are having “work done.”
And now I’ve…changed!?!  I’ve changed the way I think, the way I live, my expectations, my hopes and dreams.  In fact I have come to accept change as a necessary and important part of life.  I now believe change is….good!
How did I come to this point?
First I gave up being so connected to outcomes and expectations.  After being a closeted gay priest for 32 years and literally accepting institutionalization in a religious organization, I left behind my watchwords which no longer make any sense: stability, solidity, feet firmly planted, unwavering constancy, and reliability.  I sound like an insurance company!  Along with these I’ve let go of any hope for pension support and higher social security payments from my previous life.
Second I struggled to find new employment.  I applied to over 150 positions (I am now an expert at writing resumes).  I discovered the hard way that this recession has not been kind to half-deaf, tinnitus-prone, middle-aged, male intellectuals with academic degrees in theology and a desire to work with flesh and blood people.  I became a life coach and don’t seem to have the fire in the belly necessary to do a lot of self-promoting marketing as an entrepreneur.  I hope my honesty and openness will attract clients.
Third as my dear friend Jay says, “Time is not on our side!”  I’m 62, have lots of life left in me, and recognize that I’m in the last third of my existence on this earth.  What will be my new priorities?  What’s really of value to me now?
fSpring.jpgFinally and most importantly I’ve tried everything I can think of to move forward in my life and have run out of ideas.  Thus as my friend Dickson told me, “Wait for the next right thing.”  There’s a lot of wisdom in waiting and expecting nothing but…change.
And so the adventure continues.  I wait to see what happens next, who will come into my life, what opportunities might arise, and maybe in the process I’ll actually begin to enjoy living again!  What’s your relationship with change?

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April 25, 2014

Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, Why?


                                                

   


 I wish this was not true but I myself have always had a fear my body was not good enough! When I was in a relationship I let me self go but within limits. Always not too far to catch up with a few rounds of running around the house or the property and quit the cheese cake and the Ice cream and volia, back in shape! Always with the fear that if he left me or I left him, I had to be in shape and prepare for a descent new catch. Of coarse this is simplistic and there is more at the bottom of the cheese cake but this is the peak of the mountain of WHY GAY MEN TEND NOT TO GET FAT.

We can talk about how superficial this most be but it’s really more realistic for a reason than anything else.. It does goes down deep on a lot of gay men psych’s. We never had until now any support system except our selves. Take any people that have gone through decades and decades of extinction and societal combination see how differently  cope with life afterwords.  

How about the gay men that wear pants with a Waists of 36-46 in their 40-50’s? That is a different crowd altogether. A lots of these folks have been in a straight marriage or gay relationship for many years. This were people that thought or at least were use to the idea that they will have a companion  most of their older life. No need to worry about inches on your waste and it usually done together, eating the same foods. What have been a cause of hurt and shock were those that for what ever reason after a committed relationship end up alone due to illness or death. They find them selves with a good opinion inside of themselves but no one can see that. Gays look at your crotch  first and then the waste line.

This is one of the side affects of how we have been living. Gay marriage is not a cure for all but it is for many things for people that want a change of lives and want to commit themselves. But the truth this is how it stands today, the day Im typing this into a computer.
Adam Gonzalez, Publisher



There is only one thing that keep gay men in shape: fear. Yes, every gay—at least those of the stereotypical abdominal-obsessed physique that populates Fire Island and Palm Springs—is brought about because gay men are afraid that they will be alone for the rest of their lives. If a gay man is not "serving body" while competing to find a trick or boyfriend in one of the more muscle-bound climates of gay culture, he will be sorely shut out. That is why gay men don't get fat, because if they don't have pecs, guns, and glutes, they're going home alone.
Gay men, unlike their straight counterparts, don't have the luxury to stay in "fighting shape" just long enough to find a partner before letting their bodies fall to shit afterwords. No, gay men have to get buff, get married, and stay buff. Why? Because of three-ways, obviously. I'm going to let you in on a little secret: There are countless committed gay couples out there who like to either play on the side or invite guest stars into their beds. And you're not going to get any A-list guest stars if you're giving D-list torso with a four-star gut. Yes, gay men go to the gym to stay competitive, but since the man-eating marathon doesn’t end after marriage, they just keep on competing and competing until death do they part.
The funny thing about the gay competition is that, because men (especially of the gay variety) are so visually stimulated, the only piece on the chess board that matters is having that traditional lean body. If straight men are lacking in some area, they usually make up for it by becoming rich or powerful, things that some women (see: Real Housewives of Orange County) find just as attractive as a washboard stomach dusted with natural body hair. But for gay men, only body will do. If a gay guy is a little short, his solution is to go to the gym. Got a shitty job? Go to the gym. Busted in the face? No biggie! Head to the gym and no one will look above your neck. Totally shy and doesn't socialize well? Gym, baby, gym! A good body is the only currency in this game.
What also makes this unique for gay men is one of the other strange quirks of homosexuality. Gay men are attracted to, essentially, themselves. No straight man wants to look like a woman (and certainly not the reverse) but gay men find what they are physically attracted to and often remake their bodies in the image of their ideal mate. Since society tells us to want muscle-bound athletes, that's what gays want, and that's what they make themselves look like in the pursuit of their ideal. If you want to bed muscles you have to have muscles, if you want to land a twink, you better be a twink (or at least some other type that is easily cast in any gay porn movie).
Still, gay men come in all shapes and sizes (embrace the rainbow, people) but still gay culture and iconography is largely dominated by the same juiced-out body type (and awful tribal tattoos) that you'd find on Jersey Shore. While there are plenty of average-physiqued homosexuals (who barely merit mentioning) there has been a reaction to all this body fascism over the past so many years. Yes, the "bear" movement, spearheaded by gay men who are hairier and chubbier than average, is forever gaining steam. Mostly it's because these guys gave up on the regular competition and decided to host a competition of their own. Theirs, instead of relying on protein shakes and bicep curls, relies on barbecue ribs and beer guts. These men only socialize (and sexualize) with other men that are as big and burly as they are. While they might be reversing the normal aesthetic ideals of gay culture and American culture at large, they still discriminate just as much based on physicality as their circuit party-loving brethren.
Doonan is trying to capitalize on those skinny gay men of legend, but what governs them and governs the bear is really the same thing: fear. Many gay men spend their adolescence as outcasts or misfits, and when they finally get to a place where they can join the gay culture at large, they react to their years of social solitude by conforming with the sort of fervor usually reserved for packs of teenage girls. That means looking the part, which, of course, means joining the gym and becoming a regular. It has nothing to do with being healthy or looking good, it has to do with that deep-seated fear that one day you will wake up and it will be just like high school all over again, with people hating you or picking on you for being different. Never again!
That middle-of-the-night terror is not an easy thing to teach, and it's not really the kind of advice that you can slap a sassy cover photo on and get millions of people to pay $22 for. Most gay men get it for free, and now, with this book, you too can be a pariah for years, then enter a conformist culture of casual sex and glistening bodies, followed by a lifetime of hookups with your significant other and the waxed dolphins you pick up on Grindr. That's the secret of how gay men don't get fat.
For me, well, I’d much rather be French.
The funny thing about the gay competition is that, because men (especially of the gay variety) are so visually stimulated, the only piece on the chess board that matters is having that traditional lean body. If straight men are lacking in some area, they usually make up for it by becoming rich or powerful, things that some women (see: Real Housewives of Orange County) find just as attractive as a washboard stomach dusted with natural body hair. But for gay men, only body will do. If a gay guy is a little short, his solution is to go to the gym. Got a shitty job? Go to the gym. Busted in the face? No biggie! Head to the gym and no one will look above your neck. Totally shy and doesn't socialize well? Gym, baby, gym! A good body is the only currency in this game. 
  What also makes this unique for gay men is one of the other strange quirks of homosexuality. Gay men are attracted to, essentially, themselves. No straight man wants to look like a woman (and certainly not the reverse) but gay men find what they are physically attracted to and often remake their bodies in the image of their ideal mate. Since society tells us to want muscle-bound athletes, that's what gays want, and that's what they make themselves look like in the pursuit of their ideal. If you want to bed muscles you have to have muscles, if you want to land a twink, you better be a twink (or at least some other type that is easily cast in any gay porn movie).
Still, gay men come in all shapes and sizes (embrace the rainbow, people) but still gay culture and iconography is largely dominated by the same juiced-out body type (and awful tribal tattoos) that you'd find on Jersey Shore. While there are plenty of average-physiqued homosexuals (who barely merit mentioning) there has been a reaction to all this body fascism over the past so many years. Yes, the "bear" movement, spearheaded by gay men who are hairier and chubbier than average, is forever gaining steam. Mostly it's because these guys gave up on the regular competition and decided to host a competition of their own. Theirs, instead of relying on protein shakes and bicep curls, relies on barbecue ribs and beer guts. These men only socialize (and sexualize) with other men that are as big and burly as they are. While they might be reversing the normal aesthetic ideals of gay culture and American culture at large, they still discriminate just as much based on physicality as their circuit party-loving brethren.
Doonan is trying to capitalize on those skinny gay men of legend, but what governs them and governs the bear is really the same thing: fear. Many gay men spend their adolescence as outcasts or misfits, and when they finally get to a place where they can join the gay culture at large, they react to their years of social solitude by conforming with the sort of fervor usually reserved for packs of teenage girls. That means looking the part, which, of course, means joining the gym and becoming a regular. It has nothing to do with being healthy or looking good, it has to do with that deep-seated fear that one day you will wake up and it will be just like high school all over again, with people hating you or picking on you for being different. Never again!
That middle-of-the-night terror is not an easy thing to teach, and it's not really the kind of advice that you can slap a sassy cover photo on and get millions of people to pay $22 for. Most gay men get it for free, and now, with this book, you too can be a pariah for years, then enter a conformist culture of casual sex and glistening bodies, followed by a lifetime of hookups with your significant other and the waxed dolphins you pick up on Grindr. That's the secret of how gay men don't get fat.
For me, well, I’d much rather be French.

February 6, 2014

Four in 5 Men may Have Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency, Are You one?



I did not know I needed Testosterone. It just happen that I got an infection or my large intestine and came close to death. Months without eating Im sure will make you imagine how easy it was to loose 100 Lbs in a month, when a guy that weight 180 Lbs. When I recover I was missing a lot of things that food, sun and vitamins does for your body but I was lacking in a hospital bed.. When the Dr. Prescribed Testos for me I questioned it . He showed me the results and said that is was bad. Started using and together with other steroids, and nutrition classes one on one I got my body back.

But testos was kept being prescribed to me. Very forgiving med when you forget but when you need it you better have access to it. I make sure I have plenty because I can tell the difference of when I use it and when I don’t. It will stop your middle age woos. It will make you feel like you can  function sexually like you should without shooting any blancs or using the blue pill or any pill that gives you a hard on for 4 hours. Testos is expensive it might not be for everyone. You most consult your physician and see your level. Then shop around for the real stuff and best price.. Not china not mexico or nation that don’t even know what it is. It is available right here in the uSA. 
This my story and I hope it helps someone. If you have questions on how it affected me and how it is to use it feel free to ask publicly on the comments section or privately at the reader satisfaction email: 
adamfoxie@Outlook.com                                                                                 Adam Gonzalez
                                                     

Introduction

Four in 5 men may have symptoms of testosterone deficiency, and testosterone replacement can improve body composition and metabolic outcomes related to serum glucose and cholesterol levels. In fact, some research even suggests that testosterone treatment might improve the risk for mortality among men with testosterone deficiency. However, a large new study finds a higher risk for cardiovascular disease or death associated with testosterone therapy, and it is not the first study to do so. The current review provides a balanced perspective regarding the challenging issue of testosterone deficiency and replacement among men.

Background

Testosterone is a complicated and critical hormone that plays multiple roles in vivo. It reduces fat mass and improves insulin sensitivity. [1] Circulating testosterone also helps to reduce serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Higher testosterone levels correlate positively with high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.
The concentration of free testosterone gradually declines as men age, owing both to decreased production as well as higher concentrations of sex hormone-binding globulin. One longitudinal study of 1156 men found that the mean annual reduction in free testosterone levels was approximately 2%, although this reduction was attenuated among healthier men. [2]
The exact prevalence of testosterone deficiency (TD) is controversial. Many men have symptoms that might indicate TD. In a self-selected study that used a Web-based survey of over 10,000 men, 80% were found to have symptoms consistent with TD. [3] In a study of 2162 men at least 45 years of age who attended primary care clinics in the United States, the prevalence of a total testosterone level less than 300 ng/dL was 38.7%. [4] Less than 10% of these men were receiving testosterone treatment.
Symptoms of TD include fatigue, loss of libido, hot flashes, depression, and sleep disturbance. [5]However, there is not necessarily a linear association between testosterone levels and symptoms. A study in 3413 men failed to determine an association between testosterone levels and overall scores on a psychological health screening tool. [6] Nonetheless, men with TD had worse psychological performance, particularly for anxiety.
TD is associated with obesity and higher rates of insulin resistance, and up to 50% of older men with type 2 diabetes have been found to have TD. [7] Beyond the effect of this association on individual patients, the larger consequences of this association are staggering. In a study that assumed a highly conservative prevalence of TD of 13.4% among middle-aged and older men in the United States, the additional number of cases of diabetes attributable to TD over a 20-year period was 1.1 million. [8] The health consequences of TD were estimated to cost the US economy between $125 and $500 billion over 2 decades.
Lower testosterone levels also appear to promote a higher risk for mortality among men. In a meta-analysis of 12 studies, each decrease of 2.18 in the standard deviation of serum testosterone was associated with a 35% increase in the overall risk for mortality and a 25% increase in risk for cardiovascular mortality. [9] However, the authors of the meta-analysis note that there was significant heterogeneity among studies, and the association between lower serum testosterone levels and mortality was more pronounced among older men. A more recent study finds a U-shaped association between testosterone levels and mortality among men. 
Testosterone generally has positive effects on muscle power and fat mass. [11] It also improves bone mineral density while patients are on therapy. However, its effects on mood and quality of life are more mixed; not all randomized trials have supported a therapeutic benefit in this domain. [12] Similarly, although exogenous testosterAlthough there are data to support some of the health benefits of testosterone therapy, the balance of benefit and risk of treatment is far from settled. However, the growth of TD as a disease and treatment target is undeniable.Testosterone therapy also has salutary metabolic effects similar to those of natural circulating testosterone, including reducing insulin resistance and ameliorating the lipid profile. [11] In a placebo-controlled randomized trial that included men with diabetes, testosterone therapy was associated with a mean decrease in glycated hemoglobin levels of 0.45%. [14]
A new study found that the prevalence of testing for testosterone increased dramatically in the United States and United Kingdom between 2000 and 2010. [15] However, it was clear that testing was more targeted in the United Kingdom vs the United States, and the authors suggest that direct-to-consumer advertising in the United States could help explain this difference. Meanwhile, 4%-9% of testosterone therapy prescriptions in the United States appeared to be inappropriate because they were given to men with normal or high testosterone levels.
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December 12, 2013

Bigger is Better or Faker?

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Bigger is better, but make sure it’s muscle, not fat. That’s the picture popular culture paints for scores of gays around the world, and Sydney is no stranger to enforcing that stereotype. But is the Adonis torso and arms the size of balloons really all that healthy?
Call me ignorant, but for years, I struggled to understand how so many gay men managed to replicate the bodies only found on a billboard promoting Calvin Klein underwear. I kept asking, “What’s the secret to their success?”
So, like any serious athlete competing for a title, I decided to join a gym full of men with chiselled torsos, washboard abs and that very sexy v-shape which leads down to the epicentre of manhood.
Within this Oxford Street Mecca, there are two types of muscled men. The ones who spend every waking minute bench pressing or grunting through arm curls, and the ones who adopt a more “less is more” approach.
These men that caught my attention and I was desperate to learn the shortcut, because let’s face it, who wants to spend three hours in the gym when you could get away with a sneaky forty five minutes?
“When I first asked Dan if he had ever used steroids, he denied it, but after a few similar questions, he did a whole u-turn.”
But just as professional athletes are held accountable for using performance-enhancing substances, so too should the “less is more” bunch, who not only cheat, but turn their nose up at anyone less than three quarters of their size.
Behind the healthy façade of the “Muscle Mary” lies your insecure, increasingly body obsessed gay man on anabolic steroids. It’s a reality like no other, according to a recent survey, which revealed that one in seven gay gym-goers admitted to using steroids. Some estimate the number could be as high as fifty per cent.
Personally, one in seven seems like a gross underestimation, considering how difficult it was to find friends confident enough to admit to steroid use. Even these friends felt uncomfortable being asked questions about their experience, and so, for the purpose of this article, have chosen to remain anonymous.
Dan (not his real name) was my personal trainer in London for almost a year and now remains a good friend. Originally from mainland Europe, he has the body gay men fornicate over at Mardi Gras, but unlike many muscled men, remains one of the nicest gay men I have ever met.
Let it be known – I only found out about steroid use after overhearing a conversation in the change room of my gym. When I first asked Dan if he had ever used steroids, he denied it, but after a few similar questions, he did a whole u-turn, and revealed he dabbles now and then.
“It’s the quickest and easiest way to get big, lean and muscley fast,” and only requires “a simple injection,” he told me. Although not a regular user, Dan says he only engaged in steroid use on special “gayccasions” such as Madrid Pride or Brazil’s Carnival in Florianopolis.
Despite having a beautiful boyfriend living in New York, he admits he first started taking “the sauce” or “juice” because “being big can make you feel accepted by, and desirable to, other muscular men, and part of an elite club.”
Another friend of mine is in his mid-forties. ‘Luke’ admits a deep love for steroids. Not only for the body and acceptance, but the increased libido that comes with it. “You feel so horny, like you want to have sex every waking minute of the day, and when you do have sex, it’s explosive.”
Take one look at the sweaty, muscular dance floor of your local nightclub. The muscle culture isn’t going anywhere. Whether we have the balls to admit it or not, we are all victims of a vain and unhealthy culture, but isn’t it about time gay men stopped being the victim?
Muscles may seem like the key to being liked and loved, with steroids a fast ticket to that, but in reality, it’s doing all of us more physical and mental harm than good.
Anabolic steroids were initially prescribed to gay men as a means of combating AIDS-related weight loss. Today, they are sold on the black market as we battle it out for Vanity Fair’s Best Cover.
With effects such as shrinking balls, baldness, sleeplessness, heart problems, diabetes, permanent liver damage and even cancer, it might be time to rethink our priorities.

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