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Trichomonas May Cause Prostate Cancer

Trichomonas, the most common curable sexually transmitted infection, may cause prostate cancer (PLoS Pathogens, August 2012). Studies show men infected with trichomonas are 40 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than those without this infection. This study shows that trichomonas helps convert normal cells to cancerous ones by activating the protein PIM1, known to cause cancer cells to grow.

Sexually active men and women, particularly those with several partners, are likely to acquire and keep this parasite in their urinary tracts until they are treated for it. Most infected people have no symptoms, so they are never treated. Your doctor can take a smear of vaginal fluid in women and a urethral smear in men, and look at the fluid under a microscope to find the parasite. Then your doctor usually treats both you and your partner(s) with two grams of metronidazole pills in a single dose. Realize that the next time you are exposed to an infected person, you will be re-infected yourself.


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Exercise After You Eat

High blood sugar causes the most damage to your organs and blood vessels when it rises to its highest levels after you eat. A study from the Mayo Clinic shows that slow walking after eating markedly reduces the rise in blood sugar levels after meals (Diabetes Care, published online Aug 8, 2012). A study from Japan shows that mild exercise after meals prevents the usual high rise in blood triglycerides after meals (Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, August 2012). Thus exercising after eating helps to protect your body from damage from high blood sugar levels.

MECHANISM OF CELL DAMAGE: When blood sugar levels rise too high, sugar sticks to the outer cell membranes. Once there it can never get off and is eventually converted to sorbitol, which destroys cells to cause every known side effect of diabetes. The cell damage caused by a high rise in blood sugar can damage cells of all people, even those who are not diabetic.

HOW EXERCISE LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR: Resting muscles do not remove sugar from the bloodstream. Contracting muscles remove sugar from the bloodstream and do not even need insulin to do this, so walking or any other exercise helps lower blood sugar levels after meals. Sitting or lying down after meals will not lower blood sugar levels.

WHY TRIGLYCERIDES ARE ALSO LOWERED BY EXERCISE: Triglycerides come from sugar. When blood sugar levels rise too high, the liver and muscles convert the excess sugar to a type of fat called triglycerides. Contracting muscles after meals lowers triglycerides as well as blood sugar levels.


High Blood Sugar Associated with Dementia, Even If You Are
Not Diabetic

The authors of this study drew blood sugars in 249 healthy people in their early 60s. Four years later they found that .those who had fasting blood sugar levels above 100 mg/dL (5.5 mmol/l) are at significantly increased risk for six to ten percent shrinkage of the hippocampus and amygdala parts of the brain that control memory (Neurology, Sept. 4, 2012). This supports other studies that show that diabetes is associated with brain shrinkage and dementia, and that you do not have to be diagnosed with diabetes to suffer brain damage from high blood sugar levels.


Treat Lyme Disease Until Symptoms Are Gone

Many doctors follow guidelines that Lyme disease should not be treated longer than a couple weeks, even though they have absolutely no good data to support this harmful practice. A review of the four studies on which the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Academy of Neurology based their harmful guidelines to restrict long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease showed that the reports have flaws in design, analysis, and interpretation (Contemporary Clinical Trials, published online August 19, 2012). Two of the studies recommending restricting antibiotics actually found benefits from taking long- term antibiotics. The guidelines restricting long-term treatment for Lyme disease have caused doctors to limit beneficial treatment and insurance companies to withhold payments.

SYMPTOMS OF LYME DISEASE: Stage 1 (1-4 weeks) - After a tick bite, a person may , or may not, develop a central dot with an ever expanding circle. The "Bull's Eye" is diagnostic of Lyme disease, even without any other tests, and the person should be treated with antibiotics. The person usually develops flu-like symptoms with or without a rash, fatigue, headache, stiff neck, fever, chills, muscle and joint pain or swollen lymph nodes, or they may have no symptoms at all.

Stage 2 (1 to 4 months) - If untreated, Lyme disease can damage the heart, brain, skin or joints. A person may develop rashes, pain, weakness, or numbness, loss of muscle control, headaches, memory loss, eye irritation, irregular heartbeats.

Stage 3:(can be lifelong) - Swelling and pain (inflammation) in the joints, numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, or back, fatigue, loss of memory, and sometimes problems speaking.

TREATMENT. The usual treatment is to take doxycycline, amoxicillin or axetil until the patient is asymptomatic. If the symptoms return after stopping the medication, the antibiotics usually are started again.


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September 9th, 2012
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About the Author: Gabe Mirkin, MD

Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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