for men only! waistline, the key to a man's health...

Men could gain significant health benefits from watching their waist size and, if necessary, losing some flab around the middle.

Just as it is important to know your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and weight numbers, men need to know their waist circumference. So get out the tape measure.

A waist measurement of 40 inches (101 cm) or more puts the average man into the risk zone for serious illnesses the experts warn.

Excess abdominal fat, as opposed to fat elsewhere on the body, increases men’s risk of developing health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. This fat around internal organs is known as visceral fat.

To measure your waist size correctly, wrap a tape measure over bare skin on your natural waistline, a little above the belly button at the narrowest part of your torso. Don’t hold the tape measure too loose or too tight.

And if you are over the danger level? Eat better, reduce portion sizes and cut back on alcohol, decrease stress levels, exercise regularly, and get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every day.

Whilst exercise will increase your metabolic rate and help increase the rate of calorie (fat) burn supplements such as cordyceps can also increase metabolic rate that little extra.

Stuff yourself with TOMATOES
The vegetable with the most prostate-protective buzz these days is the tomato. It contains lycopene, one of the vitamin A family of carotenoid antioxidants. Yale scientists recently analysed blood samples from 437 men with and without prostate cancer. 

They found that the cancer-free men were far more likely to have high levels of lycopene in their blood than those with aggressive, life-threatening disease.

Your best lycopene bet is cooked tomatoes. Cooking not only makes lycopene more available to the body it gives you more tomato per bite.

“Tomatoes contain many more carotenoids as well as lycopene”, says physician William Dahut of the National Cancer Institute and “they all help”. 

If you don’t like tomatoes or tomato sauce or cannot eat enough to reduce your risk then a daily lycopene supplement is a must.

What to do? Eat at least three servings of cooked tomato-based foods per week and/ or take a Lycopene supplement daily.

Lower the risk of Prostate Cancer with Coffee
A team from Harvard University recently found that men who dring at least 6 or more cups of coffee a day may cut their risk for advanced prostate cancer by 60% and even men who drank one to three cups a day had a 30% lower risk.

The reductions in risk were found to be irrespective of whether the men drank caffeinated or de caffeinated coffee. Even after taking into account other lifestyle factors such as age, smoking, obesity and exercise, the decline in the odds for prostate cancer remained.

They concluded “this adds to the evidence from a variety of diseases that coffee doesn’t seem to be harmful. It has been shown pretty consistently to be associated with lower risk of Parkinson disease, Type 2 diabetes and liver cancer”.

The finding comes on the heels of a study that found that women who drank five or more cups of coffee per day saw a significant drop in their risk for a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer.

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