Morbid Obesity Pictures
Can We Fool With Mother Nature?
A study done at the University of Massachusetts found that women ages 27 to 44 who smoke are twice as likely to develop premenstrual syndrome and the risk increased with the amount they smoked. Women who started smoking in adolescence or early adulthood were at even greater risk. Smoking may increase the risk of PMS because it interferes with the levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, as well as with vitamin D. Knowing PMS interferes with normal activities for 20% of women might not keep young girls from smoking, but knowing PMS increases the risk of bloating and acne might.
Intrinsa is Proctor & Gamble’s testosterone patch for post-menopausal women. In a company-sponsored, 2-year test a high dose of this male hormone gave the women a “modest but meaningful” boost in their sex lives after one year. Before using the patches the women typically reported 2.5 satisfying sexual experiences a month. Women getting the highest dose reported 2.1 additional experiences a month; and their scores on tests measuring desire, orgasm, pleasure and self-image doubled. Unfortunately, the patches also caused a mild increase in body hair – but not enough to cause hair-raising withdrawals from the test.
Obese men were the subject of a study done at the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. The sexual dysfunction of 97 morbidly obese men – men overweight by 100 pounds or more – was measured before and after gastric bypass surgery. Although it has been estimated that morbidly obese men have the same degree of sexual dysfunction as men 20 years older, improvements after surgery reached or approached age-based norms. Significant improvements were experienced after the men lost an average of 2/3 their excess weight and the improvements continued with continued weight loss. Obviously, reading this study could take weight off the minds of overweight men.
Love, however, can stay on the mind and in the heart. Researchers at New York’s Stony Brook University scanned the brains of couples who had been together 20 years and compared them with the brain scans of new lovers. The researchers found that about 10% of the mature couples had the same chemical reactions in their brains when shown pictures of their loved ones as the new lovers did. Although previous research had suggested romantic love fades within 15 months and is completely gone after 10 years, this research shows that 1 out of 10 couples get the picture about love.
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