Now Sustaining Immense Physic for Bodybuilders Is Trouble-Free

Before you include the cycles of steroid in your fitness program, it is better that you do some research of the steroid, the uses and possible side effects from the websites that deal with steroids. This will not only help you to choose the correct dose and steroid product but will also make sure that your body permits the consumption of such steroids for the betterment of your health. Besides providing extreme stamina and bodybuilding features, steroids are often used to cure some ruthless diseases. For optimum benefit of strength training and well-built structure, the steroid can be of great help. Beginners must be very careful while choosing a particular steroid product as they may face numbers of side-effects at the very onset and may not be able to cope up with the problems. Though supplements are available largely and talked about openly, there is still a taboo of not revealing the use of steroid.

Beginners’ steroid:

There are a number of features that must be kept in mind while starting off with the steroid:

  • There may be more side-effects than the actual result while using the steroids
  • Steroid is not as helpful as natural ways of getting good physic with daily exercises and diet.
  • Steroid dose must be minimal or as required because high dose can land you with many fatal diseases.
  • Steroid effects are not long-lasting and once you withdraw the use if it you may face other withdrawal symptoms and effects.
  • A Steroid, when stacked along with other drugs, may make it work more effectively.
  • You need to choose from the anabolic and androgenic steroids after proper consultation.
  • It is better to avoid designer steroids as you can find a limited amount of information about them.
  • Anabolic steroid cycles for bodybuilders are used mostly by people who want a long-lasting effect of the steroid with minimal side-effects.

Steroids for Natural Bodybuilding

These days steroids related to natural bodybuilding is in high demand just because they claim to provide a number of healthy effects while cutting down the negative effects to a higher percentage. But even before you take one from this list, you need to:

  • Be careful about the product you are choosing.
  • Choose the one that prevents health related disadvantages
  • Choose specific steroid related to muscle growth, boosting the production of red blood cells, improving strength that is available for particular use.
  • Carefully get on or off the steroid cycle as it is important for long term results.
  • Know that it can prove to be dangerous if you try to take more doses for faster results.

Negative aspects of steroids

Acquiring more knowledge on anabolic steroid cycles for bodybuilders is important in order to reduce the risk of various diseases. It is not legal if you take steroid without the permission of your doctor. Though the steroid will help one to decrease the body fat and promote muscle growth, it may increase the risk of various cancers, increase of acne, irresistible stomach pain and baldness. Other side effects are heart attack, blood clotting and increase in blood pressure.

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Tracker and Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds Launched

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Tracker and Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds LaunchedSamsung, as expected, on Thursday unveiled its new Gear Fit 2 fitness band alongside the Gear Icon X cord-free or wireless earbuds. The Samsung Gear Fit 2 has been priced at $179 (roughly Rs. 12,000) and will be available starting June 10 while the Gear IconX will go on sale beginning in Q3 2016 and price will be revealed at that time.

The South Korean company says both the new wearables have been designed keeping fitness needs of consumers in mind and the new products can track various activities.

The new Gear Fit 2 comes with a lot of improvements over its predecessor and now features an embedded GPS as well as a heart rate monitor.

The new band from Samsung also comes with auto activity tracking feature which means users won’t have to manually activate the sports band. It can track various movements including running, walking, cycling, or utilising rowing machine or elliptical trainer.
The device also allows easy transfer of fitness data between S Health and other select fitness apps. The Gear Fit 2 also comes with a new ‘Step Challenge’ which allows user to have a one-to-one competition with a friend. The smart band also packs a standalone music player without the need of a mobile device. For specifications, the Gear Fit 2 features a 1.5-inch curved Super Amoled display with a screen resolution of 216×432 pixels. The device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It packs a 200mAh battery.

The Tizen OS-based Gear Fit 2 is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 KitKat and above, and which pack at least 1.5GB of RAM. The device is also IP68 certified which means it can survive immersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5 metres of water. For connectivity it packs Bluetooth 4.2 and comes with accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer.

The Samsung Gear IconX cord-free earbuds can track fitness details and also provide users with feedback on their running performance. The new Gear IconX comes with three different sizes of ear tips and wingtips. One of the highlights of the device is it can be activated by simply placing the earbuds in the user’s ears. It can track fitness data such as distance, speed, duration, heart rate and calories burned, and syncs with S Health app.

The Gear IconX features a voice guide that provides voice feedback on the user’s workout progress and provides a standalone music player. The device packs Bluetooth 4.1 and 4GB inbuilt storage can store up to 1,000 MP3 songs. The earbuds pack 47mAh battery.

Zinc Lozenges May Quicken Recovery From Common Cold

Image result for Zinc Lozenges May Quicken Recovery From Common ColdTaking zinc lozenges not exceeding 100 mg of elemental zinc per day may make recovery from common cold faster, suggests new research.

Analysing three randomised controlled trials, the researchers found that zinc acetate lozenges may increase the rate of recovery from common cold three fold.

On the fifth day, 70 per cent of the zinc lozenge patients had recovered compared with 27 per cent of the placebo patients, showed the study published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Disease.

“Given the evidence of efficacy, common cold patients may be instructed to try zinc acetate lozenges within 24 hours of onset of symptoms,” the study said.

The dose of zinc in the three studies was between 80 to 92 mg/day.

Such doses are substantially higher than the recommended daily zinc intake in the US, which is 11 mg/day for men and 8 mg/day for women.

However, in certain other controlled studies, unrelated to the common cold, zinc has been administered in doses of 100 to 150 mg/day to patients for months with few adverse effects.

The researchers believe that it seems highly unlikely that 80-92 mg/day of zinc for one to two weeks, starting very soon after the onset of the first cold symptoms, might lead to long-term adverse effects.

None of the three analysed zinc lozenge studies observed serious adverse effects of zinc.

“Given the strong evidence of efficacy and the low risk of adverse effects, common cold patients may already be encouraged to try zinc acetate lozenges not exceeding 100 mg of elemental zinc per day for treating their colds,” said lead author Harri Hemila from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

The researchers, however, noted that the optimal formulation of zinc lozenges and the best frequency of their administration should be further investigated.

“The three-fold increase in the rate of recovery from the common cold is a clinically important effect. The optimal formulation of zinc lozenges and an ideal frequency of their administration should be examined,” the researchers said.

The Combination of Alcohol and Gut Fungus May Harm Your Liver

Image result for The Combination of Alcohol and Gut Fungus May Harm Your LiverDespite the certain health claims awarded to alcohol such as wine, the consumption of liquor remains debatable. In fact, more and more studies are not hinting that drinking alcohol can do more harm than good. This for instance, this new study, published in the journal of Clinical Investigation, shows that a combination of intestinal fungi and chronic liver damage can prove to be fatal for people with alcohol-related liver disease.

The study also indicates that certain anti-fungal compounds like amphotericin B may be able to control the progression of alcohol-related liver disease progression, yet, apart from alcohol abstinence, there are no specific treatments to reduce the severity of alcohol-associated liver disease. But senior author of the Bernd Schnabl from the University of California San Diego explains that they may be able to slow the progression of alcoholic liver disease by manipulating the balance of fungal species living in a patient’s intestine.

The team conducted trials in a mice model and found that fungi flourished in the intestines of the mice with chronic alcohol exposure. Chronic inflammation kills liver cells and ultimately paves way for  alcoholic liver disease. However, researchers were able to protect mice from alcohol-induced liver disease by treating them with the anti-fungal compound amphotericin B. The mice received a type of oral amphotericin B that is not absorbed into the bloodstream, but oral amphotericin B is not FDA-approved for human use. Intravenous amphotericin B is FDA approved for the treatment of serious fungal infections and it can cause side effects such as stomach, bone, muscle or joint pain and shortness of breath.

In comparison to untreated mice, mice with alcohol-related liver disease that received amphotericin B had lower levels of liver injury and fat accumulation. These results were determined by measuring plasma levels of a liver enzyme called alanine aminotransferase (reduced by approximately 55 percent) and levels of liver triglycerides (reduced by approximately 21 percent).

The team also compared fungi in the stool of eight healthy people and 20 people with chronic alcohol abuse and various stages of liver disease.They found that the healthy people had a rich diversity of fungi living in their intestines as compared to alcohol-dependent patients. The team of experts also found a correlation between fungi and disease severity in a separate group of 27 patients with alcohol-related liver disease. After five years of analysis, 77 percent of the low-fungi group survived, compared to 36 percent of the high-fungi group.
Since the results were so positive in mice, these researchers would now like to test amphotericin B in patients with alcohol-related liver disease to strengthen their evidence. Alcohol-related liver disease can be of many types like fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis or liver cirrhosis. In most cases, these diseases damage or destroy the liver cells. Your liver works to breakdown the chemical components in alcohol so that they can be removed from your body. However, it can be damaged and overburdened if you drink more alcohol than what it can process. Therefore, its very important to limit your alcohol intake and not go overboard.

A Cup of Coffee Every Day May Lower the Risk of Liver Cancer

A Cup of Coffee Every Day May Lower the Risk of Liver CancerFinally, some respite for caffeine lovers! Your daily cup of coffee may not be as bad as you have been told. A new study, published in the journal BMJ Open, suggests that a your daily dose of coffee can help prevent the risk of liver cancer by nearly 50 per cent. For the longest time, coffee has been regarded as a villain primarily because of its high caffeine content. Caffeine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that is responsible for perking you up and giving you an instant boost of energy on drinking coffee. It is also present in other beverages like energy drinks.

A lot of previous studies have indicated that too much consumption of caffeine may cause an upset stomach, indigestion, high blood pressure, increased heart rate and anxiety. However, this new study suggests that one cup of coffee daily may actually be good for you.

For the study, researchers from the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh universities examined data from 26 previous studies that involved more than 2.25 million participants. The results showed that people who drank one cup of coffee daily had a 20 per cent lower risk of developing the most common type of liver cancer known as hepatocellular carcinoma. Further, they found that those who drank two cups of coffee daily had a 35 per cent reduced risk of suffering the disease while drinking five cups cut their risk by half. Decaffeinated coffee may also be able to lend similar benefits but its effect was very small in comparison to regular coffee.

The researchers are not suggesting that everyone should start consuming lots of coffee every day but they found a link and more study is required to strengthen the evidence that shows positive effects of moderate consumption of coffee. When consumed in moderation, coffee may act as a ‘wonderful natural medicines’, they say. They are still working on trying to find why coffee has a liver cancer-protective effect. Drinking coffee has also been linked to better heart health and increased mental alertness.

We know that moderation is the key but how much is too much? According to the US FDA, 400 to 500 milligrams of coffee consumption per day is considered to be ‘safe’ (that’s almost 4 cups). However, the effects may vary from person to person. Excess coffee consumption can have side effects like stomach pain, diarrhea, acid reflux, insomnia and restlessness. If you’ve been experiencing any of these frequently for a long time, it’s time to cap your coffee intake.  Bangalore-based Nutritionist, Dr. Anju Sood does caution us and suggests,”Drinking one or two cups of coffee may be fine but if you exceed that it may cause dehydration in your body. In that case,
the essential water soluble minerals and vitamins are also flushed out of the body. Therefore, you must stick to your daily dose and combine it with other fluids like warm herbal teas, fresh juices or buttermilk to keep yourself hydrated all day,”

Many not keen to get cervical cancer jab

Image result for Many not keen to get cervical cancer jabThe two vaccines available here, Cervarix and Gardasil, protect against two major strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) that cause 70 per cent of cervical cancer.

The latest study, conducted by SingHealth Polyclinics in 2014 and published this year, surveyed 150 female students aged 15 to 19 from Hwa Chong Junior College.

Only one in four students had heard of the HPV vaccine and only six students, or 4 per cent, had already received the vaccine.

Among those who were not vaccinated, one-third said they were willing to be vaccinated, while the other students were ambivalent.

These observations echo those of a study published in June last year by the National Cancer Centre Singapore, which found that there is a poor uptake of HPV vaccination among young people as well as poor knowledge of cervical cancer and the vaccine.

Since 2010, women can use their Medisave to pay for the vaccines, but it is not clear whether this has improved the uptake of the vaccine.

Across the nine SingHealth polyclinics, the number of people getting vaccinated against HPV has inched up from 1,422 patients in 2014 to 1,536 last year. They were between nine and 26 years old.

The vaccines have been available under the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule since 2010, but they are not compulsory. A Ministry of Health spokesman said only vaccinations that protect against illnesses with serious complications and are highly transmissible are compulsory by law.

The SingHealth study showed that a 10-minute session, which features a slideshow on the basic facts about cervical cancer, HPV and how the vaccine works, may help to boost uptake rates.

After the session, the number of students willing to be vaccinated increased to more than half, and the percentage of students ambivalent towards the vaccination fell to less than half.

Dr Sarah Lim, a family physician who was involved in the study, said: “This shows a simple education session can affect their decision in getting vaccinated.”

Following the study’s findings, Dr Lim said she hopes there will be a structured educational programme on cervical cancer and HPV vaccination for young women incorporated into sex education programmes in schools.

Legal test on doctors’ negligence: MOH, AGC studying impact

Image result for Legal test on doctors' negligence: MOH, AGC studying impactHowever, the spokesman added that the courts have accepted that “the expert evidence of doctors on matters of medical practice and judgment will continue to be of some significance”.

The new test, a modified version of what is known as the Montgomery test, was used by the Court of Appeal in a case in which a businessman sued a surgeon and the National Cancer Centre Singapore for allegedly providing wrong advice ending in unnecessary surgery. The businessman lost the appeal.

Previously, Singapore’s courts had used only the oft-cited Bolam test, which states that a doctor is not negligent if his actions could be supported by other doctors.

National University of Singapore law faculty professor A. Kumaralingam said the new test marks a “fundamental shift” from giving weight to what doctors believe is relevant information, to what patients think about the matter.

“Ideally, it should lead to a culture of collaborative autonomy where doctors and patients are equal partners in managing the patient’s health,” he said.

Experts say the new test is unlikely to significantly change the way doctors practise, but could get them to pay more attention to how they get their message across.

Said Dr Jeremy Lim, a partner in Oliver Wyman’s global health practice: “The new test should ideally encourage doctors to reflect and be even more thoughtful about how and what they communicate to patients and their relatives.

“It should clarify the expectations and standards of care in communicating the pros and cons, and risks of any proposed treatments.”

An oft-cited concern with the new test is that to protect themselves, doctors may provide too much information, thus making it more difficult for their patients to make sound treatment decisions.

Dr Desmond Wai, who practises at Desmond Wai Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases Centre, said the balance between disclosing enough information and sharing too much can be a tricky one. He personally tailors his consultations to the specific details of each case.

“We need to understand the patient’s socio-economic background and education level, and adjust our explanation accordingly,” he said.

“For patients with big families, I usually call for a family conference to ensure each and every member of the family is aware of the medical diagnosis and options, before coming to a consensus.”

Mobile ICU unit that saves kids

Image result for Mobile ICU unit that saves kidsThat was when the private hospital contacted the Children’s Hospital Emergency Transport Service (Chets) to take him to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).

Dr Tan said: “Chets was crucial to Sih-Fa’s survival. His heart actually stopped the night he was transported to KKH. It was a huge relief that he was on Ecmo, as it prevented lasting damage to his brain.”

KKH’s Chets specialises in the safe transport of critically-ill children who need respiratory, cardiovascular or neurological support. This includes those with lung and other infections, congenital heart disease and other life-threatening conditions.

Since the service started in 2004, it has seen rising demand. The highest number of cases it had seen in a year was 100.

Chets came in for mention during the SG-ANZICS Intensive Care Forum 2017 held here last month. So far, the service has seen about 1,000 cases, based only on referrals from medical providers.

A team will first assess the feasibility of a transfer.

Once the patient is deemed suitable to be moved, the team will transport him to hospital within 30 minutes after being activated.

While most cases Chets sees are in Singapore, the team has gone to places as far as Copenhagen, Denmark, to render assistance.

Over the years, the service has been upgraded, such as by training staff for complex cases and getting more sophisticated medical equipment.

It started using a mobile Ecmo in 2011 to stabilise patients before taking them to KKH.

Unlike regular ambulance services, Chets functions as a mobile ICU with equipment to care for critically-ill children.

The service is staffed by neona- tologists, paediatricians trained in critical care and nursing staff from the KKH’s neonatal intensive care unit and Children’s Intensive Care Unit.

All new staff undergo a period of stringent assessment before becoming part of the Chets team. Team members also attend annual simulation-based training.

The service helps to increase the chances of survival for critically-ill children by transferring them safely and promptly to KKH for treatment.

This allows the children to undergo early therapy that is vital to stabilising their condition.

Sih-Fa underwent multiple operations during his four-month stay in KKH. He also developed a rare and severe lung disorder that led to his lungs being filled with fluid.

He has since recovered and is now a healthy three-year-old. His parents took him to Egypt for a holiday recently, together with his three siblings, aged four to 10 .

A glass of milk a day can reduce risk of diabetes and hypertension: Study

Image result for A glass of milk a day can reduce risk of diabetes and hypertension: StudyParticipants who ate a median amount of 252g of dairy a day had an 11 and seven per cent lower risk of hypertension and diabetes respectivel.

These findings came from the Singapore Chinese Health Study, which started out in 1993 and covered some 63,000 Chinese participants who are now 45 to 74 years old.

Researchers followed up with the participants in phases, over a period of 10 years. They focused on only one racial group in order to standardise the study methodology, as this reduced dietary differences that arise from cultural factors.

However, the health benefits are applicable to all racial groups and ages, said Prof Koh Woon Puay, who led the study.

But the study does not specify which type of milk – such as low-fat and fresh milk – is the best in terms of its health benefits.

Similar studies have been conducted in other countries, but The Straits Times understands that this is the first large-scale local study on the health benefits of milk.

The study, which was published this year, also found that, on the whole, Asians drink less milk than people from other countries. For example, Chinese nationals drank approximately 20 litres of milk per capita in 2013, a far cry from the 125 litres per capita consumed by the Finnish.

Said Prof Koh: “Sometimes, there’s a misconception that the lactose intolerance gene is more common in Asians, but there has been no solid evidence to support this belief.

“Asians also tend to consume less milk than Westerners due to differences in cuisines. Bread, which contains butter, is common in many European countries whereas our staple here is rice.”

Drinking milk lowers risk of diabetes, hypertension: NUS study

Image result for Drinking milk lowers risk of diabetes, hypertension: NUS studyA similar observation was made of consumers of dairy products, which comprise 11 food groups such as milk, Milo, Yakult, as well as butter in bread and ice cream.

Those who ate a median amount of 252g of dairy products a day had 7 and 10 per cent lower risk of hypertension and diabetes respectively, than those who did not.

These findings are from the Singapore Chinese Health Study, which was started in 1993 by NUS and covers some 63,000 Chinese participants here who are now 45 to 74 years old.

It was published in the Journal Of Nutrition in February.

The principal investigator is Professor Koh Woon Puay, 49, who holds positions at both the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Duke-NUS Medical School. Similar studies have been conducted in other countries, but The Straits Times understands that this is the first large-scale local study on the health benefits of milk.

Researchers followed up with the participants in phases, over a period of 10 years. They focused on only one racial group in order to standardise the methodology.

However, the health benefits are applicable to all racial groups and ages, said Prof Koh, as the results are consistent with 22 other studies from various countries.

Milk and dairy lower the risk of diabetes and hypertension, as they contain minerals such as calcium. These minerals increase the body’s insulin secretion and sensitivity, which in turn regulates blood sugar levels, she said.

Whey protein in milk also reduces the production of angiotensin, a protein which leads to higher blood pressure.

However, Asians drink less milk than people from other countries, she said.

Prof Koh said: “Sometimes, there’s a misconception that the lactose intolerance gene is more common in Asians, but there has been no solid evidence to support this belief.”