Do Not Neglect The Puppy Fat

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A study shows that children who are overweight in pre-school are likely to stay obese for the rest of their lives. In recent years, not only the incidence of type 2 diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate, a worrying proportion of diabetics are in young people. Given that obesity in childhood predisposes to later life obesity and diabetes, it may be important to start intervening in childhood to curb the risk of developing diabetes in later life. However a well balanced diet is imperative in a growing child. Attempts to restrict calories and lose weight in a young growing child should be done under proper medical supervision.

US Regulators Probing Cardio Risks In Testosterone Therapy

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US federal regulators said Friday they were investigating products containing testosterone after recent studies suggested a higher risk of strokes and heart attacks in men being treated with the hormone.

Although it is too premature to conclude that FDA-approved testosterone treatment increases the risk of stroke, heart attack or death, this underscores the importance of prudent use of testosterone replacement. Testosterone replacement can still be helpful, especially in men who are truly suffering from hypogonadism (a condition marked by low sex hormone). However its adverse effects cannot be neglected. It is best to consult a physician who is well versed with testosterone therapy, its adverse effects and means of monitoring the therapy, before embarking on such replacement.