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Health Alert 5-18-12

May 18, 2012 - According to a new Institute of Medicine report out of USA Today, battling childhood obesity may require more than one approach. The report found there is no single solution to the problem. Instead, it recommends children get 60 minutes of physical activity a day at school, neighborhoods develop more parks and trails, and fast food restaurants offer healthier options for kids. Researchers say communities, schools, jobs and health care providers must work together to combat the problem.

Also, a boost of testosterone may help men over 40 drop pounds. A boost of testosterone may help men over 40 drop pounds. German researchers studied 115 overweight men with low testosterone. Using injections, they brought the patients' testosterone levels back to normal. After five years the average patient lost 35 pounds and their blood pressure and cholesterol levels also fell significantly. Doctors believe testosterone improves energy and increases lean body mass.


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