Belly Fat and You: A Bad Combination

Call it what you will: beer belly, love handles, gut, spare tire, or anything else. Whatever the words, they’re all referring to the same thing: belly fat, which is one of the most common types of fat for men. As you’ve no doubt noticed, as we gain weight, our thighs, legs, and arms usually don’t change much. Instead, our fat tends to accumulate around the chest, neck, and stomach. Women, on the other hand, tend to store their fat a little lower, around the butt and thighs. Fat, no matter where it’s stored, is a pretty clear indicator that you’re out of shape, and it can negatively affect your self-esteem. But that’s just the beginning. Unlike fat in other areas, having belly fat increases your risk of developing a number of serious health conditions, some of which are perfectly capable of killing you.

Is All Belly Fat the Same?
tamh - fat man - free to use commercially via bing imagesIn short, No. Belly fat comes in two very different varieties. First, there’s subcutaneous (which literally means “under the skin”) belly fat, which is found, well, just under the skin. Subcutaneous fat around your belly is no different than subcutaneous fat anywhere else on your body, whether it’s your butt, your arms, your legs, or your toes. It’s the fat that you can pinch between your fingers. Aside from being unsightly and a clear indication that you need to lose weight, subcutaneous fat isn’t particularly dangerous. [Read more…]

Join the Prostate Cancer Twitter Chat Monday


In recognition of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (September 2014), Patients and Research, Men’s Health Network and Ward Health will host a prostate cancer Twitter chat:

When: Monday, September 22nd
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT
Where: Twitter using #ProstateQA or via Patients and Research
Topics: Prostate cancer screening, risk factors, symptoms, and research

You can submit questions in advance by sending a Twitter message to @PatientMatters or through this form.

Joining the discussion will be David Taylor, Professor Emeritus UCL London and Men’s Health Network.

During the hour-long conversation you will learn about:

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How Working Parents Can Have It All

Sharon Meers, coathor of Getting to 50/50.
How working parents can have it all.
Issues: Why two careers are better than one; busting myths about work, women, and men; how your husband solves the work-life riddle; success doesn’t require 24/7; what women gain from working motherhood.

Is high-impact physical activity beneficial for older adults? | American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)

A lot of people are concerned that high-impact exercise might harm adults older 30 or so. Turns out that not only is high-impact exercise not harmful, it actually does a lot of good. So it’s time to get hopping.

Is high-impact physical activity beneficial for older adults? | American Council on Science and Health (ACSH).

Money and manliness put sleepy guys to work | Futurity

Money and manliness put sleepy guys to work | Futurity.

The New Knight in Shining Armor

by Stew Friedman The stories we tell children transmit cultural values. Based on the surprising results of a new study my colleagues and I conducted of two generations of Wharton School graduates, I bet that today’s boys and girls are hearing new kinds of stories about men and women than the ones you heard as […]