A team of evolutionary geneticists have determined what really caused menopause in women: men. It was previously thought that women evolved to become infertile after a certain age so that they could care for their grandchildren and coddle the next of kin. But evolutionarily speaking, that turned out to be a load of crap because, according to the laws of natural selection, our fertility should continue for as long as possible to keep the species going.
The new working theory is that men and their preference for young mates is what caused us to evolve to become infertile after a certain age. Researchers think that over time, men’s competition for young women made older women’s reproductive organs feel unappreciated therefore causing them to crawl under the bed and die, so to speak. Keep reading »
As women, we hear a lot about what we should and shouldn’t do to our bodies. Drink this much water, take x-amount of these vitamins, or stay away from certain foods … it’s so confusing! What’s a girl to do? Can you get pregnant while you’re on your period? Do antibiotics decrease the effectiveness of birth control? An article on LiveScience debunks the rumors so we can finally get it straight. After the jump, check out four myths — and one truth — all women need to know. Keep reading »
Well, actually, male menopause is called “andropause.” But wordage aside, researchers are trying to prove there is a very real life change men experience in their silver fox years, akin to the infamous female hot flashin’ phase. Just as women stop ovulating, men see a steep drop in hormonal levels between the ages of 45-50. However, their low levels aren’t really evident until they start having medical problems in their 60’s. While some believe male menopause is merely a myth, certain medical researchers, like the European Association of Urology, are trying to link diabetes, obesity, depression, sensitive moobs, exhaustion and lack of sex drive all to the decrease in testosterone. Damn, that male hormone is causing more problems than our tanking economy! Doctors are running tests to find a possible solution, injecting testosterone into over-65 dudes, hoping to prove it can stave off the symptoms of old age. Hmm, could this be Mick Jagger’s secret new drug fix? [Guardian and Mayo Clinic]
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From tofu to chocolate milk, soy has been sweepin’ the nation. In addition to helping lactose intolerant freelance writers enjoy a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal every now and again, the lil’ bean is chock full of calcium, protein, fiber, iron, zinc, and magnesium, plus it’s the only vegetable that can give you amino acids. But the nutritional goodies are just the tip of where the health benefits begin for us ladies. According to new studies, soy will fend off hot flashes from the ‘pause (although it will not stop you from getting dragged to see Menopause the Musical with your mom who laughs waaaaaay too hard at the jokey rhymes). Soy also reduces the risk of developing breast cancer by 18% in women with a high BMI (body mass index). Not sure how high your BMI is? Check out this chart while you chow down on a delicious Tofutti ice cream sandwich. [Health World and Health Castle] Keep reading »