The GNC Medical Advisory Board Discusses Hot Health Issues
In this edition of the Doctor's Corner, GNC Medical Advisory Board members share valuable information and tips for helping you Live Well.
The members of our Medical Advisory Board are dedicated to using their in-depth knowledge and experience not only to partner with GNC on the development of products and new innovations, but also to serve you, the GNC customer, by acting as a trusted resource for information, education and recommendations. Get to know them, interact with them and turn to them as a go-to resource for your health and wellness needs.
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Thanks so much to our visitors for their submissions to the “Ask the Experts” section of our MAB website. We receive a ton of questions about diet and fitness tips, so here is a collection of our most frequently asked questions.
Q. from Greg: I am a 53-year-old male and I think my testosterone may be low, what should I take?
A. from Dr. Costa:
Thanks for the question, Greg. Before we could even talk about what you should take, it is important for you to speak with your doctor about getting your testosterone levels tested. Any recommendations should be based on those test results and your personal health regimen.
Q. from John: Is there anything I can take to help get rid of my “man boobs”?
A. from Dr. Prisk:
Well John, “man boobs” can be one of two things:
- It could be purely body fat accumulation, in which case it's good to build muscle with core strengthening exercises in order to burn fat. This is best done through a combination of resistance training and cardio. Whether through a weight routine with circuits and low rest intervals or combined weights and cardio, getting the heart rate up to 65% of maximum for 30-60 minutes is best.
- It could be a condition called gynecomastia. The more body fat you have, the more chances you have of converting your testosterone to estorgen via more available aromatase in the adipose tissue. As you burn more fat, you could potentially decrease this conversion. See your physician if you have painful lumps under your nipples or hard tissue in the breast. Get your testosterone and estrogen levels checked along with your health maintenance blood work.
Q. from Jorge: After consulting with my doctor, I am now taking a multivitamin, an omega-3 fish oil and a supplement for joint discomfort. I hate taking these all at once because sometimes my stomach gets upset. Any recommendations?
A. from Dr. Maroon:
Great question Jorge. In general, fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D and K are best taken with fats like omega 3s. Consider taking these with a meal during your day. Because there are so many joint supplements and each give their own specific directions, it is best to follow those directions on the bottle. That said, since most joint discomfort comes with activity; consider taking these in the morning as it could be helpful for your daily activities. One more tip: Avoid taking your supplements before lying down. Remaining sitting or standing upright for at least 30 minutes after taking your supplements can help with digestion and absorption.
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