- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: Men, aging and loss of libido
Loss of sex drive in men with aging
It's normal for men to experience a gradual decrease in sex drive (libido) as they age. The degree of this decline varies, but most men maintain at least some amount of sexual interest well into their 60s and 70s. Sometimes, however, loss of libido is related to an underlying condition or medication side effect. Learn more from Dr. Todd Nippoldt, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist.
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Diabetes prevention: 5 tips for taking control
When it comes to Type 2 diabetes — the most common type of diabetes — prevention is key. It's especially important to make prevention a priority if you're at increased risk of developing diabetes, including if you're overweight or have a family history of the disease. Here are five tips that may help you avoid the serious health complications of diabetes down the road.
Herbal treatments for anxiety
Several herbal remedies have been studied as treatments for anxiety, including kava, valerian and lavender. Herbal supplements aren't monitored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration the same way medications are, though, and more research is needed to understand the risks and benefits. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.
Hearing aids: How to choose the right one
Approximately 25 percent of people in the U.S. between 55 and 64 have some degree of hearing loss. For those older than 65, it's almost 1 in 2. Fortunately, today's hearing aids come in a variety of styles with many features. Learn about the differences, and decide which type is right for you.
MSG: Is it harmful?
MSG is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified MSG as a food ingredient that's "generally recognized as safe," but its use remains controversial. Anecdotal reports of adverse reactions to foods containing MSG, including headache, flushing, sweating and chest pain, have led to the term "MSG symptom complex." Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist.