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May 29, 2013

FACT OR FICTION: Myths about men




QUESTION: Can regular crunches get rid of my belly fat?

THE SHORT ANSWER: Only if you’re working out the rest of your body, too. 

THE NOT-SO-SHORT ANSWER: You might wind up with a six pack if you work your abdominal muscles daily, but the best way to get rid of belly fat is through eating right and regularly working out your body. If you do the crunches and nothing else, you’ll still get the six pack, but it will be concealed by your keg. 


QUESTION: Is running bad for my knees? 

THE SHORT ANSWER: Quite the opposite if you stick with it. 

THE NOT-SO-SHORT ANSWER: People think that because running puts more stress on their knees and feet than say, using a cross-trainer, it’s got to contribute to long-term problems from a joint-health standpoint. But a 2008 study released by Stanford University’s immunology and rheumatology department found that adults who run consistently have 25 percent less joint pain and arthritis than non-runners as they age. For purposes of this study, a “runner” was someone who regularly hit the road at least six hours per week. 


QUESTION: If I’m not exhibiting symptoms, I probably don’t have prostate cancer, right?

THE SHORT ANSWER: Not necessarily. 

THE NOT-SO-SHORT ANSWER: Not all men experience symptoms related to prostate cancer, and many times the symptoms (which include need to urinate frequently, weak urinary flow, arousal difficulty and lower back pain) can be dismissed as something else. While the first method of prostate cancer detection might seem unpleasant to a lot of men, it’s worth it to get checked regularly to detect it early and stop it while it’s treatable. 


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