The UK has the fifth highest number of bald men in the world.
Indeed, almost 40 per cent of men in this country are losing their hair.
It’s often hereditary – male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia, which is related to genes and male sex hormones, accounts for 95 per cent of hair loss in men.
Other reasons for thinning hair include stress, anaemia, protein deficiency and low vitamin levels.
Hair loss: It affects 40 per cent of men in the UKHowever, surprisingly, a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology found there’s no relationship between hair loss and testosterone levels in men.
If you want to maintain your head of hair for as long as possible, start to pay more attention to your daily grooming habits.
Jumping in and out of the shower as quickly as possible might mean more time in bed, but it could be speeding up you going bald.
That’s because taking the time to massage your head as you shampoo stimulates hair growth.
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Ananbel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley, said: “Scalp massage can be beneficial for those experiencing a gradual reduction in hair volume or hair loss.”
It does this by improving blood flow directly to the area, and by removing dead skin cells which have been proven to cause or worsen hair loss.
She explained: “It should ideally be done for five to ten minutes once to twice a week. It should be gentle yet firm with consistent pressure.
“Using both hands, gently knead your scalp in circular movements starting at the front hairline and gradually working your way back down to the nape of your neck.
“Repeat three to four times, then, with a gentle sweeping action, smooth your hands over the top of your scalp.”
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Additionally, a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that massaging your scalp also lowers hair loss-inducing stress levels.
However, Anabel added: “Scalp massage alone will not have a vast impact on hair growth. Its benefits are highly dependent on what is used during massage – try a stimulating scalp mask.
“Additionally, one of the most common causes of hair loss is the result of iron and ferritin – stored iron – deficiency.
“A healthy diet, eating adequate iron and proteins and taking care of your general health will help prevent both hair loss and hair thinning – and will often improve the general appearance of the hair.”
You know how pretty much every pop culture film is being made into a musical? Imagine that… but now with beauty. Instead of breaking scenes down into dance-y numbers and jazz hands, the concept is translated into one thematic element, this one being skin care.
Bateman Skincare takes its name from the titular character in American Psycho, Patrick Bateman. The 1991 Brett Easton Ellis novel turned year-2000 film, now turned conceptual skin care line is a highly edited collection of your six essential products: a rose hip and seaweed cleanser, an herbal balancing toner, AHA exfoliating gel, hyaluronic serum, hyaluronic moisturizer, and a zinc + clay mask.
I would imagine that a psychopathic narcissist would absolutely follow a six-plus-step skin-care routine, but Bateman Skincare errs more general; the brand claims a unisex approach to skin care that focuses on the individual, You are your own best asset printed on their card. “One of the most memorable parts of the book and movie revolves around skincare and the importance of having a routine; this adherence to structure is a cornerstone of our brand.” It also happens to be the cornerstone of any good skin-care regimen that you expect to see results from.
The line is modestly packaged in clinical amber bottles and dare I say, vaguely early 90s-typeface (I don’t know. I’m a beauty editor, not a graphic designer). Judging by the products’ ingredients, however, it all seems fairly legit from a glance — simple pared-down formulas with botanically-derived ingredients featuring face-faves, hyaluronic acid, squalene, seaweed, rose hip seed oil and witch hazel.
I asked a cosmetic chemist (who asked to remain unnamed) his opinion about the line and he gave it a blasé thumbs-up. “I don’t think this line will help much with someone with acne or any specific skin concerns. I think it’s aimed more to handsome young men who are already handsome and young.”
… Kind of like the chiseled Mr. Bateman himself, who now that I think about it, is a bit parallel to the prototypical Glossier girl… but a dude — conventionally attractive, naturally fit, and effortlessly chic yet with a staunchly disciplined focus on grooming aesthetics that gives the appearance of effortlessness.
However in an ironic yet pleasant turn, Bateman Skincare products are cruelty-free, unlike the guy it’s based on.
Losing your hair to male pattern baldness can seriously knock your confidence and self-esteem. Thankfully, there are many solutions available today that can help you fight balding and keep your full head of hair. From surgical procedures to topical creams or oral medication, there are many methods for guys to choose from when it comes to beating hair loss and retaining their confidence. Here are some of the best methods of dealing with hair loss.
#1. Scar-Free Hair Transplants
Many guys want to do something about their receding hairline and get back to their normal head of hair, but they’re particularly worried about the prospect of getting a hair transplant since they don’t want to be left with a scar at the back of their head. Whilst longer hair can easily cover any scars left by a hair transplant, men who prefer to wear their hair shorter are understandably worried about the prospect of visible evidence of the procedure. In comparison to the traditional ‘strip method’ of hair transplants, this method, known as follicular unit extraction (FUE) involves harvesting grafts one at a time using tiny punches that will be virtually undetectable once healed. For more information on a hair transplant NYC, visit NY Metro Vein.
#2. Laser Light Therapy
Laser light therapy is well-known for its effectiveness when it comes to hair removal, but it can also be useful for encouraging your hair to grow and stopping the signs of male pattern baldness. Laser light can be used to encourage the protein synthesis needed for healthy hair growth and regeneration, along with stimulating more blood flow to the scalp, resulting in better growth. However, bear in mind that this treatment doesn’t always work for everybody. In general, it is the best option for guys who have noticed receding hair and want to maintain what they have left, along with encouraging some regrowth. If you’re considering laser light therapy then the research is solid; studies have shown that around 80% of people who use laser treatment for hair loss experience less shedding and around half even get thicker hair.
#3. Medications and Medicated Hair Products
When it comes to the various medications and other products that you can use to help prevent hair loss and encourage regrowth, there is a range of options to choose from. Amongst men, over-the-counter drugs such as Finasteride are very popular, since they can be easily obtained from your local pharmacy and offer a range of further health benefits on top of preventing hair loss, such as aiding in the prevention of prostate cancer. This drug is also known as Propecia. It works by blocking the production of a particular male hormone in the scalp, which contributes to hair loss. If you’re worried about side effects then you’ll be glad to hear that the risks are minimal when taking this medication; there’s a tiny 2% chance that you will experience sexual problems, but this should immediately disappear if you stop taking the pills.
The findings indicate that the link was observed in men, who had been exposed to 15 to 30 years of work-related stressand in some cases, more than 30 years.
According to the study published in journal of Preventive Medicine, prolonged exposure of men to work-related stress has been linked to an increased likelihood of lung, colon, rectal and stomach cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Researchers at INRS and Universite de Montreal in Canada conducted the study to assess the link between cancer and work-related stress perceived by men throughout their working life.
On average, the study participants had held four jobs, with some holding up to a dozen or more during their working lifetime.
A link between work-related stress and cancer was not found in participants who had held stressful jobs for less than 15 years.
Significant links to five of the eleven cancers considered in the study were revealed.
The most stressful jobs included firefighter, industrial engineer, aerospace engineer, mechanic foreman, and vehicle and railway-equipment repair worker and for the same individual, stress varied depending on the job held.
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The study also shows that perceived stress is not limited to high work load and time constraints.
“One of the biggest flaws in previous cancer studies is that none of them assessed work-related stress over a full working lifetime, making it impossible to determine how the duration of exposure to work-related stress affects cancer development,” the authors explained.
“Our study shows the importance of measuring stress at different points in an individual’s working life,” the authors noted.
Customer service, sales commissions, responsibilities, the participant’s anxious temperament, job insecurity, financial problems, challenging or dangerous work conditions, employee supervision, interpersonal conflict and a difficult commute were all sources of stress listed by the participants.
AIZAWL: Men in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl have much higher probability of developing cancer than their counterparts in any other part of the country, an official said in Aizawl on Monday.
According to the Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCR), the probability of contracting any type of cancer in a lifetime (up to 74 years of age) is one in four males in Aizawl against one in seven to eight men in important cities in India.
“Probability of contracting cancer among females in Aizawl is one in five persons, whereas it is one in eight in Mumbai, one in seven in Delhi,” Eric Zomawia, Mizoram nodal officer of cancer and principal investigator for PBCR, told reporters.
As Mizoram tops all other states in India in tobacco consumption, the PBCR found that the major source of cancer in this north-eastern state is tobacco use.
Zomawia, quoting the PBCR, said cancer killed on an average 725 persons every year in Mizoram, which has a population of around 11 lakh.
There were 4,656 new cases of cancer, including 2,089 among females, reported between 2012 and 2014, confirming that, on an average, there were 1,552 new cancer cases per year in the state, bordering Myanmar and Bangladesh.
According to Aizawl PBCR, as many as 2,176 people died of various types of cancers in three years till 2014. Of the 2,176 cancer victims in three years (2012-2014), 830 were females and 1,346 males.
There are 29 PBCRs in the country with 11 of them in the northeast region, comprising eight states.
With protein supplement use by athletes on the rise, a group of researchers expanded upon prior research examining the effects of soy and whey protein supplementation on testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), and cortisol responses to an acute bout of resistance exercise. Their study, “The Effects of Soy and Whey Protein Supplementation on Acute Hormonal Reponses to Resistance Exercise in Men” is the 2014 Ragus Award Winner as Best Article from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, the official publication of the American College of Nutrition.
For many resistance-trained men concerns exist regarding the production of estrogen with the consumption of soy protein when training for muscle strength and size. Thus, the purpose of this investigation was to examine the effects of soy and whey protein supplementation on sex hormones following an acute bout of heavy resistance exercise in resistance-trained men.
10 resistance-trained men in their early 20s were divided into 3 supplementation treatment groups: (1) whey protein isolate, (2) soy protein isolate, or (3) a maltrodextrin placebo control. No other supplements were allowed. Vegetarians, vegans, or subjects who consumed high-protein diets were excluded from the study. For 14 days, participants would ingest 20g of their assigned supplement at the same time each morning. The participants would then perform 6 sets of heavy resistance squats at 10 reps each using 80 percent of their maximum lifting weight.
“Our main findings demonstrate that 14 days of supplementation with soy protein does appear to partially blunt serum testosterone. In addition, whey influences the response of cortisol following an acute bout of resistance exercise by blunting its increase during recovery. Protein supplementation alters the physiological responses to a commonly used exercise modality with some differences due to the type of protein utilized,” wrote the researchers.
Another week, another crop of movies now on your favorite streaming services. Whether you’re partial to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, one of the others, or all of the above, new and old movies are yours for the watching.
Catch the Coen brothers’ classic No Country for Old Men. Witness Christian Bale’s turn as a serial killer in the sardonic American Psycho. Or get your horror on with Final Destination 3.
Too dark? Partake of some lighter fare with the delightful stop-animation Shaun of the Sheep; a movie adaptation of The Little Prince; or the hilarious-if-juvenile antics of Police Academy.
That’s just a sampling of the goods. Read on to learn about all 12 movies now available online.
The Little Prince (Netflix)
Given that it’s based on one of the most popular books of all time (Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s 1943 novella), fans may rule that Mark Osborne’s movie version of The Little Prince (2016) is somewhere between an insult and a disaster. But taken on its own, it’s a wonderfully creative, soul-soothing work. After screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, it was successfully released overseas, but a U.S. release somehow never happened. Now Netflix has picked up the ball, and it can be seen at last (at least in its English-dubbed version).
In this movie, we meet “the aviator” as an old man (voiced by Jeff Bridges). He once encountered the Little Prince and now tries to tell his story to a modern-day little girl (voiced by Mackenzie Foy). The girl’s mother (voiced by Rachel McAdams) only wishes for her to get into a good school; things like friends, stories, and imagination are unworthy of her time. Eventually she goes on her own journey. This storyline is computer-animated, while the classic “Little Prince” material is stop-motion animated. The focus is more on storytelling and joyous images than it is on noise and flash, and it’s a standout for families as well as movie buffs. The voice cast also features Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Paul Giamatti, and Albert Brooks.
Final Destination 3 (Netflix)
In retrospect, this horror series has become something rather unique, especially after the unexpectedly clever fifth and final entry in 2011. Unlike many horror films, it has no serial killers or ghosts or vampires or zombies or monsters. The villain is simply the force known as death. Though the characters may try, there’s no puzzle to figure out, no way to fight. The suspense comes from hoping against hope as death mounts complex, spectacular, and gruesome Rube Goldberg-style accidents to kill those that have previously escaped its grasp.
Final Destination 3 (2006) begins, like the others, with a major disaster, this time a rollercoaster crash that kills many riders. Teen Wendy (the talented Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has a vision of the crash beforehand and manages to get several of her fellow passengers off the ride. Death is not pleased, and begins hunting them down, one by one. Aside from the unusual, monster-less plot, the loss of life actually means something here; the departed are missed and mourned by the living. It’s a scary movie stripped down to its most existential and primal state. James Wong, a veteran of The X-Files on TV, directed and co-wrote, just as he did on the first Final Destination. (As of now, Netflix only offers this single film in the series, but perhaps next month….)
The documentary Young@Heart (2007) sounds awfully cutesy, but it’s very easy to get caught up in its music and emotions. It tells the story of troupe director Bob Cilman, a brutal drill sergeant who puts together a singing musical show. The twist is that these singers are all senior citizens in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. They don’t sing show tunes; they sing soul, alternative, and punk music from the likes of Sonic Youth, Coldplay, James Brown, the Clash, David Bowie, and the Ramones. Cilman chooses the songs carefully, finding lyrics that will connect with folks that have put in some time on this earth, including Sonic Youth’s “Schizophrenia” and Coldplay’s “Fix You.”
The focus is not on polished professionalism, but rather on emotional truth. While he’s hard on his artists, he’s also capable of moments of tenderness, required as sometimes the members of his troupe simply pass away. Director Stephen Walker narrates and occasionally enters into the film, which makes it seem less like a documentary and more like something personal. But the highlight has to be a powerful, soul-shattering concert given for a prison full of inmates. The group continues today, and has its own YouTube channel: youngatheartchorus.
No Country for Old Men (Netflix/Amazon Prime)
The Oscars, for once, got it right when they gave No Country for Old Men (2007) four Academy Awards, including Best Picture; some will contend that There Will Be Blood deserved to win, but I maintain that this adaptation of a complex Cormac McCarthy novel is a masterpiece in every respect. Joel and Ethan Coen adapted the screenplay and directed this story. (They won Oscars for both jobs.) Vietnam veteran Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles upon a grisly crime scene and decides to steal a case of drug money. Meanwhile, killer Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem, who also won an Oscar)—with his weird curtain of hair—is also after the money.
The two men use all their skills, one to chase, and the other to evade, while the old man, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones), uses phone calls and detective work to solve the case. The dialogue in this film is sharp and poetic, a perfect melding of McCarthy and Coens, while their visual sense (and Roger Deakins’ cinematography) beautifully represents McCarthy’s story. Using a wide canvas of empty spaces and harsh close-ups, their depiction of violence is quieter than usual, sometimes grisly, but other times careful. (It’s probably the quietest movie about violence ever made.) Woody Harrelson co-stars as a bounty hunter, and Kelly Macdonald plays Moss’s wife.
St. Vincent (Netflix/Hoopla)
Two stars from this summer’s Ghostbusters—Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy—first worked together in St. Vincent (2014), which wasn’t nearly as controversial. Except, possibly, for the fact that Murray portrays perhaps the world’s worst role model (the titular Vincent) being paid to watch a child after school while his mother works. Vincent is an unemployed Vietnam War veteran living off of a reverse mortgage that has just run out. To cover his various expenses, which include the regular company of a pregnant Russian prostitute (Naomi Watts) as well as copious amounts of booze, he reluctantly agrees to watch the nerdy, bullied Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher).
The movie effectively copies the structure of Bad Santa without missing a beat (perhaps ironic, given that Murray was once considered for that movie), but it has enough personality to succeed on its own. It helps that Murray, by now one of the undisputed comedy masters of all time, plays the jerky Vincent not as an angry man, but as a man without care, which is hugely appealing. The final shot of Vincent playing with a garden hose illustrates just how free he is. Terrence Howard co-stars in a subplot about a debt collector that is weirdly forgotten. For viewers not subscribed to Netflix, the movie is also available free on Hoopla; check your local library for details.
It may be hard to imagine what Robocop (1987) looked like before it came out; it could have been a wretched, laughable B-list item destined to go straight to video. But in actuality, it was an insane black comedy, an action movie obsessed with brutal, grueling violence, that, at the same time, satirized that very violence. The absurd, hilarious, fake TV ads that decorate this tense future world are just the frosting on all of it; we’re part of the joke, but in on it, too. Peter Weller—who had already played another cult superhero, Buckaroo Banzai—stars as Alex Murphy, a good cop who is fatally injured in a shootout.
Scientists turn him into the title cyborg (all from his, and our, point of view). His partner, Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen) figures out that it’s him, and together they discover a massive corporate conspiracy behind the robot armor. In the midst of all the shooting and bleeding are several unforgettably simple moments, including a robot navigating a staircase, and the famous “you’re fired” scene. Ronny Cox, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Dan O’Herlihy, and Ray Wise co-star. Hulu has this, plus two sequels: the not-quite-as-good, but still-underrated Robocop 2(1990), which was written by Frank Miller and directed by The Empire Strikes Back’s Irvin Kershner; and Fred Dekker’s PG-13 rated Robocop 3 (1993), which was made without Weller.
Marathon Man (Hulu/Amazon Prime)
This classic 1970s thriller hasn’t aged very well, but it still contains one of the indelible images of its time: Laurence Olivier as the sadistic, ex-Naxi dentist torturing Dustin Hoffman for information, asking the simple, sinister, “Is it safe?” Screenwriter extraordinaire William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) adapted his own novel and Oscar-winner John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy) directed a tale of a secret government spy, Henry “Doc” Levy (Roy Scheider), and his brother, a scholar and a jogger (the marathon man of the title), Thomas “Babe” Levy (Dustin Hoffman).
On his latest case, Henry inadvertently brings Thomas along, and the latter gets caught up in a deadly plot, dating back to the WWII days. Schlesinger takes 125 minutes to tell his story, and, oddly, it does best when it gets a chance to slow down, but its pacing is nevertheless uneven. Moreover, while Hoffman was, and still is, one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, his performance here is too much, too full of manners and ticks, whereas Scheider and Olivier’s cooler approaches seem more effective. Olivier received the movie’s only Oscar nomination, for Best Supporting Actor.
Shaun the Sheep Movie (Hulu/Amazon Prime)
Shaun the sheep was originally introduced in Aardman Animations’ Oscar-winning short film A Close Shave (1995), and he eventually won his own animated TV series. The trick is that it contained no dialogue, only music and sounds, to convey its 7-minute stories. It’s even more impressive, then, to consider that Aardman filmmakers Mark Burton and Richard Starzak made the 85-minute Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) the same way; it’s practically a silent comedy, as funny and wonderful as anything since Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton.
After tiring of the crushing routine of the daily farm work, Shaun and his fellow sheep decide to trick the farmer into taking a nap so that they can escape and have a vacation. Unfortunately, the farmer goes to sleep in a trailer that gets loose and careens its way toward the big city. When he wakes, he’s lost his memory and gets a job as a hair stylist. It’s up to Shaun and Bitzer the dog to find and rescue him before a mean dog-catcher does his work. The stop-motion visuals are extraordinary, but it’s the character expressions and the film’s sound—including a few delightful songs—that make it work wonders. It received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.
Police Academy (Crackle)
It’s hard to know what a new viewer might think of this movie today; inspired by such films as National Lampoon’s Animal House, Airplane!; and Stripes, Police Academy (1984) is just about as lowbrow as it gets, but not without its moments of brilliant comic timing and crafty compositions and editing. The simple premise begins with the fact that the new mayor has loosened the requirements needed to qualify for the police academy, thereby winding up with an class full of outcasts and weirdos. Steve Guttenberg stars as the carefree Bill Murray type, a cool, unflappable troublemaker called Mahoney.
Michael Winslow makes an astounding array of sound effects with his mouth (including gunshots), Bubba Smith is the giant-sized Hightower, David Graf is the gun-nut Tackleberry, Donovan Scott is the overweight wimp named Leslie Barbara, Marion Ramsey is the soft-spoken Hooks, and so on. Kim Cattrall appears, pre-Sex and the City, as socialite Karen Thompson. Aside from its many guilty laughs, the movie is filled with stereotypes and thoughtless humor, and its huge success drove critics crazy at the time, but not as crazy as the six sequels did. (Four of them sport the infamous “0%” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) All seven movies are now on Crackle, free with ads.
Living in Oblivion (Fandor)
Legend has it that 1990s indie filmmaker Tom DiCillo made Living in Oblivion(1995) based on the horrible experience he had making his debut feature, Johnny Suede (1991), with a young Brad Pitt. I can’t confirm that the legend is true, but whatever it was that inspired DiCillo, it worked. Living in Oblivion is one of the darker, funnier, and more brutal cinematic looks at a movie set ever filmed. Steve Buscemi plays the hapless director Nick Reve, making a low-budget film in New York and struggling every step of the way.
Many of his problems are real, and—in another clever parody of low-budget filmmaking—some are dreamed. The movie even occasionally uses black-and-white to cement its skewering of indie pretensions. One of its most memorable sequences features a just-starting-out Peter Dinklage, cast as a dwarf in the movie-movie’s dream sequence. He protests: “Have you ever had a dream with a dwarf in it? I don’t even have dreams with dwarves in them!” James Le Gros plays the egomaniacal movie star, Catherine Keener co-stars as the actress, and Dermot Mulroney as the cinematographer.
American Psycho (Shudder)
An adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s most infamous novel, American Psycho(2000) is a gruesome slasher movie and a slick black comedy at the same time. It takes place in the greedy, corporate world of the 1980s, where business cards are a fetish object and where cocaine flows as freely as money. The main character, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), gets ready for the day with facial creams and stomach crunches. He’s never seen doing any work, but he does go to the office. He is dating Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon) and sleeping with Courtney (Samantha Mathis) on the side. He occasionally hires prostitutes and listens to generic 1980s pop tunes. Oh, and he’s a serial killer.
Amazingly, the movie was made by women, co-writer and director Mary Harron and co-writer and actress Guinevere Turner, and they give it a refreshing approach; the violence is bracingly mixed with humor and shock, without fetishizing, without rubbing it in. It’s wicked, nasty fun. Chloe Sevingy is terrific as Patrick’s unknowing assistant, future Oscar-winner Jared Leto is another corporate d-bag, and Willem Dafoe is an investigator. Patrick Bateman’s younger brother Sean (played by James van der Beek) was the focus of the next Ellis adaptation, The Rules of Attraction (2002).
Hardcore Henry (Vudu)
Director Ilya Naishuller, of the Russian indie rock band Biting Elbows, is known for making impossible-looking first-person music videos, including the astounding, ultra-violent “Bad Motherfucker,” which currently has 35 million views on YouTube. Employing this technique over the 90 minutes of Hardcore Henry (2016) is much harder, but Naishuller borrows a few ideas from first-person shooter video games (i.e. the main character has amnesia and can’t speak, so other characters speak to him and tell him what’s going on).
Our unseen hero Henry wakes up, is told he has a beautiful wife (Haley Bennett), and has been turned into a cyborg. A man named Jimmy (Sharlto Copley)—who somehow has the power to keep showing up in different disguises, even after it appears that he has been shot—seems to want to help, and a bad guy Akan (Danila Kozlovsky) seems to have telekinetic powers. Needless to say, there’s a great deal of running, jumping, falling, crashing, chasing, escaping, shooting, and a lot of other stuff, but not much in the way of character development. Nevertheless, as an exercise in pure, stripped-down style, it’s hard to get much cooler than this.
Sports nutrition recommendations may undergo a significant shift after research from the University of Stirling has found individuals with more muscle mass do not need more protein after resistance exercise.
Health and exercise scientists from Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence found no difference in the muscle growth response to protein after a full body workout between larger and smaller participants.
Kevin Tipton, Professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Science in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, said: “There is a widely-held assumption that larger athletes need more protein, with nutrition recommendations often given in direct relation to body mass.
“In our study, participants completed a bout of whole-body resistance exercise, where earlier studies — on which protein recommendations are based — examined the response to leg-only exercise. This difference suggests the amount of muscle worked in a single session has a bigger impact on the amount of protein needed afterwards, than the amount of muscle in the body.”
Experts also found participants’ muscles were able to grow and recover from exercise better after a higher dose of protein.
Consuming 40 grams of protein after exercise was more effective at stimulating muscle growth than 20 grams. This increase occurred irrespective of the size of the participants.
Professor Tipton continued: “Until now the consensus among leading sports nutritionists, including the American College of Sports Medicine and the British Nutrition Foundation, is that weightlifters do not need more than around 25 grams of protein after exercise to maximally stimulate the muscle’s ability to grow.
“In order for nutritionists to recommend the correct amount of protein we first need to consider specific demands of the workout, regardless of athletes’ size. This throws commonly held recommendations into question and suggests the amount of protein our muscles need after exercise may be dependent on the type of workout performed. These results are limited to younger, trained men so we may see different results with other groups, such as older individuals or females digesting different amounts of protein.”
Young, resistance-trained males were recruited for the study and divided into two groups, one with lower lean body mass of less than 65 kilograms and one with higher lean body mass of more than 70 kilograms.
Each volunteer participated in two trials where they consumed protein after resistance exercise. In one trial participants consumed 20 grams of whey protein and in the second, they consumed 40 grams of whey protein after exercise. Scientists measured the muscle’s ability to grow at an increased rate with metabolic tracers and muscle biopsies
Does how much hair a man has matter in how he is perceived? The answer is yes, according to a new article published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
A survey by Lisa E. Ishii, M.D., M.H.S., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and coauthors suggests men with androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness) who underwent hair transplant were rated by observers as more youthful, attractive, successful and approachable. All those factors can play a role in workplace and social success.
The authors surveyed 122 people (about 48 percent of whom were men) and participants were asked to rate 13 pairs of images. Seven men in the pictures had hair transplant and six men who did not have hair restoration served as controls for comparison.
Limitations of the study include its small population and study design.
“These findings are relevant in building an evidence-based body of literature surrounding the efficacy of hair transplant in the treatment of AGA [androgenetic alopecia],” the authors conclude.