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Does eating breakfast make you thinner?

Does eating breakfast make you thinner?

No. I think the science at the moment is if you like breakfast, cool, but if you don’t, no biggie. My personal fear used to be that if you don’t eat breakfast and you end up having a busy morning, by the time you do get to eat, you’ll gorge. And that is a surefire way to obesity. In recent months, however, I’ve switched from having minimal breakfast to just coffee. I have to say it’s helped me los... »

Does screening for diabetes work?

Does screening for diabetes work?

Yes, screening works and is well worth doing if you have a family history of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2), are obese and over forty. The thing is, with DM2 you can have the disease for years and not know. Not good. Often by the time you really become symptomatic you already have some of the complications. So screening is the way to go. The best test is an early morning fasting blood sugar. Some ... »

Do Propecia and Rogaine work in male pattern baldness?

Do Propecia and Rogaine work in male pattern baldness?

Yes, hair regrowth drugs do work, but they won’t give a bald man a full head of hair. They will give him some. I tend to think of these drugs as allowing you to hang on to what you have. In other words, as soon as you start to go bald, as opposed to being bald, is the time to use them. Propecia is the better of the two by far. It works by decreasing the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the h... »

Do erectile dysfunction meds like Viagra/Cialis/Levitra work?

Do erectile dysfunction meds like Viagra/Cialis/Levitra work?

Yes, erectile dysfunction meds do work. They work by increasing the effects of nitric oxide, which increases the blood flow to your penis. Keep this in mind though. They give you the ability to get an erection or prolong one but don’t actually give you an erection. So if you pop a Viagra and watch “Judge Judy,” nothing’s going to happen. But if Emma Stone or Beyonce walks across your b... »

Do prenatal vitamins work?

Do prenatal vitamins work?

Most definitely yes, they work. They prevent brain and spinal cord problems such as spina bifida and also low birth weight. Every woman who’s thinking of or might get pregnant should take prenatal vitamins. If I were Health Czar for a day I’d order free prenatal vitamins for every pregnant woman in America, and any woman who just might get pregnant would have a dispenser in her bedroom so she coul... »

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