Health Buzz: Study Points to Symptoms of Male Menopause

4 foods that help prevent or manage type 2 diabetes; 2 ways to get kids to watch less TV.

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Study Points to Symptoms of Male Menopause

Menopause hits men, too, according to a study newly published in the New England Journal of Medicine. As men age, their testosterone levels may plunge, causing low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and less frequent morning erections—signs of "male menopause," say researchers. It occurs in only about 2 percent of men ages 40 to 80, HealthDay reports. But treating the condition is not as easy as giving hormones, experts told HealthDay. Despite the number of testosterone products available, little research exists on their safety or benefit, said Michael Hermans of Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

4 Foods Besides Brown Rice That Help Prevent or Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Healthy eating plays a major role in diabetes prevention and management, as demonstrated by a new study published online by the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggesting that choosing brown rice over white rice may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, U.S. News's January Payne writes.

But selecting the right type of rice isn't the only food choice you can make to help avoid the disease. To ward off diabetes—or keep it in check if you've already been diagnosed—Payne lists 4 foods to consider adding to your diet.

Among the foods to choose are green, leafy vegetables. A 2008 Diabetes Care study found that women who ate more green, leafy vegetables in addition to fruit had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Eating lots of veggies such as spinach, kale, and collards, which are low in calories and carbohydrates, may also help accomplish a key goal of weight loss: Consuming less calories than one expends, says dietitian Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, president-elect for healthcare and education at the American Diabetes Association. [Read more: 4 Foods Besides Brown Rice That Help Prevent or Manage Type 2 Diabetes.]

2 Simple Ways to Get Kids to Watch Less TV

About one third of children watch more than the daily two hours of TV recommended by pediatricians, U.S. News contributor Nancy Shute reports. Children and teenagers who say their parents had rules about how much time they could spend watching TV or playing video games were much more likely to stay within the recommended limits for screen time, according to a new study in Pediatrics.

The study, conducted by researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several universities, asked 7,415 children and teens ages 9 to 15 about their TV and computer habits. They found evidence that two simple tactics work: setting family rules for screen time and getting kids moving, whether through organized sports or free-time play.

Most of the children polled—60.7 percent—said they had no organized physical activity in a week; no gym class, no after-school pick-up games, and no team sports. There's plenty of evidence that active play makes children healthier, happier, and better students, Shute writes. [Read more: 2 Simple Ways to Get Kids to Watch Less TV.]

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