Bioidentical Hormones for Men:
We specialize in treating hormonal imbalance in men using bioidentical hormone replacement (BHRT). It is now common knowledge that men also suffer from a decline in their hormones as they age (similar to menopause for women) called andropause. The difference is that the male decline in hormones is not as sharp and sudden as a women’s decline during menopause. They may not feel drastic physical changes but rather small dips in their energy level, stamina, mental function, and sense of well being among other things. These changes are often associated with the typical signs of aging that are inevitable but the truth is that there is a way to prevent them through BHRT. The Benefits of BHRT are significant in men with low to normal hormone levels and include decrease in body fat, increase in muscle strength, better cognitive function, increased libido, increased memory, 60% decrease in heart disease and improved sense of well being.
Treatment with Testosterone
Many men suffer needlessly because their testosterone is never checked or the wrong test is ordered. Men as young as 25 to 30 years in age are presenting with low levels of testosterone, which was not the case 10 or 20 years ago. This is possibly a result of environmental toxins, plastics, pesticides, pollutants and/or xenoestrogens in the environment. A large percentage of men who have been told their testosterone is fine actually have low testosterone. Often the total amount of testosterone is read as adequate, but the amount of usable testosterone is low. Men with low testosterone may have subtle to profound symptoms, ranging form poor motivation, anxiety, weight gain, and loss sense of well being to profound depression, and loss of sex drive. Men with low testosterone cannot only enjoy an improved quality of life with testosterone supplementation, but it will also provide a significant decreased risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and death.
Low testosterone in men can result in:
1. Fatigue, tiredness or loss of energy
2. Depression, low or negative mood
3. Irritability, anger or bad temper
4. Anxiety or nervousness
5. Loss of memory or concentration
6. Relationship problem with partner
7. Loss of sex drive or libido
8. Erection problems during sex
9. Loss of morning erections
10. Decreased intensity of orgasms
11. Backache, joint pains or stiffness
12. Heavy drinking, past or present
13. Loss of fitness
14. Feeling over-stressed
15. Loss of drive and competitive edge
16. Stiffness and pain in muscles and joints
17. Falling level of fitness
18. Decreased effectiveness of workouts
Testosterone replacement and optimization can result in:
1. Decreased aging of heart and circulation
2. Decreased risk of heart attacks and strokes
3. Decreased risk of diabetes
4. Decreased body Fat
5. Increased lean muscle
6. Increased blood flow to brain
7. Decreased brain aging
8. Improved memory and intelligence
9. Decreased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s
10. Increased sense of well being
11. Improved Sexual function
12. Decreased Osteoporosis
13. Decreased risk of prostate cancer
Low testosterone linked to long-term risk of death in relatively healthy adult men
This study is another major report linking deficiency of testosterone in relatively healthy men with increased death from all causes, over time. “We have followed these men for an average of 18 years and our study strongly suggests that the association between testosterone levels and death is not simply due to some acute illness,” said Gail Laughlin, Ph.D., assistant professor and study author.
In the study, Laughlin and co-workers looked at death, no matter the cause, in nearly 800 men, ages 50 to 91 years, who were living in California since 1970. At the beginning of the 1980s, almost one-third of these men had suboptimal blood testosterone levels for men their age.
The group with low testosterone levels had a 33 percent greater risk of death during the next 18 years than the men with higher testosterone. This difference was not explained by smoking, drinking, physical activity level or pre-existing diseases (such as diabetes or heart disease). Men with low testosterone were more likely to have elevated markers of inflammation, called inflammatory cytokines, which contribute to many diseases. Men with low testosterone were also shown to be three times more likely to have a waist measurement more than 40 inches, low HDL (good) cholesterol, high triglycerides (levels of fat in the blood), high blood pressure or high blood glucose (blood sugar).
This study is further confirmation of previous studies that demonstrate an increased risk of morbidity and mortality with low or low normal testosterone:
In a study of male veterans, low serum testosterone levels were shown to increase the risk of death in the next few years by 88%, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
In an earlier study, Dr. Molly M. Shores and colleagues from the University of Washington in Seattle and showed an increase in 6-month mortality among men with low testosterone levels.
The another study published in a 2006 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine involved 858 male veterans who were at least 40 years of age, prostate cancer-free, and had repeated testosterone levels taken between 1994 and 1999 and were followed for an average of 4.3 years. It was found that men with low or low normal testoerone had a 23-75% increased risk of dying.
Please call J. André Garabédian, M.D. with Holtorf Medical Group at 800-775-4902 Ext. 157 to schedule your consultation, discuss your symptoms, learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement and decide on a course of treatment personalized for you and your symptoms!
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