BENEFITS FOR MEN
Men, similar to women, experience a gradual loss of hormones beginning as early as mid 30s sometimes referred to as Andropause. Andropause can be responsible for changes in libido, stamina and metabolic functions. For men hormonal imbalances can mean hair loss, decreased muscle tone, lack of energy and weight gain. This can be due to a decline in testosterone.
With the use of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy men finally have a safe alternative to relieve their symptoms and get their youthful selves back on track. In addition to the hormonal therapy, modification of diet and exercise are recommended in order to regain their well-being.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
Fatigue - Have you lost your edge? If you’re tired all the time your motivation suffers, your family life suffers, and your sex life suffers.
Low Sex Drive - Many men experience a below-normal sex drive during andropause. What is below normal? If where it is now isn’t working for you, it’s below normal.
Weight Gain - Trying to lose weight during andropause feels like pushing a heavy rock up a steep hill. The more out of balance your hormones become, the steeper the hill.
Muscle Loss - Your body needs testosterone to build muscle. If you’re losing muscle mass, or finding it difficult to build new muscle, you may have low testosterone.
Insomnia - Many men develop a profound appreciation for sleep during andropause. That’s because sleep can be in short supply when hormones are out of balance.
Irritability - Are you grouchy? Easily frustrated or quick to get angry? More importantly, are your loved ones complaining about it? Welcome to Irritable Male Syndrome.
Depression - There’s a reason you’re feeling down and unmotivated. Low serotonin equals depression. And low testosterone equals low serotonin.
Memory Loss - Brain fog. Poor concentration. Diminished mental acuity. If you aren’t feeling as sharp as you used to, andropause may be to blame.
Erectile Dysfunction - E.D. affects roughly 30 million men in the United States. Yes, it’s that common. It’s just no one likes to talk about it. There are, however, many solutions.
Hot Flashes - That’s right—men have hot flashes, too. We’ve found they trouble about 20% of our clients prior to restoring testosterone.
Prostate Conditions - Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to prostate conditions. That means balanced hormones, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Hair Loss - Even though hair loss has been studied extensively, surprisingly little is known about it. We let 16 years of experience and common sense inform our approach.
Sleep Apnea - Waking up not being able to breath is unpleasant. But it doesn’t end there. Sleep apnea causes oxygen deprivation, and aggravates other andropause symptoms.
Osteoporosis - A reduction in bone density is more common than you might think in andropausal men. Through balanced hormones, it’s also preventable.
Testosterone is the life source for the male body. It’s what makes a man a man. This is because the male body is filled with testosterone receptors. If testosterone levels dip, these receptors won’t receive enough testosterone to keep you going. The result is fatigue. Low sex drive. Muscle loss. And many other symptoms. Learn more about Low Testosterone.
The thyroid gland and its many associated hormones can be thought of as the “traffic center” for your endocrine system. Thyroid hormones are important in their own right, especially for regulating metabolism. But healthy thyroid function is also critical to the balance of your other hormones. When something is out of whack elsewhere in your endocrine system, the thyroid gland will work hard to compensate.
Estrogen in Men
Men need a little estrogen to be healthy. It’s good for your heart, your brain, and your bones. But many men have too much, and that can result in symptoms like fatigue, low sex drive, and belly fat. It can also increase prostate cancer risk. But having too much estrogen isn’t inevitable. Symptoms can be alleviated, and prostate cancer risk can be reduced.
Elevated estrogen usually occurs as testosterone declines, because as testosterone declines, most men will accumulate fat–primarily belly fat. Fat contains an enzyme called aromatase, and aromatase converts testosterone to estrogen. In other words, as men age, their bodies often exchange testosterone for estrogen at an increased rate. Estrogen, in turn, causes belly fat. It becomes a vicious circle. This is why raising testosterone levels without controlling estrogen is counterproductive, and why losing weight if your hormones are out of whack will be nearly impossible.
DHEA is produced by your adrenal glands, and is the most plentiful sex hormone in the body. Without it, your body can’t make other important hormones. It has the added benefit of keeping your hormones balanced and functioning well.As people age, their adrenal glands slow down and produce less DHEA. Stress can also decrease DHEA production in the body by exhausting the adrenal glands and causing adrenal fatigue. Some people have compromised adrenal function as a consequence of both age and stress.
Because DHEA plays such a pivotal role in the proper function and balance of your endocrine system overall, balancing other hormones can be a challenge in the absence of sufficient DHEA. Meanwhile, a majority of Americans will lose 80 to 90% of their ability to produce DHEA at healthy levels between ages 30 and 80.
Cortisol is the hormone responsible for releasing adrenalin when you’re under stress. In small doses, that’s good. But as the saying goes, too much of a good thing can kill you. Such is the case with cortisol.
While your body needs some cortisol to function well, too much is toxic. It can destroy healthy cells, cause premature aging, and result in chronic illness. What causes excess cortisol production? Stress.
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