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Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy for Men

Hormones have an integral role in the male body. Many men begin to feel an annual decline in their hormone levels beginning in their mid-20s. Andropause, often referred to as male menopause, is a result of low testosterone levels throughout the body. Reduced testosterone can cause symptoms that depreciate a man’s quality of life.

 

Symptoms include:

  • increase body fat
  • loss of muscle
  • a decrease in strength and endurance
  • lack of energy and drive
  • brain fog
  • anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • noticeable decrease in your sex drive
  • erectile dysfunction
  • feelings of depression

 

How can benefit men?

For men, Bio-Identical Hormone therapy means optimizing testosterone levels, which declines gradually starting at about the age of 30. In addition to helping men boost their metabolism and become more energized, Bio-identical hormone therapy can help men address a variety of common symptoms and problems, including:

TESTOSTERONE

Studies demonstrate that this hormone is vital to improve general well-being in both men and women. Loss of testosterone causes loss of interest in sex as well as sexual performance. Loss of testosterone can also cause an increase in body fat, loss of muscle, strength, endurance and an increase in cholesterol. The increase in visceral fat portends an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There are several different modalities available for treating low levels of testosterone and the associated symptoms.

CORTISOL

Cortisol is often called the “stress hormone” because of its connection to the stress response, however, cortisol is much more than just a hormone released during stress. Understanding cortisol and its affect on the body will help you balance your hormones and achieve good health. Cortisol is one of the steroid hormones and is made in the adrenal glands. Most cells within the body have cortisol receptors. Secretion of the hormone is controlled by the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland, a combination glands often referred to as the HPA axis.

Excessive cortisol can lead to anxiety, insomnia and fatigue. Prolonged fatigue increases the incidence of common viral and other infections. Together insulin and cortisol regulate blood sugar levels and excess cortisol disrupts blood sugar level.Weight loss may seem impossible if the body’s cortisol levels are fluctuating with reduced levels of estradiol in the aftermath of menopause.

DHEA

DHEA is important to sexual function and vitality in men and women. With age DHEA levels are often lower and these lower levels correlate with many disease processes. Dehydroepiandrosterone is produced in the adrenal gland is derived from cholesterol. This is the foundation for your ability to produce testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. Adults typically have a quarter of the DHEA that they had in their youth. Low levels of DHEA have been associated with loss of protein synthesis, depression, weight gain, and diabetes and heart disease.

Thyroid

This hormone is responsible for temperature regulation, cellular metabolism, energy, and cerebral function. Low levels result in increase in body fat and high cholesterol levels. Low thyroid levels contribute to cognitive impairment, thin skin and nails, fatigue, hair loss. Depression or loss of interest in things that once were fun can be indicative of low thyroid. Thyroid deficiency can be effectively and easily treated. Although most physicians utilize only T4 hormone, recent studies have shown benefit to adding T3 along with T4. The thyroid that we recommend is called natural or desiccated thyroid which is a combination of both T4 and T3. Studies mimic our clinical experience and find that using natural thyroid and optimizing T3 levels leads to better symptom improvement and patient satisfaction.