Treatment Specific To Men
“You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.”
Feeling healthy and well as you age makes those golden years much more enjoyable! Many men experience a decline in the quality of their lives as their hormonal balances change and level decline. Now with Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy, men can experience their lives to the fullest at any age.
Getting older allows us to use the wisdom we have gained from decades of experience. And, we have years of building a network of friends and family. And, we want to pursue those things that give us the most joy and spend quality time with the people we love.
Optimal health is the key to experiencing the full potential of life. Hormone Replacement Therapy may help you achieve that, to give you your vitality back!
What is Andropause?
Andropause is a debated term, but is used to describe the symptoms that occur in men as they age and experience lower testosterone levels. In the European Male Aging Study (EMAS), of 3220 men ages 40 to 79 years, the active, free testosterone concentration fell 1.3 percent a year.
For women, hormone replacement therapy has long been the treatment for menopausal symptoms resulting from lower estrogen levels. It has become more accepted that lower testosterone levels in aging men may also affect their quality of life. Compared to female menopause, the male counterpart is a slowly progressive condition and without the obvious signs of hot flashes and cessation of regular periods.
This stage of life is now sometimes called “andropause.” As the levels of testosterone gradually get lower, there may be slow decline in energy level, stamina, mood, concentration, sexual interest and sexual performance. Because the decline can be so gradual, it is frequently, not until major symptoms occur that men start to wonder what may be ailing them and look for help.
Some of the known physical changes that can occur with testosterone deficiency in men may include increased fat to muscle ratio, decline in bone mineral density, decrease in body hair and skin thickness, reduced muscle mass and strength, lower sex drive and sexual activity, less energy, irritability and depression, impaired restorative sleep and decline in memory and concentration.
Symptoms of Male Declining Testosterone:
- Body Composition Changes: As men age and testosterone levels begin to decline, there is often a loss of lean muscle, lower energy and increase fat deposition. Restoring sub-optimal testosterone levels with BHRT can help restore muscle mass and flip the fat-muscle ratio. This can lead to an overall improvement in metabolism.
- Depression: Men with age-related hormone decline may not have ever experienced feelings of depression before. It is not uncommon to see this as mood changes alone or resulting from changes in their body, declining sexual performance, and inability to participate in normal activities and hobbies. With optimization of hormones using BHRT you can begin to reverse the signs and symptoms of age related hormone decline and restore youthful energy, vitality and optimal functioning of your body.
- Memory Loss: When the testosterone levels begin to decline, cortisol levels can fluctuate more and cause symptoms such as foggy thinking and worsening short-term memory functioning. Ensuring the steady and balanced levels of hormones in the body as men age can promote a stronger memory and sharper mental cognition into old age.
- Sexual Decline: As men get older, many will experience a decrease in sexual interest and sexual function. This can be of great concern and anxiety in men which can then make the problem worse. This decline in sexual functioning frequently include erectile dysfunction and lack of sexual desire. Replacing deficient hormone levels using BHRT can improve the symptoms of sexual dysfunction and restore libido.
- Sleep Disturbance: Problems with sleeping can be caused by the body’s inability to properly regulate brain chemistry and also worsening coping with the stresses of everyday life. Sleep disturbance can include having a hard time falling and/or staying asleep or just not feeling rested. Men will awaken feeling unrefreshed, which affects the ability to function during the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also affect your health, work performance and overall quality of life.
- Muscle Atrophy: Muscle loss due to the decline of testosterone levels with aging is a commonly experienced symptom. Loss of muscle means loss of strength and mobility and a decrease in exercise tolerance. Otherwise healthy people can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass per every 10 years after age 30. Testosterone binds to muscle cells in the body and can promote muscle growth. Low testosterone levels can inhibit muscle growth and allow fat to build up. This cycle of muscle atrophy and fat deposition can be stopped in its tracks with BHRT for men experiencing the symptoms of hormone decline.
Due to the increase in acceptance of giving older men, there are now numerous studies looking at testosterone replacement. In these studies, fairly low doses were used and the levels achieved were in the low normal range. Most of these studies showed beneficial effects of testosterone replacement. There was an increase in lean body mass, decrease in fat mass, improved bone mineral density, increase in muscle strength, improved sexual function, improved generalized feelings of well-being and increase in cognitive function.
There are treatment options suitable for men with andropause symptoms. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an option that utilizes more natural products without some of the side-effects that synthetic hormones may cause.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy specialists use a combination of several hormones to completely optimize your levels.
- Testosterone: Testosterone optimization restores energy, sexual desire, mood, energy, sleep, ability to exercise and an overall sense of well-being. (Note: this is an off-label usage of testosterone according to the FDA).
- Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA): This is a hormone that comes from the adrenal gland and the brain. DHEA supports the production of male and female sex hormones. DHEA levels in the body begin to decrease after age 30. Balancing the level of DHEA in your body can help fight depression, obesity, and osteoporosis.
- Thyroid: Thyroid hormone is produced by a gland in your neck and has effects on almost every cell in your body. People experience many problems when it is either underactive (hypo) or overactive (hyper). Symptoms of low thyroid include fatigue, feeling cold, constipation, hair loss, dry skin depression and mental slowness. It has also been linked to high cholesterol and heart disease. Optimizing your thyroid level can create a huge difference in restoring physical and mental well-being.