Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men – Suffering from Male Menopause?
Most men suffer for years before acknowledging that they are not who they used to be. It’s a direct blow to their ego to admit they are losing their edge. When symptoms are mild, men go through typical denial, “I’m just tired, overworked, stressed, etc.” The truth is that they are making lower and lower levels of testosterone, and it’s showing.
Men hate to admit or discuss changes in sexual performance or libido. With lowering levels of testosterone they also get frustrated and irritable more often, confidence diminishes, energy declines, body composition changes and mental sharpness decreases.
Testosterone is the male hormone of fertility. It has the ability to convert to other hormones, most importantly Estrogen. Men need estrogen too, but not in the same ratio or quantity as women.
Decades of medical research have shown the important benefits of testosterone in male health. It took one poorly designed study with its associated media hype to create confusion on the benefits of testosterone on the male cardiovascular system.
Testosterone is critical for healthy aging in men. It interacts with many other hormones, and also converts to other important steroid hormones.
Testosterone has powerful effects in the brain. Declining testosterone levels reduce mental sharpness, memory, concentration and confidence. Sleep integrity and mental stamina are also compromised with reducing levels of testosterone. Men often become more impatient and irritable with age, directly related to a decline in testosterone.
Decreasing testosterone changes body composition. Gaining and maintaining muscle mass becomes harder, while accumulation of fat becomes easier. Energy levels decline, contributing to the downward spiral of health.
Libido and decline in sexual performance is one of the first signs of declining testosterone men realize. Unfortunately, it takes a long time for men to admit to the subtle changes.
With declining testosterone the prostate gland enlarges. This is thought to be from the change in composition of the prostate gland due to the change in testosterone to estrogen ratio.
Testosterone has been shown to help control blood glucose. In men, testosterone has also been demonstrated to increase insulin sensitivity, improving blood glucose control.
Unlike Menopause, Andropause has no clear definition and is an arbitrary definition of low testosterone that occurs with aging. It is typically experienced around the same age women experience Menopause. The one thing common they both have is the accelerated decline in mental and physical health.
Testosterone is crucial to your well being as a man. With a healthy diet and exercise regimen along with a healthy attitude, balanced levels of testosterone complete the essential requirements for a healthy life.
Testosterone levels change throughout life with levels peeking in the 20’s. Once you reach your early 30’s, a very gradual decline in your testosterone levels sets in. Usually, it’s just one or two percent a year. By the time you’re in your early 40’s you’ve lost ten to twenty per cent. By the time you reach your 70’s, you’re down to around 10% of the levels you had in your mid-20’s.
Some men take testosterone-like products from the Internet to enhance bodybuilding effects. This is harmful in the long term. Muscle building is just one of the effects of Testosterone. Without proper dosing and monitoring, the negative effects increase.
Most men consider a decline in testosterone is an inevitable part of aging and just put up with it. Often, they’ve not even heard of the term Andropause. Although awareness is increasing through TV ads, very few physicians understand how to properly dose and monitor Testosterone replacement.
Symptoms of low Testosterone are an indication of declining health. Specialists such as Dr. Selma can guide you how to restore your levels effectively and safely.
What symptoms should you look for? There are a range of symptoms of low Testosterone, which are most likely to become evident between your early 40’s and mid-50’s.
- Change in body composition
- Weight gain with increase in fat
- Lower energy
- Reduced mental sharpness
- Reduced memory
- Decrease in confidence
- Insomnia, poor sleep
- Decreased sexual performance and libido
- Increased fatigue
- Muscle aches
- Bone weakness
- Heart disease
- Changes in mood
- Decreased stamina
Customized Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Men
Correctly restoring hormone balance is the natural and logical way to restoring health. Aging presents a predictable problem with a simple, natural solution.
Every patient should be treated individually, with hormone adjusted to fall within the personal optimal range. Too much of a hormone can give undesirable effects just as too little does. An experienced physician can provide hormone balance to best suit your individual needs.
Testing should be done judiciously. Studies have shown blood testing to be more predictable, accurate and reliable than saliva testing, for Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone. However, it is important to know how to best use these tests to obtain optimal information. An experienced and knowledgeable physician will request the right tests at the right time to assist in achieving hormone balance.
It is important to report to your physician all pertinent medical history, for example, any history of synthetic hormone use such as those used as HRT or birth control, tubal ligation, vasectomy, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, PMS, menstrual cycle abnormalities etc.
Once hormone balance is achieved, periodic monitoring is necessary for many reasons. Although not very common, changes can take place in the body, which require dose adjustments. Other medications, environmental changes can also affect hormone dynamics. With high quality hormones, adequate monitoring of clinical symptoms and labs, hormone replacement becomes a seamless, hassle free part of your daily routine, allowing you to live a healthy functional life.
Men and women both greatly benefit from BHRT. Over the decades, women have gained more attention due to the abrupt, distressing symptoms of menopause. Men do not have these extreme warning signs of low hormones, but they benefit from correct replacement just as women do.
Replacing diminishing levels of Testosterone can result in a dramatic boost to overall health and vitality. Each man has his personal range of optimal Testosterone levels, which can be fine-tuned by a trained physician. Combined with a healthy diet and exercise regime, BHRT can give you what you need to function at your full potential.