• Andropause

     

    andropauseWhat is Andropause?

    Andropause, or male menopause is a name that has been given to a menopause-like condition in aging men. Andropause is characterized by a loss of testosterone which is an androgen, giving the condition its name. Most men see testosterone levels drop as they age, however, some men are impacted more than others.

    Testosterone assists the male body in building protein and is crucial for normal sexual drive and stamina, and in producing erections. Testosterone also contributes to several metabolic functions including bone formation, liver function, prostate gland growth and production of blood cells in bone marrow.

    A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) analyzed male hormones and found that the testosterone levels in most 70-year old men were 10% of the level in males that are 25-years old. By the time men are between the ages of 40 and 55 they can begin to experience symptoms of andropause.

    Symptoms of Andropause

    • Reduced physical endurance
    • Decreased muscle mass and strength
    • Abdominal obesity
    • Decreased stamina
    • Decreased bone mass
    • Osteoporosis
    • Wrinkles and an aged appearance
    • Memory problems
    • Poor concentration
    • Decreased psychological wellbeing
    • Depression
    • Mood swings
    • Erectile dysfunction
    • Increased urge to urinate
    • Decreased urine flow
    • Prostate hypertrophy
    • Fatigue
    • Hair loss
    • Irritability
    • Low sex drive (decreased libido)
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Increased risk for cardiovascular disease

    None of these symptoms are just “signs of old age”. Andropause is one of the most unrecognized health conditions in men. Men experience a decline in testosterone which equates to the hormone changes that occur in women during menopause. Menopause is usually sudden, being very obvious, while andropause is generally more subtle, and changes are adaptable therefore they often go unnoticed. Testosterone, the predominant male hormone, decreases gradually throughout life, starting in the 20′s. At the age of 70, the level of testosterone is only 10% of that at age 18-20.

    Andropause hormone balancing is easy

    andropause-2At Rejuvenate Doctor andropause hormone imbalances are detected by medical testing. Medical testing evaluates all major hormones (sex hormones, adrenal hormones and thyroid hormones) to determine which are out of optimal range. All hormones in the body work in synergy, if only a few hormones are replaced, the imbalance of other hormones may actually worsen.

    Once we understand the nature of your hormone imbalance, we provide you with individualized recommendation for:

    • Dietary changes
    • Lifestyle modifications
    • Nutritional vitamins & supplements
    • Doctor administered prescription bio-identical hormones (as determined by your laboratory tests)

    Follow up tests are performed 3 months after the initial evaluation and we recommend further follow-up testing every 3 months during the first year of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. After the first year of BHRT, if the desired hormonal balance is accomplished, follow-up testing can be repeated once a year.

    As your hormones, nutrition, fitness and lifestyle improve you will start to feel like your old self again with improved energy levels, increased sexual desire and an overall zest for life!

     

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