Did you know that men can greatly benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy — BHRT for Men — just as much as women? It’s common knowledge that women enter menopause sometime between their late forties and early fifties and many are turning to BHRT for relief from their symptoms. But men go through a change too. It’s called andropause. Unlike women though, a man’s hormonal decline is much more gradual and generally begins around age 30 when their bodies begin producing 1-3% less testosterone per year. Symptoms become more pronounced after age 50. Imbalanced hormones can increase the risk of chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even prostate cancer.
However, testosterone is not the only hormone male hormone that decreases with age. The endocrine system is complex, with each gland serving a specific function. However, a disruption in one particular gland can affect others, sometimes creating a cascade effect.
For example, thyroid function can decline as one ages. Problems with the thyroid can reduce testosterone levels, but low testosterone levels can also cause thyroid function to decrease! Symptoms of an under-active thyroid gland can actually mimic low testosterone and cause Erectile Disfunction, among many other similar symptoms. So just replacing testosterone may not handle the problem.
Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, can get out of balance usually due to an unhealthy diet, such as eating too much sugar and processed foods. Insulin is responsible for maintaining blood sugar levels. If not kept in check, not only can it contribute to low testosterone levels, it can also cause metabolic syndrome and lead to type 2 Diabetes, Fatty Liver Disease, and a host of other more serious disorders.
DHEA levels can decrease as well with age. This is the most abundant, “pre-cursor” hormone, meaning that it controls how some other hormones function. It is mainly secreted by the adrenal glands and is an essential component of metabolic functions. It also plays a role in how the immune system functions, reversing the effects of stress, increasing short term memory, and overall wellbeing. And, DHEA helps to regulate testosterone production.
Stress is also a factor that greatly affects hormone production. It signals the body to increase the hormones Cortisol and Epinephrine, which creates the fight or flight response. Increased amounts of Cortisol in the blood can adversely affect many different hormones in the body, including testosterone. Conversely, when stress is chronic, it can lead to a condition called Adrenal Fatigue in which the Adrenals aren’t producing enough cortisol. This too can affect overall health, including issues with testosterone.
Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as excessive alcohol use or not getting enough sleep can also cause hormones to get out of balance. Poor nutrition, leading a sedentary life, and illness can contribute too.
Properly done, BHRT for Men can isolate any such deficiencies and remedy them with proper replacement using bioidentical hormones.
Symptoms of Male Hormone Imbalance Include:
- Decreased strength and endurance
- Lack of energy
- Muscle breakdown and weakness
- Weight gain and excess belly fat
- Less frequent and weaker erections
- Erectile disfunction
- Brain fog
- Heart disease
- Muscle and joint pain, cramping
Here at Renewed Vitality, we offer BHRT for Men. We will order a comprehensive lab panel to check your testosterone levels, thyroid, adrenals, DHEA, insulin, cortisol, and pregnenolone. Of course, general health markers will be checked as well to include liver and kidney function, cardiac markers, lipids, blood sugar levels and vitamin levels such as Vitamin D and B12. We want to find the root cause of what’s going on in your body so that we can not only alleviate any adverse symptoms you may be experiencing. BHRT for men can address those root causes and ensure a healthy future.
We will only use Bioidentical Hormones in your treatment. These are identical in molecular structure to what is produced in a man’s body. Synthetic hormones can have side effects and long-term health risks; the use of Bioidentical hormones alleviates those and can actually prevent disease and help to maintain a healthy body!