Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy or BHRT for Men
Is it aging, or is it andropause? Men can lose hormones as they age causing a wide range of symptoms that can be alleviated through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy – BHRT for Men.
As men approach midlife, they can suffer from a decline in hormones known as andropause. Their body produces less testosterone, thyroid, and other vital hormones, leaving him noticing a decrease in sex drive and performance, lack of energy, irregular blood sugar, decreased muscle mass, inability to build muscle, loss of memory, and depression.
Many men dismiss these changes as unavoidable signs of getting older, but that is not the case. BHRT for men can significantly improve muscle strength, libido, and memory, as well as decreasing body fat and restoring a sense of well being. (Results do vary from individual to individual).
At Renewed Vitality we help men suffering from hormone decline. As men reach midlife their hormone levels decrease resulting in what is called andropause. At about 30 the average man begins to lose 1% to 3% of his testosterone per year. In conjunction to loss of testosterone, the glands produce less thyroid and other necessary hormones. By midlife a man may have noticed several of the symptoms of andropause such as weight gain and difficulty in taking weight off, difficulty sleeping, decrease in muscle mass, decreased sex drive and performance, irregular blood sugar, loss of memory, irritability, and depression.
Most men consider the changes that occur with aging as unavoidable, when the true cause is decreased hormones. Our Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Specialists adjust these hormone levels thus improving sex drive, memory, muscle strength, weight loss, and mood.
Are You Experiencing Andropause?
- Do you have less energy or are you easily fatigued?
- Do you have more aches, pains, or leg cramps?
- Do you have less muscle mass or lower physical performance?
- Are you gaining weight more easily?
- Is it harder to take weight off?
- Are you more commonly sad, irritable, or anxious?
- Have you noticed a difficulty focusing or remembering things?
- Do you have weaker erections, less sex drive, or weak orgasms?
- Do you experience a decrease in enjoyment of life?
Low Sex Drive and Hormone Replacement Therapy
It is important for men and women to know that low sex drive is not a symptom of the relationship or of the emotions. It is a physical symptom of the body. Low sex drive occurs in both men and women and it seems to be striking at earlier and earlier ages. Low hormone production is the core of the problem. As we age hormones naturally tend to decline and the process can be accelerated by stress and carrying a heavy toxic load. Testosterone is essential for desire and arousal in both men and women. It also allows increased blood flow to the genitalia which improves sensitivity and responsiveness.
Renewed Vitality practitioners will use comprehensive laboratory blood tests to check your hormone levels. They will provide you with a treatment plan using the best bio-identical hormones and natural supplements. Your hormones will be closely monitored until you reach levels that are ideal for you and your naturally healthy sex drive is restored.
What Exactly Are Bioidentical Hormones?
It’s important to understand some wording about hormones. We have all heard the words synthetic, naturaland bioidentical. There is a lot of confusion surrounding these words in relation to hormone replacement. Most believe synthetic is bad and natural is good, and in most situations this is true. However, the most important issue is whether or not the hormone is 100% human bioidentical. The source of the hormone, whether natural or synthetic, is not as important as making sure the compound exactly matches what the body produces naturally. When a compound is bioidentical, the body can easily use it to heal itself. The problem with most synthetics is that only synthetic hormones can be patented. Because of this, pharmaceutical companies have created synthetic hormones that attempt to mimic natural hormone function. Yet, these synthetics are structurally and functionally different from the natural hormones they are attempting to replace. These synthetic hormones can help the initial symptoms, but often produce negative side effects such as bloating, headaches, fatigue, weight gain, increased clotting, heart disease and possibly cancer. Most natural hormones, by contrast, are substances that are structurally identical to those our bodies would normally produce. And natural, bioidentical hormones, instead of causing disease, can actually prevent disease and help maintain a healthy body. While hormones such as Estrogen and Progesterone may be obtained from wild yams or soy, the Thyroid Hormone has to be synthetically made in the laboratory. There is a brand of Thyroid Hormone that is derived from pigs (natural), that is sometimes necessary, but at Renewed Vitality, we prefer 100% human bioidentical Thyroid Hormone. Over the past few years, some pharmaceutical companies have caught on to the idea of “natural” hormone replacement and now patent the specific cream, gel, patch or spray the hormone comes in. These products are expensive if you do not have insurance, and it is often much cheaper to purchase these products from a reliable compounding pharmacy.
Doctor Spurlock and our Nurse Practitioners are specialists who work to balance the all of the following hormones: Testosterone, Thyroid, Adrenaline, DHEA, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, Insulin, Cortisol, and Pregnenolone. Through treatment with Bioidentical hormones at Renewed Vitality we can help restore your happiness and health.
Benefits of BHRT for Men
- Increase/Restore Sex Drive
- Increased Energy Levels
- Loss of Fat
- Better Mood
- Less Depression
- Improved Memory
- Focus Better
- Return of Skin Elasticity
- Lessen Joint and Muscle Pain
- Increase Stamina
- Improve Muscle Mass
- Improve Muscle Tone
- Feel and Be Your Best Self!
(Note that results will vary from individual to individual)
Hormones and Their Function
Hormones are critical elements in almost every function of the body. The most common hormones replaced in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy each play a critical role in your physical and mental health. DHEA (de-hydro-epi-an-dros-ter-one) As one of the most abundant hormones in the body, it also functions as a precursor hormone, which means that other hormones are produced from it. Mainly secreted by the adrenal glands, DHEA can also be secreted from the skin and brain. DHEA is an essential component in many of the body’s metabolic and physiologic functions including regulating hormone balance, building the immune system, reversing the effects of stress, making sex hormones, increasing short term memory and maintaining levels of well being. DHEA promotes an anabolic (protein building) state, which increases lipolysis (breakdown of fat). It also increases strength, energy and libido. It has been linked to reduced cardiovascular risk and restored sexual vitality in several studies. GROWTH HORMONE (Human Growth Hormone – HGH) Growth Hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and converted by the liver into a protein called somatomedin-C or IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor-one). Most of the Growth Hormone functions in the body are due to IGF-1. There are multiple functions of Growth Hormone including tissue repair, cell rejuvenation, bone and muscle strength, brain function, enzyme production, integrity of hair, nails and skin and lipolysis (fat breakdown). Signs of aging are significantly correlated to a deficiency in Growth Hormone. These signs include body composition shifts from lean muscle mass and high energy levels to increased fat/body weight and low energy levels, decreased bone mineralization (slowing of bone growth/repair), waning of vitality, increased cardiovascular disease and increase in mortality. Decreased Growth Hormone can also result in impaired physical performance, poor sleep and diminished social interaction. Growth Hormone supplementation can create significant improvements in energy and sense of well-being, as well as decreasing muscle pain, body fat and signs of aging and wrinkles. MELATONIN Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland, located in the brain. Regulating the circadian rhythm (pattern of wakefulness and sleeping), it acts as a neurotransmitter hormone. Research has shown that cells of the body rejuvenate and repair during the deeper stages of sleep. Deeper stages of phase 4 sleep help produce natural “CD4” killer cells which are very vital to a strong and healthy immune system and aids in essential Growth Hormone production. Energy and moods are aided by deep sleep. Disease prevention is linked to Melatonin’s powerful antioxidant effects. Deficiency of Melatonin is also linked to irritability, poor sleep, jet lag, hypersensitivity and premature aging. Melatonin has also been shown to reduce breast cancer cell development. PREGNENOLONE (preg-ne-no-lone) Pregnenolone serves as one of the major precursor hormones in our bodies. It is made in the brain, and is a memory enhancement hormone. Pregnenolone is important to cellular repair, particularly in the brain and nervous tissue. It also protects against neuronal injury and aids cerebral function. It is the main hormone used by the adrenal glands to make the adrenal hormones Cortisol, DHEA, Progesterone, Aldosterone, Testosterone and Estrogens. TESTOSTERONE Testosterone is produced by the adrenal glands, testicles and ovaries, and is vital hormone to both sexes. It contributes to muscle mass, strength, endurance, decreased fat, increased exercise tolerance, enhancement of well being, and sex drive. In men, Testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and arthritis. It also leads to improved lean muscle mass, increased bone density, decreased cholesterol, improved skin tone, improved healing capacity and muscle repair and increased libido and sexual performance. It prolongs the quality of life by decreasing age-related diseases, similar to estrogen in women, including the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Testosterone in is also extremely important in women for body fat reduction, libido, endurance, bone protection and energy. THYROID HORMONE Thyroid Hormone is produced by the thyroid gland in the front of the neck and regulated by the pituitary gland. It is a metabolic hormone regulating temperature, metabolism and cerebral function. It is a massive contributor to energy levels and the body’s ability to maintain a constant temperature. Thyroid Hormone helps remove toxic metals and chemicals, increases fat breakdown, improves hair growth of the scalp and eyebrows, and reduces cholesterol levels and body weight. It is vital in the prevention of cognitive deterioration. It also serves as the Master Hormone, which gives it the ability to reduce cholesterol. Although infrequently used for this purpose, it probably is the safest and most beneficial cholesterol reducing agent. Thyroid Hormone is critical for fertility in women. Many women who go through expensive infertility treatments simply need Thyroid Hormone replacement. Think of the Thyroid Hormone as the overseer of the body, telling all the other organs to get to work!
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What to Expect at Renewed Vitality
The practitioners at Renewed Vitality tailor and develop a unique treatment plan to each individual. Through a comprehensive set of laboratory blood tests, we analyze hormone levels and identify anything else that may be slowing you down. Our practitioners care about their patients as they listen to their concerns, questions, and symptoms. Each individualized treatment plan will include the very best bioidentical hormones and natural supplements. We will be there every step of the way monitoring hormone levels and your progress towards a happy and healthy life.