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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Men
As men age, their testosterone and DHEA hormone levels steadily decline starting at the age of 30 and then dramatically decrease in their 40’s and 50’s . Growing older is difficult enough for men, without having to suffer from declining hormone levels. This is called andropause, or male menopause, because the aging process is very similar to female menopause. This is considered to be a normal process of life but the truth is that symptoms are amplified by new environmental factors that our ancestors did not face. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help men recover from the effects of hormone decline and improve their overall health and wellness.
Common Side Effects of Andropause
As testosterone decreases the desire for sexual activity is diminished along with the ability to perform at peak level.
Testosterone is key factor in the body’s ability to build muscle. As testosterone decreases so does muscle mass causing an increase in fat, especially in the midsection.
Testosterone is responsible for maintaining the strength of the bones and as it decreases bones become porous and are more susceptible to fractures.
As testosterone decreases estrogen increases, which can cause an abnormal growth of the breasts often referred to as “man boobs”.
With lean muscle mass decreasing in the body it allows for an environment where an increase in estrogen is converted into cortisol. Cortisol is responsible for your “fight or flight” response, which inhibits digestion, relaxes the muscles, and increases the desire for sugar/carbohydrates. This combination can lead to weight gain.
As hormone levels decrease you may become sluggish, tired, and find the desire to complete ordinary tasks difficult.
Insomnia or sleep apnea is defined as an interruption in the normal sleep pattern preventing you from feeling rested. During Andropause men may find it more difficult to sleep as the body’s cortisol levels are higher inhibiting you from falling or staying asleep. This can add stress onto the body and create of vicious cycle.
When men have very low testosterone they may experience hot flashes or night sweats. Testosterone is responsible for sending a message to the hypothalamus, which helps regulate the body’s temperature. When it doesn’t get the message the body thinks causes a flash of heat to cool itself down.
When testosterone drops estrogen increases causing imbalance in the body and fluctuation in mood. If you find that you are impulsively demanding, angry, defensive, withdrawn, anxious or sad it may be due to your hormones.
When testosterone levels decrease the cortisol levels fluctuate causing a malfunction of the neurotransmitters in the brain. When the neurotransmitters are not working properly it causes confusion and fogginess.
Thinning of hair or baldness are common symptoms during andropause. As the testosterone levels decrease the ability for hair follicles to regenerate reduces.
When Testosterone, Estrogen, and DHT are not balanced the prostate enlarges making it more difficult to urinate. In addition, imbalanced hormones can lead to kidney stones, urinary incontinence, and painful bladder syndrome.
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Testosterone is the hormone responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics. The testosterone hormone also stimulates facial and body hair, increases sex drive, and sperm production. In addition, testosterone contributes to muscle mass and strength, sexual function, and mental clarity. While women also produce testosterone in much smaller quantities, testosterone is the foremost hormone that differentness men from women. When testosterone is low it can cause:
- Loss of Body and Facial Hair
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Hot Flashes
- Brittle Bones
- Increased Breast Size
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced mostly by the adrenal cortex, but also found in small amounts in the testes and brain. DHEA is the predecessor to the androgen hormone, which regulates the development and conservation of the male characteristics. The majority of symptoms during andropause are attributed to low testosterone, but what most men do not know is that the decrease in DHEA is linked to low testosterone. DHEA levels begin to decrease at the age of 30 and will continue to decline throughout a man’s life. Low levels of DHEA can cause symptoms including:
- Loss of strength and muscle mass
- Aching joints
- Decreased sex drive
- Impaired immune function
The use of the appropriate bioidentical hormones may increase muscle mass and reduce body fat, improve sexual function, mental acuity, hair thickness, metabolic functions, and emotions. At Central Wellness we have two board certified nurse practitioners who are dedicated to helping you have a healthier and happier life. Please schedule your complimentary consultation to learn how we can help.