Synthetic hormones have extra molecules which are not recognized by the body. They are not broken down by our body's enzymatic system and stay in the body for long periods of time as toxins and carcinogens. Although, soy and yam hormones, which are available over the counter, have many health benefits; they are barely recognized by human estrogen and progesterone receptors unless they are compounded. Therefore, they do not effectively reverse or treat the hormone deficiency.
Hormones, which are initially evaluated for replacement, include the three types of estrogens (estrone, estradiol, estriol), progesterone and testosterone. These can be taken orally, by patch or as a cream. Additional hormones which should be considered include cortisol, melatonin, DHEA, thyroid hormone and growth hormone.
They have been shown to protect against heart disease, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and mental decline. They do not increase the risk of breast cancer, and, in fact, there is data showing that they may protect against breast cancer. At precise doses that exactly replaces the need, there are no known side effects as they have the exact same action on the body as our own hormones.
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Hormonal decline is not limited to just testosterone. Other natural hormonal levels can be deficient in andropause including human growth hormone (HGH or IGF-1), DHEA, thyroid hormone, melatonin, cortisol and others. Although, drop in the levels of hormones are a normal part of aging, they are accompanied by a gradual and undesired decline in sexuality, mood changes, weight gain and overall low energy. Declining hormones also increase the risk of more serious medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis).
Moreover, studies show that a drop in testosterone and growth hormone actually contributes to the risk of health problems like heart disease, osteoporosis and weak muscles leading to fraility. Since all this happens at a time of life when many men begin to question their values, accomplishments and direction in life, it's often not recognized that the changes are related to a silent disturbance in hormones levels.
Andropause and Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is not just a disease of women. In men, lifestyle, nutrition and hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone play critical roles in the maintenance of bones. As these decline, between the ages of 40 and 70 years, male bone density falls by up to 15 percent. What's more important, approximately one in eight men over age 50 actually have osteoporosis, increasing fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. Therefore, the incidence of hip fractures rises exponentially in aging men, as it does in women, but starting about 5 to 10 years later.. After a hip fracture, up to one third of patients never regain full mobility.
Andropause and Cardiovascular risk
It is now well accepted that women's risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and cardiac events increases after menopause. New evidence suggests that a similar phenomenon occurs in men as their testosterone levels diminish with age. Research thus far point to a strong association between low-testosterone levels and an increase in cardiovascular risk in men.
What is the role of Viagra/ Cialis in Andropause?
Testosterone replacement therapy works differently from use of Viagra or Cialis. The drugs act by increasing the blood supply in the penis only to maintain an erection during sex.Testosterone on the other hand produces a total body response, brain and all aspects of the sexual response including strong erectile quality and sexual desire more naturally.
A recent 2004 study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that there were no long term risks of replacement therapy which aims to restore normal hormone levels. Historically, testosterone use has been associated with aggression and hypersexuality. These effects stem from the misuse of testosterone by men such as body builders, who use testosterone at much higher doses than needed by the body to correct the deficiency.
- » Improvement in mood and sense of well-being
- » Increased mental and physical energy
- » Decreased anger, irritability, sadness, tiredness, nervousness
- » Improved quality of sleep
- » Improved libido and sexual performance
- » An increase in lean body mass, a decline in fat mass
- » An increase in muscle strength (hand grip, upper and lower extremities)
- » Potentially, a decrease in the risk of heart disease
- » Breast cancer (in males)
- » Prostate cancer
In some other cases testosterone replacement therapy may not be right for you. If one of the conditions below is applicable to you, your doctor will decide whether (in your specific case) testosterone replacement therapy is the right solution.
- » Liver disease
- » Heart or blood vessel disease
- » Male Breast Cancer
- » Prostate cancer (cautious approach)
- » Edema (swelling of face, hands, feet, or lower legs)
- » Enlarged prostate
- » Kidney disease
- » Diabetes mellitus
To help your doctor determine your best treatment plan, you should also discuss the following:
- » If you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to androgens or anabolic steroids.
- » If you are an adult male who plans to have children; high doses of androgens may cause infertility.
- » If you are bedridden.
- » If you are now taking any other prescription or nonprescription (OTC) medicine, especially anticoagulants (blood thinners).
Treatment of andropause consists of replacing lost hormones with bio-identical testosterone. By choosing hormones from sources that are bio-identical to our own body's naturally produced hormones, one can receive the optimal benefits of therapy while reducing the risks associated with chemical agents.
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Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain and stimulates the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone T4 ( thyroxin ). T4 is the primary hormone secreted from the thyroid gland but the most active form T3 is converted from T4 in the liver and other tissues. A toxic environment, smoking, stress, chronic antibiotic therapy, genetic disorders, nutritional disorders, hormonal imbalances and certain tumors affect the thyroid function.
Causes of Hyperthyroidism
- » Iodine deficiency
- » Heavy metal toxicity
- » Environmental radiation
- » Chronic Candida infection
- » Certain foods suppress thyroid gland such as Brussels sprouts, spinach, cabbage, kale, mustard green, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, soy and additionally fluoride and chlorine in tap water.
Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
- » Fatigue and morning grogginess
- » Lower than normal resting body temperatures
- » Hair loss
- » Cold extremities
- » Constipation
- » Greater susceptibility to infections
- » Depression and mood swings
- » Dry skin and dry brittle hair
- » Headaches
- » Menstrual abnormalities
- » High lipids
- » Finally Goiter ( enlarged thyroid gland )
Is there treatment for Thyroid problems?
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As we age levels of melatonin decrease. that is one reason why elderly have difficulty sleeping at night while melatonin levels decline over many years they plummet after middle age. Melatonin may help fight cancers especially prostate, breast and colon. Melatonin has neuro-protective role also. Administration of melatonin after stroke may help keep brain damage to minimum. It is also a very powerful antioxidant for the brain tissue. it also enhances the activity of Glutathione and helps protect brain from oxidative stress. It has been found to be effective in migraine headaches by re-synchronizing biological rhythm to lifestyle thereby preventing migraines. For years melatonin has been popular in treating jetlag and insomnia. Daily supplementation in small doses taken one hour prior to sleeping can help in sleep patterns thereby improving quality of life.
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HGH has been called the MASTER HORMONE because of its ability to affect all the other hormones and organs throughout the body. It has repairing and restorative abilities that can reverse tissue damage and facilitate re-growth of failing organs, something no other hormone can do. It has been reported that people who live to be 100 years or more have high levels of HGH. Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency has been described as a model for aging." normal aging" results in part from an insufficiency of HGH as opposed to true deficiency. almost one third of older folks have HGH deficiency and may benefit from replacement therapy.
Since use of Human Growth Hormone is strictly controlled by FDA and closely monitored our center does not provide treatment with Human Growth Hormone ( HGH ). However we address the issue of HGH deficiency by helping individuals increase the production of their own hormone through a balanced approach with diet, exercise, stress management and optimization of other hormones.
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