Discover The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men
Nearly every man will experience some form of hormone imbalance or deficiency during his life. In fact, it’s well documented that low testosterone affects 4 to 5 million men in the United States alone! Still, many men find hormone imbalance and the resulting symptoms too embarrassing to discuss, so you might not know that some of your closest friends and relatives are struggling with the same symptoms that you are.
Often, hormone imbalances and deficiencies are completely natural occurrences, or simply the result of living a stressful modern life. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, and you certainly shouldn’t let embarrassment stop you from getting the treatment that you deserve. Yes—that’s right—hormone imbalances and deficiencies such as low testosterone are treatable with a treatment called Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).
Learn more about how BHRT helps men like you every single day and contact one of the skilled BHRT doctors on our directory for more information and to schedule your initial consultation!
Hormone Imbalances In Men
Your endocrine system, consisting of the hormones in your body and the glands that produce them, is a pretty sensitive system. Prolonged periods of stress, poor diet, lack of sleep or exercise, illness and genetic and environmental factors can all affect how your body produces hormones.
Hormone imbalances in men can result in conditions such as thyroid disorders and adrenal fatigue, as well as hormone-specific conditions such as estrogen dominance and low testosterone. Low testosterone is one of the most common reasons that men seek BHRT, especially around middle age when men are prone to experiencing andropause.
Symptoms of Declining Testosterone
After age 30, testosterone production in men begins declining at a rate of roughly 1% per year. By ages 40 and 50, the results of that gradual decline may hit all at once, culminating in the condition called andropause. Below are some of the common symptoms of andropause and low testosterone, although they may be indicators of other hormone-related conditions as well.
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Chronic illnesses like high blood pressure, liver and kidney disease are illnesses that cause high levels of estrogen, leading to erectile dysfunction. Testosterone levels help achieve and maintain an erection and when levels are low, erectile dysfunction may be the result. Testosterone levels can be low due to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol, therefore, increasing the risk of erectile dysfunction. HRT can help cease these experiences by balancing hormone levels attributed to the problem.
- Decreased Libido
- The drive and urge towards sexual activity is reduced due to the drop in Testosterone which is the hormone most responsible for giving men their male characteristics. There are specific foods that could be added to help with enhancing the libido thus increasing the testosterone levels naturally some of which are: salmon, almonds, avocados, bananas, asparagus, eggs and raw oysters.
- Muscle Loss
- Muscle loss is due to the decrease of Testosterone. Testosterone binds to muscle cells in order to help build muscle. This decrease in hormones causes a decrease in muscle mass and therefore it is easier to gain weight. In other words as testosterone decreases muscle mass decreases and fat mass increases. It is important to continue weight bearing exercises to continue to build lean muscle mass which will also help with preventing osteoporosis.
- Depression is commonly caused by deficient testosterone levels. Men with low levels of this testosterone are 400% more likely to be diagnosed with depression. Low thyroid levels or hypothyroidism may also contribute to depression. This is due to the low levels of the thyroid hormone T3 which decreases serotonin (i.e., the happy hormone), an essential neurotransmitter for moods and behavior.
- Hot Flashes
- Hot flashes occur in men who have a very low level of Testosterone. Testosterone sends messages to the hypothalamus, which helps regulate temperature in the body. When the levels of testosterone drop the hypothalamus gets the message that the body is overheating and acts accordingly causing flashes of heat in order to cool itself down, which is an improper signal from a low level of testosterone.
- Irritability and Anxiety
- Irritability and anxiety are generally thought to be the result of high cortisol levels and low levels of testosterone, though high estrogen levels can also be the cause. High cortisol levels diminish the amount of free testosterone in the blood stream, leading to increased estrogen levels and irritability in men. Men who are irritable or anxious may appear angry, tense, frustrated, sad, demanding, hostile, impatient, defensive and antagonizing. Because these emotions or feelings are often seen as “women’s problems”, men tend to not seek help for problems that, many times, easily corrected.
- BPH or Urinary Problems
- These problems most often suffered by men over 60, BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia is an enlargement of the prostate gland. The swelling of the prostate puts pressure on the urethra making urination difficult. The prostate gland is regulated by estrogen, testosterone and DHT (i.e., dihydrotestosterone) a derivative of testosterone, and when these levels are imbalanced, it causes many organs, like the prostate, to malfunction. Unresolved problems like BPH can become chronic illnesses without proper medical treatment. Having hormone levels checked and balanced can drastically reduce or cease BPH and other issues associated with high or low hormone levels.
Improve Your Health With BHRT
BHRT is a powerful, natural way to improve your hormone balance and supply your body with enough hormone to get you back to feeling well again. BHRT uses bioidentical hormones, which are naturally derived hormones that are chemically identical to the hormones naturally produced by your body. Your body can’t tell the difference, but once you begin your BHRT protocol you will FEEL the difference.
Don’t live another day suffering with hormone imbalance. Contact one of the skilled BHRT doctors for men on our directory. They’ll schedule your initial consultation, and together you will discuss your symptoms, health history and the results of your hormone profile.
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