Treating Andropause using Hormone Supplementation for Men
When it comes to hormones, testosterone is really the essence of what makes men who they are. When the natural levels of testosterone are threatened in men, it dramatically affects both body and mind. Low levels of testosterone can lead to many physical and mental changes that are often hard to handle.
Men require ten times the amount of testosterone of an average woman, and beginning in the 30’s, men begin to experience a hormonal decline known as andropause, which signifies the loss of male hormones. While testosterone is the primary male androgen, other hormones may play a role in overall hormone and health decline. Men are not invincible to the negative effects of other hormone deficiencies or imbalances. Low levels or imbalances of Testosterone, Thyroid, DHEA, Pregnenolone, and Melatonin can also have a profound effect on overall health and wellbeing.
Testosterone: This hormone is necessary in both men and women and declines steadily after age 30. At optimal levels, testosterone increases bone density and bone formation, enhances energy and sex drive, decreases body fat, increases muscle strength, lowers blood pressure, and modulates cholesterol levels. Testosterone is a hormone that neither men nor women should be without. It is a great mood enhancer and imparts a sense of wellbeing in aging men and women.
Thyroid Hormone: This metabolic hormone decreases steadily with age. Lack of the thyroid hormone leads to hypothyroidism and can result in cold intolerance, fatigue, lassitude, weight gain, increased cholesterol, thin and dry skin, hair loss, and thin and brittle nails. Replenishment results in the reversal of these symptoms plus increased energy and metabolism.
Melatonin: This hormone is produced by the pineal gland and declines significantly by age 40. Melatonin controls the circadian rhythm as well as deep stages of sleep. Studies suggest that the immune system depends on melatonin’s effects of deep sleep. By inducing sleep, it improves quality of sleep and increases REM sleep and deep stage IV sleep. Melatonin also provides the body with powerful antioxidants that can protect against cancer and scavenge free radicals, and it does this by activating the cytokine system, which is part of lymphocytic function.
DHEA: By age 40, DHEA has declined markedly in both men and women. DHEA has a beneficial effect on immune response, sex drive, metabolism, and emotional stability. DHEA is a precursor to the sex hormones and is therefore an important building block in the production of these hormones. This beneficial hormone also helps the body breakdown fats and cholesterol, while reducing the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.
Pregnenolone: Decline of this hormone occurs after age 30, and this can cause lack of mental clarity and failure of memory, which can be among the most frustrating aspects of aging. This hormone aids the body with this frustrating issue of age-related cognitive decline by helping with cellular repair of the central nervous system and enhancing memory.
Below are some of the most common symptoms of hormone deficiencies in men:
• Increased risk of heart attack
• Increased insulin resistance, which is a precursor for diabetes
• Changes in cholesterol and decrease in red blood cells
• Poor sleep quality and insomnia
• Wrinkling and dehydrated skin
• Memory loss and decreased concentration
• Decreased sense of wellbeing
• Loss of confidence
• Increased irritability
• Erectile dysfunction
• Increased refractory time
• Decreased sexual libido and desire
• Mood changes and depression
• Reduced motivation
• Hair loss or change in hair quality
• Decreased aerobic capacity
• Increased fatigue
• Looking older than your biological age
• Loss of bone density
• Loss of muscle mass or difficulty maintaining muscle mass
• Reduced strength
• Increased fat or difficultly losing weight
Many men experience several of the symptoms listed above, leaving them feeling like a shadow of their former selves and finding it almost impossible to perform at 100%. In the past, this was seen as just a sign of getting older, and men were told they’d “better get used to it.” Thankfully, that no longer needs to be the case!
In order to maintain hormonal balance while undergoing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, men must administer their testosterone by topical gels or creams that must be applied twice-a-day, or use painful intramuscular injections that are typically given weekly or every other week. Often times, in order to receive these injections, another person is required to administer the shots.
Denver Hormone Health pellet therapy, along with other methods of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, have been clinically proven to help treat all of these symptoms and bring a man back to his full potential. Denver Hormone Health Clinic offers testosterone pellet therapy, so there is no need to apply creams or gels twice daily, avoiding wide fluctuations associated with uncomfortable injections, and negating the health risks that can occur with oral treatments. Pellet therapy allows a safe, economical, and more convenient way, to receive hormone replacement therapy, which guarantees activating a therapeutic level over many months. The hormone pellets are inserted beneath the skin in a very simple 2-4 minute sterile procedure in the office, which involves an incision being placed above the buttocks in the posterior trunk that is so small sutures are not even required.