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Is It Just Your Imagination Or Could It Be Andropause?

5th March 2016

As men age, it is not uncommon for them to experience a gradual drop in their testosterone levels. This is called andropause and is often referred to as male menopause. There are a number of symptoms a man suffering from andropause can experience. This includes everything from diminished sex drive to swollen breasts, anemia, depression, decreased muscle bulk and more. There is a natural way for men to bring their hormones back into balance and lessen the symptoms of andropause. It is hormone therapy for men called bioidentical hormone replacement therapy

History

In the 1930s, bioidentical hormones started being used for relief from female menopausal symptoms. James Collip was a Canadian researcher who developed the method for creating the hormone. During the early 1980s, bioidentical hormone therapy was developed by physicians Jonathan Wright and John R. Lee. Their goal was to help a body obtain a natural hormone balance.

Importance Of Testosterone

Testosterone is the hormone that influences most aspects of a male’s body. It assists them in producing important proteins that impact bodily functions. It is believed testosterone regulates things such as bone mass, production of red blood cells, muscle strength, libido and more. Men start losing testosterone in their early 30s. Experts estimate the loss of testosterone with an average male is one to two percent annually. Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that between 4 and 5 million men experience symptoms of decreased levels of testosterone every year. It’s also estimated that less than ten percent of these men will request treatment to alleviate these symptoms.

Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)

When a man’s body starts decreasing its production of testosterone, it may also cause levels of another hormone to increase. This is known as sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). This hormone will take usable testosterone from the blood. A decrease in testosterone has shown to trigger an increase in SHBG. What ultimately happens is the only usable testosterone available in the body will be bound to the SHBG hormone.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

This is often called natural hormone therapy. The reason is that bioidentical hormones behave in the body exactly like the hormones produced by a man’s body. They are made from compounds that are in plants such as soybeans, yams, and others plants. At the beginning of bioidentical hormone therapy, a highly trained physician will perform tests to determine a man’s current hormone levels. They will need to know a man’s medical history as well as any medical issues in his family. Saliva, blood as well as urine samples will be taken and analyzed.

Benefits

When an individual gets a prescription for bioidentical hormones, it will be custom-compounded. A person’s individual diagnostic results will determine what they are provided. This makes the bioidentical hormone more effective and safer than synthetic hormone treatments. People who have had bioidentical hormone therapy report having various levels of success. Everything from improved sleep to improved cholesterol levels, improved libido, better moods, memory, concentration and more. This form of therapy is never given as one-size-fits-all.

Quality Of Life

One of the main reasons physicians recommend restoring testosterone levels with hormone therapy for men is to improve their patient’s quality of life. This improvement can be mild and in some cases dramatic. Men with normal testosterone levels have more energy, vitality and are healthier than others who have low testosterone levels. Studies have shown that men with acceptable testosterone levels get the best performance from their brains and hearts. It is testosterone that provides a man’s body with the necessary anabolic function. In many cases, a customized fitness and nutrition programs are part of the therapy. Patients are able to see the symptoms of their low testosterone levels slow go away. As their testosterone levels are returned to normal levels, they experience a feeling of health and well-being.

Success

Millions of men have been helped with bioidentical therapy treatment. Professional athletes, celebrities as well as the common man have all had their life improved. According to studies that were done by the National Institute on Aging, this therapy treatment is safe and effective. When this is done by trained and experienced medical professionals, the results are impressive. It is able to help older men or any young man experiencing a decrease in their testosterone levels.

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