It is not uncommon for men to start to experience disagreeable, unexplained symptoms around—or, in some cases, before—the age of forty. These symptoms include decreased sex drive and libido, weight gain, low energy, the inability to concentrate, and depression. Too commonly, men who report these symptoms to doctors are told that the effects are just an unavoidable part of aging, something outside their control. But this isn’t true: these symptoms are often the result of age-related hormone imbalance, particularly falling levels of testosterone, and this decline in testosterone can be safely and effectively fought.
Andropause is the male analog to menopause, the time in a woman’s life in which she stops naturally producing sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone and begins to experience changes. Men go through a similar process, a loss of key hormones: this is andropause. Its key feature is that the body stops producing testosterone. Though menopause is sudden and takes place quickly, andropause is a slow process in which production of testosterone declines by only a little bit each year. Eventually, you’ll have low testosterone levels, and by age 45 up to 40% of men suffer from hormone imbalance. Symptoms caused by low testosterone start occurring slowly, and may not be immediately noticeable. It’s common for men experiencing andropause not to know exactly when the process began, but they can remember a decade earlier and see how much their energy has dropped or their health has spiraled. During this time, the risk of contracting serious diseases also dramatically rises. Making matters even more complex, various hormone-related problems often come along with andropause, creating additional symptoms and making the effects of andropause harder to detect. These include low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), adrenal fatigue, low levels of DHEA and growth hormone, and even deficiency in vitamin D.
You can fight the effects of hormone imbalance. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore your testosterone to optimal levels and bring you to the youth and vitality you enjoyed at your physiological peak. You can fight the effects of hormone imbalance. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore your testosterone to optimal levels and bring you to the youth and vitality you enjoyed at your physiological peak. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a whole-body, extensive approach to restoring physical health by remedying hormone imbalance. The process works by using bioidentical hormones to restore hormone levels, replacing the natural hormones lost in the aging process. BHRT programs begin by evaluating your hormone levels, including testosterone, DHEA, estrogen, pregnenolone, growth hormone, and thyroid hormone. Based on these results, a trained doctor will prescribe precise doses of hormones designed to bring your levels back to the optimum balance you experienced in your twenties and thirties.
Testosterone, the primary sex hormone, is the most common cause of hormone imbalance. It’s what brings you into puberty, creates your secondary sex characteristics, and keeps you vital and strong as an adult. Therefore, decline in testosterone levels during andropause is the most common cause of negative symptoms, and raising testosterone levels is often the best way to fix them.
There are all kinds of reasons testosterone levels could drop, beyond just age. For instance:
A comprehensive testosterone replacement program can help those suffering from low hormone levels. Though testosterone replacement is complicated—it should only be performed after in-depth testing by an expert doctor, and under close management—it can have hugely positive changes on men experiencing low levels. Physicians at Genemedics have already helped thousands of men by designing customized programs that raise their testosterone levels. Patients who’ve worked with Genemedics often report almost instant results and benefits from hormone replacement therapy.
Moreover, testosterone replacement has major health benefits over the course of your life that are more subtle than the immediate effects patients experience.
Despite its clinically proven benefits, mainstream medicine has not yet fully understood hormone replacement therapy. Regular doctors often just aren’t experienced with hormone replacement, which is why they may not have mentioned it to you, and major medical schools are not yet teaching hormone replacement therapy. Therefore, doctors get their information about hormone replacement from the general media, which often takes a misleading and inaccurate view of hormone replacement. The media often conflates natural hormone replacement therapy with the abuse of steroids, or attempts by athletes and bodybuilders to boost their testosterone to unnatural levels. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Well-designed, professional testosterone replacement programs are only designed to restore testosterone to normal levels, bringing the benefits that entails—not jacking them to unsustainable levels for increased strength and performance. In reality, clinical studies have shown that legitimate testosterone therapy has many far-reaching benefits.
Genemedics is prominent nationwide for its pioneering approach to male hormone replacement therapy. Founded by Dr. George Shanlikian, M.D., Genemedics operates multiple clinics in Illinois and our doctors have already helped thousands of men restore their strength and vigor of their youth by bringing their body back into balance. If you think you might suffer from low testosterone, call our clinic in Illinois to set up a detailed evaluation of your hormone levels and find out if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is right for you.
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