Hormone decline may be a natural occurrence as men age, but it can nonetheless be uncomfortable or frustrating. The male body’s production of testosterone can decline as early as a man’s 30’s, but typically he won’t feel the full effect of this decline until his early to mid 40’s. By then, he has lost 10 to 15 percent of his total testosterone. This low testosterone unbalances hormones in your body and causes a condition called andropause. Andropause is similar to what women experience with menopause.
Although this is just a small sample of the dozens of andropause symptoms reported by middle-aged men, Male Hormone Replacement Therapy can help alleviate and even prevent hormone imbalances and keep your body looking and feeling good.
It’s hard to feel enthusiastic about life when struggling from the many symptoms of andropause. When combined with a healthy diet, moderate exercise, and stress reduction, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you feel excited to get out of bed in the morning again.
Upon seeing a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy specialist for men in Jacksonville Florida, a saliva or blood test is used to gauge which hormones are missing or out of balance in order to customize a treatment. The specialist then orders the individualized treatment, which can then introduce replacement hormones into your body.
Most men start feeling more like their normal selves within a few weeks of starting Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. BHRT also carries none of the associated risks compared to synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Some of the improvements you may notice with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy include:
This is the primary male sex hormone and it is manufactured in the testes. As production starts to decline, the adrenal glands may take over its production. When combined with low levels of the stress hormone cortisol, low testosterone can cause fatigue, increased emotional sensitivity, thinning hair, low libido, high cholesterol, and atrophy of the muscles. As you balance your body’s testosterone levels with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, you may first notice an increase in energy followed by renewed interest in physical intimacy. Even if the other symptoms don’t resolve entirely, you’re still sure to see a drastic improvement.
Cortisol is a steriod hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Your body requires balanced levels of testosterone and cortisol to perform at its best. When the body is stressed, it produces disproportionate levels of cortisol in response. These imbalances can cause a number of troubling symptoms, including a weakened immune system, increased allergies and general inflammation, low blood sugar, hypothyroidism, low blood pressure, slow healing of wounds, digestion problems, and even more stress! Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy paired with stress reduction techniques help to calm the adrenal glands and balance out cortisol to healthy levels.
This hormone is primarily produced by the adrenal cortex, but it is also secreted by the brain and the testes. As a precursor to the androgen hormones that are responsible for male sex characteristics, DHEA is even more important than testosterone in retaining those qualities associated with masculinity, such as a deep voice, a healthy sex drive, facial hair, and a muscular build. Lack of this hormone can cause depression, fatigue, muscle aches, a compromised immune system, and a decrease in physical strength. Balancing your DHEA to healthy levels can help reduce your percentage of body fat as well as increase your overall physical endurance.
The Thyroid gland is a tiny organ shaped like a butterfly that is just below your Adam’s apple, and produces, you guessed it, thyroid hormones! Inadequate or excessive levels of these hormones can lead to significant problems for your body, such as hypothyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, foggy thinking, weight gain, sleep apnea, and depression. An overactive thyroid can cause hyperthyroidism, which can cause nervousness, diarrhea, unintended weight loss, and anxiety. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy gauges whether thyroid hormonal production is too high or low, and treats accordingly. Bringing your thyroid hormone into proper balance helps you to feel energetic and positive, like your normal self before hormonal imbalances affected your life.