Managing Male Hormonal Health


Male Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

Male physical and mental health relies heavily on Testosterone levels. It is highest in the late teens and early 20’s then the body’s production of male hormones decreases steadily from the age of 35.
Changes in sexual function, mood, energy level and body composition can be caused by this testosterone decrease as you age. This change in male hormone levels is commonly known as Andropause. Some of the symptoms associated with decreased testosterone production in the male body are:

  • Erectile Problems
  • Inability to Lose Weight
  • Reduced Muscle Strength
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Foggy Thinking, Memory Loss
  • Difficulty Passing Urine
  • Bone / Mineral Loss
  • Wrinkled / Loose Skin
  • Fatigue

Imbalance Effects on the Body

Stress management, regular exercise, healthy nutrition, dietary supplements and hormone supplementation have all been shown to raise testosterone levels in men and help counter
andropausal symptoms.
While Testosterone is thought of as “the” male hormone, it is also important to maintain appropriate levels of Estrogen, Progesterone, DHEA and Cortisol. The imbalance of Testosterone in relation to Estrogen may contribute to prostate problems. If the adrenal system (which secretes Cortisol and DHEA) is out of balance, men may also experience problems with nervous and immune systems, and blood sugar irregularities. These irregularities can also contribute to cardiovascular health risk. As our production of sex hormones changes, the adrenals play a central role in sustaining optimal health and sex hormone function. Maintaining healthy adrenal function is also an essential piece of aging well.

Process for Testing & Treatment

Initial salivary testing and follow-up salivary monitoring are crucial for determining the most optimal treatment program. Salivary testing allows you to measure your unbound or bioavailable hormone levels, which is not possible with blood testing. Because of the complexity of the hormone system, issues that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. If there is a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland, it can cause other glandular systems to participate and soon throw off the body’s entire system.
The Comprehensive Hormone Panel is an excellent starting place for evaluating hormone function in the body. This panel measures both reproductive (sex) and adrenal hormones. The Comprehensive Panel will test the following hormones:

  • Testosterone
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • DHEA
  • Cortisol (Twice a day, AM/PM)
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