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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Men
As men age, their testosterone and DHEA hormone levels steadily decline starting at the age of 30 and then dramatically decrease in their 40’s and 50’s . Growing older is difficult enough for men, without having to suffer from declining hormone levels. This is called andropause, or male menopause, because the aging process is very similar to female menopause. This is considered to be a normal process of life but the truth is that symptoms are amplified by new environmental factors that our ancestors did not face. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help men recover from the effects of hormone decline and improve their overall health and wellness.
Common Side Effects of Andropause
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Irritability & Depression
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Testosterone is the hormone responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics. The testosterone hormone also stimulates facial and body hair, increases sex drive, and sperm production. In addition, testosterone contributes to muscle mass and strength, sexual function, and mental clarity. While women also produce testosterone in much smaller quantities, testosterone is the foremost hormone that differentness men from women. When testosterone is low it can cause:
- Loss of Body and Facial Hair
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Hot Flashes
- Brittle Bones
- Increased Breast Size
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced mostly by the adrenal cortex, but also found in small amounts in the testes and brain. DHEA is the predecessor to the androgen hormone, which regulates the development and conservation of the male characteristics. The majority of symptoms during andropause are attributed to low testosterone, but what most men do not know is that the decrease in DHEA is linked to low testosterone. DHEA levels begin to decrease at the age of 30 and will continue to decline throughout a man’s life. Low levels of DHEA can cause symptoms including:
- Loss of strength and muscle mass
- Aching joints
- Decreased sex drive
- Impaired immune function
The use of the appropriate bioidentical hormones may increase muscle mass and reduce body fat, improve sexual function, mental acuity, hair thickness, metabolic functions, and emotions. At Central Wellness we have two board certified nurse practitioners who are dedicated to helping you have a healthier and happier life. Please schedule your complimentary consultation to learn how we can help.