Common Health Conditions
Andropause (Male Menopause)
Andropause is talked about more openly than it has been in the past as more and more men and women, learn about Andropause. Most men in their 40’s to 50’s start to notice the onset of symptoms associated with Andropause such as:
- Low libido
- Loss of drive/ ambition
- Loss of muscle mass
- Low energy
- Sleep disturbance
- Hair loss
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
These symptoms can be contributed to a shift in hormonal balance. As testosterone and progesterone in men decrease, their estrogen levels can increase and they become estrogen dominant which leads to symptoms that often times are simply ruled out as “getting older”. The truth is yes, as we age our hormones naturally decline but, in order to maintain a state of health and optimal wellness our hormones should be at levels comparable to where they were in their 30’s and early 40’s. Once hormones become imbalanced the door is opened for other conditions to become prevalent such as: food, chemical and environmental allergies, adrenal fatigue, prostate problems and diseases due to inflammation.
The best way to correct hormone imbalance in men, or Andropause, is to first have the hormone levels tested then an appropriate treatment plan can be customized to the patient’s specific needs which may include natural options such as: supplementation with appropriate medical grade supplements, testosterone replacement, estrogen blockers, and a healthy diet.
Menopause is a natural event that typically occurs in women in their 40’s-50’s as well as in women who have had a hysterectomy. When women’s ovaries stop producing eggs, she experiences a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone. Many women will begin to notice their menstrual cycles become irregular and less frequent until they stop completely. The natural decline in hormone production produces the symptoms associated with menopause such as:
- Hot flashes/night sweats
- Weight gain
- Irritability/mood swings/anxiety/depression
- Decreased energy
- Low libido
- Insomnia/sleep Disturbance
- Brain fog/forgetfulness
- Vaginal dryness
While symptoms are typically at their worst for the first couple years, they do
gradually decrease on their own which is a very welcome change. However, unless the hormone imbalance is corrected, women are making themselves susceptible to other conditions associated with hormone imbalance including: inflammation, urinary incontinence, vaginal atrophy, and decreased bone density to a name a few.
Hormone imbalance is easily corrected and quickly restores a sense of health, happiness and well-being in most women. Natural Bio-Identical Hormones alone may not be the complete answer. Often times patients may need to add medical grade supplementation, alter their diet and lifestyle, get adequate sleep and exercise and undergo a detox so their bodies can accept and process the Bio-identical Hormones. Testing is a simple process and should always be done prior to starting on any hormone replacement program to determine the woman’s starting baseline and the appropriate dosage.
Environmental Allergies are all too often over-prescribed conditions that can be easily treated based upon the patient’s specific sensitivities to their environment. Unfortunately, countless people suffer from environmental allergies and they are given prescriptions to help reduce their symptoms without getting to the root of their symptoms and correcting their actual conditions. Common environmental allergy symptoms can include:
- Itchy/watery eyes
- Post-nasal drip
- Sinus pressure/infections
A natural approach to treating environmental allergies is available and does not have to include receiving the traditional allergy shots every week. Specialty labs are now able to formulate allergy drops that are taken orally every day to desensitize the patient to their triggers and ultimately alleviate their symptoms. Prior to starting any treatment, including natural allergy drops, it is important to understand what allergens trigger your symptoms and then treat the cause rather than use an approach that simply puts a band aid on the cause and addresses only the symptoms.
Food allergies/sensitivities have been heavily researched and can be over-looked and misdiagnosed as serious conditions such as: Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease and IBS. Food Sensitivities are becoming very commonplace and are easily treatable without the use of prescription medications. Determining food sensitivities is as simple as a quick blood test that will test for 96 common food sensitivities. Once your results are received a rotation diet will be implemented and you will notice a decrease in:
- Weight gain
- Brain fog
- Lethargy after eating/low energy
- Abdominal cramping/gas
- Skin irritations
Hair loss is a common problem that affects both men and women of varying ages, but is more prevalent over the age of 40. There are many contributors to hair loss such as hormone imbalance, hypo-thyroidism, depleted nutritional status, stress, and genetics.
In order to properly determine the cause of hair loss the patient must first undergo the appropriate tests to allow the physician to make a diagnosis and effectively treat the condition with the appropriate treatments/ prescriptions. Typical tests can include: a complete thyroid panel to ensure that the thyroid is functioning optimally and is within the therapeutic range, hormone balance, cortisol levels (to determine stress) and cellular micronutrient testing to evaluate what nutrients are deficient.
Once the findings are reviewed, a customized plan will be recommended that can include: I-Grow at home laser regrowth system, Revage laser treatments, Bio-Identical Thyroid, Bio-Identical Hormones, and lifestyle modification to decrease stress.
Weight gain can be contributed to numerous factors. Many people find that even with a balanced diet and plenty of exercise, they continue to gain weight rather than lose it. This is common for many people as they approach their mid-thirties, forties and fifties. The majority of the time, weight gain is a symptom of something that is going on biologically within the body.
It may be difficult to get to the root of the cause unless you complete thorough testing to analyze what triggered the weight gain and the inability to lose weight. The biggest contributors are hormonal imbalance, thyroid disorders and food allergies. They are easily diagnosed as well as simple to treat from a natural approach with the intervention of Bio-Identical Hormones, natural thyroid medication and a rotation diet to eliminate food sensitivities.
Low libido is a common symptom for both men and women alike. While some may contribute it to part of the aging process, the truth is, as we age our hormones naturally begin to decline so unless we naturally restore our hormone levels symptoms will worsen with time. As our hormones decline many symptoms including low libido, become part of daily life and are all too often not dealt and simply dismissed. When hormonal imbalances present symptoms such as low libido, whether in the man, the woman, or both, disruptions on a personal health level and relationship level can be very negative.
The good news is that hormonal imbalances can be easily corrected and libido will quickly be restored with the help of proper testing to determine which hormones need to be restored and the addition of supplements and Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement. Once treatment is recommended and has begun, most patients notice a dramatic increase in their libido in a very short period of time along with improvement of other symptoms they didn’t even know they had.
It’s no secret that women suffer from mood swings/depression/irritability and anxiety around their cycle. But, what most people don’t acknowledge is that these symptoms can become debilitating when women go through hormonal imbalances as early as thirty years of age. Decline in the natural production of hormones is normal for both men and women as they enter their 30’s and 40’s.
For women, they seem to experience PMS like symptoms including mood swings, irritability, depression, and anxiety constantly and often times end up on a handful of prescription medications such as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications to reduce these symptoms. Most women are very happy to be able to control their moods much better but the problem lies in the fact that only the symptoms are being treated, not the cause.
It is important to conduct hormone testing first to determine the cause of symptoms, then make the diagnosis and prescribe the right medications, if needed. What happens all too often is that patients are never tested, therefore, the root cause of their symptoms is never addressed and they end up staying on these medications for extended amounts of time that are not necessary. For most men and women, we find that there is an imbalance in the hormone levels, that cause the onset of these symptoms which can be easily corrected with bio-identical hormones and simple lifestyle modifications.