Is the period in a man’s life that is marked by a drop in the levels of the male hormone, testosterone. Normally occurring between the ages of 45 and 55, andropause is slow, steady reduction in testosterone levels.
It is a natural, gradual process that occurs between the ages of 35-59 when a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen and progesterone, and her lifetime supply of eggs becomes depleted.
Once we have identified that hormonal imbalance may be a contributing factor to your health concerns, a physical examination, detailed history and symptom review are performed.
Initial blood testing is done to determine your current hormonal state and combined with specific questionnaires to determine if you qualify for this type of treatment. This may be supplemented with urine and/or saliva testing.
Many patients opt for the bio-identical approach because it strays away from the “one size fits all” approach and provides a personal, customized treatment protocol.
Some women develop moderate to severe symptoms during this time including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, irregular periods and sleep disorders. Treatment options include diet & lifestyle modifications, stress management and bio-identical hormone replacement based on your specific diagnostic test results.
If you are diagnosed with low testosterone and present with symptoms often associated with this condition you have several options to address this issue. These include testosterone injections or compounded testosterone creams/gels. As part of your treatment, clomiphene, anastrozole and/or HCG may be recommended.
Changes in your menstrual cycle are a warning sign that deeper underlying issues should be addressed. We map out your hormones throughout the month and determine an appropriate treatment to restore regularity to your monthly cycle.
Our environment today is laden with chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body. A proper balance of sex hormones including DHEA, Testosterone, Progesterone and Estrogen are required for the body to work well. Treatment involves a thorough history of environmental toxins, their elimination, and supporting the body to metabolize estrogen derivates while balancing the supporting hormones.
Even though you blood metabolite levels may be in the “reference range” does not mean they are optimal for you. Depending on the level of performance you are trying to achieve and your symptoms, an anti-aging plan is developed to maximize your life.
By Dr. Kendrick Heywood on April 20, 2017
Diabetes is a very common and growing widespread disease. Diabetes Type II is known as inuslin resistance diabetes. It is the result of chronic elevations of blood sugar and a decrease in the sensitivity of insulin released from the pancreas.