Category Archives: Bioidentical Hormones

Everything You Need To Know About Hypothyroidism: Symptoms, Testing and Treatments

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Thyroid disease affects about 27 million adults in the United States. One of the most common forms of thyroid disease is a condition known as hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many are not only unfamiliar with the condition but also unaware that they are suffering from it! Some studies estimate that up to one third of those with hypothyroidism are undiagnosed, making it virtually impossible that they will be able to manage their condition. Resolving the problem of hypothyroidism requires that everyone have greater awareness and understanding of the thyroid and hypothyroidism. Understanding the Thyroid Gland To best understand hypothyroidism, it is important to first have a good understanding of the thyroid gland. The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland in the neck. Despite its size, it has a very large impact on virtually every bodily system and function. Some areas most affected by the thyroid are metabolism, mood, and weight. However, the […]

What You Need to Know About Heart Health and Testosterone

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Testosterone, often described as the primary male hormone, is an important part of men’s health, including cardiovascular wellness. Sadly, according to recent research, various factors such as aging and increase exposure to environmental toxins have resulted in a significant decrease in average testosterone values among men. This has contributed to a greater occurrence of testosterone deficiency and subsequent increase in cardiovascular disease. To best combat this issue we must become better acquainted with the function of testosterone, how it influences heart health, and learn how men can safely improve their testosterone values. Why is Testosterone so Important? Testosterone as an essential element of overall male wellness. The hormone influences many factors of health including muscle building, endurance, fat regulation, regenerative ability, mental well-being, and sex drive. In men, testosterone also protects against hypertension, arthritis and other age-related illness. But, of its many responsibilities, perhaps its most important is protecting against […]

7 Ways for Men to Boost Their Sex Drive

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Male libido is the driving force behind male sexual desire. Having a healthy libido is an important part of both physical and mental wellness. Unfortunately, many men in the United States regularly experience libidinal deficiency and subsequent sexual dysfunction. Some data suggests that upwards of 31% of men experience libido-related sexual dysfunction. Fortunately, it may be possible for men to alleviate libidinal issues by optimizing various elements of health. Below are seven ways that men can restore libido, improving sexual performance and attaining greater sexual satisfaction. 1. Remove or Resolve Libido Inhibitors Hormones are one of the most broadly important elements of wellness. They regulate many processes throughout the body including metabolism, brain function, and even libido. Poor hormone function can notably impede these and other processes. There are several elements of everyday life that stealthily inhibit hormone production and activity, which can have a dramatic impact on libido. Improvement […]

Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe for Men?

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Hormones are a critical component of healthy bodily function. Sadly, hormone deficiency is an increasingly common problem among men in the United States. Without an adequate supply of various hormones, the body can easily malfunction and develop serious disorders and dysfunctions. Fortunately, men may resolve hormone deficiency and its associated symptoms by utilizing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). Are Men at Risk of Hormone Issues? Hormones play a critical role in many areas of male wellness including metabolism, neurological function, and physical ability. Because of their broad influence, hormone deficiency can cause numerous symptoms such as fatigue, inability to lose weight, loss of muscle, lack of motivation, changes in mood, low libido, and more. Fortunately, BHRT offers an effective method for treating hormonal issues that detract from men’s health. The Significant Need for BHRT There are many reasons men may benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Optimizing your hormones can improve […]

Everything You Need to Know About Prostate Health

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Prostate health is an essential component of male wellness. Sadly, prostate issues are common with studies estimating that benign prostate disease is experienced by over 40 percent of American men by the age of 50 and over 70 percent by the age of 60. According to the CDC, prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among men in the United States. To better combat prostate disease, we must become more familiar with the prostate and how to support it. What is the Prostate? The prostate is a male-specific chestnut-sized gland located under the bladder. Its principal function is the production of prostate fluid, which is a component of semen. However, the prostate muscles also assist in the ejaculatory process. Furthermore, the urethra runs through the prostate, meaning that this gland also has significant influence over urinary function. If the prostate malfunctions these and other processes may be […]

6 Health Tests Every Man Needs

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Regular medical assessments are one of the best ways to support lasting wellness by ensuring that the body is working at its best. Unfortunately, many men do not adhere to standard testing recommendations. In fact, studies show that men are 24 percent less likely than women to attend regular check-ups. This makes them more vulnerable to health issues such as heart disease, hormone deficiencies and cancers that are not easily identifiable from symptoms alone. Fortunately, most times, these and other serious health conditions may be prevented if they are identified early. For this reason, it is essential that men take part in regular testing. Why Is Regular Testing Important? Without proper testing, some common but highly impactful illnesses can go unnoticed for years. For example, it is often the case that major health issues such as cardiovascular disease and cancer are only recognized in men after they become severe, at […]

Low Testosterone: Signs, Causes, and Treatment Options

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Testosterone is a hormone that plays an essential role in male health. In men, testosterone influences many areas including virility, muscle building, mood, and much more. A lack of testosterone can result is serious health issues. Fortunately, there are safe and effective methods for preventing and resolving testosterone deficiency. Read on to learn about the importance of testosterone, issues of deficiency, and how to restore and maintain healthy testosterone values. What is Testosterone and Why is it So Important? Testosterone is a hormone, specifically an androgen, that has a significant influence on male health. Research shows that men who maintain appropriate testosterone values have a better overall sense of well-being, have greater physical ability and are less likely to experience debilitating age-related illness when compared to those who are deficient. A study in 2007 found that 33 percent of their nearly 800 male participants with sub-optimal testosterone levels were more […]

Menopause and Perimenopause: Symptoms, Treatments and More

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During their lifetime, women experience many important physiological changes. Perhaps the best example of this is menopause, and its lesser-known companion perimenopause. Although most have heard of these conditions, many do not know what perimenopause and menopause are. Read on to learn about the basics of each condition and how a change in perception and appropriate therapy may improve the perimenopause and menopause experience. What is Perimenopause? Perimenopause indicates the time between a healthy menstrual cycle and menopause, wherein the menstrual cycle halts completely. Perimenopause typical begins around the age of 35 and may last from six months to ten years before developing fully into menopause. During this time of transition production of two important hormones, estrogen and progesterone, decline. Depending on the speed at which these hormone values drop, one may experience a slow, almost imperceptible change to bodily function or a sudden or dramatic shift. The change in […]

PMS Diet: 10 Foods That Help Fight PMS Symptoms

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Premenstrual syndrome, more often referred to as PMS, is an exceptionally common condition. It is estimated that 80 percent of women will experience PMS during their life. Fortunately, it may be possible for many women to ease or even resolve their premenstrual difficulties by making appropriate dietary changes. But before learning how to effectively combat PMS through diet, we must first understand what it is. What is PMS? PMS is a condition that stems from hormonal imbalances. Although there are many factors that can contribute to the development of PMS such as stress, lack of sleep, and nutrient deficiency, the greatest promoter of PMS is irregular menstruation.  During the first half of the menstrual cycle the production of estrogen, an important hormone for female health, increases dramatically. In healthy systems this is offset by greater release of another hormone called progesterone. While these hormones remain at the appropriate balance, PMS […]

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS): Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

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It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of women experience PMS. Despite its exceptionally common occurrence, most know very little about it. Women who already have PMS and those who are at risk of developing it can benefit from acquiring a better understanding of this common and often frustrating condition. Read on to learn about the basics of PMS, common signs and symptoms of PMS and potential treatment options.  What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome is a common health condition most frequently experienced by women during their childbearing years. This cyclical disorder occurs monthly during the luteal phase of menstruation. During the luteal phase, most women experience a significant shift in hormone values. This is caused by a structure called the corpus luteum follicle. The follicle is produced during ovulation after an egg has been released. When the luteum follicle is active, it produces a significant amount of progesterone and […]

8 Common Symptoms of PCOS

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Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition affecting about 10 percent of women. Sadly, the notable prevalence is only just one problem of PCOS. Perhaps an even greater issue is that fact that approximately half of those with PCOS are unaware of it. Resolving PCOS requires improved general awareness of PCOS and greater individual ability to identify the signs and symptoms of PCOS. Only then will we be able to effectively identify and attend to this common condition. What is PCOS? PCOS is an endocrine disorder that develops in a large percentage of the female population, specifically women between the ages of 12 and 51. Although the exact cause of PCOS is unclear, experts know that PCOS is closely tied to hormone balance. It has been shown that irregular values of sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can contribute to the development and continuation of PCOS. PCOS […]

A Unique Approach to Women’s Health Optimization

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The most important thing to understand about women’s health is that each woman is unique. Optimizing women’s health involves a broader view of women as complex beings. The following 5 aspects of health are key in recognizing a holistic approach to women’s health. Energy As medical practitioners, fatigue is a primary concern for our patients. This symptom can be due to a wide variety of causes including lack of sleep, poor nutrition, hormone imbalances, infections, and/or stress. The treatment plan for tackling fatigue should involve a complex approach by treating the woman as a whole and looking into a range of potential causes. Immune Our immune system acts by warding off potential threats such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins that may be present in the environment we live in. More than finding ways to attack the “enemies”, a better long-term approach to boosting and supporting our immune systems from […]