Hormonal Health - Male Hormone Chemistry

Traditionally, age-related male hormone changes were not considered problematic because fertility in men persists until an advanced age. In contrast, women undergo ovarian function failure and require multiple hormone replacements. More careful evaluation in males shows progressive age-related changes including:

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  • Decreased muscle mass & strength
  • Decreased vigor, low energy
  • Decreased libido
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness & Depression
  • Hair loss

What you can do about male hormone imbalance
Optimal health is dependent on the balance of hormones, and not just a single hormone. Currently, men with low androgen hormones can benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Also, men with imbalances in their androgen to estrogen and progesterone can also be hormone supplemented to achieve balance.

Supplemental hormones can be given by mouth, by injection, by skin patch, or by implant. Androgen supplementation, in states of deficit, improves fitness and produces a feeling of well being, with a reduction in abdominal fat and enhanced lean body mass.

Why measure male hormones?
Measurements of hormones can be used in two general ways.

  1. To estimate the body's own production-baseline test
  2. To measure levels of hormones after supplementation-therapeutic monitoring

Baseline measurements will show normal and abnormal levels of six distinct hormones shown in boxes (See Diagram 1). If levels are too low, too high or hormone ratios are outside of expected limits, an objective treatment plan can be developed for the individual. Symptoms are not a substitute for measuring hormone levels because many symptoms may involve non-hormonal factors.

Using appropriate tests for monitoring hormone therapy is crucial in establishing the appropriate dosing regimen. This reduces the chance of undesirable side-effects and maximizes benefcial effects. For example, excessive use of androgens (testosterone, androstenedione, DHEA and testosterone derivatives) can activate subclinical prostatic tumors which are androgen-dependent. Monitoring is especially important in older males. By the age of 70, at least 50% of men have subclinical prostate cancer. These are especially susceptible to growth stimulation by androgens.

Our testing is for you if you are...

1. Middle aged and having:

  • impaired libido
  • erectile dysfunction
  • baldness and/or extremity hair thinning
  • fat accumulation around the waist
  • urinary symptoms: pain and/or frequency; urgency; interrupted stream
  • change in sleeping habits
  • lack of enthusiasm for life
  • increase in bad cholesterol, decrease in good cholesterol
  • your Dr. tells you that you have osteoporosis

2. Young and having:

  • impaired libido
  • erectile dysfunction
  • early baldness
  • inability to lose weight

Distinct benefits of saliva tests:

  1. Affordable and less expensive than blood or urine tests. You save $250 - $300 on six hormones.
  2. Collection procedure spares the biohazards and pain of venipunctures.
  3. Results are more clinically reflective of your hormone status and needs.
  4. Results can lead to an individualized and customized treatment plan using natural hormones.
  5. You will minimize overdosing and underdosing. This will ensure that you use only the proper hormones in the appropriate amounts. With salivary hormone testing, guesswork is minimized.

Please call (734) 222-8210 with any questions.
We can also schedule you for a consultation & evaluation.