Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

Los Angeles Low Testosterone Doctor Joseph Sciabbarrisi, M.D. has 25 years of experience treating both men and women for hormonal imbalances that can affect the quality of one’s everyday life. As an expert in the field, Dr. Sciabbarrasi has had great success treating him patients with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Many men can be affected by hormonal imbalance and many are unaware that some of the symptoms that they are experiencing as they age are treatable symptoms. Dr. Sciabbarrasi can help each patient take a proactive approach to aging which can help ease this transition in life that will affect us all. If you are experiencing discomfort due to aging and hormonal imbalance contact Dr. Joseph Sciabbarrisi, of the greater Los Angeles, CA area today to get started on your path to optimal health!

Andropause

Aging is an inevitable part of life and one would do well to embrace some of the more positive aspects that aging can bring.

As Michael Prichard says, “You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing.”

Feeling well makes the aging process much more enjoyable. Men can experience a decline in the quality of their lives as their hormonal balances shift and decline.   Now with Natural Hormone Therapy you can enjoy the full spectrum of life.

As we age we know who we are and what we like and don’t like. Coping skills are heightened and we become more tolerant of the little aggravations of life. Getting older gives us the opportunity to benefit from lifelong experiences and to build a network of friends and family, both old and new. And last but not least, with appreciation for life itself we learn to use our time more wisely to pursue those things that give us the greatest joy.

Optimal health is the key to living life to its fullest.   Hormone Replacement Therapy can help us to achieve that.

What is Andropause?

Andropause is the decrease in serum testosterone in men with the resulting symptoms that can occur. Testosterone decreases by approximately 1% per year after the age of 30.

Hormone replacement therapy in women has long been the standard of care for the treatment of menopausal symptoms resulting from estrogen deficiency.   It has become increasingly widely recognized that hormone deficiency in aging men can also affect their quality of life. Unlike female menopause, however, the male counterpart is a slowly progressive condition.

This stage of life is commonly referred to andropause . Fortunately for men, this decline in hormone levels is not as drastic or sudden as what is experienced by women during menopause. As the levels of testosterone gradually start to decline, small changes in energy levels, stamina, and an inconsistent short term memory are usually overlooked by most men. It is usually not until major symptoms or conditions present themselves that men begin to consider looking for a way to feel normal again.

Some of the physiological changes that can occur with androgen deficiency in the aging male can include decreased lean body mass and increased fat, decrease in bone mineral density, decreased body hair and skin thickness, reduction in muscle mass and strength, diminished libido and sexual activity, reduced energy, irritability and depression, impaired sleep quality and deterioration in cognitive function.

There have been a number of studies done in which testosterone has been administered to older men. The testosterone replacement achieved was in the low normal range. Most studies demonstrated beneficial effects of testosterone replacement. In this population there was an increase in lean body mass which is also associated with a decrease in fat mass. The bone mineral density was improved. There were increases in both muscle strength and sexual function and improved generalized feelings of well-being, and improved cognitive function.

Symptoms of Male Hormone Decline (Andropause) can include:

Weight Gain– As men age, testosterone levels begin to decline and estrogen dominance develops due to the loss of testosterone which often results in a loss of lean muscle and a drop in energy levels. This combination often results in weight gain. Restoring deficient testosterone levels with Natural Hormone Replacement can help keep men’s bodies performing at optimal levels and prevent hormone related weight gain with age.

Depression: Characterized as feelings of severe despondency and dejection. Men experiencing age related hormone decline often have never experienced feelings of depression before, yet with a changing body, reduced energy levels, and other physiologic changes occurring, many middle aged men begin to lose hope. Frustration with body image, sexual performance, or an inability to participate in favorite activities or hobbies can become a catalyst to feeling depressed. There is hope. By optimizing male hormones using Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy you can begin to reverse the signs and symptoms of age related hormone decline and restore youthful energy, vitality and function to the body.

Mood Swings: .Although mood swings are generally recognized as a female symptom of menopause men can also experience these swings as hormonal balances change. Men who are experiencing age related hormone decline common with andropause often show signs of increased anger, sadness, anxiety, irritability and a short temper. These mood shifts can occur when estrogen and testosterone levels fluctuate and inhibit the chemicals responsible for regulating moods. Restoring hormone balance in men using Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to properly regulate moods and stimulate optimal brain chemistry, bringing a greater sense of wellbeing.

Memory Loss: Testosterone is responsible in helping to regulate cortisol levels in the brain. When the testosterone levels begin to decline, cortisol levels can fluctuate inhibiting mental cognition and causing symptoms such as confusion and foggy thinking. The neurotransmitters are not able to work properly due to the irregular levels of hormones. Men can be more vulnerable to failing memory than women. Ensuring the steady and balanced levels of testosterone in the body as men age can promote a stronger memory and sharper mental cognition into old age.

Low Libido: Many men experience low libido and sexual function. This can cause great concern and anxiety in men which may only exacerbate the problem. Symptoms can include erectile dysfunction, lack of sexual desire and even impotence. Replacing deficient testosterone levels using Natural Testosterone Replacement Therapy for men can improve the symptoms of sexual dysfunction and stimulate libido.

Insomnia: Sleep disturbances can be caused by hormonal interference with the body’s ability to properly regulate brain chemistry and deal with the stresses of everyday life. Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. With insomnia, you usually awaken feeling unrefreshed, which takes a toll on your ability to function during the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.

Muscle Atrophy: Muscle Loss due to the decline of testosterone levels with aging is a common symptom of andropause. Loss of muscle means loss of strength and mobility. People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass per decade after age 30. Testosterone binds to muscle cells in the body and promotes both muscle growth and integrity. Low testosterone levels can inhibit muscle growth and allow estrogen to begin to build up in body fat. This cycle of muscle atrophy and weight gain can be stopped in its tracks with Natural Testosterone Replacement Therapy for men experiencing the symptoms of andropause related hormone decline.

There are treatment options suitable for men with andropause symptoms. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is an option that utilizes more natural products.