Male Menopause Is No Myth

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  • 26 Jul, 2017

By Dr. Timothy Morley

Andropause – nicknamed “male menopause”– affects about 25 million American men between the ages of 40 and 55, yet the mainstream US medical community has only recently started to recognize this condition; and it continues to be under-diagnosed. Males in this age group might recognize one or more of the common symptoms, including irritability, depression, memory loss, insomnia, night sweats, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, decreased strength and muscle mass, and weight gain, especially around the belly. As if that weren’t enough, they’ve developed the dreaded gynecomastia, aka “man boobs.” Andropause can occur with age-related hormone changes in men, specifically a drop in the production of the hormone testosterone. Until recently, however, the symptoms have been written off as “just part of aging” and have continued to go untreated. According to the Journal of Clinical Practice, nearly 40 percent of men over 45 are affected by low testosterone. At about age 30, testosterone production begins to drop and it continues to decrease at the rate of approximately one percent per year. As testosterone drops, both inflammation and
body fat increase, causing an increased risk of diabetes and other chronic disease. An optimal testosterone level
is vital to a man’s health and well-being, as it is known to help protect the heart and stave off other hormone shifts a man may experience, such as elevated cortisol and hypothyroidism. I strongly encourage my patients to address their symptoms proactively in order to better embrace this time in their lives and lower their risk of disease. There are a number of treatment options available involving diet, exercise and getting adequate sleep. In addition, many men have great success with natural hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. Morley is a board certified physician and hormone expert. He specializes in disease treatment and prevention through individualized programs combining extensive patient assessment, natural hormone balancing (using bioidentical hormone replacement if necessary), customized nutrition counseling and fitness regimens. Dr. Morley treats the whole person, not just the disease. Dr. Morely is medical director of Tomorrow Medicine located in White Plains at 1133 Westchester Avenue. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call (914) 615-9004
By proadAccountId-384774 02 Aug, 2017

We scrub our faces and bodies and shampoo our hair so that everything glows and looks great. But is this external sparkle alone enough? Taking care of the vitality of our internal organs and the need to cleanse them should e a priority for all of us. The truth is - regular periodic detoxification is not just important; it is absolutely critical for our health. Why? For starters, because hundreds of brand new chemicals are manufactured every day and

almost all of them are getting into our environment. According to recent government- funded annual reviews of public health, each year 60,000 Americans die from air pollution, 53 million Americans drink contaminated

water, and 21,000 die from cancer-causing pesticides. Pesticides are not the only toxic exposure in our foods: fertilizers, chemical sprays, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives.

 

These are all IN our food and on top of it; nearly 75% of our foods are genetically altered. You might think you are eating organic but crops can and do cross-pollinate. The ground waters mix. Water evaporates off the inorganic crops and rains over the organic crops, polluting them indirectly. The water we drink and the air we breathe are just

as polluted. All these chemicals trigger imbalances in the body because they are not compatible with the body’s chemistry.

 

We also absorb toxins through our skin, which is our biggest organ. Consider the clothes you wear, the sheets you sleep on and the towels you rub your skin with. Have they all been cleaned with toxic detergents? Scientists estimate that we carry at least 700 toxins in our body, most of which have not been well studied. There are 80,000 chemicals used in the US – most of which are untested and unregulated and the numbers are going up steadily.

Scientific studies have explored the link between chemical toxins and obesity. Researchers found that toxins, specifically pesticides and PCBs, interfere with many aspects of metabolism including disrupting hormone levels, blocking thyroid receptors, stressing liver function, and damaging the mitochondria and their ability to burn calories after weight loss. Toxins may also damage hormone signals, affecting the very important hormone leptin–which

is responsible for telling your brain the belly is full! So please don’t let anyone tell you that the body can naturally detox itself. Or that just eating good food will take care of the problems. Toxins lodge themselves in our fat cells so, for the most part; no amount of clean eating will necessarily help you lose weight. Detoxing is essential for fat loss.

Detoxification needs to be done properly. Tomorrow Medicine provides the most successful detox program to rid your body of dangerous toxins. The program is safe, natural, and effective to achieve optimal health.

By proadAccountId-384774 26 Jul, 2017
Andropause – nicknamed “male menopause”– affects about 25 million American men between the ages of 40 and 55, yet the mainstream US medical community has only recently started to recognize this condition; and it continues to be under-diagnosed. Males in this age group might recognize one or more of the common symptoms, including irritability, depression, memory loss, insomnia, night sweats, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, decreased strength and muscle mass, and weight gain, especially around the belly. As if that weren’t enough, they’ve developed the dreaded gynecomastia, aka “man boobs.” Andropause can occur with age-related hormone changes in men, specifically a drop in the production of the hormone testosterone. Until recently, however, the symptoms have been written off as “just part of aging” and have continued to go untreated. According to the Journal of Clinical Practice, nearly 40 percent of men over 45 are affected by low testosterone. At about age 30, testosterone production begins to drop and it continues to decrease at the rate of approximately one percent per year. As testosterone drops, both inflammation and
body fat increase, causing an increased risk of diabetes and other chronic disease. An optimal testosterone level
is vital to a man’s health and well-being, as it is known to help protect the heart and stave off other hormone shifts a man may experience, such as elevated cortisol and hypothyroidism. I strongly encourage my patients to address their symptoms proactively in order to better embrace this time in their lives and lower their risk of disease. There are a number of treatment options available involving diet, exercise and getting adequate sleep. In addition, many men have great success with natural hormone replacement therapy.
By proadAccountId-384774 20 Mar, 2017

At least 20% of my practice includes patients whose low thyroid has been MISDIAGNOSED or missed completely because it has so many different possible symptoms. It can be confused for something else or simply ignored due to lack of understanding on the part of many physicians. Symptoms that your body isn’t producing enough of this hormone include:

**Lack of energy

**Depression

**Weight gain

**Hair loss

**Brittle nails

**Dry skin

**Always feeling cold

**Menstrual irregularities

**Bloating

**Puffy face or swollen eyelids

**Insomnia

**Muscle weakness

**Loss of libido

**Even Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!

 

The good news is that not all patients need to take thyroid medications such as Synthroid to combat these symptoms. You may simply have deficiencies in your diet, and simple yet proper supplementation can sometimes be as effective as medication. Consider supplementing zinc, copper, vitamin A and B vitamins including B2, B3 and B6, as well as Vitamin C. The use of selenium, iodine, and potassium also increase the production of your thyroid hormone and can help to reduce the symptoms associated with a low thyroid condition.

 

When it comes to vitamin and mineral supplementation, however, be careful not to waste time and money on anything less than pharmaceutical grade products. Unlike anything you’ll find at GNC, Vitamin Shoppe or on local drugstore shelves, pharmaceutical grade supplements are always extremely closely monitored for purity, quality and efficacy. In addition, this level of supplements can only be distributed legally by qualified medical professionals based on the medical needs of the patient.

By proadAccountId-384774 20 Mar, 2017

Menopause is a phase of life that all women will eventually go through. It is essentially the beginning of the end of your female reproductive phase, but NOT the beginning of the end of YOU. The hormonal hallmark of this event is the dip in the production of your body’s estrogen and progesterone. Bolstering these hormones naturally can eliminate many of the symptoms brought on by this dip in hormone production. These may include: hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, decreased libido, memory loss, mood swings, anxiety, irritably, vaginal dryness, hair loss and insomnia. Unfortunately, many women do not realize that these symptoms are directly related to this downward shift in their body’s hormone production, and can therefore BE REMEDIED by adopting some simple lifestyle changes accompanied by the proper use of supplements. Your goal should be to enhance your body’s natural ability to handle these symptoms so that you can continue to live the fulfilling life you deserve to live!

By proadAccountId-384774 20 Mar, 2017

Most people, including many physicians, associate the hormone estrogen simply with a woman’s reproductive cycle. How wrong they are! The fact is that estrogen has over 400 functions in the human body. When your estrogen declines in peri-menopause and menopause, the body can lose many of these unrecognized functions.

Having optimal estrogen levels in the body does the following:

**Maintains bone density. Lack of estrogen increases the risk of osteoporosis.

**Aids in the production of neurotransmitters, which decreases depression, anxiety and irritability.

**Decreases wrinkling of the skin.

**Decreases risk of high blood pressure.

**Helps fight insomnia.

**Produces an enzyme that fights Alzheimer’s Disease.

**Decreases risk of diabetes.

**Enhances memory function and helps maintain concentration. (The New England         Journal of Medicine states that ALL women who lose estrogen experience some degree of memory loss.)

**Decreases LDL--the bad cholesterol.

**Increases cardiac blood flow and decreases plaque in arteries.

**Reduces the risk of cataracts.

**Improves mood.

**Improves maintenance of muscle.

**Increases metabolism and decreases weight gain (the average woman gains twenty pounds during menopause)

**Decreases the likelihood of joint pain (most women with arthritis state that their symptoms decrease when estrogen levels are optimal)

**Prevents hair loss.

**Decreases migraine headaches.

**Decreases urinary tract infections.

**Decreases vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

**Decreases indigestion and bloating.

 

Wow! Estrogen is amazing and having the optimal levels in your body is a necessary part of feeling great and keeping all the above symptoms at bay. Our bodies make hormones, including estrogen, to keep us healthy and to keep our bodies functioning at their absolute best. Proper and safe supplementation with only bioidentical hormones can make a significant difference when trying to avoid or significantly reduce these symptoms and their impact on your quality of life.

By proadAccountId-384774 20 Mar, 2017

A good night’s sleep is extremely important to your overall health. About 40% of Americans have some form of insomnia and up to 15% have chronic severe insomnia. Unfortunately, most doctors don’t discuss this in enough depth with their patients. Obvious symptoms of sleep deprivation include daytime drowsiness, poor concentration and memory loss. However, lack of sleep also causes premature aging, depression, anxiety, behavior problems and an overall decreased ability to handle stress. There is also evidence linking lack of sleep to obesity. Simply stated it is very difficult to lose weight if you are not sleeping at night.

 

Many people turn to sleeping pills for the answer. Unfortunately, this solution comes with its own set of problems such as eating disorders, “hangovers” and sluggishness the next day. All of these drugs have side effects but fortunately there are alternatives to sleeping pills. First of all, make sure your insomnia is not due to a hormone deficiency or imbalance, which can wreak havoc on your whole sleep cycle and therefore how you feel during the day. Also, lifestyle, including diet and exercise plays an extremely important role. Otherwise, an effective strategy for trouble sleeping is nutritional support including essential amino acids and certain stress-reducing vitamins and minerals. For example, calcium, magnesium and lysine in optimal amounts appropriate for your individual body will greatly improve the quality of your sleep. Melatonin is also a safe option and many of my patients find relief with it. Overall, nutritional support with proper dietary supplementation and lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, are the best initial ways to deal with insomnia. Sweet dreams!

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