Menopause and Andropause are natural stages of our human development but the unpleasant side effects that sometimes come along with them don’t have to be inevitable! Our bodies are constantly changing with new symptoms appearing all the time, such as unexplained fatigue, low libido, weight gain, decreased stamina, insomnia, foggy thinking, and depression, along with many others. Most people are unclear as to what is happening with their bodies and feel helpless to do anything to improve their condition. At Tomorrow Medicine we are happy to assure you that your symptoms ARE reversible, especially when you’re armed with cutting edge knowledge and the right team of medical professionals to guide you through!
For many women it means no longer experiencing the hassles of a monthly period, the possibility of becoming pregnant, the discomfort of menstrual cramps, migraine headaches, or the dreaded PMS. It occurs, of course, when women are past childbearing years; ovulation ceases and the body’s production of estrogen and progesterone is reduced. Other hormones follow suit and decrease, but not necessarily at the same rates, which causes hormonal imbalances. These imbalances are the reason behind the unpleasant and sometimes debilitating symptoms listed above, along with hot flashes, night sweats, uncontrolled emotions, vaginal dryness, not to mention an increased risk of osteoporosis. The wonderful news is that your hormones can be rebalanced making your unpleasant symptoms a thing of the past!
Andropause, as you may have guessed, is the male counterpart to menopause and refers to age-related changes in men caused by decreased hormone production, especially testosterone. Although unlike women, whose hormone levels plummet somewhat quickly, men experience a gradual loss in their testosterone production beginning at about the age of 30 and continuing at the rate of approximately 1% per year. Besides the symptoms mentioned above, other side effects of andropause are irritability, erectile disfunction, decreased motivation, difficulty concentrating, decreased muscle mass, difficulty recovering from injury, and something called gynecomastia, otherwise known as man boobs!
People are living much longer these days, which means the odds are very high of spending many years in this developmental stage. This is also a very important time to focus on other known health changes. A decrease in hormone levels is directly correlated to an increase in overall inflammation, the root cause of 7 out of the 10 leading causes of death in our country. For example, there is a known link between decreased testosterone and heart disease and stroke. During this time, many people find it harder to maintain a healthy weight, which increases their odds of becoming diabetic and hypertensive.
At Tomorrow Medicine we want you to not only live longer but live BETTER! Through our integrative programs including proper nutrition and exercise, as well as supplementation and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy when necessary, you can say goodbye to your unpleasant symptoms and hello to a new and exciting time in your life! Schedule your complementary consultation with Dr. Morley today and find out what healthy aging can mean for you!