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              You might be thinking, what the heck is andropause?  Good question.  Andropause is the male counterpart to menopause in women. Yes, men have hormonal issues just like their female counterparts. The average age is probably forty five years when men start noticing the symptoms of andropause. But this can occur much earlier.  What are the symptoms of andropause? Men's testosterone levels drop about fifteen percent every decade after age twenty.Therefore, at age fifty the average male's hormone levels of testosterone have dropped by fifty percent. The following are the most common symptoms: erectile dysfunction, night sweats, muscle loss, low libido or sex drive, depression, weight gain around the middle, urinary problems, hot flashes, development of breasts, body hair loss, sleep apnea, fatigue and excess irritability.

       There are several hormonal imbalances that can create these symptoms but the most common is a general drop in testosterone levels and an increased conversion of testosterone to estrogen either in the form of ( E1) Estrone or( E2) Estradiol through a process called aromatization. These hormonal changes and imbalances can be life-threatening!  A man that has lost fifty percent of his testosterone levels coupled with significant increased weight around the middle is twice as likely to have a heart attack.

        We now know that there are hormone receptor sites in the brain, the bone, the heart, the lungs, the digestive tract and the blood vessels.  Significant changes in hormone levels have a direct adverse effect on these organs.  Significant changes affect our confidence, clarity of thought, muscle strength, cardiovascular health and our libido or sex drive.  We also now know that men have estrogen receptor sites in the prostate.  Excess conversion of testosterone to estrogen causes over-stimulation of these prostate receptor sites which lead to chronic inflammation and even cancer.

      Synthetic prescriptions for testosterone are not the answer.  This synthetic form of testosterone is an extraterrestrial compound that will create adverse side effects over time.  It will not be long before there will be several published studies on increased prostate cancer rate of these users of synthetic testosterone.  Be forewarned.  Nor does the synthetic testosterone deal with the conversion of testosterone to estrogen through the aromatase enzyme.

      What is the solution?  The absolute best way to evaluate your hormones is through saliva testing.  We take five samples of saliva throughout the day to ensure optimum test results.  Once this data is obtained, a specific plan can be implemented using non-prescriptive bio-identical plant extracts that will correct the imbalance/deficiency and restore hormone levels to a more youthful, healthful state.

      Not only will this help correct the negative symptoms of erectile dysfunction, night sweats, muscle loss, low libido or sex drive, depression, weight gain, urinary problems, hot flashes, breast development, fatigue, and excess irritability, it will have a positive effect on concentration, confidence, skin, cardiovascular, digestive, and bone health.

      In a recent survey of men 91% did not know the signs of low testosterone. Take the Testosterone Deficiency in the Aging Male ADAM questionaire below.

1.Do you have a decrease in libido? (sex drive)

2. Do you have a lack of energy?

3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?

4. Have you lost height?

5. Have you noticed a decreased "enjoyment of life"?

6. Are you sad/ or grumpy?

7. Are your erections less strong?

8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?

9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?

10. Has there been recent deterioration in your work performance?

This service is provided through Hoffman Clinic for Optimal Health.Call today. 813-985-1322. Ask to see our male doctor, Kelly Miller, DC, NMD, FASA, FBAARM, CFDMP*, who helps our male patients with these conditions. Serving Temple Terrace, North Hillsborough County, and the greater Tampa Bay area.

.*There is currently no licensure for Naturopathic Physicians (NMD) in the state of Florida and the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine does not currently recognize the credentialing of the  Fellowship from the Brazil-American Academy for Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FBAARM), or the Certification in Functional Diagnostic Medicine (CFDMP) from Functional Medicine University.