Men’s And Women’s Health
As men age, their bodies produce less testosterone. Because testosterone supports so many of the processes in a man’s body, big changes occur when it’s in short supply. “Andropause” (or “male menopause”) is the term given to the overall process and symptoms that occur when testosterone levels decline. Andropause affects millions of men worldwide and is a common part of aging.
Physically, andropause has been described as being akin to puberty, but in reverse. Testosterone is responsible for regulating bone and muscle growth. Both of those diminish when testosterone production is lowered. In addition, body fat increases and lean body mass decreases. This can quickly lead to a very unbalanced scale. Body mass and testosterone may be inversely related, highlighting that obesity restricts testosterone production. When testosterone production is already affected, it can make a difficult situation even worse and might offer an explanation as to why obesity affects older men.
Erectile dysfunction is at the top of the list of reported symptoms linked to andropause. It’s worth mentioning that erectile dysfunction often coexists with cardiovascular problems and depression. Both of which have a horrible and compound effect on the quality of life of the patient and their partner.
In addition, the most frequently affected aspects of the brain associated with andropause are reduced concentration, memory, and increased irritability. Some studies have indicated that disturbed sleep – due to hot flashes and night sweats – contributes to fatigue and irritability. Anxiety, mood swings, and nervousness are also common. What’s the explanation? According to evidence, testosterone helps protect against neurodegeneration. When testosterone is less available, there is reduced protection.
Different men experience different symptoms of andropause. There are men over the age of 70 who do not experience any of the above symptoms. There are also men in their 40’s who experience all of them. It is known that type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as certain medications, make men more prone to low testosterone. Alcohol consumption and neglecting to exercise can also negatively affect testosterone levels.
Many physicians recommend hormonal replacement therapy. At Wellness Architects, we can help. We have different ways of keeping the patient at optimum hormonal levels with BHRT, exercise, supplements, and tips to a healthy lifestyle, which will help you feel better and recover your vigor.
Menopause affects every woman differently. The signs and symptoms of menopause can last anywhere, from a few months to a few years. Menopause is diagnosed when more than 12 consecutive months have passed since your last menstrual cycle. It usually occurs to women over the age of 40. In the United States, the average age for menopause is 51. In most cases, women will go through a stage of perimenopause, in which changes will start to take effect gradually. Finally, women will go through full menopause, a transition that spells the end of their reproductive years. Recognizing these symptoms will help you to go through this stage and prepare for this eventual life change.
We understand that menopause is a normal biological process; but we also understand that its symptoms are unpleasant. Symptoms such as hot flashes, low energy, low libido (low sexual drive), vaginal dryness, and insomnia, among others can make life harder. At Wellness Architects we can help you go through life feeling healthier and more you. With a plan adjusted to your own needs, you can begin to see (feel) the results in 5 to 6 months.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
This syndrome is among the most common female endocrine disorders, affecting up to 10% of all women. PCOS is, fundamentally, an insulin problem; namely, hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. The insulin resistance seen in women with PCOS is unique, in that it occurs largely independently of body weight and cannot always be corrected by weight loss. Increased insulin resistance reduces SHBG levels, which result in increased free testosterone levels. Elevated luteinizing hormone levels lead to elevated testosterone. The increased levels of free testosterone result in more testosterone being aromatized to estrogen. Higher estrogen levels reduce FSH levels, which result in a lack of ovulation.
At Wellness Architects, we can help you identify if you suffer from PCOS. Dr. Javier Cuevas will design a plan specifically for you.
Low Libido and Low Testosterone
Low libido and low testosterone could be caused by any number of things, including physical and psychological issues. In some cases, it could be both.
Physical issues that can cause low libido include low testosterone, prescription medicines, too little or too much exercise, and alcohol and drug use. Psychological issues can include depression, stress, and problems in your relationship.
No one thing causes low libido. So it’s crucial to talk to your doctor if you’re worried your sex drive has dropped. Replacement therapy with any of the various testosterones available can boost your libido.
Depending on the cause, possible treatments in our program include:
- Healthier lifestyle choices. Improve your diet, get regular exercise and enough sleep, cut down on the alcohol, and reduce stress.
- Changing to a new medication, if the one you’re on is affecting your libido
- Testosterone replacement therapy
- Another hormones
If you feel identified with the symptoms above and need help, you may give us a call at (787) 397-4633.