Testosterone Deficiency / Male Andropause
Andropause, or male menopause, is the gradual decline with age of the male sex hormone testosterone. This is also known as testosterone deficiency or androgen deficiency and can contribute to the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Men’s testosterone peaks in their 20’s then decrease by 1% every year after ages 30 to 40. Signs and symptoms of low testosterone start to develop such as lower sex drive, decrease in energy, erectile dysfunction, reduced muscle mass and strength, depression, cognitive decline, and increased body fat. It is estimated that up to 6 million men in the United States are affected by testosterone deficiency. Even though the detrimental health effects of testosterone deficiency are known, it is still widely undiagnosed with only 5% of men receiving treatment. Age Management utilizes blood testing along with symptomology for diagnosis and offers a variety of testosterone replacement options such as creams, injections, and pellets.
Common symptoms of low testosterone in men
• Decrease Sex Drive
• Decrease Bone Density
• Decrease Muscle Mass
• Decrease Strength
• Erectile Dysfunction
• Cognitive Decline
• Memory Loss
• Night Sweats
• Loss of Body Hair
• Swollen Breasts
• Reduced Self Confidence
• Sleep Problems
• Increase Body Fat
• Increase Irritability
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
Andropause has clearly been under diagnosed due to men not admitting that they have vague symptoms, and also clinicians not giving attention to investigating this problem. Our criteria for hormone regulations revolves around accurate diagnosis through signs and symptoms, physical examination, and hormone blood levels.
Initial diagnosis through physician visit that covers clinical history, physical evaluation, and lab work to measure current hormone levels. Age Management of West Michigan accepts most insurances.
Direct replacement of hormones through prescriptive Bio-Identical Hormones tailored to your specific deficiencies.
Bio-Identical delivery systems that utilizes pellet therapy, creams, and sub-lingual troches.
An integrative approach to managing the patient’s overall health and well-being is a key component to optimizing hormone levels:
Cleanse and detoxification to restore and optimize natural hormone pathways while promoting positive hormone metabolism pathways.
Nutritional therapies (IV, Nutrient Injections, diet, and supplements) to replenish essential nutrients for hormone regulations.
Medical Weight Loss. Obesity is associated with profound alterations in androgen hormone secretion, transport, metabolism, and action.
Bio-Identical Hormones are Safe and Effective
Bio-Identical Hormones are exactly identical in molecular structure to the hormones which are made in the body. They are derived from plant-based sources which are structurally altered so your body recognizes them as your own.
Replacement with Bio-Identical Hormones controls the aging process by having a systemic effect in preserving our organs, connective tissues, vessels, muscle, bone, and neurotransmitters. Improve your quality of life with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Synthetic Hormones have growing concerns to be toxic and carcinogenic.
Important ways of regulating hormones occur through lifestyle approaches which include optimizing your diet, exercising regularly, avoiding tobacco/alcohol and managing stress. In addition, hormone and nutrient replacement therapy should be considered for those who are experiencing clinical symptoms of hormone deficiency. Psychological stress, alcohol, injuries, surgery, medications and obesity are often contributing factors to hormone decline.
All cells and tissues have hormone receptors (i.e. brain, heart, blood vessels, etc) which decline as we age. Essential nutrients help serve as the key to unlock and optimize hormone function.
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Bioidentical hormones are exactly identical in molecular structure to the hormones that are made in the body. They are derived from plant-based sources that are structurally altered so your body recognizes the as your own natural hormones.
Patients will start to see improvements within 2 weeks of starting BHRT. It usually takes around 4 weeks to feel the full effect.
Our criteria of hormone regulation revolves around accurate diagnosis through signs and symptoms, physical examination, and hormone blood test levels.
BHRT options include orals, sublinguals, creams, and pellets. Patients have the option to choose which treatment option works best for them and their lifestyles.
BHRT pellets last around 4 months and provide a balanced release of hormones without the daily or weekly administration that is associated with injections, troches, or creams.
Physician visits, lab work, and some hormone replacement therapies are covered by most primary insurances. Pellet therapy is not covered by insurance and is a cash-based service.
BHRT has been shown to protect against heart disease, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, and mental decline. Patients with a history of prostate cancer or stroke are not considered for treatment.
We offer affordable cash-based physician visits and lab testing. We are also a CareCredit participating provider.
Getting started is easy! Call 616-808-2695 and an Age Management representative will gladly assist you in scheduling your initial appointment with the physician.