Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy For Andropause
Coral Gables, Florida Andropause Specialist, Victor Shabanah, M.D. at Health and Wellness Clinic USA has helped numerous men in the Miami area to regain hormonal balance. Offering customized programs that address individual needs, many patients have been able to overcome the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, which are often synonymous with the symptoms of aging. Taking a patient-centered approach to wellness, Doctor Shabanah factors in patients’ individual challenges, lifestyles, medical history, and treatment preferences into his Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy plans. As a result of his dedicated care and attention, wide numbers of men have been able to obtain peak levels of health.
Testosterone is responsible for normal growth and development of male sex organs and maintenance of secondary sex characteristics, such as beard growth, muscular strength, and energy levels. The effects of testosterone or lack there of are evident in a man’s mood, sexual function, energy level, muscle mass, and cognitive function. Testosterone is the primary androgenic hormone, and its production and secretion is the end product of a series of hormonal interactions.
Testosterone is for men, and estrogen is for women, right? For the most part yes, but there is estrogen found in all men, and women do need small amounts of testosterone. There is, however, a growing need to understand the effects of estrogen in men. Like all hormones, estrogen needs to be kept in balance both in men and women. Chronic health conditions are more likely to occur in men as a result of estrogen levels becoming too high.
Testosterone and estrogen are actually very closely related in the body. A look at their chemical structure reveals only subtle differences. Yet, the differences of the effects of these two hormones on the body are substantial. Testosterone affects nearly every cell in the male body. It improves muscle mass and bone density and will also have a positive affect on the heart, brain, and blood vessels.
Estrogen is actually made from the circulating testosterone in the body by an enzyme called aromatase. As men age, they tend to make increasing levels of estrogen with decreased production of testosterone. Estrogen can be made in the liver, muscle and brain, as well as the fat cells. This is actually where much of the concern lies. As obesity rates go up in this country and around the world, the production of estrogen will also increase from the fat cells. This is a bad combination of decreasing testosterone and increasing estrogen.
For years, testosterone has been blamed as the cause of prostate cancer, but a shift in thinking is pointing to an imbalance of the estrogens in the body being very important in preventing or causing prostate cancer. For men, too little testosterone and too much estrogen may play a role in nearly all of the chronic diseases.
Some of the symptoms experienced during hormone imbalance are shared in both males and females, while some are more specific to each gender. Some of the most commonly shared symptoms include fatigue, skin problems or acne, mood swings, weight problems, diminished sex drive, and no memory. If the reactions become more severe then we run into actual hormone allergy where we find a group of more serious disorders. The disorders include arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and anxiety attacks. The presence of urinary tract infections, increased dryness in the mouth, eyes, genitalia, or abnormal heartbeat can also be experienced.
Coral Gables, Florida Bioidentical Hormone Doctor, Victor Shabanah, M.D. at Health and Wellness Clinic USA can help men take control of their health and feel healthy and young again. As men proceed in life past the mid-twenties, the mental, physical and emotional performance declines. A significant portion of these declines is correlated with the predictable decrease in production of certain hormones.