Men's Health & Hormone Balancing

Men's Health & Hormone Balancing

mens health and hormone balancing

Hormone Imbalance & Harmony

Healthy hormone balance is essential to men’s health throughout adult life and underpins healthy prostate and reproductive function as well as optimal libido, energy levels, mood, mental performance, body composition and physical performance. Testosterone is the primary male hormone that maintains male sex organs, builds muscle mass and increases bone density. It is also crucial for mental sharpness, concentration, and memory.

Testosterone promotes drive, libido, sexual potency, energy levels and physical performance including flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination. Although progesterone and estrogen are commonly regarded as ‘female hormones’, they also serve vital functions for men. For example, progesterone is a precursor to testosterone, while estrogen supports libido, sperm maturation and bone strength. After reaching sexual peak at around 24 years of age, men begin losing potency at 2% each year.

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Hormone Imbalance & Harmony

Healthy hormone balance is essential to men’s health throughout adult life and underpins healthy prostate and reproductive function as well as optimal libido, energy levels, mood, mental performance, body composition and physical performance. Testosterone is the primary male hormone that maintains male sex organs, builds muscle mass and increases bone density. It is also crucial for mental sharpness, concentration, and memory.

Testosterone promotes drive, libido, sexual potency, energy levels and physical performance including flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination. Although progesterone and estrogen are commonly regarded as ‘female hormones’, they also serve vital functions for men. For example, progesterone is a precursor to testosterone, while estrogen supports libido, sperm maturation and bone strength. After reaching sexual peak at around 24 years of age, men begin losing potency at 2% each year.

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mens health and hormone balancing

Factors That Affect Testosterone Levels in Men

DHEA: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone produced from cholesterol that then follows one of two pathways, both involving two-step enzymatic conversions, to yield either estrogens or testosterone. Thus, levels of DHEA can have a role in determining levels of estrogen and testosterone, though DHEA alone is seldom enough to sufficiently restore testosterone levels in aging men.

Aromatase: One of the most important factors that affect testosterone levels and the ratio between testosterone and estrogen is the aromatase enzyme. Aromatase converts testosterone to estrogen, further depleting free testosterone levels and increasing estrogen levels.

Obesity: Obesity and associated hyperinsulinemia suppress the action of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the testis, which can significantly reduce circulating testosterone levels, even in men under the age of 40. In addition, increased belly fat mass has been correlated with increased aromatase levels. The vicious circle of low testosterone and obesity has been described as the hypogonadal/obesity cycle. In this cycle a low testosterone level results in increased abdominal fat, which in turn leads to increased aromatase activity. This enhances the conversion of testosterone to estrogens, which further reduces testosterone and increases the tendency toward abdominal fat.

Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin (SHBG): Most testosterone circulating in the bloodstream is bound to either sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) (60%) or albumin (38%). Only a small fraction (2%) is unbound, or “free.” Testosterone binds more tightly to SHBG than to albumin. Consequently, only albumin-bound testosterone and free testosterone constitute the bioavailable forms of testosterone, which are accessible to target tissues and carry out the actions of the essential hormone. Thus the bioavailability of testosterone is influenced by the level of SHBG. Aging men experience both an increase in aromatase activity and an elevation in SHBG production. The net result is an increase in the ratio of estrogen to testosterone and a decrease in total and free testosterone levels it is crucial that this skewed ratio be balanced.

Liver Function: The liver is responsible for removing excess estrogen and SHBG, and any decrease in liver function could
exacerbate hormonal imbalances and compromise healthy testosterone levels. Thus it is important that aging men also strive for
optimal liver function.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

  • Lower sex drive or desire
  • Lower quality and frequency of erections
  • Lower bone density
  • Reduced muscle mass and strength
  • Low energy
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lower sex drive or desire
  • Lower quality and frequency of erections
  • Lower bone density
  • Reduced muscle mass and strength
  • Low energy
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Common Hormonal Imbalances in Men

Healthy hormone balance is essential to men’s health throughout adult life and underpins healthy prostate and reproductive function as well as optimal libido, energy levels, mood, mental performance, body composition and physical performance. Testosterone is the primary male hormone that maintains male sex organs, builds muscle mass and increases bone density. It is also crucial for mental sharpness, concentration, and memory. Testosterone promotes drive, libido, sexual potency, energy levels and physical performance including flexibility, mobility, balance and coordination. Although progesterone and estrogen are commonly regarded as ‘female hormones’, they also serve vital functions for men. For example, progesterone is a precursor to testosterone, while estrogen supports libido, sperm maturation and bone strength. After reaching sexual peak at around 24 years of age, men begin losing potency at 2% each year.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find out if I have a Hormone Imbalance?
Our Provider will meet with you and go over your symptoms. After a physical exam tests are ordered to determine if there is a hormone imbalance. After tests are received back they are gone over with the patient by the provider and a specific care plan is then designed with the patient.
How do you replace Hormones?
Testosterone Injections: Testosterone injections are most commonly used by men. They are given twice weekly for the best result. The injections are given in the muscle and the sites are generally rotated each time the injection is given to prevent injury to the muscle.
Creams: Creams are used with a plant based material they are altered to be bioidentical to those produced by the body. These are applied either daily or twice daily to this areas of the skin where they can be absorbed by the body. This is most often done first to determine dosing.
Pellet Therapy: Pellets are a small pressed powder that are inserted just under the skin in the fat area around the hip area. These are usually placed every 3-4 months they naturally dissolve in the body.
Will insurance cover Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Based on symptoms discussed with the patient and the provider most insurances will cover some aspects of hormone replacement therapy. Insurance will cover the cost of office visits and lab testing. However, there may be some labs that are not covered by insurance. Some insurances will cover the actual hormone replacement prescriptions and some will not cover the replacement therapy.
How soon after starting therapy will I feel better?
Most men report relief within 3 months of starting hormone replacement therapy. After 3 months of therapy the patient will follow up with the provider again. At this time the provider will order follow up lab testing to determine therapeutic levels and possible adjustments that need to be made. After follow up testing if adjustments are needed to be made they will follow up and go over those changes with the provider.

Meet our Nurse Practitioner

A nurse practitioner is a nurse with an advanced degree that has passed a national board. Nurse practitioners prescribe medications, treat illnesses, and administer physical exams. Tiffany Schulz is our onsite Nurse Practitioner that has years of experience offering health and hormone balancing. She’s focused on attending to your medical needs as well. Click below to learn more or schedule an appointment today!

Spring Creek Medical Center in Logan, Utah

(435) 792-9400

267 Spring Creek Pkwy Providence, UT 84332

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