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The Hidden Risks Behind Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

For years, Viagra and Cialis has been the most well-known quick fix for men (ages 20-70+) having issues maintaining an erection or experiencing difficulty in the bedroom. However, before you become too eager to pop the little blue magic pill, it is important to get more educated and consider a few things such as the potential risks involved and understand the root causes first.

Today we will be discussing all of that today, as well as a better and safer alternative solution to help you gain back the confidence from your better years.

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Erectile dysfunction pills

Prescribed drugs such as Viagra and Cialis can usually provide a fast but temporary solution for erectile dysfunction (ED), but how does it really work? Pills such as these help increase the nitric oxide in your blood which allows the blood vessels in your penis to widen and increase blood flow. This allows you to create and maintain erections for longer periods of time. The effects of the drug will fade once the drug has been cleansed from your system. Although in theory this works perfectly, it is important not to ignore the alarming side effects associated with these short-term fixes.

The hidden risks behind erectile dysfunction drugs

When it comes to treating ED, Viagra has been hands down the most popular pharmaceutical on the market. Typically, the pill is activated within half an hour of consumption and can have lasting effects up to 4 hours.

Although Viagra allows for easier erections, there are some major short-term and/or long-term side effects you should be warned of before taking including:

  • Tingling/numbness in hands, arms, feet, or legs
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Long-lasting erection (Priapism)
  • Loss of vision
  • Loss of hearing
  • Back/Muscle pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Flushes

Because the side effects of pills such as Viagra and Cialis can affect your quality of life, we at Healthy-Aging Medical Centers highly recommend consulting with your doctor before taking erectile dysfunction drugs.

Related: Testosterone Myths: A Response to the Recent Negative Study on Testosterone

Who should not take erectile dysfunction medications?

Anyone interested in taking medications like Viagra and Cialis should be aware of the potential complications that may occur from usage.

However, people with certain health conditions should avoid these types of drugs altogether, such as:

  • stroke
  • heart attack
  • high blood pressure
  • low blood pressure
  • liver problems
  • leukemia
  • Peyronie’s Disease (PD)

Understanding the root cause of ED – Consider GainsWave

If you have been having issues getting or maintaining an erection in the bedroom, understanding the underlying causes can help lead you towards the right solution. For many, the main issue is due to the lack of blood flow to the penis. Instead of resorting to the well-known blue pill for your quick but temporary fix, consider GainsWave. GainsWave therapy is a revolutionary drug-free and surgery-free solution to treat ED and Peyronie’s Disease by utilizing pulsed acoustical waves to improve erections as well as overall sexual function and performance without having to deal with alarming side effects that come with taking ED drugs.

Our certified staff at Healthy Aging Medical Centers of New Jersey will review your symptoms and recommend the right treatment plan for you, based on your needs. These non-invasive treatments typically take about 15-20 minutes with little to no side effects and no downtime. Men are usually able to enjoy the full benefits after 6-12 treatments, although many report immediate improvements within the first few treatments and benefits can last up to 2 years.

Request a GainsWave consultation with Healthy-Aging Medical Centers today to learn more about how we can help you!

These issues you have been dealing with whether it has been years or more recently may have impacted your performance in the bedroom and quality of life. Fortunately, there are solutions available to help you. Sure, there are quick and convenient erectile dysfunction fixes like Viagra and other ED medications you can take to get the job done, but this option often comes with several short-term to long-term side effects that may result in worse conditions than you started with. However, seeking a non-invasive and safer solution with no downtime required like GainsWave may not only provide you the solution you’ve been looking for, it comes with little-to-no side effects and has lasting benefits you can enjoy for years at a time. Make sure you visit Healthy-Aging Medical Centers to learn more about our wide range of anti-aging services that we offer and find out more information on how we can help you today!

 

The Hidden Risks Behind Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

Benefits of Vitamin C for the Immune System

We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales whenever one feels under the weather: making chicken soup, eating garlic, and of course, taking Vitamin C. There have been a myriad of personal anecdotal accounts of taking Vitamin C that would alleviate symptoms of everything from a flu to a common cold. With the increased amount of interest surrounding Vitamin C and its benefits, especially during this global pandemic, we definitely want to look into the role that it plays in our body and the potential benefits that it has, especially concerning viral infections.

Vitamin C’s Discovery and Early Use

In the early twentieth century, researchers were in search of a substance in which the deficiency of would lead to scurvy. Oftentimes, scurvy was associated with pneumonia and it was thought that said substance would also help inhibit the effects of pneumonia altogether. Casimir Funk, who would go on to be the originator of the word “vitamin” described how an epidemic of pneumonia in the Sudan in the early 1900’s disappeared when antiscorbutic (consisting of Vitamin-C) treatment was applied to people that had scurvy.

Role of Vitamin C In the Body

Vitamin C is an antioxidant and when given at high doses either orally or via IV, it can prevent toxicity from ROS (Reactive oxygen species) and viruses. Vitamin C can also help support intracellular antioxidants such as GSH (glutathione). Vitamin C also helps support the immune system by growing and fostering the activity of immune cells such as macrophages and lymphocytes, which help the body fight an infection. It also helps in the absorption of iron as well in the metabolism of biochemicals including carnitine. This makes it important for recovery from damage that is caused by viral or bacterial infections. Research has shown that vitamin C also neutralizes free radicals, which can cause damage to cells if there are too many of them. All in all, Vitamin C has an important role in the body’s day to day functions as well as long-term benefits, as well as disease prevention. It has antioxidant qualities, helps with the formation of proteins, assists in healing wounds and forming scar tissue, and also helps to absorb iron.

High Dose Vitamin C Benefits

When the body is under extreme stress such as through SARS or surgery, the level of Vitamin C can drop so that it can’t perform its function as an antioxidant either directly or indirectly. Taking oral vitamin C supplements of 20,000 mg/day or even 50,0

00 – 100,000 mg/day can still be tolerated because the body is helping to fight off inflammation that causes the levels of vitamin C to be depleted. In severe cases when a lung infection forms (cytokine storm) produces reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can be treated with 30-60g of vitamin C. This causes the promotion of enhanced chemotaxis of white blood cells.

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Vitamin C and COVID-19

In light of recent news, there’s been some promising data that has shown the effectiveness of Vitamin C in COVID-19 cases. Vitamin C levels can drop rapidly with respiratory infections caused by COVID-19, and medical teams are administering Vitamin C to patients to maintain a healthy level of it. This article from Nutra Ingredients titled “Hospital turns to high-dose vitamin C to fight coronavirus”  describes the role that vitamin C plays in the fight against COVID-19. There are also several clinical trials that are currently being administered and are underway that hope to illustrate the effectiveness of Vitamin C infusion for the treatment of COVID-19. This particular clinical trial that started on February 14, 2020 and is estimated to complete on September 30, 2020 hypothesizes that vitamin C can help improve the prognosis of patients with SARI (severe acute respiratory infection) caused by COVID-19. It is one of many studies recently launched in combating the new disease.

iv therapy new jersey coronavirus immune system boostHigh-Dose Vitamin C IV Therapy

Healthy Aging Medical Centers offer High-Dose Vitamin C IV Therapy for those that are interested in boosting their immune systems and experiencing the benefits of it. It also offers a comprehensive Functional Medicine in New Jersey that helps patients prevent disease and actively care for their health. They look at the body as a whole and maintain optimal levels of health for their patients.

 

Sources: 

http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v16n21.shtml#Ref27
https://www.nutraingredients.com/Article/2020/03/25/Hospital-turns-to-high-dose-vitamin-C-to-fight-coronavirus
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/record/NCT04264533?view=record

 

Benefits of Vitamin C for the Immune System

7 Common Causes of Hair Loss

Although hair shedding is considered normal and is a part of every hair cycle, excessive hair loss can be alarming and cause more stress and worry. Why is more hair falling out than normal? Is any of this under our control? Today we will be focusing on some of the most common causes of hair loss and effective treatments and tips available for preventing more hair loss in the future.

7 Common Causes of Hair Loss

  1. Androgenetic alopecia

    This is a genetic condition that causes hair loss, known as male-pattern baldness. For men, hair typically begins to recede just above the temples and worsens over time. Other men may experience thinning hair at the crown of the head, often leading to partial or full baldness. Women generally experience a different pattern of hair loss than men, with thinning hair all over the head without the hairline receding. This condition in women rarely progresses to complete baldness. Androgenetic alopecia is more likely to happen with age, but it can develop any time after puberty. A lot of women with androgenetic alopecia develop it after going through menopause.

  1. Pregnancy

    Shortly after giving birth, some women can experience more hair loss than normal due to a decrease in their estrogen levels. This is usually temporary and will generally resolve itself within a year.

    Treatment:

    • Use products made especially for fine or sensitive hair
    • Apply conditioner towards the ends of your hair strands instead of your scalp to prevent weighing your hair down too much.
  • Anagen effluvium

    This is a condition that causes a lot of hair to fall out during the growth (anagen) phase of the hair cycle. Anagen effluvium can cause hair loss not only from the head, but other parts of the body as well, including eyebrows and eyelashes.

    Common causes of Anagen effluvium:

    • autoimmune disease
    • fungal infection
    • radiation
    • chemotherapy

    Tips: If the anagen effluvium was caused by chemotherapy, finding ways to cool the scalp may help stop excess hair loss. Hair usually grows back within 3-6 months after finishing chemotherapy treatment.

  1. Telogen effluvium

    This is a common reason for excess hair loss that involves your hair being stuck in the natural shedding (telogen) phase of its own growth cycle, causing you to lose much more hair than usual, sometimes by the handful. Telogen effluvium is usually a temporary condition that can take care of itself over time. However, we advise you to consult with your doctor to determine the underlying cause for your excess hair loss.

    Possible causes of Telogen effluvium:

    • Surgery
    • Severe stress
    • Childbirth
    • Certain medications
    • Thyroid problems
    • Rapid weight loss

Treatments: Your primary care physician will be able to treat the causes of telogen effluvium – for instance, if  your doctor may prescribe you alternative medications if they suspect that certain medications you currently take is causing hair loss.

  1. Alopecia areata

    Another common reason for hair loss is alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition. The immune system fights against hair follicles as well as other healthy functioning parts of the body. This usually causes hair from the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelashes to fall out in small chunks.

    Treatments: If you believe this condition may apply to you, consult with a doctor. They may be able to prescribe the proper medication to help your hair grow back.

  1. Traction alopecia

    Constantly sporting tight hairstyles such as braids, cornrows, ponytails, and tight buns can cause your hair to come loose and/or break. Progression of traction alopecia can lead to bald spots and/or thinning hair.

    Tips: Try to avoid tight hairstyles to prevent further damage.


  1. Nutritional deficiencies

    Having an imbalanced diet can also cause hair loss. Diet fads that have extreme restrictions can make you consume too little protein and certain critical vitamins (such as iron), causing you to lose more hair than normal.

    Tips: Schedule a blood test with your doctor to help determine any nutritional deficiency. Your doctor may then prescribe you certain vitamin supplements (the recommended dosage may vary depending on your level of deficiency) or suggest certain foods to add to your diet to help stop the excessive hair shedding.

New Jersey doctor treats hair loss  with functional medicine Consider PRP

Platelet-rich plasma treatment can be another hair restoration solution to consider. Although PRP has been well-known for its youthful skincare benefits, it is now being explored to help with hair. PRP treatment involves injecting your own blood into your scalp in hopes of promoting hair growth. Similar to a vampire facial, this procedure begins with drawing your own blood and uses a centrifuge – a machine which spins the blood to separate the plasma from your red blood cells. The plasma plays an important role since it contains white blood cells and platelets – important growth factors that may benefit your hair. The plasma is then meticulously and directly injected in the hair follicles across the scalp. The entire process typically takes less than half an hour to complete. Consistent treatments are essential to benefit from PRP – performed once a month for about 3-4 months before treating once every 3-6 months after for ideal results. Generally, results will be visible within 1-3 months of treatment.

People with early hair loss tend to respond best to PRP treatments, although anyone experiencing hair loss is a great candidate. It is also important to note that PRP should be a part of a multi-faceted system to help your hair get back to a healthy thickness.

If you are located in New Jersey and are experiencing excessive hair loss and want to learn more about PRP, please call Healthy-Aging Medical Centers or visit our mainpage to schedule a consultation today.

7 Common Causes of Hair Loss

Signs of Low Estrogen in Women

First of all, what exactly is estrogen? For those who don’t know, estrogen is a hormone commonly associated with the female body but also produced in small amounts in men. Hormones play important roles in regulating activity of specific cells and organs as well as maintaining your overall health. If you feel that you may have low estrogen, keep reading. We’ll be discussing what estrogen does, common causes, common risk factors, as well as treatments and solutions for women with low estrogen.

What Does Estrogen Do?

Estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries and is considered a sex hormone since it regulates sexual development in girls during puberty.  Estrogen also has other functions:

  • Regulates menstrual cycles
  • Regulates body weight which helps control metabolism involved in growth of healthy bone tissue
  • Regulates glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity

Common Causes of Low Estrogen

Because estrogen is primarily produced in the ovaries, anything that affects the ovaries ends up interfering with estrogen production as well.

Young women may be experiencing low estrogen levels due to:

  • Excessive exercise
  • Anorexia and other eating disorders
  • Premature ovarian failure from an autoimmune condition, genetic defects, or toxins
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • A low-functioning pituitary gland
  • Turner syndrome

Women over the age of 40 may be experiencing a drop in estrogen because they are approaching perimenopause, the transitional phase before menopause. During perimenopause, your body will produce less and less estrogen until you finally reach menopause – when your body is no longer producing estrogen.

Symptoms of Low Estrogen

Common symptoms of low estrogen include:

  • Weak bones

    Bone loss may occur when estrogen levels decrease. Older women who are past the menopausal phase are at a higher risk of bone fractures and developing osteoporosis.

  • Irregular/absent periods

    Irregular or missed periods may be another sign of estrogen deficiency since estrogen is one of the main hormones driving your normal menstrual cycle.

  • Infertility

    Getting pregnant may be difficult because low estrogen levels prevent ovulation, leading to infertility.

  • Depression

    Estrogen is linked to higher serotonin (chemical in the brain that boosts mood) levels, and low estrogen levels may cause a decrease in serotonin, contributing to mood swings or depression.

  • Hot flashes

    Having low estrogen can cause women to have hot flashes – a sudden feeling of heat, sometimes causing a flushed face and/or sweating. Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause.[Text Wrapping Break]

  • Painful sex

    Estrogen deficiency can also affect vaginal lubrication. Low levels can cause vaginal dryness, often causing painful intercourse.

Common Risk Factors for Low Estrogen Levels

  • Age
  • Hormonal issues in family history
  • Eating disorders
  • Issues with pituitary gland
  • Extreme diets

How to Treat Low Estrogen

  1. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Older women with low estrogen levels may benefit from hormonal therapy. At Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey, Dr. Rand offers a comprehensive Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy program that can help patients reach better balanced hormone levels as well as prevent from encountering symptoms associated with hormonal decline. Dr. Rand specializes in this type of therapy which utilizes hormones that are identical in chemical function and molecular structure to the hormones produced in the body. Bioidentical hormones are especially unique because they are easily metabolized into the body since they are synthesized from soy or yam products. Bioidentical hormones are identical to human hormones, allowing men and women to consume without dealing with negative repercussions.

  1. Estrogen therapy

    Another solution for estrogen deficiency may be estrogen therapy. Your doctor may prescribe estrogen therapy especially to women who’ve had their ovaries removed or to treat the uncomfortable symptoms of menopause.

  1. Lifestyle changes

    Maintaining a healthy body weight as well as cutting back on exercise if you currently follow a vigorous regimen may help increase your estrogen levels to a healthy standard. Being extremely underweight can cause a decrease in estrogen levels. There may be some natural remedies that can improve estrogen as well, although these methods are not scientifically proven thus far.

 

Estrogen and other hormones play a crucial role in your health. Certain factors such as age, genetic defects, a family history of hormonal imbalances, and certain health conditions can cause your estrogen levels to decrease. If you’re not sure if you have low estrogen, the most common symptoms discussed above can serve as a guideline to consult with your doctor to determine if you are in fact deficient. Extensive research over the years have resulted in more effective treatments to help patients increase their estrogen levels, whether you are looking for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, estrogen therapy, and/or want to try certain lifestyle changes.

If you are located in New Jersey and are interested in learning more about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy or our anti-aging services, make sure you contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rand at Healthy-Aging Medical Center today!

Signs of Low Estrogen in Women

The Benefits of Cryotherapy

Did you know that you can benefit from near-freezing temperatures? Cryotherapy is a unique type of treatment that exposes the body to extremely cold temperatures (ranging from -160 to -220 degrees fahrenheit) for an interval of 2-4 minutes, which may in return improve mental and physical health, and possibly even prolong life. Although this may be very uncomfortable, especially for people who are unaccustomed to cold, don’t count this type of therapy out just yet. Today we’ll be focusing on some of the possible healing effects of cryotherapy can offer you. Keep reading to learn more!

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What is a Cryo-chamber?

A cryo-chamber is a tube-shaped chamber that covers most of the body as they stand inside of it, with an opening at the top for the head. The chamber generates cool air to create the desired frigid environment. These cryo-chambers are generally utilized by whole-body cryotherapy.

How does cryotherapy work?

The body being exposed to extreme cooling helps constrict the blood vessels as well as reduce the blood flow to areas of inflammation. After exiting the cryo-chamber, the blood vessels will expand and stimulate more anti-inflammatory proteins found in the blood. Cryotherapy claims to help improve recovery while reducing pain and inflammation. Besides whole-body cryotherapy, there are other types such as localized therapy and cryosurgery. Localized therapy focuses and targets specific parts of your body that are in pain or inflamed. Cryosurgery involves using liquid nitrogen to destroy abnormal tissue.

Benefits of Cryotherapy

  1. Pain Relief

    One of the benefits from cryotherapy can be to help alleviate muscle pain or arthritis. Cryotherapy can also promote faster healing from athletic injuries. For decades doctors have recommended ice packs and ice baths to help athletes recover from injuries and sore muscles because it can increase blood circulation, which speeds up pain relief and healing. This study in 2017 supports cryotherapy as an effective solution. Another study found that the cold therapy can significantly reduce arthritis pain, ultimately making rehabilitation programs more effective.

  2. Weight loss

    Another benefit of cryotherapy is that it can support weight loss. A few minutes immersed in cold can actually increase your metabolism for the day. Some people even claim that they eventually stop experiencing feeling cold after their metabolism adjusts and increases significantly due to the cold temperatures. This potential weight loss benefit can also be due to the fact that people are able to recover faster from muscle pains and/or injuries, allowing them to resume their active lifestyle with less downtime. Cryotherapy may limit its potential weight loss benefit for those who are not active or unable to go exercise.

  1. Less inflammation

    At times the immune system can get overworked from fighting infection, causing chronic inflammation that may link to certain illnesses such as cancer, dementia, arthritis, diabetes, and depression. With that said, reducing inflammation can help lower the risk of encountering health problems. A 2012 study found that utilizing cryotherapy may reduce inflammation and oxidative stress linked to dementia and other cognitive issues that come with age. Some studies suggest using cryotherapy to help reduce inflammation. Other research has also found that mental health conditions linked to inflammation can be improved through this unique treatment.

  1. Improving eczema

    Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that may cause patches of skin to become extremely dry and itchy. A study in 2008 instructed participants with eczema to replace eczema medication with cryotherapy. Many participants claimed they saw an improvement in their symptoms during the experiment.

Tips & Guidelines for Cryotherapy

If you are interested in getting cryotherapy, make sure you consult with your doctor before scheduling for treatment. If you are located in New Jersey, contact Healthy-Aging Medical Centers to schedule a consultation. We are more than happy to help answer all questions and concerns as well as discuss what to expect and how to prepare yourself for the treatment beforehand.

There has been a lot of research supporting the beneficial claims cryotherapy can provide for your health. From finally getting pain relief, reduction in inflammation, improving eczema symptoms, aiding in weight loss to the host of many other therapeutic benefits you may receive using cold therapy, cryotherapy may be the perfect solution for you. Make sure you contact Dr. Rand and his team of experts to determine if cryotherapy is right for you. Also be sure to check out our extensive list of anti-aging services.

The Benefits of Cryotherapy

Testosterone Myths: A Response to the Recent Negative Study on Testosterone

Myths folks- here is evidence based medicine:

Many people inquire about the safety of testosterone as a result of a study that reportedly showed increased risk of heart attack and stroke. “testosterone is not safe and can cause heart attacks.”

My answer is that there have been 40 years of positive studies showing significant health and heart benefits to testosterone treatment.

The negative study published had multiple flaws and biases. All other studies demonstrate protection against heart disease and strokes and improved longevity compared to men not treated with testosterone. This poor study was not a randomized study and was only an observation study and does not prove causation. In randomized controlled studies it demonstrated causation that testosterone protects you and improves your cardiovascular status. This one negative study (observational study not randomized) doesn’t mean we should throw away 40 years of positive studies about the effects of testosterone therapy. Our mind thinks because it’s a recent study we should negate all the other 40 years of positive studies about the health benefits of testosterone therapies. In the interventional trials done on testosterone, which are very well published, there is an overall decreased risk of heart attacks. Low levels have been associated with all cause mortality. Testosterone therapy improves insulin resistance and decreases inflammatory markers, treats ed, and improves lipid panels. It will reduce your body fat and should not be ignored by the cardiovascular world! Normal is not optimal folks!

Contact Healthy Aging Medical Centers in New Jersey at 973.435.0433 FOR A CONSULTATION WITH DR. Rand and to learn how testosterone therapy can reduce fat and keep your heart healthy.

 

Testosterone Myths: A Response to the Recent Negative Study on Testosterone