Healthy Aging Medical Centers in Essex County New Jersey offer concierge medicine and advanced Healthy Aging Male Programs to help men navigate through health challenges related to hormonal imbalances. The initial consultation will involve a review of the patient’s entire medical history, discussing health goals, and deciding which labs are necessary to use for the selection of a treatment protocol. After the initial consultation, men will know exactly how to optimize their hormones, balance their diets, and reduce vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Men going through age related hormone decline can benefit from the clinic’s safe and non-invasive therapies, and they can receive guidance as to which steps to take towards greater health and wellness. One of the clinic’s premiere therapies includes bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, which can help men suffering from sexual dysfunction to regain balance and reduce hormone related symptoms. The clinic’s comprehensive Healthy Aging Male Program can help men improve their health, quality of life, and overall vitality. For men suffering from reduced hormone levels, low libido, and sexual dysfunction, hormones can be rebalanced using bio-identical hormones, which may be augmented with specialized nutritional or weight loss protocols.
One of the most common complaints in men around their forties or fifties and beyond is a decreased desire for sex and the ability to perform. Previously, most men may have assumed that this was just part of getting older or had to be accepted with aging. While conventional medicine has produced short-term solutions to these problems with prescription drugs, many of these drugs have side effects and must be taken in anticipation of sexual activity, which can be difficult to predict. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can get to the root of the problem and help men to naturally have more desire and an enhanced capacity to perform. Hormone imbalances may be the root cause for sexual dysfunction and reduced libido, and through replenishing hormones to appropriate levels, many men have been able to regain sexual function and desire.
While aging is the most common reason for male hormone decline, men may notice sexual issues due to other factors such as stress, obesity, or lack of nutrition. In aging men, hormones can decline to the point of inhibiting sexual function. Stress may eat away at the materials needed to produce sex hormones, and obesity may suppress hormones that are required for sexual function and arousal. A lack of healthy nutrients can also reduce a man’s ability to produce vital sex hormones. Replenishing hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore libido and sexual function.
Aging & Sexual Dysfunction
The time during which men usually notice issues with sexual function occurs during andropause, which is the phase of male hormone decline. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and it is secreted in the testicles and partly in the adrenal glands. When the body cannot produce adequate amounts of testosterone during andropause, sexual functions can begin to decline. Usually, the first sign of waning libido is the loss of interest or attraction to sex, which is followed by a reduction in involuntary morning erections. After libido is reduced for some time, men may begin to have instances of erectile dysfunction.
One of testosterone’s primary functions is the boost libido and help men to be able to perform. Another function of testosterone is to allow for smooth blood flow, and low levels of testosterone can reduce the ability for blood to flow smoothly to the lower regions of the body. This reduce efficacy in blood flow can cause men to have issues in the achieving of erections. Improving testosterone levels can boost the efficiency of blood flow, which can help men to improve overall libido and performance.
Stress Hormones & Sexual Dysfunction
Stress can be another reason for low libido and sexual dysfunction in men. Chronic stress can cause men to tax their adrenal glands, which secrete a small amount of sex hormones. In men that already have a deficiency of testosterone due to aging or other factors, stress can lead to a more severe condition of testosterone deficiency. When a man feels stressed for an extended period of time, the adrenal glands are forced to secrete cortisol, which is a hormone that works to counteract the internal effects of stress. Over time, cortisol levels may run low and force the body to break down other hormones in order to make more cortisol.
In the adrenal glands, precursor hormones such as DHEA and pregnenolone can get broken down and used to make more cortisol in men that are experiencing chronic stress. Both DHEA and pregnenolone are building blocks for testosterone, and when they are used to make cortisol, the adrenals cannot produce reserve amounts of testosterone. In younger men, this may not have much of an effect; however, in aging men that are already experiencing low levels of testosterone, the adrenals serve as reserve source of testosterone, which may not be available during times of stress. This can cause men to experience low levels of testosterone, reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, and fatigue. Restoring testosterone and other essential hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help men to improve libido and sexual function.
Hormone Suppression & Obesity
Obesity may be another cause for low libido in men because excessive amounts of body fat can cause metabolic and hormonal changes. High amounts of body fat can lead to increased amounts of estrogen in the male body, and this is because body fat contains estrogen. Higher levels of estrogen in the male body suppress existing testosterone and the production of more testosterone. This suppressed testosterone causes more body fat to accumulate and metabolism to slow down, which increases estrogen. The cycle continues until it is broken with weight loss or improved testosterone levels. Because testosterone is responsible for promoting a healthy sex drive and sexual function, lower levels can lead to cause sexual issues to occur. Improving levels of testosterone can increase both sexual function and desire.
The clinicians at Healthy Aging Medical Centers in West Orange New Jersey will fully analyze blood work, discuss dietary and exercise habits, and assess different bodily systems in order to determine the correct treatment plan. Testing for genetic markers that raise the risks for cancer, heart disease, and obesity may also be assessed as a part of the patients’ wellness plan. Other services such as IV vitamin treatments, testing for vitamin and mineral deficiencies or food allergies may also be used to help relieve the effects of sexual dysfunction and improve overall levels of health and wellness. Many men have taken advantage of the clinic’s comprehensive health programs, and they have been able to live happier and healthier lives as a result.