Men often accept physical changes as a natural part of the aging process. However, most "aging" symptoms are actually caused by a hormonal imbalance affecting not only testosterone but also cortisol and thyroid levels. While men are more prone to develop male hormone imbalance as they age, other variables contribute as well. Here's all you need to know about this widespread yet underreported condition.
Hormones control many processes in the human body, including digestion, growth, metabolism, mood, mobility, reproduction, respiration, stress, and tissue function. When your hormones are out of balance, it can impair almost every area of your health and functioning.
Male hormone imbalance is undoubtedly influenced by aging. Growth hormone levels in men gradually decline beyond the age of 20. By the age of 40, most males maintain only half of their initial growth hormones, and by the age of 80, it’s down to just 5%. However, this decline can be influenced by other factors such as:
It is easy to attribute the symptoms of hormone imbalance to other reasons, such as fatigue and overwork, especially at first. However, these symptoms worsen over time until they significantly impact your quality of life. Here are a few examples of the most typical symptoms:
The majority of male hormone abnormalities fall into one of four categories:
Andropause: The most common kind of male hormonal imbalance, often known as male menopause.
Adrenal fatigue: Prolonged stress can lead to the adrenal glands producing less cortisol, a stress hormone.
Hypothyroidism: This is a disorder in which the thyroid gland becomes inactive.
Hyperthyroidism: This develops when the thyroid gland becomes hyperactive.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) can be used to address male hormone imbalances or deficiencies. BHRT is effective because it utilizes hormones that have the same chemical structure as hormones naturally produced in the body. These similar hormones assist in the treatment and relief of symptoms associated with hormonal abnormalities.
Most men chose BHRT as a treatment for Andropause, also known as Male Menopause. BHRT for men is a safe option that uses bioidentical hormones to treat low testosterone levels. Doctors often prescribe this treatment for individuals who have experienced a consistent reduction in their testosterone levels. This decline is typical in males starting in their 30s and becomes most prevalent in men in their 40s and 50s. As testosterone levels decrease and hormonal shifts occur, many men may experience both physical and mental changes.
Testosterone is a crucial hormone necessary for developing male sexual traits and strong muscles, as well as the maintenance of healthy red blood cells and bone density. Additionally, testosterone plays a pivotal role in sexual and reproductive performance.
Contact West Point Aesthetic Center to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians to learn more about your testosterone levels and whether BHRT is suited for you. If you're ready for a fresh, completely integrated approach to health and well-being, get in touch with West Point Aesthetic Center to make an appointment! Call West Point Aesthetic Center at (909) 281-9512 to make an appointment immediately!
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