Month: November 2017

Fighting the Hands of Time

The search for the elusive fountain of youth has been ongoing since our existence. People want to be young and look young forever, and some are willing to do anything in their power to try to combat the natural process of growing old. This has resulted in an enormous increase in beauty products and cosmetic procedures which promise to make you look younger. However, people seem to forget that growing old is not something that we have any real control over; it is part of the circle of life. The only aspect you can possibly control is the manner in which you grow old. Remaining active and eating a healthy diet throughout your life, for example, can have a very positive impact on the way you age.

It is painfully evident that these days, society puts immense pressure on appearance. Are you skinny and beautiful enough? Are you youthful? Society, Hollywood especially, has created and maintained the perception that if you do not meet certain requirements regarding your appearance, you will never be truly happy or successful, nor lead a fulfilling life. Although this is clearly not factual, some people may fall into this way of thinking when caught under the immense pressures to look a certain way.

As a result of this, an entire industry is dedicated to anti-aging and slimming products, as well as cosmetic procedures. There are now so many different products readily available, that finding something that actually works for you could be a grueling task. Trying out different procedures could also be tricky, and painful; and the decision to undergoing invasive surgery cannot be an easy one.

Going under the knife used to be the popular choice, however, now with the growth of development, and increase of, technology in the last ten years, things have clearly changed. People have become accustomed to a high-paced society where results are instant. Major surgery requires being anesthetized and then having to take a few days off work in order to recover from the effects, and often it is not a pleasant procedure. The unwillingness to endure such a lengthy procedure has created a demand for alternative non-surgical anti-aging procedures which could easily be squeezed in during your lunch break, such as botox.

It is estimated that the global market for facial aesthetics will reach $4.7 billion in 2018, and the global Botox market will reach $2.9 billion. Botox is used most commonly for the prevention of development of wrinkles through paralyzing the facial muscles. The procedure is comprised of only a few simple injections, and you can be back on your feet and in public within minutes after leaving your doctors office. The lack of wasted time is what is attractive here.

If you are considering an anti-aging procedure, make sure to research it properly and evaluate the reasons behind it. Aging is a natural process and can happen very gracefully if you let it take its course.

Could a Mans Midlife Crisis be Hormones

A male midlife crisis is often associated with “the male crazies” when men make decisions to that reinforce their ebbing youth and fights the winds of aging. Be it buying a new sports car, altering physical appearance or some other action of age defiance, men are saying, “I refuse to admit that I am getting older,” or “I refuse to admit that I am mortal”.

Consider that underlying changes are taking place in a mans chemistry during this time. Starting about age 27, key hormones start to decline. Hormones control the entire chemistry of the body. A decline in hormones such as testosterone, thyroid, DHEA and growth hormone cause symptoms to appear such as, mild to moderate depression, drop in energy and mental sharpness, decreased muscle and increased belly fat and a drop off in sex drive. It may well be hormone change and subsequent symptoms that cause a man to fight the demons of “the change”.

Hearing the phrase “the change” conjures up associations with menopause symptoms associated with declining hormone levels in women. Even the word hormone is most commonly associated as being a women thing. While there have been significant studies of the impact of the female hormone estrogen and the process of menopause, much less attention has been paid to the male hormone equivalent testosterone. Fortunately for men, more research is occurring.

Typically observed in a males peak earning years, the idea of a midlife crisis (the change) is generally well known. The idea that it may be connected to hormone decline — a male menopause, also known as andropause is not generally considered. So what is male menopause? Starting in a males late twenties and noticeable by age 35, testosterone along with thyroid, DHEA and growth hormone levels decline and cause symptoms often associated with a “midlife crisis”. Hormone levels will continue to decline for the rest of his life.

Quoting Dr. Eugene Shippen an innovator in male hormone treatment in addressing the fact that hormones must be taken “for the rest of his life, “This is an issue of prospective. Your father and grandfather had the same problem. You are fortunate to be born in time when you have a choice to fix or not fix the problem. Considering hormone treatments positive impact on quality of life, this is a non-decision easily made. Your must fix it”

For years men have been going to their doctor and discussing why they have a low sex drive, low energy, weight gain, irritability, depression, hot flashes and more. These symptoms are often considered individual and unrelated, however as male hormone research progresses the connection between these symptoms and declining male hormone levels is being realized.

Male v. Female Menopause:
Most people have a lose understanding of the menopause process for women and the symptoms associated with it. This is the result of decades worth of research and data. Today we now know that every living being, male and female, human or animal, is governed by hormones. A womens menopause is different than a mans because the decrease in hormone levels happen more suddenly and also occur later in life. A males hormones may decline more gradually over time, but is just as real.

Did you know: Testosterone and estrogen levels are inversely proportional. As male testosterone levels decline, estrogen levels tend to increase. A classic example of this is acquired weight in the stomach area, also known as a “beer belly.”

Overcoming a Midlife Crisis “the change” with Hormones:
Most people can think of at least one example of knowing a man going through a midlife crisis. What is happening is a man fighting the fact that he is getting older. Fighting the symptom of andropause, he tries to get his youth back. While this may cause a temporary high, the actions he takes will be short lived because the hormones and the daily feeling of irritability, depression, fatigue, hot flashes and decreased libido do not go away unless you treat the source, the hormones.

Where to Begin:
Testing hormone levels such as testosterone, thyroid, DHEA and growth hormone from a male hormone doctor is the first step. If the test shows that you have low hormone levels your doctor can recommend a customized male hormone treatment program that will safely restore your hormones back to healthy levels.

I’m Too Young for Menopause

I’m too young for menopause but I have the symptoms

Remember puberty? Your body was in a constant state of flux and you never knew from one minute to the next what transformations were around the corner. When a woman reaches her mid-30s, another “change” is in the offing. Not menopause (not yet) – perimenopause.

Perimenopause is defined as the “pre” menopausal state a woman’s body goes through, one that produces a variety of hormonal imbalances and fluctuations. It is only recently that perimenopause has been recognized as quite a different condition from menopause. Women were usually given antidepressants and sent home without any real answers about what was plaguing them.

What has been so confusing about perimenopause is that its symptoms mimic menopause so closely. Irregular periods, hair loss, heavy bleeding, sleep disruption, dry eyes, vaginal changes, hot flashes, weight gain, headaches, low sex drive or extreme emotional distress are all hallmarks of perimenopause – so it’s not much different from menopause! These symptoms are a direct result of your hormones being in a state of flux and it is actually your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Perimenopause can start up to 10-15 years before you stop having your period. In fact, women in their late 30s, 40s and early 50s may go in and out of perimenopause numerous times before actual menopause sets in.

No two women will handle perimenopause the same way; some will spend years in perimenopause while others may only have to deal with it for a few months. Just how much your symptoms impact you depends on your lifestyle. Poor diet, stress, an absence of regular daily exercise, along with smoking and drinking, will place limits on how well you do with your symptoms.

Perimenopause & Your Hormones

Hormones control everything from our sex drive to our state of mind. When a woman’s three main hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) go out of balance, it throws off your entire equilibrium. For example, most women have an overload of estrogen due to diets high in carbs and low in protein and fats. Other factors that contribute to this state include ongoing exposure to toxins, a lack of essentials vitamins and nutrients and the constant hobgoblin: mental and physical stress.
The best way to combat perimenopause – make sure that you check to see if your hormones are in balance. The best test to see is a saliva test.