Although hormones work synergistically in the body to keep our cells functioning optimally, there are classic signs and symptoms for each hormone if there is an excess or deficiency. This is a simple way to get an idea of which bioidentical hormones are causing your symptoms. Simply write down the number of symptoms from each cluster and look to the key beneath each cluster to learn about the possible hormonal imbalances you have. If you have two or more it is possible that is why you are symptomatic. This is not diagnostic but will give your bioidentical hormone doctor an
At what age should men start using testosterone replacement therapy? The first answer I am about to give you is based on the medical literature and not my opinion. There was a great study in the Journal of Circulation in 2007 that concluded “men who have testosterone levels in the upper quartile of the normal range had a 25-30% reduction in mortality from all causes, including heart disease and cancer.” (The range for testosterone is approximately 350-1198 for most labs) In addition there is good medical evidence that men who have higher testosterone levels have
Time and time again I here patients tell me that they had their testosterone levels (or any hormone level) checked and their doctor told them they were “normal”. Despite the fact that the patient is symptomatic (decreased energy, sex drive and libido) they leave without treatment thinking that they are “just getting old” because that is what their doctors tell them. The point of this blog is to let you know that “normal” is not optimal and that the majority of doctors miss this point. In addition, because the patients labs are “normal” they do not get treated.