Testosterone, also referred to as androgen, is a male hormone responsible for bone density, muscle strength, distribution of body fat and the sex drive. Low testosterone is commonly referred to as “low T” which is fairly common in older men. Levels of testosterone decline naturally with age. Approximately 20 percent of men in their 60s … Continued
This is something I hear frequently from my new male patients. Now it is natural when a guy has just been told by his significant other that he should consider hormone replacement to assume that the reason for this suggestion is because of libido/performance issues. In reality though, she is probably looking at a completely … Continued
From time to time we all get reminders as to why we do or don’t do certain things in our lives. Call them what you will–setbacks, indiscretions, trials etc. Sometimes by losing our way, we again can see why we had been doing things like we were, and that they were actually helping. Whether it … Continued
More and more data is being published correlating higher testosterone levels in men with a lower risk of heart disease. A new study in the prestigious Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at 2400 elderly men, and found that those with testosterone levels in the highest quartile had a 30 per cent decreased … Continued
There’s been a lot of talk about hormones in the media lately and the bioidentical hormone experts compiled a list of some recent articles that you might find interesting.
Nashville bioidentical hormones expert, Benita Swartout, D.O. was recently featured in a special report on andropause – the male menopause on WNDU Local News. According to the report, more than 50 percent of American males over the age of 50 currently suffer from the hormonal imbalance known as andropause – that’s somewhere in the ballpark of 25 million men.
As many people are becoming more aware of what they can do to maintain their overall health, a recent article in the NY Times addressed a topic that’s quickly gaining popularity: testosterone therapy in men. As an integrative medicine and hormone specialist, I have studied hormone therapy and incorporate hormone balancing when working with patients to optimize their health.
A recent article in USA Today discussed the findings of a study from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, regarding testosterone therapy in women with congestive heart failure. The study published in the Oct 12th issue assessed the effect of testosterone supplementation on functional capacity and insulin resistance in female patients with chronic congestive heart failure (CHF).
I recently read an article in the NY Times that talked about low testosterone in men. They were calling the condition andropause or “male menopause.” While some doctors say that andropause is a real condition that affects the majority of middle-aged men, others claim that it’s simply a myth. Regardless of what whether or not “andropause” exists, what can be done to raise testosterone levels naturally?
I recently had my hormones testsed and found out that my testosterone is low. My doctor was explaining some of my treatment options and bioidentical hormone therapy seems to be the way to go. I heard that bioidentical testosterone therapy can be administered using pellets that are inserted beneath the skin. What are the advantages of using the pellets versus more conventional methods, such as creams, gels and pills?