Viagra or Hormones??? : Dr. Wright's Hormone Harmony Blog

Viagra or Hormones???

by Dr. Shauna Wright on 11/24/13

Just throw away that blue pill! That's right - you really don't need it! Although the major pharmaceutical companies would like you to think that erectile dysfunction (ED) can only be cured with their prescription drugs, natural hormone replacement therapy and testosterone therapy, in particular, provide a more natural solution.

Testosterone levels in men slowly decline at an early age of 40. Some men are lucky in that they naturally produce their own testosterone with regular exercise, specifically burst interval training. But levels may still not be optimal and there may be persistent low grade symptoms such as low energy, depressed mood, poor memory, mental fog, difficulty losing that belly fat/ expanded waistline (due to an increase in estrogen and decreased metabolism), not seeing good muscle definition and / or recovery after your workout. Some men say " I've lost my zest for life"... So it's not just about ED and low libido.

This time of a mans life is called andropause, the male version of menopause, that can span for 20 plus years. Precursors to heart disease, may also be a result of andropause. Since your sex hormones are produced from cholesterol, the imbalance of these hormones also triggers elevated cholesterol by a negative feedback mechanism.

In a study of approx. 800 men over 50, participating in a 18 year study, results indicated patients with low levels of testosterone had a 33% increased risk of death over those with higher levels. A study from UC San Diego, noted that patients with low testosterone were 3x more likely to have risk factors associated with diabetes and heart disease.

Recently (nov. 2013) the news (JAMA) has reported the opposite regarding heart disease, showing an increase in stroke and heart attacks. Yet the study was only an observational study that was retrospective in nature, and this type of study is fraught with compounding biases that are difficult to control, as was discussed in the discussion section of the study.

In addition, the problem with an observation study is that it does not prove causation as would an interventional study in a double blinded fashion. The researchers stated that more studies are needed to make definitive conclusions regarding cause and effect.

In the end, treatment decisions should not be based on one study, but on a trend of studies.

Andropause can also deplete your immune system leaving you more vulnerable to minor and major illnesses and loss of bone and muscle mass. Do you wonder why you don't see results in the mirror, even though you may be going to the gym regularly?

The popularity of Viagra is a clear indication of how many men are headed for trouble. Yet men continue to ignore the real problem, low T levels. Bioavailable testosterone levels and ED should be taken very seriously. Viagra is not always the answer.

It is very important to see a physician who is familiar with how to check blood levels appropriately. It's not just a simple testosterone test. Looking at other blood markers that are influenced by testosterone replacement is very important. For instance, testosterone has the potential to convert to estrogen and DHT, a hormone that is associated with hair loss and enlarged prostrate. Patient education is very important prior to starting testosterone replacement... as is implementing dietary and exercise changes, supplementation, and stress reduction.

Men need to do the appropriate level of due-diligence when seeking the care of a qualified professional in this area of medicine in particular, as we continue to see the proliferation of franchise-based "Low-T centers" popping up in every major city, like a "Doc-in-the-box" fashion. Many of these popular centers fail to take a holistic approach to understanding each patients unique physiological needs. Use good judgement in making major medical decisions that will potentially help you feel your best the rest of your life.

It is important to find a physician such as Dr. Shauna Wright, or medical practices such as BioHarmony Medical which can provide a more holistic approach to your specific medical needs.

For more information how Dr Wright can help you with your personalized treatment approach related to Low Testosterone, hormone imbalance, Thyroid and weight loss issues... please contact BioHarmony Medical or call Dr. Wright directly at 303-991-1250.




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