Is Hormone Replacement Therapy risky for Men?

On the contrary…

Traditionally testosterone restoration was thought to be associated with heart attacks and prostate cancer. If this were the case, men should have heart attacks and prostate cancer when the testosterone levels are the highest in the 20’s instead of when they are the lowest after age 50. In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine finally analyzed this in 2004 and published their conclusion that it is low testosterone and high estrogen, which is associated with prostate cancer. The cardiology literature has since shown that men who maintain testosterone levels in the upper ranges are lower risk of cardiac and neurologic events.riskyformen2

Thyroid; how many people do you know who have “normal” thyroid labs, but many of the classic thyroid symptoms: fatigue, mental slowness, depression,
weight gain, dry skin, 
constipation, feeling cold, hair loss, swelling of ankles, palpitations. Thyroid hormone and function eventually decline in everyone due to both low thyroid production and also low thyroid function at the receptor site. Sometimes lab values may be “normal” and yet not “optimal”. They can also be “optimal” but not “functional” because of deficiencies in ferritin, zinc, selenium, iodine or any cofactor needed to activate thyroid.

In the early 40’s, insulin generally goes up causing some degree of insulin resistance in everyone. With this comes weight gain in insulin controlled areas (lower abdomen, thighs, under arms, under chin), as areas of muscle start to become areas of fat. This weight is stubborn due to the powerful hormone insulin directing the body to store all food as fat (i.e. even lettuce) and not let it go. This stubborn weight needs more than exercise and calorie reduction to resolve. In this pre-diabetic state, cardiac risk is higher. Glucose and insulin swing high and low, producing fat storage when high and hypoglycemic symptoms (i.e. sugar cravings, severe sleepiness, dizziness, headache) when low. This metabolic imbalance is effectively addressed by hormonal and nutritional restoration along with clearance of toxins from the bowel and liver.

Testosterone is important for both males and females

Testosterone declines in men and women from the late 30’s onwards producing loss of desire for sex, joint and bone pain, muscle weakness, loss of confidence, moodiness, depression, anxiety, muscle loss and fat gain. Testosterone restoration not only addresses these symptoms; but studies support a protective role for testosterone against heart disease, cognitive decline and bone loss.

How to get started:

Start by calling our office at 847-840-0958 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Malhotra. At your initial consultation Dr. Malhotra will conduct a thorough review of your past and current medical history, order required tests, evaluate your current hormone levels, symptoms and lifestyle in order to determine a course of treatment that is best for you.

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Content reference – “Anti-Aging Medicine” – Reality or Myth? by Sangeeta Pati, MD