Weight gain, fatigue, loss of sex drive, insomnia, negativity, feeling old and tired. These may all be symptoms of hormone imbalance. Testosterone, DHEA and Growth Hormones play a major part in how you think, feel, and perform. They also play a major role in your overall health.
Often men will ask their physician for a "quick fix" of steroidal hormones or prescriptions for erectile dysfunction, thinking that there is no natural way to restore their feelings of energy and sexual ability. Steroids and erectile dysfunction drugs (such as Viagra, Cialis or Levitra) are not always the answer or may only solve part of the problem. A better approach is to first restore proper hormone balance with natural hormones that arenot foreign to body.
Bio-identical hormones are alternatives to synthetic drugs with potential dangerous side effects. Bio-identical hormones are individually dosed to meet your specific requirements for a natural balance.
Hormone replacement therapy is equally suited to correct imbalanced and deficient hormone levels for both men and women. Understanding the impact hormones play in the life and well-being of you and your partner will be beneficial to you both.
Hormonal Deficiencies in Men: Androgens: Testosterone and DHEA
What are the symptoms of androgen deficiency?
Without adequate androgen hormone levels (testosterone and/or DHEA) a man may lose his sex drive, experience erectile dysfunction, feel depressed, have a decreased sense of well-being, and have difficulty concentrating.
What changes occur in the body due to DHEA/testosterone deficiency?
- Decrease in muscle mass with an increase in body fat
- Decrease in hemoglobin and possibly mild anemia
- Fragile bones (osteoporosis)
- Decrease in body hair
- Changes in cholesterol levels and lipid levels
- Decreased mental alertness
Hormone Replacement for Men and the Positive Effects
DHEA Levels begin to drop in your thirties. DHEA is a precursor to testosterone...which means that the body metabolizes - or converts - DHEA to testosterone.
- Precursor hormone-regulates other hormones
- Maintains youth/health
- Protects against heart disease
- Enhances immunity
- Acts as a glucose stabilizer
- Stress reducer
- Stabilizes weight
Testosterone is the Primary male hormone. Levels usually decline beginning in the 50s. Responsible for gender characteristics, sexual desire and performance.
- Enhances libido
- Decreases heart disease risk
- Increases lean body mass
- Prevents osteoporosis
- Lowers total cholesterol and LDL
- Improves mental alertness
- Supports Collagen
- Anabolic hormone
Growth Hormone is a major player in fat-to-muscle ratio and overall youthfulness
- Decrease in body fat
- Improved skin texture
- Osteoporosis reversal
- Increase in lean muscle mass
- Fewer skin wrinkles
- Faster healing
- Increased immune response
- Improved well being
- Retention of intellect with age
- Improved moods
- Improved sex drive
- Improved in sleep disorders
- Better exercise tolerance
- Improved mineral balance
Growth hormone is administered with subcutaneous Saizen. Treatment programs requires 6 day per week microinjections. Most patients feel better within 3 months with average treatment length of 6 months.
In your testing, Dr. Sedgh will first determine if your deficiency is primarily DHEA or testosterone or both. Restoration to proper levels of DHEA may be sufficient to return testosterone-related functions to normal. Growth hormone supplementation is recommended if levels are low normal or below normal. Growth hormone testing is done by measuring the level of IGF-1 (Somatomedin-C) in the serum, saliva and urine.
Where Do Synthetic Hormones Come From?
Synthetic hormones are not bio-identical to human hormones. Anabolic steroids can cause intense psychological changes, acne, over-muscularization and a host of undesirable effect.
Where Do Natural Hormone Replacements Come From?
Natural hormones are derived from wild yams and soy then converted by a chemist to hormones which are identical (bio-identical) in every way to those made by the human body. These naturally occurring substances cannot be patented and therefore are not produced by drug manufacturers. **They are not like their weaker, less effective counterparts you might see at some health food stores.**
Effective bio identical hormone replacements are only prescribed by a doctor. Only a special compounding pharmacy can make natural Bio-Identical Hormones. They are not available over the internet, through mail order or from health food or drug stores.
The Natural Balance Program™
Understand that your hormone profile is as unique as your very own fingerprints. With a three-step diagnostic procedure and then a custom treatment program, your specific hormone replacement "recipe" will help return your body to its natural properly functioning levels.
A brief description of the hormone restoration program is as follows:
Step #1: The Hormonal Health Evaluation:
This first step includes a one-on-one Hormonal Health Evaluation to discuss your symptoms as well as past treatments and outcomes.
Step #2: Your Comprehensive Examination and Hormone Work-Up:
If, after the initial hormone evaluation, it is determined that you have signs of a hormonal imbalance and that the program can help you, the next step will be to perform a comprehensive physical examination to identify any underlying health problems such as cardiovascular or thyroid disease.
Additionally, blood or saliva testing will be ordered to further evaluate your overall health and hormone levels so that an appropriate treatment program can be developed.
Step #3: Hormone Restoration Therapy:
Once your hormone levels have been evaluated, if an imbalance is found, a customized hormone restoration program unique to your needs will be designed to help return your hormones to a level of equilibrium and control the process of aging.
This program includes:
- Specifically formulated Bio-Identical Hormones to help replenish your lost hormones
- Nutritional and dietary suggestions including vitamin and mineral supplementation
- Lifestyle modifications including stress management strategies
- Exercise recommendations
Periodic monitoring of your hormonal levels will be carried out to keep track of your needs that are likely to change over time.
Illnesses masquerading as hormone imbalance must be ruled out to protect your health. A medical evaluation is always recommended before seeking any type of hormonal replacement – even over-the-counter supplements that claim to be helpful.
For an initial consultation with Dr. Sedgh, please call Beverly Hills Laser Institute, Inc. at 888-333-2515 today.