While males do not experience the same cessation of reproductive function that occurs in women during menopause, they do experience a change of life that is similar in many ways. This male change is known as andropause and usually occurs in men aged 50 and up.
If you are suffering from decreased levels of male hormones, a medical professional could provide you with options to help you raise those levels back up again. A Beverly Hills testosterone and DHEA doctor could help you revive your libido and overall sense of physical well-being.
Normally, testosterone levels range between 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter. When levels fall below 300 ng/dL, men are considered to have low testosterone. Symptoms of low testosterone go beyond the loss of libido or erectile dysfunction, and include:
Lifestyle can also affect testosterone levels. Men who are overweight, smoke, or have poor eating habits are more likely to suffer from low testosterone than those with a healthier lifestyle. A holistic approach is part of testosterone therapy, with a Beverly Hills testosterone and DHEA doctor recommending a diet and exercise program to patients so they may receive full therapeutic benefits.
Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal glands, the two small glands located on top of the kidneys. A man’s DHEA levels peak when he is between ages 20 and 30.
DHEA supplementation can boost libido and improve erectile function. While many men are looking specifically for those benefits, that is far from all DHEA has to offer.
DHEA can increase bone mineral density, reducing the odds of developing osteoporosis, as well as help improve strength and—to a certain extent—act as a mood enhancer. DHEA also decreases body fat, so with diet and exercise a man may recover the physique he once possessed.
Supplementation with DHEA can lower cholesterol levels, aid cardiovascular health and lessen inflammation—a root cause of many age-related ailments. While DHEA supplements are available over the counter, patients should not take these supplements without the supervision of a Beverly Hills testosterone and DHEA doctor.
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer should not receive testosterone or DHEA therapy, nor should men with congestive heart failure or severe sleep apnea. DHEA is also contraindicated for those taking certain medications, including some antidepressants and sedatives.
Prior to treatment beginning, a Beverly Hills testosterone and DHEA doctor performs a physical examination and takes a complete medical history. Patients must tell the doctor about all medications and supplements they are taking, whether prescription or over the counter. Testosterone and DHEA levels are measured via a blood sample.
Based on these data, the doctor determines the appropriate amount of hormone for each patient, which are then created by a state-of-the-art compounding pharmacy. Testosterone is available in injectable, gel, patch, cream, and pellet form, and the doctor and patient can discuss the best type of hormone therapy for the individual. Regular monitoring ensures men receive the right levels of hormone and the dosage is adjusted as necessary. While this hormone replacement therapy will not work instantaneously, patients should see improvement in their physical and mental state over time.
If you would like to know more about testosterone and DHEA therapy or explore whether you are a candidate for such treatments, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation. Dr. Jacobson could meet in person in Beverly Hills periodically, or you can alternatively contact him via telephone, FaceTime, or Skype.