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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Andropause, sometimes also referred to as “hypogonadism”, describes the age-related hormonal changes in men, or male menopause.  After first noticing an increasing number of middle aged men around him acting abnormally irritable, psychotherapist Jed Diamond became more interested in this phenomenon after his menopausal wife noted that he seemed to be experiencing similar emotional ups and downs as her. Since that defining moment in the mid-90s, Dr. Diamond has published several books on the subject, including the best-selling "Male Menopause," "Surviving Male Menopause" and "The Irritable Male Syndrome."


“The change” for men typically occurs between the ages 40 to 55 and older.  According to Dr. Diamond, there are four main causes to this change:


·         Fluctuations in brain biochemistry, often related to diet;

·         Stress;

·         The changing and sometimes confusing role of men in today's society;

·         A natural drop in testosterone levels


Lawrence internist, Dr. Donald Hatton says that it can be very difficult to determine if and when andropause is coming because of the vast variety of causes associated with andropause symptoms. These symptoms include, but are not limited to muscle weakness, irritability, sleeplessness, and erectile dysfunction. In addition, what is considered the “normal range” for testosterone levels in males is very large. “Normal testosterone levels range between the low 200s to 900 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter) and while the numbers tend to decrease as a man ages, the point at which a man will start having symptoms is impossible to predict.”


It is also common for people to have low levels of testosterone and to not be experiencing the symptoms at all because they eat well and maintain a healthy weight. “They're not diabetic and not on a multitude of medications. They don't drink alcohol a great deal; they're certain to get their sleep. They have a good relationship with their partner or their wife. They exercise and take care of themselves. Those people seem to do quite well even though they have little or, in fact, many times, no testosterone."

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

According to a recent article in The New York Times, if current trends continue, 103 million American adults will be considered obese by 2018, a 17% increase from 2008!  Meanwhile, as Congress searches for ways to reduce spending on health care, “the prevalence of obesity is growing faster than that of any other public health condition in the country’s history.”


 Emory University researcher, Kenneth E. Thorpe, reports that obesity-related health care costs, associated with lifestyle diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, “would total $344 billion in 2018, or more than one in five dollars spent on health care, if the trends continue. If the obesity rate were held to its current level, the country would save nearly $200 billion a year by 2018, according to the study.”


Considering that times have been tough for the entire country this past year, this is important to keep in mind along with all of the health conditions associated with obesity.  Weight gain has a powerful impact on your hormonal health as well. As women’s estrogen levels decrease with the onset of peri-menopause and menopause, they tend to gain weight in their bellies, spurring a whole chain of other health risks. Fortunately, there are options to ward off the unwanted fat and diminish the risk.


Mr. Thorpe expresses that health care bills in Congress have not taken a proactive enough stance on the fight against obesity.  They have been limiting their attack to a few community-centered pilot programs with insufficient finding. “Congress has steered clear of measures that might have a more direct impact, like taxing sugary sodas and fat-laden snacks.”


Mr. Thorpe’s “study is the first to project obesity levels for individual states, according to Mr. Thorpe. He found that by 2018, Colorado would be the only state where less than 30 percent of adults would be obese. In six states — Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Dakota — more than 50 percent of adults would be obese.”
Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Have you ever noticed that people of certain cultures seem to live longer, healthier lives than Americans? Yet, when they move to the U.S. and adopt lifestyle habits typical to Americans, they experience the same health problems and lifestyle diseases hat have become so prevalent in our country. A recent post on examines two culture’s diets that seem to promote good health and longevity.


The first being a Mediterranean diet; “A large study where researchers followed people who ate a Mediterranean diet for over ten years showed that it reduced the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and lowered overall mortality by up to twenty percent.” Those who follow this diet are generally at lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. This diet emphasizes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and a small amount of lean meat such as chicken or fish rather than red meat.  It is important to include monounsaturated fats found in nuts and olive oil in this diet and to exclude saturated fats.  Red wine is allowed in moderation.


Another culture to heed advice from when looking for longevity is the Japanese. Japanese men and women live an average of seven percent longer than the average American and are at lower risk for chronic disease than most Americans. Rather than fat-saturated red meat, the Japanese look to fish and fermented soy-based foods as their source of protein. Other nutritional differences between the cultures are that Japanese people eat far more vegetables (“including such healthy choices as sea vegetables and cruciferous veggies – both of which have been shown to lower the risk of cancer”), choose fruit rather than decadent desserts high in carbohydrates, and eat smaller portions, serving them in artful ways so they are satisfied with less.


It is important to keep your diet diversified and to keep an open mind to trying new things. Incorporating elements from other cultures’ diets can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The National Geographic News published an article earlier this month titled “Cocaine, Spices, Hormones Found in Drinking Water”. A part of a special series that explores the global water crisis, the story discusses findings of a study on the waters of Puget Sound conducted by researchers at the University of Washington. However, researchers around the world have come across similar findings. Researchers found that spicy residues that remain in wastewater end up flowing into the sound's inland waterways, artificial vanilla being the most dominant. As of now, there is no indication that the presence of spices in the water is causing any harm, but further studies are to be conducted.

It is the other substances found in our water that are cause for concern. “After a person has taken drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and ecstasy, active byproducts of these substances are released into the sewage stream through that person's urine and feces. These byproducts, or metabolites, are often not completely removed during the sewage-treatment process, at least in Europe, said Sara Castiglioni of the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy.” This wastewater can enter major sources of drinking water for most people such as ground or surface water.

Traces of pharmaceuticals also often filter through traditional sewage-treatment processes, many of which found in U.S. water ways may cause harm to the environment. “Some of the drugs that mimic hormones, such as birth control, may also throw off an animal's endocrine, or hormone-regulating, system. Some male fish in the U.S., for example, have been growing female parts due to exposure to estrogen in the water.” Although no evidence has shown effects of these released pharmaceuticals in people (according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), imagine the havoc that ingesting such toxins could repeat on your hormone balances.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The thyroid gland produces several hormones that control virtually all of the body’s metabolic functions including growth, body temperature, and the rate at which your body uses up fats and carbohydrates. An imbalance in the production of thyroid hormones can lead to seemingly inexplicable weight gain or loss, mood swings, exhaustion, dry skin, hair loss, and many more symptoms depending on the type of imbalance.


Hyperthyroidism is the condition that occurs with an over-active thyroid. When the thyroid gland becomes overworked, weight loss, rapid heartbeat, sweating and irritability result. On the other hand, hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid) occurs when the thyroid produces insufficient amounts of hormone. It is much more common for women to experience hypothyroidism than hyper. In fact, some estimate that as many as 1 in 7 adults suffer from hypothyroidism. Many women have the symptoms of low thyroid hormones but are told that their lab tests are “normal” and that there is not a problem. However, the Society of Endocrinologists stated in 2002 that the lab ranges were actually incorrect and hypothyroidism was being under diagnosed. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, hair loss, cold intolerance, and dry skin. According to an article on “some patients experience atypical symptoms, such as hypothyroidism patients who lose weight rather than gain it.”


As for treating thyroid conditions, “lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise don’t generally impact the thyroid, and the causes behind thyroid conditions are largely unknown, says Prus [Dr. Dina Prus, an endocrinologist at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, N.J.]. An endocrinologist can prescribe medications that either block the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones or replace missing hormones.” Imbalances in thyroid hormones are often experienced during peri-menopause, menopause, and andropause (men’s menopause). It is important to speak to a physician on the proper treatment for you.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009
What is gynecomastia and what are the causes?

Gynecomastia is the term used to describe atypical breast enlargement in men, usually caused by a hormonal imbalance. Male breast tissues begins to swell in response to increased estrogen levels and/or diminished testosterone. The condition generally occurs in a man's life when he is most hormonal: as a newborn, during puberty and finally in late adulthood. Following birth, men are left with residual estrogens still present in their bodies, left over from their pregnant mothers. When a man reaches his teenage years, the condition takes place because the body's interplay of hormones is drastically changing and continues to progress until early adulthood. In older men, the condition occurs due to hormonal imbalance brought on by aging.

What does drinking soy milk have to do with man boobs?

According to a recent article published by the Huffington Post, Emmy-award-winning actor Jeremy Piven started to develop "breasts" as a result of drinking too much soy milk. "I was the guy that dabbled in soy milk, but now I've found out soy milk has enough estrogen for me to grow breasts," shared Piven. It turns out that soy milk, like all soy products, contains estrogen-like compounds called phytoestrogens, which promote abnormal breast growth in men. Jeremy Piven's case of gynecomastia was a result of drinking too much soy milk - don't be confused; soy milk is very healthy, when consumed in moderation.

What you can do about it!

Well for starters, when it comes to soy or anything for that matter, always remember: keep everything in moderation! Aside from diet, the cause is more than likely hormonal and this means that hormone testing is necessary to determine if indeed a hormonal imbalance is present. If a hormonal balance is to blame, doctors recommend seeing a physician who specializes in hormone replacement therapy. BodyLogicMD, the nations largest network of highly trained physicians specializing in integrative and wellness medicine offer all-natural, effective methods of correcting hormonal imbalances and providing symptom relief. Using biodientical hormones, BodyLogicMD physicians replace the hormones that your body should be producing naturally, in order to restore a sense of homeostasis.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Bioidentical hormones are derived from naturally occurring substances such as yams and soy and have been available for more than 20 years. They are molecularly identical to the hormones that your body should be producing naturally. In fact, the US Patent Office considers bioidentical hormones to be natural, regardless of their source and as a result they cannot be patented.

Are Bioidentical Hormones Approved by the FDA?

Currently, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved over 20 natural bioidentical hormone products including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The fact of the matter is, local compounding pharmacies that supply bioidentical hormones are not regulated by the FDA - they are regulated by state and local goverment. However, the products that BodyLogicMD physicians prescribe are approved by the Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) and accredited by the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board, for the highest quality assurance 

What are the Risks Associated with Bioidentical Hormones?

Much of the controversy surrounding bioidentical hormones often references findings from a 2002 study called The Women's Health Initiative (WHI). The study concluded that hormone therapy increased a woman's risk of having a stroke or heart attack and could even lead to the development of breast cancer. The WHI studied women who used synthetic hormones, not bioidenticals. There is currently no evidence that even remotely contradicts the safety of bioidentical hormones and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

Here's some more information of the safety of bioidentical hormones.

Friday, October 23, 2009
This October, BodyLogicMD, the nations largest and fastest growing network of highly trained physicians specializing in bioidentical hormones, fitness and nutrition proudly announce the addition of five new bioidentical hormones experts.

BodyLogicMD is expanding to keep up with the growing demand from men and women seeking relief from symptoms of perimenopause, menopause, andropause (the male menopause), thyroid disorder and stress-induced adrenal fatigue. Spanning across 17 states and 30 cities, with upwards of 40 physicians treating some 10,000 patients, BodyLogicMD is dominating the world of anti-aging and preventive medicine.

Take a minute to get to know some of our new physicians:

Dr. Lisa Gorn - BodyLogicMD of Dallas

Dr. Bob Ghelfi - BodyLogicMD of Sacramento

Dr. Benita Swartout - BodyLogicMD of Nashville

Dr. Kenneth Raskin - BodyLogicMD of Milwaukee

Dr. Paula Hall - BodyLogicMD of Ft. Lauderdale
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Andropause is the term that is used to describe the period in a man’s life when his hormones, namely testosterone slowly diminish and other hormones such as estrogen begin to increase. The primary difference between andropause and menopause is that during menopause, women’s hormones shift rapidly and in men the fluctuation is much more gradual.

It wasn’t until recently that the mainstream medicine accepted that “menopause” really did exist and actually affects millions of men each year. Many men are plagued by symptoms such as low libido, weight gain, fatigue, depression, irritability, loss of muscle mass and erectile dysfunction. There are many other factors that play into andropause. Other hormonal imbalances such as adrenal fatigue and thyroid disorders often contribute to many of the symptoms related to andropause.

Aside from your hormones, many other factors play a role in the onset of andropause such as environmental toxins, high stress levels, improper nutrition and lack of exercise.

BodyLogicMD offers men suffering from andropause a three-pronged approach to relieving the symptoms, using bioidentical hormones integrated with a customized stress-reduction, nutrition and fitness counseling, individually tailored to meet the needs of each patient. Let the highly trained physicians at BodyLogicMD assist navigate you through the aging process, helping you live better, longer.  

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Suzanne Somers has taken the anti-aging industry by storm. As one of the foremost advocates for bioidentical hormones, Somers has just recently announced the upcoming release of her latest book, Knockout, which is said to hit shelves October 20th! In her new book, Somers explores the cutting-edge, chemical-free therapies and treatments currently being used to cure cancer. In addition to natural alternatives used to cure cancer, Somers' Knockout also discusses some of the preventive methods used to sidestep the risk of developing cancer. Among the varied approaches to wellness, Somers emphasizes the value of fitness and nutrition and how our lifestyles are directly related to our health and well-being and how malnutrition and sedentary lifestyles can cause a host of complications later on in life.

Scientists have always suspected that inflammation was at the root of many diseases such as heart disease and cancer, but until now, they didn't have any proof. Inflammation is the body's natural immune response to irritation, infection or injury and can be helpful on the short term, however severe inflammation can lead to serious disease such as cancer. 

High insulin levels are another source of extra inflammation. The more sugars and refined carbohydrates we eat, the more insulin we need. Insulin’s job is to help push the sugar, which is a fuel source for your cells, from your bloodstream into the cells. This is necessary to sustain your life. However, like everything else in our bodies, there needs to be a balance between just enough and too much. As our sugar levels are consistently increased due to poor dietary choices, we need more insulin to move the sugar into the cells. Eventually the cells get so “used to” seeing all of the insulin around, they stop listening to it (think about it like teenagers getting so used to their parent’s repeated requests, they stop listening). When this happens, even more and more insulin is needed to do the same job (now the parents need to yell to get the same response that talking used to get). Too much insulin, as seen in insulin resistance, leads to weight gain around the middle, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and general inflammation. As insulin resistance progresses, it can lead to diabetes. In addition, remember that the extra belly fat created with insulin resistance and diabetes, like that seen with too much cortisol, becomes its own endocrine organ and secretes all kinds of inflammatory substances.

By monitoring our diet and getting plenty of exercise, we're taking small steps to greatly reduce our risk of developing cancer. Don't forget that our hormones play a vital role in our overall health too; when our hormones are out of balance, they can wreak havoc on our bodies and bring forth a host of other complications that can also lead to further disease and ailment. Hormonal imbalance plagues millions of men and women each year, but don't dismiss your symptoms as "normal" phases of aging; although it's not a disease - you don't have to suffer! 
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