Low Testosterone- Andropause
By the time men are between the ages of 40 and 55, they can experience a phenomenon similar to the female menopause, called andropause.
As with women, andropause in males begins at a time when life often offers some of its greatest rewards. But unlike women, men do not have a clear-cut signpost such as the cessation of menstruation to mark this transition.
Andropausal body changes occur very gradually in men and may be accompanied by changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive and physical agility.
Male pattern baldness (Androgenic alopecia )
Male pattern baldness is not a disease since the tendency to lose hair is genetically predetermined. A proper diagnosis is important because there are other types of hair loss as well. Alopecia is categorized as either scarring or non-scarring. Scarring forms of alopecia include types such as androgenic, areata, and secondary syphilis. Alopecia areata is characterized by sudden hair loss and is thought to be caused by an autoimmune disorder. Scarring types include those associated with inflammatory and autoimmune conditions and severe infections.
Platelet rich plasma has been showing promise in helping to nourish the scalp when caught early.
Male infertility can be caused by low or no sperm production as well as erectile dysfunction, and many other factors. A correct diagnosis is absolutely critical if a successful outcome is to be achieved. Conventional semen analysis may not be enough because it is not very accurate. In our office we include an evaluation for hormone problems such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc. Other causes must also be excluded including the use of drugs that cause infertility, infection, and a number of other conditions. History of exposure to toxic chemicals, heavy metals, radiation, use of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and caffeine would also need to be looked at.
Causes of Infertility
Elevated levels of the heavy metals lead and cadmium are of the most concern. We like to test for these metals and removal them. Numerous studies support the association with alcohol, caffeine and tobacco use and infertility/impotence. These substances must be avoided while trying to become fertile again.
The following are some supplements used in naturally treating infertility:
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Most of the time Low T is to blame for ED so that is the place to begin.
According to a report in the February 11th, 2002 issue the Archives of Internal Medicine, chronic work and marital stressors increase the risk of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease in men. Over a 16-year period, 12,336 men with work stress, and 10,904 men with marital stress were studied. There was an positive association between high work stress, marriage problems and risk of dying early. Men with at least three work stressors had 1.26 times the chance of dying, compared with those reporting no work stress. Men who divorced during the trial had 1.37 times the chance of dying, compared with those who remained married.
Diseases strongly linked to stress include:
How stressed are you?
Like an athlete who is over-training, typical symptoms of over-stressing include insomnia, depression, fatigue, headache, upset stomach, digestive disturbances, and irritability. Some deal with this by using drugs, overeating, watching excessive television, having emotional outbursts, feeling helpless, or overspending. The best way to find out if you are overstressing is to have a complete workup, including an adrenal stress profile.
Naturopathic Stress Treatments
How an individual handles stress plays a major role in determining their level of health. For years researchers have been looking at the association between stress and heart disease, including the beneficial effects of relaxation therapies. Chronic diseases are usually caused by an inability of a person's body to maintain optimal balance. Stress profoundly affects the delicate balance primarily through altering your body's output of hormones, central nervous system, and immune system; although other systems are affected as well.
According to Hans Selye (the father of modern stress research), stress alone should not be viewed negatively. It is not the stressor that determines the response; instead it is the individual's reaction which triggers the response. This internal reaction is highly individual. One person's stress may be another person's medicine.
While eliminating excess stress might be optimal, usually is is not practical (we all have to work and live). Our goal is to help you develop an appropriate response to stress by "preparing you body to take it."
Before any herbs or supplements can be recommended for stress reduction, it is very important to have a physical examination and some tests done. Treatment will take into consideration blood levels of stress hormones, blood pressure, lifestyle, work and family situation, family history, and many more factors. It is not appropriate, for example, to start taking Panax ginseng when you feel stressed, because this could actually make things worse by raising blood pressure and stress hormones.
Get a comprehensive stress evaluation. This may include a complete
history, physical exam and laboratory or functional tests depending on
the case. Dr. Bronner's treatments will vary depending on your
situation, and can include relaxation training, dietary modification,
natural medicines, nutrition, and eliminating food allergies or