MEN'S HEALTH - ANDROPAUSE
How to keep the pause out of andropause.
Andropause or “male menopause” is a medical condition that may be thought of as the counterpart to menopause in women. In both sexes, the condition is caused by a decline in the levels of hormones related to sexuality and occurs over a period of time. Andropause is due to a decrease in testosterone, an androgen, that causes the secondary sex characteristics such as facial hair, deepening of voice, and increase in muscle bulk.
Men at midlife and beyond can maintain their sexual fitness, interest, and vitality in spite of the ravages of the normal aging process. Physical and psychological issues that affect sexual response can be prevented and treated with our multifaceted, integrative approach. There are 4 primary body functions to which the underlying origin of lost libido and ailing sexual function may be attributed:
- Brain state
- Circulatory state
- Endocrine state
- Neurological state (specifically, of the penis)
The cycle of human sexual response consists of 4 phases
Our Integrative Approach
There are several key elements to the recovery of sexual function:
- Correction of brain physical and psychological issues
- Improvements in circulation and cardiovascular conditions
- Balancing hormone levels-especially deficits
- Nutritional supplementation
- Assisting the function of the penis to achieve and sustain erection
We have found that neurotransmission or brain wave malfunctions affects the patients health. An EEG may be recommended and biofeedback may be helpful. Any condition that compromises the general cardiovascular system will compromise the ability of the penis to engorge for proper erectile function such as an
- Unhealthy lipid profile-total cholesterol, low HDL, high LDL, high triglycerides
- Arteriosclerosis or plaque buildup within the arteries
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) or side effects from medications
The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine offers Chelation Therapy. This process removes toxic contents such as heavy metals from the bloodstream. We use the EDTA and DMPS challenge technique to evaluate the body burden.
The body produces a variety of hormones of which testosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), prolactin, growth hormone, insulin growth factors and melatonin are directly relevant to sexual function. Thyroid hormones are important too. Our team of practitioners are experts in testing, evaluating and supplementation of all these hormones. We use natural bio-identical hormones either as an I.M. injection, transdermal patches, pellets and topical creams. Supplementation of all hormones is monitored carefully to avoid unwanted side effects as they work in unison in a delicate balance.
The use of dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbs) to boost ailing libido and sexual function is becoming commonplace. However, it is critical for us to first determine your blood levels of vitamins, trace elements, amino acids and essential fatty acids. We offer intracellular testing for all of these, which is more sensitive than a regular blood test. Exposure to toxic products or heavy metals is also important to know in order to implement a sound nutritional supplementation program. Arginine is important to sexual health, as is carnitine, tyrosine, prostaglandin E1, omega 3 fish oils, Vitamin c, zinc antioxidants, along with a good multivitamin and mineral supplement.
Regular aerobic exercise is essential for maintaining proper cardiovascular and circulatory conditions. Basic good health recommendations for diet include
Protein (meat) beneficial for the body in that it is a major source for amino acids-fish and chicken are ideal; nuts, eggs, dairy products, lentils, are alternative sources.
- Whole grain products
- Vegetables and fruit
- Limited polyunsaturated oils and monosaturated oils
- Clean filtered water
Avoid sugars, sugar substitutes, additives, fillers, preservatives.