The Symptoms related to Low Testosterone in Minnesota


Are you experiencing low sex drive? Do you feel low energy and fatigue more frequently than before? These symptoms often occur in any aging male who has a drop in testosterone level. Andropause cause emotional and physical changes that many middle-aged men in Minnesota go through.

Andropause doesn’t happen to every man in Minnesota. It’s not a sudden change, either. The changes happen even much slower than women’s menopause. This is why many men in Minneapolis and St Paul think these subtle symptoms are a normal process of aging without seeking active medical care.

Here is the list of common symptoms in the andropause men.

• Diminished sexual desire and erectile quality.
• Low energy level and fatigue
• Mood changes and irritability
• Decrease in muscle mass and strength
• Depression and loss of excitement
• Weight Gain with an increase in fat around internal organs
• Bone density decreases resulting in osteoporosis
• Sleeping problems
• Hair Loss
• Gynecomastia (male breasts)
• Sweating at night and hot flashes
• Urinary Problems

It is important to keep in mind that not every male in Minnesota will experience Andropause symptoms the same way or the same level. Some will be affected by just a few of these symptoms; some will be affected by most of them.


Food Addictions in Minnesota (1)


When you plan to lose weight through HCG diet program, you can do a better job if you understand food addictions. Did you know that processed foods are very addictive? Imagine someone puts a plate of steamed broccoli in front of you. Will you devour the food even if you are not hungry? Now let’s turn that plate of broccoli into a bowl of M&M’s, or fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, or crisp, salty French fries. Did your mouth water at the simple thought of any of these foods?

How many people in Minneapolis and St Paul can easily say that you “LOVE” a certain food? “Loving” a food is a certain sign of addiction. When you take a bite of a food, the sensory nerves in the mouth and the taste neurons on the tongue sense all aspects of the food, like its sweetness, saltiness, texture, and the way the flavors blend as the food is chewed. This presents a unique “fingerprint” for a food to the brain. Most simple, elemental foods like whole fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, milk, and nuts in their natural form transmit only a fingerprint to the taste center of the brain. More complex foods that are mixtures of fat, flour, sugar, salt, and texture can send a second impulse to the opiate centers of the brain; which is the addiction center of the brain. No cigarette smoker or alcoholic thought that their vice tasted or felt good when they lit up or took a sip for the first time. The “taste” for these is acquired and is mediated by the development of the opiate center to fire up to mask the unpleasant raw taste of the addictive substance.

Our HCG diet program incorporates the education on the food addiction and strategies for long term maintenance.


Hormone Imbalance in Perimenopause Women In Minnesota


Perimenopause refers to the time period during which a woman’s body makes its natural transition toward menopause. Women in Minnesota start Perimenopause at different ages. Most often start during our mid to late 40’s, leading to menopause at an average age of 51 in the US.

Typical sign of perimenopause is that menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten. When sex hormone levels fluctuate and imbalance, many women in Minneapolis and St Paul may also experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swing, sleep problems and vaginal dryness.

In perimenopause, hormonal imbalance results when women’s sex hormone levels fluctuate widely. Contrary to popular belief, many of the symptoms experienced during perimenopause are not due to estrogen deficiency, but rather are due to estrogen dominance. The term “estrogen dominance” can be confusing at times because it does not relate solely to the amount of circulating estrogen in the body, but rather to the relationship between estrogen and progesterone.

In the next blog, we will discuss the details on the relationship between estrogen dominance and perimenopause symptoms.


What Changed That Has Attributed to the Obesity Epidemic in Minnesota and the US?


From the Centers for Disease Control, there has been a 3-fold increase of obese individuals in each state over the past 20 years since 1990. The prevalence of obesity climbed from 17.4% to 25.4% between 2000 and 2010.Overall, 63.1% of Minnesotans were considered to be an unhealthy weight in 2010, an increase from 55.0% in 2000.

So, what changed that has attributed to the obesity epidemic…?
• Teaching of low-fat diets by our government. This led to an overconsumption of simple carbohydrates. (Remember, in 1990, bagels were the ideal breakfast food and pretzels were the ideal snack food because they were low in fat)
• Microwave ovens and “Convenience foods”
• Computers, video games, “cable/satellite TV” giving us more sedentary entertainment options.
• Lack of sleep
• Increase in prescription medicines like antidepressants that can contribute to weight gain.
• Lack of emphasis on eating together as a family (Higher divorce/separation, longer commutes, more traffic, more convenience foods that can be prepared individually)
• Increase in “Fast food” availability and advertising.
• Creation and promotion of addictive, energy laden foods by the restaurant and food industry that has gotten us addicted to combinations of fat, flour, sugar, and salt. These addictive foods have destroyed our natural ability to stop eating when we are full.
• Stress

In modern society, we are afflicted with constant stressors and very little physical activity to relieve them. Food is readily available and our diet bears little resemblance to the fruits, vegetables, meats, milk, eggs, and nuts that mammals have traditionally eaten. Our appetites are not limited by our food supply running out and we consistently stay up past dark.

A healthy lifestyle that includes eating healthy food with more vegetable/fruits and participating in daily physical activities helps to prevent being overweight and obese. If people in Minneapolis and St Paul are overweight or obese, they may consider the HCG diet to lose weight.


HCG Diet Weight Loss in Minnesota


Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is a natural hormone that is made in pregnancy. It is also FDA-approved as a pharmaceutical for the treatment of infertility. The maximum dose used for infertility is 10,000 IU in a single injection. For comparison, the dose used for weight loss in Minnesota is just a few hundred units at one time. Since it is FDA approved for one use, it is perfectly legal and ethical to prescribe HCG in this country for other uses. This is called “off-label” prescribing and virtually every physician in Minnesota does it every day. HCG can only be obtained in the United States under the prescription of a physician. A number of internet advertisements are now branding their weight loss supplements with the term “HCG” somewhere in the name; which is very misleading for consumers since these products are priced much lower than genuine HCG and they do not contain real HCG.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, the diet was very popular using injectable HCG. Some diet protocols resulted in great success. One study showed an average of 19+ pounds of weight loss in the group taking HCG compared to 11 pounds of loss in the group not taking HCG. Both groups ate the same strict low-carb, low-fat diet. The group that was not taking HCG had more hunger and was less likely to finish the month without cheating.

HCG suspension can be taken sublingually (under the tongue). Sublingual HCG has been used for weight loss since the late 1980’s. The HCG is dissolved in a liquid that is designed to allow for absorption directly into the thin-walled blood vessels under your tongue. Medication that is swallowed goes through liver metabolism first; which makes the actual absorption of the substance very unpredictable. Not all of the HCG that you place under the tongue gets absorbed and the residual that is swallowed is not absorbed much, if at all.

Many people in Minneapolis and St Paul have successfully lost their weight through the HCG diet weight loss program. We see the trend of more demands of it in the coming years.


What is the difference between bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) and conventional hormone replacement (HRT)?


Menopausal women in Minnesota may develop some symptoms when hormonal imbalance occurs as they age. The common symptoms of menopause are hot flashes, sleeplessness, mood swings, menstrual changes, fatigue, unwanted hair growth, weight gain, thinning skin, vaginal dryness, depression, irritability and bone loss. These symptoms of menopause are also related to your stress levels, poor nutrition, lack of exercise and the toxins your body that build up on a daily basis.

The good news is that there is a solution to help menopausal women in Minneapolis and St. Paul. One Stop Wellness Clinic offers physician supervised natural bio-identical hormone therapy in combination with nutrition and exercise. Bio-identical hormones will improve these menopausal symptoms and overall quality of life.

What is the difference between bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT) and conventional hormone replacement (HRT)? Conventional HRT is best exemplified by the commercial drug Prempro. Prempro is a combination drug that has both estrogen and a progestin. The estrogens are derived from the urine from pregnant mares and the progestin is medroxyprogesterone, a synthetic hormone not found in nature. Prempro is taken orally once a day.

There are significant differences between conventional hormone replacement (HRT) and bio-identical hormone replacement (BHRT):

Hormones are identical to human hormones No Yes
Dosage customized for individual patients No Yes
Hormone balance is goal of therapy No Yes
Primary goal is improved quality of life Possible Yes
Primary goal is to prevent disease Yes No
May causes other diseases Yes No
Close monitoring is regular part of treatment No Yes


Menopausal Women in Minnesota


When a woman hasn’t had her period for twelve consecutive months she is considered to be post-menopausal. Hormone levels do not suddenly drop at menopause ; gradual changes occur for as long as 12 years prior to menopause. These years are known as peri-menopause. During this time progesterone levels begin to drop significantly. Estrogen levels also change, but rarely in balance with the change in progesterone levels. Estrogen dominance is common during peri-menopause and leads to mood changes, hot flashes, irritability and memory loss. Both estrogen and progesterone need to be in balance for the body to function optimally. That is why it is so important to have your hormones tested and balanced.

Menopause is part of the natural cycle of life, which every woman in Minneapolis and St Paul will go through. However, the aging side effects that can accompany changes in hormone levels can be avoided. Natural bio-identical hormone therapy for menopause can help women in Minnesota deal with these symptoms, reclaiming the vitality of your youth and freeing you to enjoy this new stage of life.


HCG Diet Weight Reduction in Minnesota


HCG, or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, has been used in conjunction with a sensible, low-glycemic diet since the 1950’s. Our unique diet has proven to cause:

  • Selective loss of large amounts of fat, not muscle
  • o Average loss of 12-20 pounds in the first month
    o Improved physique and body shape in just a few weeks

  • Reduction in cravings and addiction to carbs and fats
  • Improved energy and mental clarity
  • Effortless ability to control portions
  • Reduction in bloating and gas


In addition, this diet has an incredible record of retraining your eating patterns so that when the diet is over, you can choose wisely from all different kinds of foods and have control over your portions and food choices.

Lose weight the healthy way with a physician guided and assisted weight loss program. One Stop Wellness Clinic serves the Minneapolis and St Paul areas with the effective oral HCG diet program.


Bioavailable Testosterone and Andropause in Minneapolis & St Paul


Testosterone is an important hormone that has an effect on almost every aspect of a man’s body. It is produced in the testes and in the adrenal glands. It is to males what estrogen is to females. Testosterone assists the male body in building proteins that play key roles in virtually every bodily function, and it is crucial for normal sexual behavior and giving rise to erections. Testosterone also contributes to several metabolic functions including bone formation, cholesterol metabolism, liver function, prostate gland growth and production of blood cells in bone marrow. It also affects mood.

When men get into their early 30s, testosterone levels drop at a rate of one percent a year (10 percent every decade). At the same time, another factor in the body called Sex Binding Hormone Globulin (SHBG), is increasing. SHBG binds (traps) much of the testosterone in the circulation and makes it unavailable to exert its effects in the body’s tissues. What’s left over does the beneficial work and is referred to as ‘bioavailable’ testosterone.

Every man experiences a decline of bioavailable testosterone but some men’s levels dip much lower than others. And when this happens these men can experience a cluster of andropause symptoms.


Effective HCG Diet Program in One Stop Wellness Clinic


Described first over 60 years ago, the use of small amounts of the natural hormone HCG in combination with a low-calorie, low-fat diet was shown to be effective in losing weight rapidly in books and published studies. Injectible HCG is approved by the FDA for use in infertility, we agree that HCG does not cause weight loss, and you cannot lose weight taking HCG alone without the right diet. Experts now believe that these low doses of HCG preserve lean muscle mass while aiding in the selective burning of fat when used with a low-calorie diet. The HCG may also trigger a receptor in the brain for endorphins. This is the receptor that causes a feeling of fullness and satisfaction after exercise. Moreover, during the last 60 years, there no reports of safety concerns involving using tiny doses of HCG in this manner.

The research on the HCG sublingual (oral) dose shows an average of 17.6 pounds of weight loss in 4 weeks. (See The success we have seen in our practice mirrors the success on the research.

The avoidance of the typically addictive foods like sugars and flour resets and erases the brain’s addiction and dependence on these foods. You will not longer crave these bad foods whether you are hungry or not. High protein in the HCG diet plan preserves the muscles in your body, and exercise also plays important role in the long term weight maintenance.


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