Category Archives: Andropause

 

ADAM Questionnaire for screening Low Testosterone of men in Minnesota

 

Take this quick quiz to find out if you should talk to your doctor about low testosterone.
 

• Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
• Do you lack energy?
• Has your strength or endurance decreased?
• Have you decreased in height?
• Have you noticed decreased “enjoyment of life”?
• Are you sad or grumpy?
• Are your erections less strong?
• Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
• Do you fall asleep after dinner?
• Has there been deterioration in your work performance?
 

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions from the ADAM questionnaire, you might be suffering from andropause (low testosterone). You are welcome to visit us in the Edina or Shoreview Offices to get help. One Stop Wellness Clinic offers the Saliva tests for sex and adrenal hormones and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to the men with low testosterone in Minnesota.

 

Posted in Andropause, Hormone Testing, One Stop Wellness Clinic, Testosterone and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

  

Diagnosis of Low Testosterone in Minnesota

 

As we discussed in the previous blogs, the physiologic decrease of testosterone as men in Minnesota age can cause changes in sexual function, mood, energy level and function of other organs. While testosterone is thought of as the male hormone, it is also important to maintain appropriate levels of other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and cortisol, because the adrenals play a central role in sustaining optimal health and sex hormone function.
 

Diagnosing low testosterone:
 

The question may arise whether the symptoms you have may be related to low testosterone level. Dr.Shu takes a medical history and physical exam, assess your signs and symptoms and determine your testosterone levels with either blood or salivary test. Salivary tests for a panel of hormones are preferable, and the tests may include sex hormones, thyroid and adrenal hormones.. Initial salivary testing is important to make a diagnosis of andropause (low testosterone). Due to the complexity of the interactions among hormones, problems that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. If testosterone replacement is warranted, blood test to check Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) must be performed. There is no evidence that testosterone increases the risk of prostate gland cancer; however, if prostate cancer has already developed, testosterone may accelerate its growth.

 

Posted in Andropause, Hormone Testing, One Stop Wellness Clinic, Testosterone and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

  

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.

 

Posted in Andropause, Hormone Testing, One Stop Wellness Clinic, Testosterone and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

  

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.

 

Posted in Andropause, Testosterone and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

  

Andropause (Low Testosterone) in Minnesota

 

Menopause is a natural biological process for the women in Minnesota, but do Minnesotan men have male menopause (andropause)? The answer is YES. The phenomena of the biological “pause” isn’t exclusive to women, it seems men also have age related changes in hormone levels, sexual function, energy level, mood and body composition. These changes affect men’s quality of life. Andropause is a condition in males in which hormones, especially testosterone, is low. Testosterone plays a critical role in maintaining both physical and mental health. The production of male hormones taper off steadily from the age of 30 onward. As men reach their middle age, the decrease in testosterone production speeds up, and this causes a cluster of andropause symptoms.
 

Eight in ten family physicians in Minnesota today recognize male andropause as a real change of life for men comparable to female menopause. You should know that andropause is fairly common, and chances of getting it increase the older you get. At 40-49 years of age, about 2% to 5% of men have it. From 50-59, it jumps to anywhere from 6% to 40% of the population. If you’re 60-69 years old your likelihood is somewhere in the 20-45% range. From 70-79 it affects about 34% to 70%. The number will be even bigger if we include the men who have the andropause symptoms, but their testosterone level is in the low end of normal range. That means that if you are concerned or you have some symptoms, you should see a doctor to find out what can be done.
 

If men in Minneapolis and St Paul have some andropause symptoms, such as loss of energy, foggy mind, depression, sluggish libido, sexual dysfunction, decreased muscle mass and strength, increased body fat, and overall weakness, you should have saliva tests done at the One Stop Wellness Center to check your testosterone hormone level.

 

Posted in Andropause, Hormone Testing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

  

Why Hormone Saliva Testing is better than Blood and Urine for Minnesotans

 

When deciding how to assess hormone levels it is important to do testing instead of guessing, and it is important to have ongoing testing and monitoring like One Stop Wellness Clinic in Minnesota does. Urine testing cannot measure progesterone directly, instead it just the metabolites of progesterone so it is not a sufficiently accurate tool for direct measurement for assessing deficiencies and subsequent treatment.

In addition, once a patient is started on a prescription of topical hormones the adjusted hormone levels cannot be accurately assessed through urine or blood — only saliva. This is because blood and urine will not show bioavailable hormone levels. Saliva, on the other hand, does reflect changes in hormone levels shown when a patient is on a topical hormone replacement and it is a proven method for adjusting and monitoring therapy. This is why we at, One Stop Wellness Center, tests estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol only in saliva. The only hormone not testing in saliva is a thyroid panel which is tested with a blood sample. Lastly, providers in Minneapolis who decide to use urine or blood testing will often find that it takes a long time to get prescription rates correct and existing symptoms continue while new symptoms may appear.

 

Posted in Andropause, Cortisol, Female sexual dysfunction, Hormone Testing, Hypothyroid, One Stop Wellness Clinic and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

  

Male Andropause in Minnesota

 

Andropause is a condition in males in which hormones especially testosterone is low. Testosterone plays a critical role in maintaining both physical and mental health. The production of male hormones for the most males in Minnesota taper off steadily from the age of 35 onward. This physiologic decrease can cause changes in sexual function, mood, energy level and body composition. Some of the symptoms associated with decreased testosterone production in the Minnesota men are: decreased erectile function decreased mental ability, insulin resistance, loss of muscle strength, loss of muscle mass, less energy, weight gain, trouble urinating, prostate problems, and bone loss.

Stress management, regular exercise, healthy nutrition, dietary supplements and hormone supplementation have all been shown to raise androgen levels in men and help counter andropausal symptoms. While testosterone is thought of as the male hormone, it is also important to maintain appropriate levels of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and cortisol. The imbalance of testosterone in relation to estrogen may contribute to prostate problems. If the adrenal system (cortisol and DHEA) is out of balance, the men in the Minneapolis and St Paul areas may also experience problems with nervous and immune systems and may develop blood sugar irregularities. These irregularities also contribute to cardiovascular health risk. As we age our production of sex hormones changes, the adrenals play a central role in sustaining optimal health and sex hormone function. Maintaining healthy adrenal function is also an essential piece of aging well.

Initial salivary testing and follow up salivary monitoring are crucial for determining the most optimal treatment program. Due to the complexity of the hormone system, issues that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. If there is a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland, it can cause other glandular systems to participate and soon throw off the body’s entire system.

 

Posted in Andropause and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

  

Importance of the Hormone Cortisol and Testing in Minnesota

 

Your adrenal glands make cortisol, which impacts blood sugar levels, blood pressure, heart rate, and metabolism. The amount and daily pattern of cortisol production can influence how your body uses or stores fat. Cortisol is also important for controlling levels of inflammation throughout the body. The ideal cortisol pattern is elevated first thing in the morning, decreasing towards night time. Over time, continued stress disrupts the delicate balance of hormones, included how much and when cortisol is made and released.

Cortisol is commonly referred to as the “Stress Hormone”. It plays an important role in glucose metabolism, blood pressure regulation, insulin release, immune function and inflammatory response. Cortisol is designed to help the body respond to a stressful event. When the event passes, cortisol levels decrease. When your body is under constant stress, your nervous system never receives the signal to relax which can lead to other hormones going awry.

Long busy days and short nights of sleep send messages to the body that it is in a state of stress. We may be civilized, but our bodies are still ruled by primitive survival drives. The body begins to store fat as a response to the stress, so there are stores ready for a future event that threatens survival. Over a period of time with constant stress, the adrenal glands produce less and less cortisol. Without enough cortisol the body needs to find energy from somewhere else so our bodies crave sugar, caffeine, and other stimulants to counteract low cortisol levels and temporarily raise energy levels.

Some signs that cortisol and other hormone levels are out of balance might include: sugar cravings, difficulty sleeping, tired but wired, afternoon slump, headaches, or constantly stressed. However, proper hormone balancing can help the people in Minneapolis and St Paul lose weight, reduce moodiness, feeling more energetic, sleep better, and curb cravings. Come visit our One Stop Wellness Clinic in Edina, Minnesota and get your cortisol and other hormones balanced and tested today!

 

Posted in Andropause, Cortisol, Female sexual dysfunction, Hormone Testing, One Stop Wellness Clinic and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.