Look Better Naked: How hormones are an issue with men, too!

SDGLN

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

Darren A. Farnesi, MD, APC – SDGLN Contributor
March 7th, 2011

Hormones! Don’t we all love to talk about them?

I sure do because they affect every aspect of our lives. Today we’re going to focus on male hormones and how they can help you look, and feel, better naked!

One of the MOST important, and often overlooked, pillars of great health is having youthful levels of some key hormones. The hormones are all tied together. Each one affects the other.

Many think that hormonal decline is an inevitable consequence of aging. Growth hormone and DHEA begin to decline in our mid-20s. Testosterone and progesterone decline in our 30s and 40s, and finally estradiol and thyroid in the 40s and 50s.

In age-management medicine, however, we believe the very best scientific evidence shows that actually the opposite may be true: that we actually age partly because our hormones decline, instead of the other way around. And if we correct hormonal deficiencies and imbalances between them, through exercise, nutrition and supplementation, we can slow or stop many of the unwanted aspects of aging.

It is well known in cardiology and urology literature that normal levels of testosterone in men are associated with a REDUCED risk of heart attack, stroke and depression. Optimal testosterone leads to improved energy and sexual functioning. And countless studies have shown that men live longer when they have sex more often. So guys, this is a matter of survival!

Low DHEA levels lead to increased inflammation and decreased ability to burn fat for energy. Optimal DHEA boosts mood, energy and immune function.

Low thyroid can lead to hair thinning, depression, dementia and weight gain, as well as other hormones declining. Thyroid is somewhat of a “master gland” and thus is very important to the overall balance. Adrenal fatigue and high insulin can lead to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis and heart disease.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.