Hormone Replacement For Men
In healthy adults, the decline of hormones is the greatest
factor determining the rate at which we age.
Although recognised by aging specialists, hormone replacement
as an anti-aging treatment is slow in gaining acceptance.
One of the main reasons for this is that it takes a
lifetime study to measure their benefits, and any potential
adverse side effects.
Most of us feel at peak health and energy between age
20 and 30.
Using hormone replacement to return the bodys hormones
to levels at age 25 commonly results in:
- Feeling better within a few days
- Feel as you did at 25 within a few months
- Reflect in your appearance in a few years. You
will not appear as you did at 20 years old, but you
can certainly gain back 10-20 years.
Hormones Used To Regulate Aging
The hormones used to regulate the rate of aging include:
- Estrogens [estrone, estriol, and estradiol]
- HGH [human growth hormone]
These items are all available through reputable natural
supplement companies. The key isknowing how much is
required. This can be determined by testing all hormone
levels before supplementation, and using supplementation
to provide optimal levels. Too much can be worse than
Tests should include levels for the adrenal, sex,
and thyroid hormones. Finding a doctor to support ordering
these tests can be difficult, however, some private
testing labs will provide these for a fee. The doctors
resistance is purely based on their philosophy of supporting
illness, rather than preventing it.
Human Growth Hormone
Human growth hormone, or HGH is the most important
hormone in terms of its impact on aging. HGH is secreted
by the pituitary gland of the brain, which regulates
the entire hormone system. 40% of the anterior pituitary
cells make HGH.
In childhood, HGH causes the growth of long bones
and this brings a person to his or her final height.
Every cell in the body has HGH receptors and HGH supports
human metabolism in every organ in the body.
In the brain, HGH supports production of endorphins
molecules, maintaining a happy and even mood. Irritability
is a common symptom of HGH deficiency. With 10% of the
brain cells become non-functional each decade of life,
HGH is being used as an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s
Skin cells respond to HGH, resulting in a smooth appearance.
- Bone cells respond to HGH by making new bone, in
some cases reversing osteoporosis after two or more
- Fat cells respond to HGH - weight gain around the
middle is another characteristic of HGH deficiency.
This disappears with HGH supplementation.
- Muscle cells become larger and stronger, especially
in the upper body, with HGH supplementation. Loss
of muscle is a common aging condition.
Male Hormones and Aging
As men age past year 40, hormonal changes occur that
perceptibly inhibit physical, sexual, and cognitive
function. The outward appearance of a typical middle-age
male shows increased abdominal fat and shrinkage of
muscle mass, a hallmark effect of hormone imbalance.
A loss of feeling of well-being, sometimes manifesting
as depression, is a common psychological complication
of hormone imbalance.
Until recently, these changes were attributed to "growing
old," and men were expected to accept the fact
that their body was entering into a long degenerative
process that would someday result in death
Most men regard Testosterone merely as the powerful
sex hormone. In reality, it is much more. Testosterone
receptor sites are in cells throughout the body, including
the brain and heart.
The body requires testosterone to:
- maintain muscle mass and bone formation.
- Improve oxygen uptake throughout the body
- Help control blood sugar
- Regulate cholesterol
- Maintain immune surveillance
- Maintain youthful cardiac output and neurological
- Maintain healthy bone density
- Maintain muscle mass
- Maintain red blood cell production
- Avoid depression
Total Hormone Rejuvenation Therapy
Anti-aging clinics that offer total hormone rejuventation
therapy aim to bring all your hormone levels back to
the level you enjoyed in your early twenties. And with
it, markedly slow the aging process.
Many of the diseases that middle- aged men begin experiencing,
including depression, abdominal weight gain, prostate
and heart disease are directly related to hormone imbalances
that are correctable with currently available drugs and
nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, these treatments
are not being supported by doctors, who are required to
practice according to published protocols.
In addition, few physicians know what hormone blood
tests to order for men, or the experience to ‘prescribe’
hormone supplements to restore optimal levels.
Male hormone tests should include: blood levels of
estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, and DHEA.
A common hormone imbalance in men is too much estrogen.
Whilst Estrogen is a necessary hormone for men, a hormone
imbalance may occur as testosterone levels decline,
and estrogen levels remain the same. In addition testosterone
is increasingly converted to estrogen. This results
in a testosterone/estrogen imbalance that directly causes
many age-related health problems including an increased
risk of heart attack or stroke and prostatic hypertrophy.
Much research and clinical experience has verified
the safety and efficacy of using hormone treatments
to slow aging.
The Life Extension Foundation reviewed several thousand
published scientific studies to validate safety and
anti- aging efficacy. They now aim to develop treatment
protocols. These require diligent medical testing, and
unfortunately long timelines. As the world awaits, some
antiaging clinics are adopting their own treatment techniques.
Testosterone replacement therapy by itself may only
compound the imbalance as even more testosterone is
available to potentially be converted into even more
Effect On Men Of Estrogen
In youth, low amounts of estrogen are used to turn
off powerful cell-stimulating effects of testosterone.
As estrogen levels increase with age, testosterone
cell stimulation may be locked in the "off"
position, thus reducing sexual arousal and sensation
and causing the common loss of libido so common in aging
High serum levels of estrogen trick the brain into
thinking that sufficient testosterone is being produced,
thereby slowing down the natural production of testosterone.
The estrogen saturated hypothalamus stops sending LSH,
a hormone the gonads require to produce testosterone.
Excess estrogen also increases the body's production
of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), which binds
free testosterone in the blood and makes it unavailable
NOTE: Synthetic testosterone abuse can produce detrimental
effects, and should not be confused with managed treatments
to restore natural testosterone to a youthful level.
Concern that testosterone causes prostate cancer has
Some poorly conducted studies showed testosterone to
be ineffective in the long-term treatment of aging.
These studies failed to provide for testosterone conversion
to estrogen, negating the benefits of the exogenously
administered testosterone. Correct treatment protocol
blocks this conversion.
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