As we age, especially after age 35 years, many hormone levels in the body decline. Hormones are chemical messengers that run the body. When hormone levels decline, this leads to less efficiency. Less efficiency leads to declining function. Declining function can eventually lead to change in form and function, which can result in degeneration, disease, aging, and breakdown. Testosterone is a vital anabolic hormone that helps to promote growth of muscle, skin, and other tissues in the body. It also promotes proper glucose metabolism, sex drive, joy, and positive mood.
As men age, especially past the age of 35, testosterone levels may decline. This will lead to loss of lean body mass, increased fat to lean tissue ratio, less efficient metabolism, and many other vital aspects of optimal health. One choice for men is to use testosterone replacement therapy. This is restoring testosterone levels to the lowest levels of optimal youthful levels.
To find out if your testosterone levels are low you need to consult an endocrinologist or hormone specialist. We recommend the doctors of the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine, called A-4 doctors. They must be certified to become A-4 doctors, which requires passing a test that contains many questions regarding the latest hormonal science. Their national number is 773-528-4333.
Take Special Note of This: Often the hormone specialist will measure testosterone, but not estrogen and DHT. A chemical process called aromatization produces estrogen in men from testosterone and androstenedione (androsterone),. Although men do not normally produce much estrogen, inappropriate high levels of biologically active estrogen in ratio to biologically active testosterone are being implicated in some cancers. You can read more about this in the article on this web site, called "Estrogen-Testosterone Syndrome/Pot Belly/Baldness Cure." Therefore, if your doctor does not choose to measure estrogen, then you should consider asserting yourself and asking him to do so. Measuring estrogen, as well as testosterone, is a way to protect your health.
Also, testosterone produces a significant metabolic (byproduct) product called DHT. In the prostate, external genitalia, and some areas of the skin, and other tissue, DHT is the active form of the hormone. The following is from Harper's Biochemistry, "the plasma content of DHT in the adult male is about one-tenth that of testosterone." DHT is being considered a potential cancer causing metabolite in prostate cancer in men and other cancers. Therefore, consider asking your hormone specialist to measure DHT and be sure he checks the appropriate levels and the 10-1 ratio of testosterone to DHT. If the ratio begins to drop lower than 10-1, this may mean DHT levels are getting too high in the body and may lead to cancer. If you are using testosterone replacement therapy then the 10-1 ratio of testosterone to DHT may not be applicable. Science has not proven that a 10-1 ratio is optimal when using testosterone replacement therapy. Once again, if your doctor does not measure DHT, then you might consider asserting yourself and asking him to do so. Measuring DHT levels is a way to protect your health.
If testosterone levels are found to be low, and estrogen and DHT levels are proper, then you may want to raise your testosterone levels to get the benefits that testosterone can supply to males. You might consider several methods to raise testosterone as well as testosterone replacement therapy.
Dr. Bob was a MD internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, MD psychiatrist, chiropractor, and healer 65 years. He was a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect 2 years before he passed away. Dr. Bob practiced a system of medicine called orthomolecular medicine. It is a system of medicine that uses mainly natural substances that are non-toxic and safe in wide range of doses. It uses mainly herbs and minerals/vitamins.
Dr. Bobs orthomolecular ideas to increase testosterone levels in men:
In conclusion, there are many men who can benefit from testosterone
replacement therapy, helping them to gain lean tissue, reduce fat, help regulate
metabolism, and many other benefits. Dr. Bob felt that low testosterone levels needed to
be addressed, but he advised a long-term method that he believed was safer and more
effective than testosterone replacement therapy right at the start of low testosterone
levels. Dr Bob advised to build the hormonal cascade (there is an article on this web site
describing the ideas of the hormonal cascade, called "Hormonal Cascade"),
making the addition of testosterone last, as described in the hormonal ideas in this
article. The building of the hormonal cascade is to make testosterone replacement therapy
safer and more effective. Hormones do not work alone and by building the support around
testosterone, this makes it more likely that testosterone will work as designed by Mother
Nature, with more effectiveness and safety. Thus, if all methods fail to restore
testosterone levels to optimal youthful levels, then testosterone replacement therapy may
be a way to regain optimal testosterone levels.
Note In order for these anti-aging ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, "almost all supplement companies produce poor quality." You can consider the product page of this web site. Almost all the products met Dr. Bobs approval. Since he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards.
WARNING: DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE. CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS.
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