Men Should Receive Hormone Therapy Posted on May 31, 2003, 7:36 a.m. in Men's Health Middle-aged men should receive hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in order to treat the andropause the male equivalent of the menopause according to doctors. Members of the recently launched Andropause Society (20/20 Harley Street, London, W1N 1AL, United Kingdom; www.goldcrossmedical.com) are campaigning for the condition to be recognized and treated accordingly, however, some members of the scientific community are still in doubt as to whether the male menopause actually exists. Although male HRT is available, few doctors currently prescribe it. Dr Malcolm Carruthers, a specialist in men's health and Chairman of the Andropause Society said: "We have got an aging male population and it's important to treat these symptoms and keep them in good condition physically and mentally." SOURCE/REFERENCE: Reported by www.bbc.co.uk on the 5th December 2000 ANDROPAUSE Andropause is more subtle than menopause, but none the less is very real. Symptoms slowly gradually appear over a 20 year period of time. Testosterone levels decline beginning in the early 30s. Diminishing hormone levels result in changes that can dangerously affect physical, emotional, and mental health. Men then suffer from weaker erections, difficulty in sexual arousal, heart disease and increasing plaque, weight gain, bone loss, cognitive concerns, fatigue, depression, grumpiness, irritability, anxiety, lack of skin elasticity, aches, pains, and stiffness. Men will continue to produce sperm and could still father a child. NUTRACEUTICAL SUPPLEMENTATION Nutraceuticals are vital to your health because they correct nutrient depletion and aid in disease prevention. The quality of Age Management’s pharmaceutical grade supplements is substantially higher than most found in the health food stores because the raw ingredients are the most pure and the best absorbed in the body. We have chosen our supplements especially to fulfill your needs. LOW GLYCEMIC NUTRITION Our physicians and clinical team recommend low glycemic nutrition. This is the diet most synergistic with hormone therapy and is reminiscent of our Paleolithic-era ancestors. It is high in nutrient dense foods (fruits, vegetables, lean meats and essential fats) and low in refined overly processed foods, fats and simple carbohydrates. We place great emphasis upon choosing to eat better quality food. Avoid high fructose corn syrup, GMO foods, empty sugar in general. Consider testing for the common food allergens like gluten, egg, dairy, soy, and corn. RESISTANCE TRAINING Resistance training has a multitude of benefits including reducing body fat and lowering cholesterol. In fact, weight training is the best way to burn fat; it’s more effective for losing weight than aerobic activity because it burns calories while you’re exercising. After a resistance workout, metabolic rates remain elevated as muscle fibers are being rebuilt. Many of the calories you consume will be put to work in the repair and rebuilding process, rather than being stored as fat. And the more muscle one has, the more calories that will be burned per min. Of course training will reduce sugar and cholesterol, and is also good for stress and brain health. CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE Cardiovascular Exercise includes anything that raises your heart rate. It could be walking, running, swimming, biking. A good goal for ample physical work is 150 min per week. That could be 30 min 5 times per week. Cardio exercise uses both stored carbohydrates and fats for fuel. The longer and more vigorous, the more total calories are burned. The longer and more vigorous the work out, the greater the caloric burn because of the repair and growth that happens as an outcome of exercise. In addition, regular cardio exercise decreases your risk for a heart attack and also lowers insulin levels which helps reduce rates of arteriosclerosis. And multiple studies tell us that exercise is also good for the brain and cognition. FLEXIBILITY Staying flexible is vital as we age. Joint mobility proves crucial for muscular strength, proper posture and full range of motion. Flexibility is associated with balance. Gentle flexibility exercises help increase the length of connective tissues and muscles. These exercises can also help reduce stress, alleviate low back pain and greatly diminish the chance of injury. Consider doing stretches before walking or try yoga, Pilates or tai chi.