Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Gretchen Reis, M.D. has dedicated her knowledge and expertise in Hormone Replacement Therapy and her extensive training from the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine to treat men suffering from the affects of low testosterone in the Charlotte NC area. As a highly trained hormones doctor, Gretchen Reis, M.D. of Charlotte, North Carolina is recognized as a leading expert in her field of expertise and is an active member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging medicine; continually staying at the cutting edge of Hormone Replacement Therapy.
If you’re a man approaching middle age who is experiencing decreased sexual libido, a lack of energy, and irritability, you may have some of the common symptoms of testosterone imbalance. Also known as andropause, male menopause, and hypogonadism, unbalanced hormones can cause a host of health issues that negatively affect your quality of life. While having one or two of these issues may not indicate a problem with your hormones, experiencing several at the same time usually does point to hormone imbalance.
- Additional symptoms of testosterone deficiency
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue
- Loss of muscle tone
- Accumulation of fat, especially around the abdomen
- Loss of body hair
- Difficulty concentrating and problems with memory
- Hot flashes and night sweats[/box]
Work with Gretchen Reis, M.D. to Balance Your Hormones
Gretchen Reis, M.D. of BodyLogicMD Charlotte has helped countless Charlotte area men feel better physically and emotionally with Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). This is a method of naturally replacing what your body has lost through the normal aging process. Unlike traditional doctors who typically treat symptoms one at a time with pharmaceuticals or synthetic alternatives, Gretchen Reis, M.D. believes that Hormone Replacement Therapy is the only safe and effective course of action to treat the root cause of hormone related conditions in men.
After examining you and determining your current hormone level, Gretchen Reis, M.D. designs a custom Hormone Replacement Therapy to target your unique needs and symptoms. You may receive hormones through injection, dermal patches, oral medications, sub-dermal pellets, or another method according to what is recommended by Gretchen Reis, M.D. based on your unique needs and personal preferences. Hormone Replacement Therapy for men may use a combination of several different hormones including testosterone, thyroid, and pregnenolone, which you can learn more about below.
Understanding the Role of Testosterone in Men
Testosterone is the primary hormone in a group of male hormones called androgens. It plays a large role in male sexuality, reproductive health, and bone health. Testosterone production increases as a boy enters puberty and peaks when he is in his early twenties. Unfortunately, it already starts tapering off by the time a man is 30 years old. Although there is considerable variation among men, a one percent decrease in testosterone production every year after age 30 is typical.
There are numerous benefits to replacing the testosterone your body has lost. Other men who have completed Hormone Replacement Therapy offered by Charlotte Bioidentical Hormones Doctor, Gretchen Reis, M.D. report amazing symptom relief and a restoration of energy levels and libido ins just a few weeks.
Thyroid Replacement Therapy
Although it is tiny, the thyroid is one of the most important glands in the human body. It is located directly below your Adam’s apple and cricoid cartilage. In most men, the thyroid weighs less than one ounce. Having a thyroid that is either underactive or overactive can cause hormonal imbalance problems. Hypothyroidism, which is when the body can’t produce enough of the hormone to meet the body’s needs, is more common.
The goal of thyroid replacement therapy offered by Charlotte’s most highly trained Bioidentical Hormones Doctor, Gretchen Reis, M.D. is to restore your thyroid to normal functioning. Since the primary function of the thyroid is to maintain your metabolism, replacing what your body no longer produces helps you to lose or maintain your weight. When your metabolism is healthy, you are less likely to see fat stores around your midsection. Maintaining blood calcium levels is another important function of the thyroid.
What is Pregnenolone?
Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone that is first synthesized by the cholesterol in your body and then created by your adrenal glands. Pregnenolone, along with the hormone DHEA, is responsible for creating testosterone and all other hormones in your body. Because it is made from the supporting tissues in your brain, pregnenolone activates neuroreceptors that alternately stimulate and calm your brain. When this level of hormone is too low, you are likely to experience fatigue and problems with concentration and memory. Mood disturbances are also common, with depression and irritability being the most frequent complaints.
In addition to alleviating common symptoms, undergoing Hormone Replacement Therapy with pregnenolone can help you feel more youthful and energetic, prevent cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers, and help improve your overall sense of well-being.
Men in all stages of life are becoming increasingly aware of the affects hormonal changes can have on their mind and body. No more do the symptoms of low testosterone or estrogen dominance in men have to be tolerated as a normal part of the aging process. Maintain youthful energy levels, strong libido and a fulfilling lifestyle by achieving and sustaining optimal hormone balance with a custom Hormone Replacement Therapy.