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    Hormone Health For Men

    Symptom Information Testosterone plays a critical role in maintaining both physical and mental health. From its peak in the teens and early 20’s, the production of male hormones taper off steadily from the age of 35 onward. This physiologic decrease can cause changes in sexual function, mood, energy level and body composition. This change in male hormone levels is commonly known as andropause. Some of the symptoms associated with decreased testosterone production in the male body are: Decreased erectile function

    •Decreased mental ability
    •Insulin resistance
    •Loss of muscle strength
    •Loss of muscle mass
    •Less energy
    •Weight gain
    •Trouble urinating
    •Prostate problems
    •Bone loss

    Effect on the Body Stress management, regular exercise, healthy nutrition, dietary supplements and hormone supplementation have all been shown to raise androgen levels in men and help counter andropausal symptoms. While testosterone is thought of as “the” male hormone, it is also important to maintain appropriate levels of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and cortisol. The imbalance of testosterone in relation to estrogen may contribute to prostate problems.

    If the adrenal system (which secretes cortisol and DHEA) is out of balance, men may also experience problems with nervous and immune systems and may develop blood sugar irregularities. These irregularities also contribute to cardiovascular health risk. As we age and our production of sex hormones changes, the adrenals play a central role in sustaining optimal health and sex hormone function. Maintaining healthy adrenal function is also an essential piece of aging well.

    Testing and Treatment Initial salivary testing and follow up salivary monitoring are crucial for determining the most optimal treatment program. Salivary testing allows you to measure your unbound, or bioavailable, hormone levels, which is not possible with blood testing. Because of the complexity of the hormone system, issues that arise rarely stem from just one hormone.

    If there is a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland, it can cause other glandular systems to participate and soon throw off the body’s entire system. The Comprehensive Hormone Panel is an excellent starting place for evaluating hormone function in the body. This panel measures both reproductive (sex) and adrenal hormones. The comprehensive Panel will test the following hormones:

    •Cortisol – four times during the day

    You check your blood pressure. You check your cholesterol. You have your prostate checked.   Have you checked your hormones lately?  Optimal hormone balance can help you…

    •Gain muscle mass
    •Gain muscle strength
    •Maintain healthy libido
    •Feel more energetic
    •Lose weight

    Optimal hormone health can also help men maintain a healthy prostate gland and help prevent prostate cancer – the most prevalent cancer among men. An accurate and easy salivary hormone test can be the first step to helping you look better and feel better.

    Ask Artistique Center for your test kit today!


    Managing Menopause

    What’s Happening?

    Life expectancy for women has nearly doubled over the last century, reaching an average age of 83! This increase means a woman can expect to live nearly half of her life after menopause.

    A natural process for the aging woman, menopause is official when a woman has not had a period for 12 consecutive months, at which time she is considered post-menopausal. For many women, this time of life begins an array of concerns. There are safe and healthful ways to avoid the side effects of menopause, age gracefully and reclaim the vitality of your youth.

    The first step is to identify the symptoms:

    • Hot flashes / night sweats
    • Sleeplessness
    • Menstrual changes
    • Unwanted hair growth
    • Weight gain
    • Thinning skin
    • Depression
    • Bone loss

    Effect on the body

    Menopause is gradual process that may take up to 10 years to occur. The years leading up to menopause are known as peri-menopause.

    During the peri-menopausal years, progesterone levels decline significantly. While estrogen levels change as well, they rarely decline in balance with progesterone levels. This imbalance in the decrease of estrogen and progesterone levels often leads to more estrogen in relation to progesterone and is termed estrogen dominance.

    Estrogen dominance is common during peri-menopause and may contribute to mood changes, hot flashes, irritability, memory loss and more. Persistent estrogen dominance may be a risk factor for several diseases including estrogen-dependent cancers, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease.

    Often overlooked in balancing the hormonal changes of menopause, assessing and optimizing cortisol levels is an essential component to a successful transition to menopause. Cortisol levels can shift with sudden or persistent stress. Cortisol levels that are too high or too low may further compound the symptoms associated with menopause.

    Testing and Treatment

    Salivary testing and follow up monitoring are crucial for determining the most effective hormone balancing treatment program. Salivary testing is advantageous over other testing mediums because it allows you to assess you bioavailable hormone levels – what is actually available for use by the body. Because of the complexity of changes to the endocrine system during menopause, hormone testing is imperative to identify proper treatment option.

    The Comprehensive Hormone Panel is an excellent starting place for evaluating hormone function. This panel tests both reproductive (sex) hormones as well as adrenal function. The Comprehensive Hormone Panel will test the following hormones:

    • Estradiol
    • Progesterone
    • Testosterone
    • DHEA
    • Cortisol – four times throughout the day

    Testing will allow your healthcare professional to find the best way to balance your hormones. Ask to take home your kit today!

    You have annuals.

    You have breast exams.

    You exercise regularly.

    Have you checked your hormones lately?

    Hormone balancing can help you:

    • Get regular sleep
    • Curb sugar cravings
    • Diminish hot flashes
    • Improve libido
    • Maintain ideal weight

    Taking charge of your health and asking for the right kind of testing is important. Optimal hormone health can also help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and certain forms of cancer. An accurate and easy salivary hormone test can be the first step to helping you look better and feel better!

    Ask Artistique Center for your test kit today!