Male Hormone Balance Test Will Help Determine Midlife Crisis or Low Testosterone
ST LOUIS, MO. - June, 2010 - In support of National Men's Health Week, the bioidentical hormone doctors at BodyLogicMD are dedicating the entire month of June to empowering men to lead proactive lifestyles and take charge of their health by putting hormone testing on this month's health check list.
"For men and women alike, health should be the number one priority, regardless of age," shares St. Louis bioidentical hormones expert Dr. Bryan Warner. "Most men usually carry around the John Wayne mentality and would sooner bite their tongue than admit that there's a problem. It's common for men to desensitize themselves to the idea of getting older - being that they're more willing to accept these changes, they usually do little to prevent them."
Men have hormones too and like women, as men age, their hormones begin to decline, oftentimes resulting in symptoms of andropause - the male menopause. It's estimated that nearly 25 million American men over 40 are currently suffering symptoms of hormonal imbalance, but most chalk it up to getting older or 'midlife crisis.
BodyLogicMD expert physicians recommend hormone testing for men who experience three or more of the following signs of andropause:
Loss of Sex Drive
Decreased bone density
Although andropause is the most common cause of hormonal imbalance in middle-aged men, when it comes to low testosterone, (or Low T) male menopause isn't necessarily the only culprit. Other conditions such as hypogonadism can have a similar effect on testosterone production and manifest many of the same symptoms - the only difference is that hypogonadism can occur at any age, while the onset of andropause typically doesn't set in until a man's 40's. Other hormones play a role as well. Chronic stress can raise blood-cortisol levels and suppress testosterone production. Excess estrogen can counteract the effects of testosterone on the body and lead to bone and muscle loss. This is why hormonal balance is so critical to women and men alike. BodyLogicMD affiliated physicians recommends every man over the age of 40 get a baseline hormone test to determine hormone deficiencies, especially testosterone.
"Being that hormonal imbalances affect everyone differently, it's hard to determine the nature of a particular hormonal imbalance, based on the symptoms alone," explains Dr. Warner. "With blood and saliva testing, we're able to pinpoint the source of underlying hormonal imbalances and address the patient's needs accordingly. Using customized nutrition and fitness regimens and bioidentical hormone therapy, we've helped thousands of women - and men too - overcome symptoms of hormonal imbalances."
Men, take the hormone balance test.
More about Dr. Warner
Bryan Warner, M.D. received his undergraduate from Southern Illinois University in 1983. Dr. Warner graduated from Chicago Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 1987. He completed his internship and Residency at St. Luke's Family Practice in 1990. Dr. Warner was Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice in 1990 and served 7 years as active duty US Air Force. He is an active Fellow in the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.