Dr. Randolph Explains Why BHRT Is Catching On Among Male Patients
Traditionally, awareness for bioidentical replacement therapy has focused on helping women go through "The Change." However there are a growing number of men choosing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) as a life-time preferred option, rather than pharmaceutical options like Viagra or Cialis, to maintain a healthy and vigorous sex life as they age.
For close to twenty years, my medical practice has been recognized for excellence in hormone health and long-term sexual vitality for both men and women. Though I am board certified as a gynecologist, one third of my practice's active patient-base is male. Men come to see me because age-related declining testosterone levels result in issues with sexual performance, energy, body mass composition and enthusiasm.
Testosterone replacement therapy is a groundbreaking field of medicine. Recent medical studies released by Harvard Medical School turned the traditional medical community on its ear when the clinical evidence indicated that low testosterone levels - not high levels as previously thought - are linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Growing research also suggests that low testosterone levels may be intimately linked with insulin resistance and its related conditions of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors - high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels and abdominal fat - that make heart disease and diabetes more likely.
I work with male patients by testing their hormone levels to determine individual hormone level deficiencies. For a man suffering from testosterone deficiencies, an optimal hormone balance is restored via a personalized prescription of bioidentical testosterone typically administered in a shot or pellet.
A regimen of bioidentical testosterone is more effective than Viagra or Cialis, without the side effects. Even better, a man doesn't have to allow a 30 to 45 minute window before he's springing into action. Once lagging testosterone levels are replenished, a man can be as sexually spontaneous in his 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond as he was in his rambunctious 20s.
If you are having difficulty finding a physician near you trained in bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy, or if you are concerned about the out-of-pocket costs associated if your doctor does not accept insurance for testosterone replacement therapy, you may want to try an herbal or neutraceutical approach to boosting lagging testosterone levels. L-arginine and maca tuber, for instance, have been used by men in certain cultures with erectile and libido problems for centuries. These natural approaches can work well but may take several months of consistent usage for levels to build sufficiently in your system to foster the desired response.
Natural Hormone Institute co-founders Dr. Randolph and Genie James are a husband-wife team, both nationally recognized for their expertise in natural options for hormone replacement, age-management medicine and consumer-driven healthcare.