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20 Oct 2015

Myths & Facts About Low Testosterone

There has been a recent flood of information about hormone replacement therapy and low testosterone therapy, and with all the hype, it is inevitable that misconceptions and about low testosterone and its treatment will filter through what is truth. For more complete information, and to see if low testosterone therapy is right for you, we invite you to call either of our offices to schedule a discreet and comprehensive consultation. 

Fact:

Always be cautious about starting low testosterone therapy. Not everyone needs testosterone supplements. You should always have a blood test done first to assess your testosterone levels before you begin any low testosterone supplements and treatments.

Fact:

Your own lifestyle and habits can take a toll on your testosterone levels. There are a few lifestyle choices you can make that will have a negative effect on the amount of testosterone that your body produces. For example, smoking will reduce your testosterone levels. Being overweight/obese can also negatively impact your testosterone levels.

Myth:

You can increase your sperm count with testosterone supplements. The idea seems logical – more male hormones mean more sperm, right? In truth, supplementing with testosterone can actually lower the amount of sperm that your body produces. When the pituitary gland senses high levels of testosterone in the body, it suppresses the release of luteinizing hormone, which can decrease sperm production.

Myth:

You increase your risks of prostate cancer when you take testosterone supplements. While men who develop prostate cancer are often given medications to reduce the amount of testosterone in their bodies, that doesn’t mean that testosterone is a cancer-causing hormone.

20 Oct 2015

The Most Common Hormone Replacement Therapy Myths

Between your savvy friend who knows everything, the expert at Whole Foods, and the lady who does your hair, you’ve likely heard everything under the sun about hormone replacement therapy in Woodstock – some things true and some things false! Today we’re going to look at the biggest myths and misconceptions we hear about hormone replacement therapy and debunk them once and for all.

  • Myth #1: Local vaginal estrogen and oral estrogen carry the same risks. The fact is that the FDA class labeling requires all products that have the same ingredient in them to have the same warning on them – even if that problem indicated by the warning has never been demonstrated in the product! That’s why the risks associated with oral estrogens are listed on your vaginal estrogen rings, creams, and tablets even though they’ve never been shown to actually have these complications.
  • Myth #2: Bio-identical hormones are “natural”. The only way to get a “natural” bioidentical hormone is to go and eat that soy plant or drink horse urine. Weird? We know. It’s important that you understand that all plant-derived hormone preparations, whether they’re from a commercial or compounding pharmacy, require a chemical process in order to synthesize the final product. Then it can be put into a pill, spray, patch, or cream.

In the future, we’ll explore other myths and misconceptions we frequently hear about hormone replacement therapy. If you have any questions, feel free to call us or stop by one of our convenient locations in Woodstock and Buckhead.

10 Oct 2015

Low Testosterone & Hormone Replacement Therapies: When are They Appropriate?

Have you noticed a recent decline in your energy levels, mood, and sex levels? As we age, hormone levels naturally drop, creating a variety of physical health issues that many find disconcerting at best, painful and emotionally-draining at worst. For those shown to have hormonal drops, low testosterone therapy can be a life-changing answer to their problems. Many men with these symptoms have reported improved energy, libido, and mood after beginning hormone replacement therapy. While testosterone therapy isn’t for everyone, and blood tests should always be conducted to confirm that low testosterone is the cause of your symptoms, it does often provide the relief that is desired. 

The symptoms of low testosterone are subtle but can have a major impact on your life. Testosterone levels decline naturally in men as they age, but can also be negatively impacted by certain lifestyle choices like smoking and bad nutrition. Below are the symptoms of low testosterone:

 

  • Low libido (sex drive)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue and low energy level
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Hair loss
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Irritability

If you feel like you’re showing signs of low testosterone, it’s important that you see us and have tests done to make sure that these signs are in fact caused by low testosterone and not something else.

Testosterone supplements come in different forms:

Skin patch: Worn on the arm or upper body, you only have to change the patch once a day.

Gels: These come in clear packets of testosterone gel. Testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin when you apply the gel once a day.

Mouth patch: This is a tablet that sticks to the upper gums above the incisor and is applied twice a day.

Injections and implants: Testosterone can also be injected directly into the muscles, or implanted as pellets in the soft tissues.

23 Jun 2015

Atlanta Low-Testosterone Treatment and Heart Disease

WebMD is finally saying what our Atlanta Testosterone Replacement Doctors have been saying for a long time.

The webmd link

Study: No Link Between Testosterone, Heart Attack
Finding runs counter to some prior reports; much larger trials are needed, experts say

WebMD News from HealthDay
By Mary Elizabeth Dallas

HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although older research has linked testosterone therapy with a higher risk for heart attack and stroke, a new study involving more than 25,000 older men suggests otherwise.

The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, may help ease some fears about testosterone therapy for patients and their families, the study authors said.
“Our investigation was motivated by a growing concern, in the U.S. and internationally, that testosterone therapy increases men’s risk for cardiovascular disease, specifically heart attack and stroke,” lead researcher Jacques Baillargeon, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, said in a university news release.

“This concern has increased in the last few years based on the results of a clinical trial and two observational studies,” he said. “It is important to note, however, that there is a large body of evidence that is consistent with our finding of no increased risk of heart attack associated with testosterone use.”

According to background information supplied by the researchers, the market for testosterone has grown significantly in recent years. Every year, $1.6 billion is spent on these products, with the aim of boosting muscle tone and sex drive for men with so-called “low T.”

However, investigations into the safety of testosterone therapy have revealed conflicting results, Baillargeon’s team said. Some studies suggested testosterone was tied to a higher risk of heart attack.

For example, as reported in January by HealthDay, one study looked at the medical records of 56,000 American men who were prescribed testosterone supplements.

The research, published in the journal PLoS One, tracked the men for 90 days after they started the therapy. The study found that heart attack risk doubled for men over 65 once they were taking the supplements. The same effect was found in testosterone supplement users who were younger than 65 but had a history of heart disease. No such effect was seen for men under 65 years of age without a history of heart disease, the researchers said.

And on June 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that testosterone supplement products must now carry a warning label on the general risk of blood clots in the veins. The FDA is also engaged in an ongoing investigation into the risk of stroke, heart attack and death in those taking testosterone products.

To further explore this issue, the Galveston team of researchers examined data collected on more than 25,000 men over the age of 65. The men, who were all Medicare beneficiaries, received testosterone therapy for up to eight years.

The study also included a “control group” of similar men who were not treated with testosterone therapy.

The findings, which were published July 2 in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, found that testosterone therapy was not linked with any increased risk for heart attack. In fact, men at greater risk for heart problems who used testosterone actually had a lower rate of heart attacks than similar men who did not receive this treatment, the researchers said.

“This is a rigorous analysis of a large number of patients,” noted Baillargeon. “Our findings did not show an increased risk of heart attack associated with testosterone use in older men,” he said.

21 May 2015

Low T and Heart Health

Since the word testosterone  is commonly associated with a man’s libido, there is a widely accepted myth that overall health is not impacted when levels become low. “If I can raise my testosterone, ” a man sometimes thinks, “then I will have better intimacy with my lover.” For many men, the thought of negative health caused by  low testosterone does not even cross the mind. However, untreated low testosterone can impact overall health. One of the ways it does this is by possibly increasing a man’s chance of developing heart disease at some point in his life.

However, the jury is still out on just how that occurs, and many medical professionals are not in agreement about what comes first: low testosterone or poor overall health. Although a recent study published by The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism states that men with low testosterone might have slightly higher risks than those with average testosterone levels of dying from heart disease, the lead author of the study is  quick to point out that the phenomenon is not cut and dry.

Dr. Johannes Ruige of Ghent Hospital in Belgium recently stated, “When we reviewed the existing research into testosterone and cardiovascular disease, a growing body of evidence suggested a modest connection between the two…Based on current findings, though, we cannot rule out that low testosterone and heart disease both result from poor overall health.”

What does that mean for men who want to know how low T levels are associated with chances of developing heart disease? Quite simply it means that, although the two appear to somehow be linked, there is no way of knowing if a man with low testosterone has heart problems due to some other factor or if a man with heart disease has a higher chance of developing low testosterone. In other words, other things may play a role. For example, a person’s lifestyle might affect a person’s likelihood of developing heart disease, but it might also impact whether or not a man develops testosterone levels low enough to cause problems.

The question then becomes: what is normal about low testosterone? It is widely accepted that testosterone levels begin to drop somewhere in a man’s late 30s to early 40s, if not sooner. It causes bone density to be lost and also negatively impacts a man’s libido. When a man is not feeling good about himself, he can become depressed. Naturally, this can cause a boomerang effect that could affect the heart.

For example, some (but not all) depressed people are more likely to develop unhealthy habits if they develop a negative self-image. A man who is unable to maintain an erection, is not feeling the drive to exercise, or who is frequently feeling pain (due to sprains and breaks)– is potentially more likely to become more sedentary, to become less sociable, and even to become more isolated. Some people who are depressed have a tendency to self-medicate. This can mean over-indulgence with alcohol, tobacco, processed foods, and medications.

It seems to depend on the personality of the man. It is also widely accepted that some men naturally retain higher levels of testosterone by doing masculine things like working out, socializing with other men, having an ongoing sexual relationship, and even going to work every day. Whichever lifestyle a person falls into, there is a boomerang effect causing a person’s lifestyle to tilt to one side of the scale versus the other. Ideally, a man would have a healthy sense of self, a healthy libido, a perfect level of testosterone, and a healthy lifestyle. Still, a healthy man can develop low testosterone. And this is where the confusion comes into play.

The most important thing to remember at this time is that more studies need to be conducted in order to prove that heart disease and low testosterone are definitely linked. However, as time goes by, the pendulum is swinging ever so slightly in the direction that it may be true. At any rate, it’s important see where this goes.

 

If you are interested in learning about our Low Testosterone Replacement program here at Innovative Health and Wellness, give us a call or fill out out contact form here.

05 Nov 2014

4 Things Innovative Health and Wellness Will Do to Help Your Back Pain

 

Back_Pain-002-250x250Trying to overcome and just deal with back pain is a losing battle for many of the patients we’ve seen in the Atlanta area. Back pain can be the result of herniated discs, muscle weakness, bone spurs, or failed back surgeries. All of these can causes significant back pain that over time, can have negative effects on your work life and your home life. Sometimes, you apply some at-home remedies that can help you to achieve temporary relief. Over-the-counter medications, ice and heat applications, and regular exercise and stretching can help to alleviate some of the back pain. However, over the long-term, these don’t resolve the underlying issue. We strive to help you to not only treat the symptoms you’re experiencing, but also the root of the problem. We utilize a holistic and integrated approach to healthcare so that you can get the most comprehensive treatment possible. Here are some of the services we like to employ to help you achieve a better lifestyle and healthier you:

Chiropractic practices go back for thousands of years, resulting in a very effective treatment for patients with spinal issues. Using gentle pressure and massage techniques we can reposition and adjust the spine to aid in posture and spinal issues. Patients often leave feeling rejuvenated since nutrients and water are released from the spine during the process. It often becomes a regular treatment for many people.

Utilizing a motorized table, we can gently stretch and elongate the spine to release pressure on it and promote relaxation and blood flow. This often releases essential nutrients that are beneficial to the healing process. This is one of the best methods for treating a herniated disc or a bulging disc issue as it can put the disc back in position.

When you have sharp pains in your back, it can be the result of highly irritated spots within the muscles that knot up and cause pain. This can be triggered through typical movements or simple tasks, making every day living frustrating. Trigger Point Injections work to relax the muscles, relieving the muscle pain and promoting blood circulation.

Physical Therapy at Innovative Health and Wellness is a comprehensive plan catered to the needs of each patient. Some of the treatments within Physical Therapy can include exercising, stretches, massage therapy, and medical pain relief. It is a completely holistic and integrated approach dedicated to improving the lifestyle of the patient and helping them reach their health goals.

 

 

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