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Why Men Should Get Their Hormone Levels Tested

 

There are a few symptoms commonly associated with male aging – abdominal fat, loss of muscle, lower sex drive, etc. But,  that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A great many physical complaints that men experience as they age – and take for granted as a natural fact of growing older that they can’t do anything about – are the result of hormone imbalances that, while natural – yes – can nevertheless be brought under control with astonishing ease through simple awareness and appropriate action. Indeed most of the symptoms so often dismissed as “signs of aging” can be alleviated, most frequently (and easily) through supplementation and suppression.

Getting your hormone levels tested has three clear advantages:

you and the doctor can work to prevent and treat hormone-related symptoms and conditions

if indicated, the doctor could start you on hormone replacement therapy and regularly monitor your progress

the doctor can assess for you your risk of acquiring certain hormone-related diseases

In addition, most hormonal imbalances can be addressed at least in part nutritionally, through the addition or exclusion of certain foods in the diet, and/or starting to take certain vitamins or other supplements on a daily basis.

Symptoms And Conditions Associated With Male Hormonal Imbalances

 

Because this is such an important point, we’d like to illustrate a bit further the broad scope of effects that hormonal imbalances can have on the male body. The following are 3 examples of the breadth and range of symptoms men can experience due to deficiencies and/or excesses of certain hormones.

From a cortisol imbalance:

  • fatigue
  • weight gain (especially around the waist)
  • reduced muscle mass
  • thinning skin
  • elevated levels of triglycerides
  • lapses in memory
  • trouble sleeping and insomnia
  • heart palpitations
  • headaches
  • acne
  • reduced sex drive/low libido
  • hair loss on top of the head
  • increased hair growth on face and body
  • allergies
  • low body temperature
  • chemical sensitivities
  • bone, muscle, and joint pain

From a progesterone and/or estradiol deficiency:

  • night sweats
  • fatigue
  • bone density loss
  • hot flashes
  • headaches
  • mental fogginess
  • irritability, anxiety, apathy, depression, and nervousness
  • prostate problems
  • reduced urinary flow
  • increased urge to urinate

From a DHEA and/or testosterone deficiency:

  • decreased sex drive
  • mental fogginess
  • fatigue
  • erectile dysfunction
  • feeling of being “burned out”
  • thin and oily skin
  • acne
  • bone, joint and muscle aches
  • low stamina
  • reduced muscle mass
  • heart palpitations

As you can see, the levels and proportions of hormones in our bodies are instrumental in keeping us healthy. And you can take charge of maintaining that critical balance by simply testing your hormone levels and taking action to rectify deficiencies and excesses.

In addition, it is believed that a man’s hormone levels do play a major role in their risk of prostate cancer.

Male Hormone Testing

Our Functional Medicine Doctors at Chicago Natural Health Care use a fully-accredited medical lab for our Male Hormone Testing. 

In our male hormone testing, we use a small sample of urine or saliva collected over a 24-hour-period to detect levels of the following hormones:

  • Testosterone
  • Cortisol
  • DHEA
  • Melatonin

 

Description of Hormones We Test For

Testosterone – Testosterone is involved in several important bodily functions: it helps regulate the body’s energy levels, including both mental and physical motivation and acuity; it is the most pivotal hormone in maintaining the healthy sex drive; and it’s involved in building healthy muscles, bones, and skin. Low levels can be involved in osteoporosis (or a loss of bone density), reduced muscle mass, mental fatigue and burnout, low stamina, night-sweats, resistance to insulin, erectile dysfunction, low sex drive, depression, immune dysfunction, and cardiovascular disease; high levels can be involved in anger, aggression, and various health issues. Our Functional Medicine Doctors at Chicago Natural Health Care are well versed in this hormone and how it can impact the body. After your hormone test, our Functional Medicine Doctors will go over the results and what they mean for your health. 

Cortisol– This is the primary hormone involved in the stress response; it’s also the hormone responsible for giving us the motivation and energy to get out of bed each day at face life’s daily challenges. Produced by the adrenal gland, cortisol (also known as hydrocortisone) is a steroidal hormone involved as well in regulating blood pressure and the metabolizing of carbohydrates. High levels are indicative of increased stress and have been associated with sleep difficulties as well as disrupting metabolism of blood sugar, leading to emotional difficulties as well as chronic tiredness and weakness. Low levels can be involved in low blood pressure and weight gain. Cortisol is an exception among hormones in that its levels tend not to decline with age but to rise instead, the effect being a decreasing resistance to stress over time. Additionally, over time a chronic cortisol imbalance unaddressed could result in joint and muscle pain, chronic insomnia, and premature aging. Our Functional Medicine Doctors at Chicago Natural Health Care are well versed in this hormone and how it can impact the body. After your hormone test, our Functional Medicine Doctors will go over the results and what they mean for your health. 

DHEA – Produced by the adrenal gland, DHEA (its full name is dehydroepiandrosterone) is a steroidal hormone that is converted in the bloodstream into important sex hormones, like estrogens and androgens. It is involved in energy, mental and physical stamina, memory, mental/emotional outlook on life, the functioning of the immune system, and the metabolizing of body fat. It also seems to balance out the effects that cortisol has on the body, helping us to deal with the stress we experience. Interestingly, it is the singular hormone must abundant in the bloodstream. Our Functional Medicine Doctors at Chicago Natural Health Care are well versed in this hormone and how it can impact the body. After your hormone test, our Functional Medicine Doctors will go over the results and what they mean for your health. 

Melatonin – Regulating our circadian rhythms, melatonin is known as the “sleep hormone” (although it’s actually the region of the brain in charge of regulating our circadian rhythms that actually determines melatonin levels and not the other way around). Melatonin supplementation has been found to be an effective sleep aid for many. Our Functional Medicine Doctors at Chicago Natural Health Care are well versed in this hormone and how it can impact the body. After your hormone test, our Functional Medicine Doctors will go over the results and what they mean for your health. 

Call us today at 773.418.6877 to get hormone testing done today or click the button below.

Dr. Anthony Crifase | Blood analysis Report | Functional medicine Chicago | Laboratory Testing | Blood tests chicago | Cholesterol test | Heart disease testing | Thyroid Testing | Natural Medicine Chicago

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