Bioidentical hormones

Testosterone Lowers Heart Risks

A little over a year ago two articles were published suggesting an increased cardiovascular risk associated with testosterone therapy.  There was tremendous media hype surrounding those articles that ultimately resulted in a warning from the FDA; a warning that was premature in my opinion (see “Testosterone and Your Heart”).    Looking at the same data, the European Medicines Agency concluded that there was “no consistent evidence” of increased cardiovascular risks.  Other research has even indicated a protective effect of testosterone on the heart.  That protective effect was recently reaffirmed in a new large scale study from the Veterans Affairs system.  Although the results were provocative and striking, this study has not been met with any of the same media attention. Read the rest of this entry »

Testosterone and Your Heart

Posted on 26. Mar, 2014 by drebanks in Age Management, Bioidentical hormones, Blog, Featured, Heart Disease, Men's Health

In recent months, a couple of articles have been published linking testosterone therapy to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. This has spurred an onslaught of ads by attorneys on TV advising that anyone that has used testosterone and had a heart attack may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. It is troubling that this type of solicitation can happen even before all of the scientific facts are in to justify it. Sadly, it reminds me of the silicon breast implant litigation that netted a $3.7 billion settlement despite an “astonishing lack of scientific evidence” that silicon implants caused any illness or disease. In fact, silicon implants are back on the market now. A look at the full body of studies done regarding testosterone and heart disease paints a very different picture than the two recent studies suggest. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Your Performance Sagging?

Posted on 24. Mar, 2013 by drebanks in Bioidentical hormones, Blog, Executives' Health, Men's Health, Youthful Aging

An executive came to see me, at first reporting difficulties maintaining his grueling work schedule. During our initial consultation he confided that he was also very concerned about extra weight he couldn’t lose and a drop off in his ability to perform sexually.  He attributed it to stress.  While stress may have been a factor, I found several correctable physical issues including low testosterone.  After several months of treatment his confidence, energy, enthusiasm and sexual prowess were restored.

Whether it is a decline in athletic performance, feeling less dynamic and productive at work or suffering the diminished sexual stamina that frequently happens after age 40, no one wants to feel like their best days are behind them.  Too often you are told that “you are just getting old, it happens to everyone”.  If you complain to your doctor, you may end up with prescriptions for an anti-depressant, sleeping pill and Viagra.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  If you feel like you’ve lost your edge, have less energy, feel less motivated with a lower sex drive and more belly fat, your testosterone levels might be low.  I am sure you have seen the commercials on TV for “low T”.  Do they describe you? Read the rest of this entry »

What Do Men Need? Testosterone!

More than fifty years ago the psychologist Abraham Maslow had a revolutionary impact on the field of psychology when he wrote about the Hierarchy of Needs.  His theory is often portrayed as a pyramid with the most basic fundamental needs in the broad base and the concept of self-actualization at the top.  According to Maslow the four most fundamental needs include physiological needs, safety, love & friendship and self esteem.  Critics of his theory have taken issue with Maslow’s rankings; believing he may have overlooked the most essential human need; to “feel alive”.  Perhaps nothing makes you feel more alive than feeling younger, healthier and more vital.  And nothing does all of that better for men than testosterone. Read the rest of this entry »

Does Hormone Therapy Increase Breast Cancer Risk?

Posted on 13. Nov, 2010 by drebanks in Bioidentical hormones, Blog, Cancer, Women's Health

Women reading laptopOver the last decade, the safety of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been questioned in the media, in medical journals and in doctor’s offices across the country.  Unfortunately, the discussion is usually over-simplified and delivered to the public in sensationalized sound bites.  Without even getting into the scientific controversy, we can apply some rudimentary logic to the discussion.  If human hormones are the major cause of heart disease and breast cancer in women, wouldn’t you expect to see the greatest incidence when hormone levels are the highest?  For women, that would be their teens and twenties; a time when both breast cancer and heart disease are distinctly uncommon.[i]  But, when hormone levels decline at and around menopause, the incidence of both rises dramatically.  Perhaps there is more to the story than the sound bites suggest. Read the rest of this entry »

Andropause: the “Male Menopause”

In 1980, an 18-year veteran police detective in Ontario with a previously spotless record stole approximately $1000.00 worth of items from the evidence room of his department.  He persuaded the judge in his case to spare him a prison sentence, claiming that “male menopause” had clouded his judgment.

 Ever since the term “male menopause” was first coined in 1949, there have been debates about whether men go though a psychological and physiological change that is similar to menopause in women.  Read the rest of this entry »

Testosterone Therapy: Moving toward Mainstream

Posted on 21. Jul, 2010 by drebanks in Bioidentical hormones, Blog, Men's Health, Youthful Aging

As the American population ages, baby boomers are confronted with a number of troublesome age-related diseases.  Many are scrambling to hold onto their health and youthful vitality.  Retirement is not what is once was.  More people want to remain active and engaged with life, not just sitting around with a fishing pole in their hands.  And, they certainly do not want to suffer the slow decline in physical and cognitive function that afflicts far too many in nursing homes.  Although a number of factors must be considered, including living a healthy lifestyle, mounting scientific evidence points to diminished hormones as a previously under recognized, yet modifiable factor in the aging process. Read the rest of this entry »

Women Need Testosterone Too!

Although estrogen remains the central female hormone most frequently used in both wellness and disease prevention, much less controversy surrounds the use of testosterone in women, though the evidence either supporting or discouraging its use is scarce. Nicknamed ‘‘the hormone of desire’’ and promoted in the popular media as the rescuer from the plight of decreasing libido in aging women, testosterone has gained rapid acceptance in the prevention and wellness arenas at a time when controversy and confusion surround estrogen and progesterone therapies. Read the rest of this entry »

Breast Cancer Risk is Influenced by Lifestyle Choices

Posted on 23. Oct, 2009 by import in Bioidentical hormones, Cancer, Exercise, Nutrition, Women's Health

five ladies Diet and Exercise are Cancers’ Adversaries

Excluding cancer of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women.  According to the American Cancer Society’s Surveillance and Health Policy Research, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the US during 2009; about 1,910 new cases are expected among men.  Read the rest of this entry »

Telomere Testing Revelas a Window to Your Biological Age

Posted on 22. Oct, 2009 by import in Bioidentical hormones, Cancer, Exercise, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Youthful Aging

Telomeres are the end caps on your chromosomes that protect the genetic material during cell division, ensuring a faithful replication.  Each time the cell divides, the telomere shortens until it reaches a critical lenth signaling cell sensence or cell death.   Recently, this years Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded to three researchers that spent the last 20 years detailing the role and function of telomeres in aging and potentially in future cancer treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

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