How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Change This
Once thought to be a disease primarily affecting post-menopausal women, osteoporosis is now a serious concern for men’s health. In a recently released study, (Osteoporosis in men: why change needs to happen) researchers have found that men are twice as likely to die from the effects of osteoporosis than women.
Osteoporosis, derived from a Greek word which means “porous bones,” is a progressive bone disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density. This can lead to an increased risk of fracture and this is the cause of many deaths among older women and men.
According to BioTE Medical founder Dr. Gary Donovitz: “With osteoporosis, the bone mineral density is reduced, bone micro architecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. Hormone replacement therapy can help to alter this deterioration,” he said.
According to WebMD, the form of osteoporosis most common among women after menopause is primary type 1, also called postmenopausal osteoporosis. Primary type 2 osteoporosis, also called senile osteoporosis, occurs after age 75 and is seen in both females and males at a ratio of 2:1. Secondary osteoporosis may arise at any age and affect men and women equally.
Research Shows a Dramatic Mortality Rate Among Men
In an October 2014 article published in the “Economic Times” (United Kingdom), researchers noted that men are not being adequately diagnosed or treated for osteoporosis, with those suffering a hip fracture twice as likely to die compared to women.
“One-third of all hip fractures worldwide occur in men with mortality rates as high as 37 percent in the first year following fracture. This makes men twice as likely as women to die after a hip fracture,” said professor Peter Ebeling, the lead study author and head of the department of medicine at Monash University in Australia.
The report continued, noting in the United States the number of hip fractures among men is expected to increase by 51.8 percent from 2010 to 2030, and in contrast the number among women is expected to decrease 3.5 percent. Osteoporosis experts warn that “…as men often remain undiagnosed and untreated, millions are left vulnerable to early death and disability, irrespective of fracture type. The report highlights that the ability of men to live pain-free lives in the old age is being seriously compromised.”
Hormone Replacement Therapy to Treat Osteoporosis
“Unfortunately, treating osteoporosis is often not a priority, especially among men.” said Dr. Donovitz. He suggested bio-identical hormone replacement treatment to help stem this troubling medical trend.
“As men age, their testosterone levels decrease,” he said. “Men who have low, naturally-occurring testosterone can increase this with hormone replacement therapy to bring their levels back to normal. This slows bone thinning and reduces calcium loss. This decrease in bone density can be reversed with BioTE natural hormone therapy,” Dr. Donovitz noted. “…and the pellets we use enable the testosterone to be absorbed much quicker than other methods.”
The Risk of Osteoporosis is Higher than Prostate Cancer
In response to this study, John A. Kanis, president of the International Osteoporosis Foundation said, “It is estimated that the lifetime risk of experiencing an osteoporotic fracture in men over the age of 50 years is up to 27 percent (–) higher than that of developing prostate cancer.” If you are concerned about the effects of osteoporosis and are interested in learning more about the BioTE Medical hormone replacement therapy, click here. We will help you find a medical specialist near you.
If two-thirds of the population of the United States became ill, urgent news bulletins would flash on every television and radio network, there would be three-inch headlines in every newspaper and there would be panic in the streets. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency charged with discovering and controlling epidemics and disease in the United States, this is the current situation and the epidemic is obesity.
The CDC notes more than 69 percent of the U.S. adults over 20 years are considered overweight or obese. Almost 3 in 4 American men (74 percent) are suffering from this disease and the prevalence of obesity is a staggering 36 percent among both men and women.
BioTE Medical founder and medical director, Dr. Gary Donovitz notes: “This epidemic of obesity, especially among adults 50 and older, doesn’t have to continue. There is a medical response which effectively treats the cause.”
What Factors Cause Obesity?
While there are many physical and psychological reasons someone might become overweight or obese, in general this condition is a result of an energy imbalance. Each single calorie is a unit of energy. The body takes in this energy through eating or drinking, and ideally expends it keep the body running with functions like moving, breathing and other life essentials. This is sometimes known as “burning calories.” Body weight will remain at a consistent level when the amount of energy (or calories) taken in exactly matches the amount of energy used.
When the body takes in more energy / calories than are burned, however, this leads to the energy imbalance mentioned above. Taking in an excess amount of calories and failing to burn them off leads to weight gain and obesity.
“Age, genetics, nutrition (or the lack thereof), emotions and even income can affect weight gain,” noted Dr. Donovitz. Recently, another factor has been discovered which affects obesity – hormone imbalance. The consequences of this condition can be deadly.
Consequences of Excess Body Weight
According to the CDC, there are serious health consequences of being overweight or obese. The agency research has shown “as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as ‘overweight’ and ‘obesity,’ the risk for the following conditions also increases:
• Coronary heart disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Dyslipidemia (high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
• Liver and gallbladder disease
• Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
• Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
• Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
Balancing Hormones and Reducing Fat
“Over time, as someone ages, hormones are lost,” notes Dr. Donovitz. “The medical term for this is ‘metabolic syndrome’ and it results in a reduction in estrogen and the body becoming insulin-resistant. This condition causes weight to increase and this typically comes in the form of belly fat.”
Medical researchers have long noted that body fat distribution plays an important role in the development of obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke and some forms of arthritis. Fat around the abdomen is a higher risk factor for disease than fat stored in the hips and thighs. “When the metabolism slows in older men or women, belly fat is formed,” says Dr. Donovitz. “And no amount of exercise can get rid of this fat. Every cell is supposed to make energy and when this doesn’t occur, there is no protein made.”
“By optimizing the testosterone and estrogen with hormone replacement therapy it is possible to have ‘reverse aging.’ The balanced hormones in one’s body allow for faster metabolism, deeper sleep and a quicker burning of calories.”
Meet Larry Medcalf: He Lost 50 Pounds of Excess Weight
“I’m a 56 year-old guy who doesn’t like to exercise,” laughs Larry Medcalf. “Over a three year period I went from 248 pounds to 198 pounds as a result of the BioTE hormone replacement pellet therapy.”
By losing the excess belly fat, Larry reduced his chances of contracting serious diseases such as heart attack, stroke and even cancer. However, losing this weight was not the most important thing for him.
“For me, losing the weight was secondary,” he says. “Having the energy to get up and truck through the day was the best part! Because I had more energy, I didn’t spend the day lying around. I got more exercise and started eating better.”
The demographic trends over the past 20 years don’t lie. Americans are living longer and longer. In order to maximize those “golden years,” many will be investigating medical remedies which offer a better quality of life. Balancing the body’s hormones could be one of those remedies which can allow for healthy aging.
For more information how hormones derived from natural plant sources can help reduce the obesity epidemic, click here., or call 877. 992. 4683. We will direct you to a medical practitioner trained in hormone replacement therapy near you.
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It even works for husbands who play in the NFL!
When violent incidents such as those of former NFL player Ray Rice punching his fiancée, now wife, flash on our television screen, we are appalled and sickened. While this physical battering is atypical and is the end of the scale for abuse, there are many more misunderstandings and frustrations among couples where one is a professional athlete.
The best way to get a snapshot of this problem is to talk to a victim. We recently spoke with the wife of an NFL player, whose concern for her privacy and that of her husband caused her to ask us to refrain from identifying her. Her comment speaks volumes about the problems of marriages of professional athletes.
“My husband played in the NFL for more than 6 years and it was a pressure-cooker for both of us,” she said. “He was constantly worried about being injured or cut from the team and, being the closest person to him, I got the brunt of this anxiety. This pretty much drove me nuts too,” she said.
“Plus, the stress of raising three, little kids – pretty much by myself – and the constant yelling added to the problems we had,” she said. “The hormone replacement therapy helped me get a handle on the stress because I felt better…stronger. In a weird way, I became strong enough to carry both of us through this minefield,” she said.
For many years, observers of professional athletes such as physicians, psychiatrists and even team management have said they see much more of these situations than are reported. Each year, many high profile athletes have confrontations with their wives and significant others in every sport. Andrea Jones, Marketing Director for BioTE Medical, has seen it firsthand.
As the former COO of a Berlin, Germany-based professional basketball team, Jones saw what the stress of being a professional athlete did to personal relationships. Simple misunderstandings and day-to-day stress can turn someone, who is ordinarily a kind person, into an angry man.
“Athletes get paid for being aggressive on the court and on the field,” she said. “They take defeats much harder than someone in another profession. Plus, it takes them longer to turn this off when they come home.”
Men and Women are Just Different
“According to the New York Times, the divorce rate among NFL marriages is between 60 and 80 percent,” Jones said. “This is a stunning number.”
“These misunderstandings can also lead to affairs.” she said. “And affairs are the easy way out because the athlete doesn’t have to deal with the daily pressure of a serious relationship.”
“Men have always been the ‘hunter/gatherers’ and women the nurturers. Men who are professional athletes are alpha males who spend most of their time competing with other alpha males. Wives don’t communicate in the same way these athletes communicate and as a result, simple misunderstandings can become more serious than they should,” she said.
“With a professional athlete, his career can be over in a flash,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of money, not to mention pride, at stake every time he goes out on the field, whether its practice, preseason or a game.”
“Being a ‘sportswife’ requires a woman to recognize that their husbands are ‘divas‘ – someone whose every whim is catered to,” Jones says. “If he comes home from practice or a road trip and she immediately hands him the baby and says ‘you take care of him for a while,’ he will not process this well. In fact, wives of athletes who have recently given birth, are excellent candidates for hormone replacement therapy because it helps them get through postpartum depression and weight-gain which further exacerbates the husband/wife hostility,” she said.
How Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Save Sports Marriages
With her background in professional sports management, combined with her knowledge of hormone replacement therapy gained from BioTE Medical, Andrea Jones has a unique perspective on overcoming the interpersonal stress couples face where one is an athlete.
While there is on-going discussion with the professional sports leagues and player’s unions about hormone therapy for active players, the critical time for the player’s psyche comes when he decides it’s time to retire. Several NFL players have taken their own lives after retiring from the game.
“Former players will often go into deep depressions,” Jones notes. “After playing their chosen sports since they were in elementary school and earning recognition and accolades, suddenly becoming just another guy on the street can be difficult for an athlete to handle. It is at this time when the athlete is an excellent candidate for the therapy which BioTE Medical provides, “she said.
The Medical Facts About Hormone Replacement Therapy: It’s About Balance
Whether it’s the stress and anxiety of being a professional athlete’s wife or the depression an athlete experiences when he or she retires, hormone replacement therapy can help to smooth out these rough edges. Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is designed to replace what one’s body can no longer produce. The pellets used in this therapy use hormones derived from natural plant sources to replicate the body’s normal hormonal levels.
We asked BioTE Medical founder, Dr. Gary Donovitz, to explain how this approach works to help both the athletes and their spouses overcome the stress that can lead to violence.
If you believe you or your spouse’s anxiety, listlessness and fatigue might be the result of hormone deficiency, click here to be directed to the nearest BioTE medical practitioner.
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Once a month, Hormonal Health Monthly will take a look at a different topic that affects wellness, hormones and other medical issues. For more information about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, pellets and your health, visit www.biotemedical.com or contact your local provider. This edition: testosterone replacement options for men.
You can slot it in right next to asking for directions, being interrupted during a game and talking about their feelings: men just plain don’t like to talk about getting older. They like talking about it with their doctor even less!
But whether most men admit it or not: andropause, low testosterone (Low-T) and aging are very real. The gradual loss of testosterone that most men experience can lead to:
- Reduced Libido
- Mood Swings
- Joint Pain
And that’s just the beginning! These symptoms of andropause are why there are so many testosterone replacement options for men available on the market today. There are many different BHRT delivery methods available. They include:
- Testosterone pills
- Testosterone creams
- Testosterone patches
- Natural testosterone pellets
The first three (pills, creams and patches) all have two things in common: tons of side-effects and a huge margin of error! Likewise, creams, gels and pills feature intense “peaks and valleys”; you may feel overloaded just after applying them, and crash before the next dose!
Take a look at this tongue-in-cheek comedy video from The Colbert Report about some of the pitfalls of these methods:
These reasons are why bio-identical pellet therapy is the ideal testosterone replacement option for men. Unlike with creams, gels or pills there is no risk of overuse or exposing your family members to harm.
That’s because testosterone pellets are inserted sub-dermally, meaning that they are injected under the skin. These pellets then release a steady, perfectly dosed amount of natural testosterone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for several months. There is no self-application, no “peaks and valleys”, no chance to forget and no danger posed to women or children who should not be in contact with the testosterone.
When faced with the decision of which testosterone replacement option is best, the choice is clear – testosterone pellet therapy:
- Uses bio-identical testosterone, which is chemically identical to that produced by the body.
- Delivers consistent hormones, 24/7.
- Has no “peaks and valleys” or “roller coaster effect.”
- Leaves no room for forgetfulness or user error.
- Doesn’t cause dangerous exposure risk to family or friends.
- Features no side-effects.
- Delivers proven results!
Interested in learning more about testosterone replacement options for men? Visit www.biotemedical.com for more information about pellet therapy and the BioTE® method.
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BioTE hormone pellet therapy reviews are incredibly positive. Below are real, honest patient reviews of pellet therapy.
Written BHRT pellet reviews:
“I have had hot flashes for over 10 years and have tried numerous conventional hormones and natural remedies without much success. My sex drive was almost non-existent. I was fatigued and depressed. Almost instantly after my first pellet insertion I found relief! I would highly recommend the BioTE Hormone Replacement Therapy; it’s a life saver!”
- SF, Patient
“Hormone therapy has improved my hot flashes to the point that I have forgotten that I had them.”
- Chandra, Patient
“I saw a noticeable increase in energy after hormone therapy which really allowed me to live my life again.”
- Damian, Patient
“I am extremely pleased with the results of this procedure. Over the past six months I noticed an increased energy level, more restful sleep, mental sharpness and an overall increased activity level. My sexual stamina also improved! I would recommend this treatment to others who want to feel better in every aspect of their lives.”
- Chris, Patient
Video pellet therapy reviews:
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Once a month, Hormonal Health Monthly will take a look at a different topic that affects wellness, hormones and other medical issues. For more information about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, pellets and your health, visit www.biotemedical.com or contact your local provider.
Most women can expect menopause to begin at roughly the same time, in the late 40s or early 50s, and pre-menopausal symptoms start 10-15 years earlier. While it may be considered “normal”, for many women this simply isn’t the case. In many cases, both an oophorectomy and a hysterectomy are performed together and referred to simply as a “total hysterectomy” which can contribute to some confusion.
The hysterectomy itself, which refers to the surgical removal of all or part of the uterus, does not itself cause estrogen loss. Instead, the procedure known as an oophorectomy, in which the ovaries are removed, can cause imbalance.
Many women suffer from surgical menopause after receiving a total hysterectomy. This is also commonly referred as post-hysterectomy or post-surgical menopause.
While a growing number of physicians are incorporating bio-identical hormone pellet therapy in to treatment plans for traditionally pre-menopausal and menopausal women, hormone pellets after total hysterectomy is an even more important treatment.
Women who have a total hysterectomy are at high risk of suffering from hormonal imbalance in the form of low estrogen, low testosterone and low progesterone. When the ovaries are removed, the amount of these hormones produced drops dramatically, leading to a near 100% risk of significant hormonal imbalance.
This hormonal imbalance after total hysterectomy can lead to:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Mood Swings
- Low Libido
- Vaginal Dryness
- Memory loss
- Bone Density Loss
While these menopausal symptoms are difficult for any woman to deal with, that difficulty is magnified when a woman experiences them due to a total hysterectomy. As these procedures can be performed on women of any age for many different reasons, the resulting hormonal imbalance can be a true shock to the system.
Bio-identical hormone pellets after, or more importantly 3-5 days before, a total hysterectomy can be a wonderful option for a diverse selection of women. Pellet therapy can be used to address the hormonal changes associated with these conditions. Some practitioners opt to administer or add estradiol pellets to a woman’s regime just days prior to surgery to avoid any dip in hormones suffered as a consequence of the ovaries being removed. This option in many cases provides a smoother transition for the woman post operatively.
Pellet therapy is useful for hormone replacement therapy after a total hysterectomy because it delivers consistent doses of natural estrogen. This is different from traditional HRT (hormone replacement therapy, which can cause a “roller coaster” effect and a host of untoward side effects.
Unlike traditional HRT, pellet therapy also addresses testosterone decline associated with removal of the ovaries, as the inner core of the female ovary produces greater than 90% of her testosterone production. Testosterone is a brain hormone responsible for moods, thinking, mental clarity, energy, sex drive and a host of other protective effects, such as osteoporosis prevention and heart protection.
Estradiol and testosterone hormone pellets used in the BioTE® method are delivered subcutaneously, meaning they are placed under the skin. The pellets slowly release hormone over time, delivering consistent levels of estrogen 24/7, similarly to the way the ovaries would have delivered estrogen prior to an oophorectomy.
Interested in learning receiving hormone therapy after a hysterectomy? Visit www.biotemedical.com for more information about pellet therapy and the BioTE® method.