Men, like their female counterparts, suffer a "change of life" called Andropause. This change tends to occur at a slightly later time in a person's life compared to Menopause (55-60 years as opposed to 40-55 for menopause). A number of significant changes occur that are quite troubling to the subject. To start with, there is a considerable drop in the formation of the male sex hormones such as Testosterone, DHEA and Pregnenolone. The second occurrence is that the male subject continues to produce Estrogen in the adrenal glands, and an increase of Estrogen to Testosterone occurs due to the conversion of Testosterone to Estrogen by an enzyme in the body (called Aromatase).
The result of the increased estrogen is also of significant impact. Men start to develop breast enlargement, and most importantly— prostate enlargement, or Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. BPH results in frequency of urination, difficulty of urination, and when severe can lead to urinary tract obstruction and increased urinary tract infections. One of the most troubling effects of BPH is the interference with the subject's sleep patterns, due to the need to get up a number of times during the night to urinate. Back to Top
The drop in production of male hormones has a number of rather devastating consequences:
- Decreased muscle mass
- Increased body fat especially around the waste
- Mild depression
- Difficulty in remembering and concentration
- Development of a dry skin with poor elasticity
- Loss of sexual drive, troublesome maintenance of erections, and incomplete orgasms (these effects are socially and personally of greatest impact on the daily life of individuals)
Our approach at the clinic is to identify any reduction in levels of the sex hormones, and correct this deficit with Bio-Identical hormone replacement (using a combination of gels/creams and oral liquids/tablets). We strongly advise against the use of synthetic hormones, and in our experience, supplements that are sold on the open market to naturally raise testosterone levels are largely ineffective.
Also included in our approach to help relieve these issues; we advise on which supplements are prostate supportive (to decrease the chances of developing prostate cancer) as well as administer specific supplements that decrease the formation of estrogen, and of DHT (dihydrotestosterone—a breakdown product of testosterone, which has more powerful effects, and possibly adverse affects on both the prostate and male-pattern baldness).
Other issues that we address are the decrease in levels of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG), which if raised binds and makes less available free or active Testosterone. We also have a very effective alternative treatment targeted against cancer that attacks only abnormal cancer cells, rather than injure normal cells which are where the negative side affects of Chemotherapy come from. These treatments are well researched and proven to be effective against most cancers including prostate. The treatments consist of extremely high doses of intravenous Vitamin C, and intravenous and oral Palladium-Lipoic Acid. Should you wish to consider this form of therapy, we would be glad to provide you with the research that supports this unique treatment. This therapy may also be used in conjunction with more standard forms of therapy of radiation and chemotherapy.
Overall, Dr. Allibone first gets a complete medical background and appropriate testing so that an extremely personalized treatment plan can be created for each patient. By doing this, we hope to help our patients reach optimal health at any age. Back to Top
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If we fill our hours with regrets of yesterday and with worries of tomorrow, we have no today in which to enjoy our existence. Seize the day, and take control of your health and life. How you are going to live those tomorrows will depend on how you act and choose today. - George Allibone M.D.