Androse and HRT: Men’s Health

Androse and HRT: Men’s Health

 

As men grow older, levels of free testosterone decrease and estrogen levels increase. In fact, the average 60-year old male has more circulating estrogen in his blood stream than the average 60-year old female! As if the decline in testosteron weren’t problematic enough, new research has shown that even small increases in estrogen may have detrimental effects on men’s cardiovascular health.

 

What is Andropause?

Andropause arrives in a man’s life when there is a drastic drop in hormone levels. Although total testosterone may not drop drastically, free testosterone, or the active form of testosterone, drops significantly with age. When levels of testosteron fall, the condition is called hypogonadism (hypo=low, gonad=testis). This age-related decline in free testosterone levels may result in diminishing energy, reduced libido, decreasing muscle mass, abdominal weight gain, depression, reduced cognitive function, and an increased risk of Heart Disease.

 

What is HRT and Testosterone Replacement?

Testosterone therapy for men is based on personal hormone test results to determine the testosterone dosage that fits the needs of the person. No two people are alike, and hormone needs differ from person to person. A  Hormone Replacement (HRT) program that includes Testosterone actually helps address the cause of the problem… not just the side-effects, while offering a combination of additional longer-term health benefits.

 

Are there any side effects?

Before testosteron replacement is initiated, your healthcare practitioner should order a PSA (prostate specific antigen) test, DHT (dihydrotestosterone) test, and Estradiol level test. All drugs taken in non-physiological doses have the potential to present adverse side effects. Talk to your healthcare practitioner or pharmacist for more information.

 

The Symptoms: Are You In Need?

Evaluate your hormone health. Have you regularly experienced, or are you currently experiencing:

 Decreased Erections  Depression
 Decreased Mental Ability  Decreased Libido
 Prostate Problems  Thinning Hair
 Decreased Muscle Mass  Insulin Resistance
 Increased Abdominal Fat  Anxiety
 Decreased Urine Flow  Acne/Oily Skin
 Increased Urinary Urge  Irritability
 Decreased Stamina  Bone Loss
 Decreased Flexibility  Aches & Pains
 Fatigue/Exhaustion  High Cholesterol
 Sleep Disturbances  Aggression
 Burned-Out Feeling  Arthritis
 Foggy Thinking  Night Sweats
 Elevated Triglycerides  Heart Palpitations
 Headaches  Nervousness

 

The Next Step:

If you experience two or more of these symptoms, you may suffer from Andropause. A BHRT program that includes Testosterone and/or DHEA has been shows to help relieve these symptoms, restore vitality, and aid in prevention of certain diseases. It starts with either a blood or saliva test to pinpoint your hormone levels, and a conversation about the dosage form that fits your lifestyle.

Want to Learn More About Andropause & HRT?

Contact our office for additional information about Men’s Health, Andropause, HRT, Diet, Nutrition, and Prescription Supplements.


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Importance of Blending Chiropractic Care with Back-Strengthening Exercise

Side_PlankBack problems often are a result of a bad posture that could cause severe pains.  Restoring the back to its original and natural condition takes time, and a combination of chiropractic care with the recommended exercise can dramatically enhance recovery.

A combination of the two provides numerous benefits.  Exercise keeps muscles in their proper tone, increases blood circulation around the body, improves digestion and develops a better lifestyle all together.

The following back-strengthening exercises complement the healing process greatly:

Hip Bridge

The Hip Bridge exercise strengthens those muscles near the lower back that play an important role in stabilizing the spine.

It can be carried out by lying on the back with the feet flat and about hip width apart; the knees should be bent.   The arms should be relaxed.  The person then squeezes their buttocks as they lift their hips in a straight line towards the shoulders.  After around 3 seconds, return to the starting position, slowly.

Around 12 repetitions are recommended.

Bird Dog

The bird dog exercise aims at strengthening the lower back, hip, butt and thigh muscles.

The person kneels on the floor with both hands spaced out about a shoulder-width apart.  Tuck in the belly towards the spine and raise one leg straight backwards while raising the other hand in opposite direction.

Hold in this position for 15 seconds and then return to starting point, carrying out the same procedure on the opposite side hand and leg.

Side Plank

The side plank exercise strengthens the lower back.  It is done by the following method:

The person is to lie on their right side, straight from head to the feet while resting on their forearms.  The elbow should be directly under their shoulder.  The abdominals are to be gently contracted and the hips slowly lifted off the floor – in the same straight position.

This position should be held for at least about 30 seconds before lowering the hip.

Lunge

Lunge exercises enhance a person’s overall control of their body.  This tends to protect the spine in daily activities, such as walking and running or even stair-climbing.

Starting off with the abs gently contracted.  The hands are placed on the hips; the person then takes a big step-forward using the right foot while sinking the right knee at a right-angle.

The person should then slowly return to the starting position, switch the legs and repeat – 10 repetitions are recommended.

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Shoulder Sport Injuries and Chiropractic Care

1361740537_7c6bbebfceAthletes and sports enthusiasts suffer from different sports injuries, the most common one being shoulder injuries, contracted during the strenuous activities and efforts required during various sports. Chiropractors provide effective treatment methods to rid the patients of the pain and suffering of a shoulder injury.

How Are Shoulder Sports Injuries Contracted?

Shoulder sport injuries are contracted by professional athletes and individuals who pursue a certain sport as a hobby. The strenuous and exhausting practice procedures, along with the constant exertion on the body, result in acute muscular pains in the arm and shoulder regions, for the sports professionals. In extreme cases, the pain spreads throughout the entire arm, causing sore and stiff shoulder muscles and tingling pain up to the fingers.

The sports which require extensive physical effort like basketball, baseball, football, etc., require the players to engage in different repetitive movements, which sometimes cause shoulder sport injuries.

Symptoms of Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries which are very common among sports athletes and professionals present certain symptoms and signs which help in the diagnosis of the form of injury. A patient with a shoulder pain which persists for a couple of days has a high risk of suffering from a shoulder injury which needs to be treated promptly.

Recurring episodes of shoulder pain is also a sign of a shoulder injury, while inability to carry objects highlights the extent of damage suffered by the shoulder of an individual. In extreme cases, the shoulder injury causes a deformity in the joint and damages the muscles of the shoulder, which leaves the individual in extreme pain.

Shoulder injuries also include bruises and swellings around joints or the arm region of the body, which results in stiff muscles that are difficult to move. In some cases, the patient suffers from a fever and swelling with an infection, if there is acute damage to the muscles and joints of the shoulder region. Some individuals also face difficulty in moving their injured shoulder and experience pain in the area throughout the day.

Treatment Options

Shoulder injuries require prompt and efficient medical treatment, carefully administered, to ensure that there are no further damages to the injured area. Rest and anti-inflammatory medicines are prescribed by doctors to bring down the swelling in the shoulder. Various painkillers are prescribed which only serve to alleviate the pain for a short period of time. Chiropractors provide effective treatment for the shoulder sports injuries contracted by different individuals.

Image used under Creative Commons Licensing: Mikko with dislocated should… by Aleksi Aaltonen

Cervical Herniated Disc – Disc Injuries and Chiropractic Care

Cervical_fracture_dislocation_C6-C7Individuals, engaged in strenuous everyday tasks of lifting and shifting heavy loads, and operating machines and computers for long hours on end, run a high risk of experiencing spinal disc injuries. Injuries in the spine or neck region tend to cause extreme pain and hindrance in the movement of the back or neck. Cervical herniated disc is a medical condition in which the patient feels excruciating pain in the neck, due to a slipped disc. Chiropractors provide invasive treatment methods for relieving the pain in the neck and spinal areas of the body.

What Is A Cervical Herniated Disc?

It is a medical condition, in which the individual suffers from extreme pain in the neck, and sometimes shoulder region, due to a slipped disc or pressure on a nerve. Cervical herniated disc injuries are less common than a lumbar herniated disc, which affects the lower region of the body. A cervical herniated disc condition is in the neck region of the body.

The 7 applicable vertebra of the spine are termed as C1 to C7, in a descending manner, for medical convenience. Between every two vertebra, a disc is located which serves as shock absorbers for the spine. The exertion and pressure on the neck and spine of the body causes swelling or bulging of the disc which might in extreme cases, even cause the disc to rupture, resulting in severe disc injuries.

The swelling and bulging of the disc exerts pressure on the nerves, which results in extreme pain in the neck and back region, hampering movement of the affected individual. A slipped disc or cervical herniated disc in the vertebra segment of C4 to C5 causes nerve root impingement, which results in pain in the upper shoulder or arm, hindering movement. Any swelling in the cervical segment of C5 to C6 results in weakening the front arm muscles, also called biceps, and causes a numbing and tingling pain in the wrist. It is the most common area in which a cervical herniated disc condition occurs.

The herniation of the discs in the C6 to C7 vertebra results in creating painful sensations in the back muscles of the arm, also called triceps,  which extends all over the hand, causing pain up to the fingers. Any disc herniation in the C7 to T1 region, results in affecting the control and grip of the hand, with a tingling pain and numb sensation throughout.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care and treatment methods are highly effective for different musculoskeletal disorders and spinal disc injuries, experienced by individuals because of over exertion and engagement in strenuous activities. Chiropractors provide services for joint and muscle adjustment and pain relief.

 

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The Bonus of Blueberries

9254525480_2074aa6e42_zEvery summer, blueberries become available throughout the country. They are native to North America and have been around for thousands of years. They’re not only good for blueberry muffins and blueberry pancakes, but for many other uses as well.

Native Americans ate blueberries as food, pounded into dried meat to make pemmican for long journeys. They also used blueberries as a source of medicine. Aviators in the UK during WWII were found to have sharper eyesight after eating bilberry jam (a cousin to the blueberry) every morning for breakfast.

Not only are blueberries tasty and good for your eyes, they offer significant other benefits as well. We’re avoiding the use of the term “super food” but if we weren’t, blueberries would be high on that list.

Cancer. Most foods that are naturally blue or purple have an antioxidant called anthocyanins. These chemicals have some serious cancer-fighting power. In studies involving mice, cancer, and blueberries, the animals who were given blueberries were able fight off both prostate and liver cancer.

Bladder Health. Like cranberries, blueberries have a compound in them that prevent bacteria in the bladder from multiplying. Further, it keeps the bacteria from being able to attach to the wall of the bladder. They are especially effective against E. coli, which is often the culprit when it comes to bladder or urinary tract infections. The next time you have a UTI and are reluctant to pour one more glass of cranberry juice, stock up on some blueberries.

Brain Booster. Another compound in blueberries is the antioxidant called flavonoids. A recent study discovered that women who ate the most blueberries managed to stave off any mental decline as they aged by as much as two and a half years. To keep that memory going, munch on blueberries.

Artery Cleaner.

When our arteries become inflamed, they begin to collect material inside, becoming narrower, providing the potential for a full blockage that could result in a heart attack. Blueberries are excellent anti-inflammatories and one study demonstrated that they can reduce the production of the proteins that promote arterial inflammation. Of special note to women, eating more blueberries reduces their chance of a heart attack by as much as thirty percent.

Improved Digestion. Move over probiotics, here come blueberries. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shared that a group of men had a wild blueberry drink every day for six weeks. There was a significant increase in the good bacteria that promotes better digestion and overall improved gut health. When your digestion works well, you generally enjoy improved health.

Enjoy your blueberries as an addition to muffins and pancakes, but branch out. Eat them alone, in smoothies, in salads, in meat stews. They don’t have to be included in a dessert to be enjoyed.

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Reward for work: Blueberries
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HCG, Size 16 to Size 6

HCG Injections Support Successful Medical Weight Loss

Be sure and check out some of our other blogs, Trish is on our 18 week fast track our goal is 80 Pounds!!
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Frustrated with slow weight loss? The Rancho Cucamonga rapid weight loss program, featuring pharmaceutical-grade HCG injections, can fast track your medical weight loss. Our program has helped patients lose up to 45 pounds in 45 days with an average loss of one to three pounds per day. Under the guidance of our medical provider, HCG injections could do the same for you!

Drop the Pounds Today with the HCG Diet

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HCG is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced during pregnancy. Recent research has found that HCG is effective for promoting natural weight loss. In combination with a nutritionally balanced low calorie diet, these supplements help trigger the brain to burn stored fat, melting off the pounds.

Here is a real patient who has done HCG she answers the question How fast can you get to a normal weight, her story is amazing!  This stuff really works!

How fast can you get to a normal weight?

Obviously this will depend on how much you have to lose at least in part.  If you have 100lbs to lose, it will take you longer than someone who has 50 lbs to lose.

But sometimes I get questions from people who’ve seen that I’ve done 5 rounds of hCG and they wonder if everyone needs to do that many rounds to get to a healthy weight.

In short, nope.

2 rounds of hCG, both about 40 days each, was all I technically needed to look “normal” to the eye folks- started in February 2011, and by July I looked like the after photo below.

A 43 lb weightloss, and a change in clothing size from size 16 to size 6 was accomplished in two 40 day rounds of the hCG Diet.

So why have I done 5 rounds then?  You may discover, as time goes on and you try out the hCG Diet that,

1.) You aren’t perfect.  Most people who undertake a life change to become fit and healthy experience slip-ups along that path and I’m no exception.  The 2nd round that got me to the above photo at size 6?  Just after that I totally wigged out and ate my way with sugar laden foods all the way back up to 143 lbs (from 129lbs).  So I had to re-do round 2, which I did on round 3.  Technically speaking, if I had done everything perfect from the start (which I’ll be truthful here- very few accomplish this- but you know what?  It’s the end result that matters, not how long it takes) it would have taken only 2 rounds to get to a normal weight.

2.) The hCG Diet is so effective, you realize halfway through that you can have a better body than you were originally going to “settle” for.  I remember thinking at size 16, first starting the hCG Diet, ‘boy, if I could just get to 130 lbs and a size 8 I’ll be so content and just leave it at that.’  Even though being just over 5? tall I could certainly get smaller than that and be even healthier, most of us know and have experienced that  losing weight is typically very difficult and takes a long time, so that’s why I didn’t want to set my hopes too high.  Many many people who have successfully gone through their hCG Diet journey have changed their “ultimate goal” when they realize how fast and effective the hCG Diet really is.  This has been the case with me.

So I screwed up round 2 and had to re-do it with round 3.  So one round fits into the “I’m not perfect” reason for a round.  At the end of round 3 I was 122 lbs and a size 4!

How can it get any better than that you may ask?

Well, to me it wasn’t just about being thin– I wanted to be fit and physically active as it’s always been in my nature to be.  So I started lifting weights and doing interval cross training at Crossfit- I put on 12 pounds of muscle in this past year– 12 lbs of muscle is great, but of course still does take up space on my body, so I used 2 rounds of hCG to lose more fat between it.  So the last 2 rounds of hCG I’ve basically been just “tweaking” and “fine-tuning”  my body-  those 2 rounds fit into the “I realized I can do better than normal- I can actually get very fit and active and lower my body fat percent with hCG” reason.

As an example, at 129 lbs I wore a size 6 and was not physically fit at all and had a body fat percent of about 28%, and now I’m close to 129 lbs again, but I’m a size 2/4 and am extremely physically fit and have a body fat percent of 19%.  Same weight, totally different body composition- a lot more of me is muscle and a lot less of me is fat now, at the same weight.  That’s what those last 2 rounds of hCG were about, and something I’m very proud of.

 

Rancho Cucamonga Chiropractor describes intermediate neck exercise

Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no exercise equipment.
It works the longus capitis, longus colli, SCM (sternocleidomastoid) muscles.
The purpose of this exercise is to increase neck strength and muscular endurance.
The benefits are improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention.

Begin by lying on the back with the head extended off the table, maintaining a chin tuck position.
Slowly extend the head back towards the floor and then raise the head, returning to the initial neutral starting position and repeat as instructed.
Move slowly through the range of motion.
Slowly return to start position.
Repeat for prescribed repetitions and sets.

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Chiropractor in Rancho Cucamonga explains knee exercises for beginners.

Here is a simple exercise that you can do at home with no equipment.
It works the biceps femoris, semimembranosus, semitendinosus muscles.
The purpose of this exercise is to increase knee strength and muscular endurance.
By doing this exercise you can have the benefits of improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention.

Begin lying on floor facing up.
Bend knees so feet are firmly on floor.
Extend arms upward toward ceiling.
Activate core muscles.
Lift hips off floor to attain a bridge position with knees, hips and shoulders in alignment.
Slowly return to start position.
Repeat for prescribed repetitions and sets.

Initially, you may develop some cramping in the back of your thigh. A simple hamstring stretch before and after may prevent this from occurring.
Slowly return to start position.
Repeat for prescribed repetitions and sets.

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Rancho cucamonga chiropractor is a good friend!!

Rancho Cucamonga Chriopractor is a good friend!
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Heat Related Muscle Cramps

It can happen to just about anyone, physically active or not. During the NBA finals of 2014, LeBron James became the poster child of heat related cramps and how debilitating they can be. During the first game of the NBA finals, the superstar player had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter because he had developed severe leg cramps.

It doesn’t matter how physically active and well trained you are, when you exercise in temperatures exceeding 90 degrees, which is what happened during LeBron’s game when the air conditioner malfunctioned, you are at greater risk of developing heat related cramps. Unfortunately, his team lost the game.

One of the most common causes of muscle cramps is over-exercising in hot environments. The body sweats and loses fluids at an accelerated rate. In order to stay hydrated, the body needs to take in more fluids. When the body goes into a state of dehydration, the muscles are forced to take water from themselves and put it back into the body to keep your blood pumping. As a result, your muscles begin to cramp.

Muscles that get more activity than others generally cramp more often than other muscles. You’re also more likely to suffer heat cramping when you push yourself harder than usual.

My first experience with heat cramps came when I visited my hometown during a break from college. They were have a 5K run and because I’d been on the high school track team, they invited me to join the race. I hadn’t trained in over a year, but figured once you know how to run a couple miles, your body will remember how to do it.

I took the cups of water handed to the runners throughout the race, I spilled more than I drank. I didn’t mind, the water cooled me off.
It wasn’t until about halfway through that I realized that while I had been trying to rehydrate myself, in the extreme heat of that July run, I had stopped sweating.

I was young, ignorant, and figured it didn’t matter. The race was almost over, and sure enough on the last leg where we had to run once around the high school track to cross the finish line I had plenty of kick to finish the race.

About an hour later, however, I began to have the most unendurable cramps I have ever experienced in my life. A trip to the emergency room (yes, they were that bad) taught me that if you ever stop sweating during physical exertion, that is a very dangerous warning sign. It’s a lot like running your automobile engine without any coolant or water.

I came very close to a dangerous heat prostration event. My electrolytes were way out of balance, my heart rate erratic, to say nothing of the cramps. Once I was rehydrated, all my symptoms went away. It’s amazing how wonderful the human body is.

coconut-1391809572taEDrinking water helped, but because we also lose electrolytes when we sweat, we need to replace those as well. Coconut water, sports drinks, even pickle juice can help minimize the problems that I suffered. Since that time, I have the most profound respect for exercising in the heat.

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