What Happens As We Age?
From the moment of birth, your body is in a constant state of change. It’s usually a great ride up until you hit your 40’s and 50’s. After that, you start experiencing changes that make life hard, frustrating, and ultimately lead to a lack of confidence in your own body.
Symptoms may include:
Decreased energy levels – you’ve lost the "pep" in your step
Loss of mental acuity – poor focus or cognitive function
Increased abdominal fat and decreased muscle mass
Loss of overall strength and stamina
Workouts aren’t as effective as they used to be
Extended recovery times are needed
Lack of libido and sexual performance
Sleepless or restlessness
Decline in testosterone levels as men age
Think of andropause sort of like menopause for men. Instead of estrogen levels declining, it’s testosterone levels. Beginning as early as your 30’s hormone levels starts to slowly decline, usually taking a decade or more to feel the result. This can happen faster or slower based on pre-existing conditions and lifestyle choices. When key hormones like testosterone start to go down, it increases the risk for several ailments including heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimers.
Researchers have now been able to identify a lack of hormones as being the actual cause of aging. Keeping your levels normal is the key to youth.
It’s not as if you wake up one morning and your body isn’t producing testosterone anymore. It takes years of quiet fluctuations before, all of a sudden, your test levels are critically low. Even though your body never stops producing testosterone completely, low levels can leave you feeling like a shadow of your former self.
What is Normal?
“Normal ranges” vary widely depending on the doctor that you talk to. The ranges scale was originally designed to be a one size fits all chart. A standard primary care physician may give you a clean bill of health even though you are in the low-low range. Anything within the range, no matter how low, is considered normal. Do you see the problem with conventional hormonal testing? We know that there is no cookie cutter plan to optimal health. Our certified physicians measure several factors in order to narrow down your unique body’s hormonal set point.
What is Optimal?
Most often the optimal range is within the upper 20% of the so-called "normal range." This is where we generally function best, feel strongest and prevent age related diseases. Finding this balance is all part of our elite health program.
What Can Be Done?
By understanding which levels are low, they can be corrected using Rx therapy. Each adjustment will be monitored closely by your Cenegenics® team. Most patients start seeing almost instant benefits, including:
Reduced risk of age related diseases
Increased muscle mass
Decreased body fat
Increased cognitive function
Improved sleep quality
Improved libido and sexual performance
Hormone replacement therapy is monitored closely and only given when clinically indicated.
A Special Note About Growth Hormone (hGH)
Lifestyle choices highly affect growth hormone levels and can usually be corrected with exercise, diet and an overall change in habits. For this reason, hGH therapy is rarely employed. Most people will never need help outside of minor corrections to support functional levels. However, a small percentage of patients are deficient and will need hGH therapy. Our Cenegenics® program covers all the bases of age management, including hGH.