Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) February 05, 2009 -- As in regular fashion, what Oprah says becomes truth. Such was true on the January 29, 2009, episode of 'Oprah', whereas Suzanne Somers took a daring appearance to discuss her issues with menopause and hormone depletion. Over several years, Somers tried various wellness programs to increase her quality of life and enhance her vitality, including estrogen and progesterone injections as well as dozens of minerals, vitamins and supplements.
Dr. Allen Peters, medical director of the Nourishing Wellness Medical Center and a noted resource in Somers' recent book, "Breakthrough," is a proponent of bio-identical hormone therapy which is one of the treatments Somers has used to reclaim her youth.
But now, Dr. Peters speaks out about a similar problem that men face in their mid-lives, called Andropause. Comparable symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, loss of libido and irritability, plague men just as much as women, and this issue is one unfortunately less talked about and even more so, less treated. In fact, by the time men reach their early thirties, they begin to lose testosterone at a rate on one-to-two-percent each year. Yet, the symptoms of Andropause may not show up for more than a decade later.
"The more positive and balanced dialogue surrounding menopause is important and very welcome," says Peters. "For over a decade, doctors, women and pharmacists have debated the use of hormones for treating its frequent debilitating affect in women. According to experts, nearly 25 million American males between ages 40 and 55 are experiencing the symptoms of andropause.
However, there is a dire need to address Andropause as well. Many men have no idea that the symptoms they are experiencing in their late 40's and 50's are a direct response to low hormones, most notably, testosterone." In fact,
Andropause has three key ideas that should be addressed:
Â· The problem with low testosterone
Â· The benefits of adding testosterone if levels are low
Â· The Safety of using testosterone
The problem: According to experts, nearly 25 million American males are experiencing the symptoms of Andropause.
Beginning around age 35, there is a decline in major hormone levels in both men and women. For women this is called Menopause, and for men, it is called Andropause. For men, the decline is gradual and symptoms can be ignored for awhile. However, by the time men reach their 60's, most men have 50 percent less testosterone than they had when younger. This causes muscle loss, increased belly fat, reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, depression and loss of mental acuity. These symptoms are frequently reversible with testosterone therapy.
The benefits: Testosterone has been studied for over 70 years with massive amounts of research showing numerous health benefits which include positive effects on mood, energy levels, strength, increased muscle size, decreased body fat and increased bone density. Oh, and yes, there is also an improved libido! In fact, studies indicate that there is a higher prevalence of depression, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, fracture rates, frailty and even dementia with low testosterone levels!
When men reach their early 30's, they begin losing testosterone at a rate of one to two percent a year and it can take more than a decade for symptoms of andropause to appear, but men need to realize that it isn't just a matter of aging. Testosterone is needed for so much more than your sex drive. It is key for building muscle and bone & can be replaced through bioidentical hormone therapy. Safety Issues: Does Testosterone Therapy cause Prostate Cancer? The answer is NO!
In the Jan 2004 Issue of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, over 70 medical studies were reviewed and no evidence was found that testosterone therapy causes prostate cancer. In fact, prostate cancer becomes more prevalent exactly at the time of a man's life when testosterone levels decline.
"I vehemently believe that the issue of Andropause should be addressed in the medical, pharmaceutical and consumer markets," says Peters. "It has become my current mission to see this ideal come to fruition."