August 1, 2022
Dr. Joe DeStefano of Urgent Care 24/7 discusses men's health.
Men's Health starts with just good primary care and good health. It needs good holistic health care, looking at diet, exercise, supplements, and if needed, different pharmacological approaches. In Men's Health today, a big issue in our society has become that as men age, chest drop, testosterone levels drop much faster than they did several generations ago. Usually around age 40, a lot of men start to struggle with low testosterone, things that this half has to do with our increased amount of obesity, insulin resistance, and different dietary factors that are very hard to escape from in modern life.
There is a lot of insecticides and pesticides that are hormone disruptors, we call them and they get in our body through what we eat, and will interfere with the different feedback loops in the body controlling the hormone levels. Generally with problems with low tea and men's health, a holistic approach has to be undertaken, if the patient is really going to do well. You have to look at their weight.
Whether or not they have insulin resistance are the other integrated systems functioning normally thyroid for example, if they have hypertension, you need to choose hypertension medications that are beneficial to the problems such as medications that reduce insulin resistance do not increase insulin resistance medications that help the health of the blood vessels, such as that coenzyme Q 10 starts to fall at age 40.
This is a ubiquitous substance produced by the liver and helps in our energy cycle. So a lot of times it is beneficial to supplement coenzyme Q 10, which can impact other health problems as well. coenzyme Q 10. supplementation has been seen shown to be beneficial in hypertension, in heart failure, and other conditions such as that if someone has borderline low tea, a lot of times the first steps like so many medical problems is lifestyle modification diet and exercise. Exercise is not have to be extreme.
You don't have to go to the gym and work out three hours a day three times a week to the point of exhaustion a lot of times 20 to 30 minutes daily, of moderate exercise is actually more beneficial than doing that definitely more beneficial on your joints as you age. Sometimes even with supplements and diet and lifestyle changes. You have to rely on pharmacologic.
That's where hormone replacement to restore the testosterone level to three to 600 come into play. And sometimes this is through direct hormone replacement such as testosterone injections, creams, pellets, patches, or through using pituitary analogues like beta HCG to naturally sterilite someone's own testosterone production. All of this has to be done under the care of a physician a good primary health care plan that encompasses the whole patient.
The other issue with testosterone levels as they fall is increased incidence of depression. Sometimes low testosterone is just not a matter of decreased sexual performance and not feeling as young it can actually be deadly. The male functioning for low testosterone could become depressed to the point of suicidal ideation in such as that.
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