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Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman

Dr. Gary Bellman is a Board-Certified Urologist and specializes in Male Anti- Aging. He custom designs medically proven hormone treatment plans that can relieve your symptoms and help prevent the negative health consequences often associated with hormone imbalances.
Often times, a hormonal imbalance has the biggest impact on testosterone and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels. With both testosterone and cortisol levels out of balance, men experience a range of andropause symptoms.
Lower testosterone levels may begin as early as the 40’s and 50’s. This has been referred to as male menopause or Andropause. If a man has a permanent decline in testosterone production, it should be treated. However, in contradistinction to women, male menopause can be a reversible phenomenon.
Many factors can cause testosterone levels to decline. Before starting long-term testosterone replacement, a man should be carefully evaluated to determine the cause of his low testosterone. Pituitary or brain tumors can result in low testosterone and these may require surgery or other drugs. Failure to recognize this serious condition could be life threatening.

Prescription drugs may interfere with sexual function and reduce testosterone levels.  Other less serious but treatable causes can include nutritional factors, stress, insomnia and other life-style issues.  However, the good news is that when these are recognized and treated, testosterone may normalize without the need for testosterone treatment.   The goal should be to enable a man to produce his own testosterone.
Viagra is a useful drug, which offers men an effective way to treat erectile dysfunction. However, erectile dysfunction is one of the key symptoms for low testosterone. Taking Viagra without undergoing evaluation could delay detection of a potentially treatable condition. Appropriate hormone treatment could eliminate the need for Viagra and enable the man to have normal sexual function.
The following questionnaire, the Androgen Deficiency in Aging Males (ADAM) questionnaire was developed to help detect the symptoms related to decreased testosterone levels in older men.

The questionnaire contains the following ten questions:
1. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?2. Do you have a lack of energy?
3. Do you have a decrease in strength, endurance, or both?
4. Have you lost height?
5. Have you noticed a decreased enjoyment of life?
6. Are you sad, grumpy, or both?
7. Are your erections less strong?
8. Have you noted a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?
10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?

Any man answering “yes” to question 1 or 7 or any three other questions has a high likelihood of having a low testosterone level .
If testosterone is low on appropriate testing, most of these symptoms are reversed or improved with testosterone replacement.
There is Relief for Symptoms of Male Menopause, get in touch with us today!

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