Should I, A Man, Get Hormone Therapy?
By Dr. Khanh Perrin
Here’s the deal… your body isn’t what it used to be. I know it, you know it; it’s just a fact of life. We’re not in our 20s anymore! And that’s Bne, right? It’s part of the deal. We grow up, we get through our 20s and 30s, and then we’re middle-aged. But why is it that as we go through these life stages, we start to feel… worse? I’m talking about aches and pains, worse sleep, diffIculty putting on and maintaining muscle mass, and even a decline in sex drive/performance. All of these symptoms might sound familiar to you, as these are some of the classic symptoms of ageing.

But what if I’m not ready to let go of that feeling I had in my 20s and 30s? What if I want my body to keep up with my mind? I have a life to live and dreams to chase!

First Things First: The Tell-Tale Signs of Hormone Imbalance So you’re dealing with some symptoms that you’ve heard might be related to a hormone deficiency. You’ve been eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and even having regular sex, but still, something isn’t quite right… Shouldn’t I be feeling better than this? I’m barely even middle-aged!

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it might be time to check your hormone levels, and if you’re a candidate for it, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Signs of Hormonal Imbalance in Men Include:

  • Gynecomastia, or the development of breast tissue
  • Breast tenderness
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Decrease in beard growth and body hair growth Loss of muscle mass
  • Loss of bone mass, otherwise known as osteoporosis
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hot ]ashes

What To Do If You’re Experiencing These Symptoms

First and foremost, it should be stressed that these symptoms are completely normal and almost every man will be subjected to them as they age beyond ~35 years old: Hormone deficiency. There are many contributing factors to this stage of life and the physical turmoil that comes with it, but you only need to know one thing and that is this…

Replacing the Irreplaceable

There are plenty of contributing factors causing our hormone production to decline, but the two biggest culprits are known to be our longer lifespans and overfarming. If you and I were living in the 18th century and were only reasonably expected to live to 40 or 50 something (at best), we might never fully realize the symptoms of hormone decline. Now, however, we will easily live to be 85+ years old, meaning we’ll live well past the point of our body’s slowing or halting hormone production. We’re also asking too much of our farmlands and using too many chemicals to grow our foods, and in turn, the nutritional value of our food is negatively affecting our health, and that includes our hormone health.

Here’s the good news: Hormones can literally be replaced.

Actually, with careful evaluation and a custom-tailored therapy program, your hormones can be optimized. You may not even know how good your body can really feel and function because you may never have reached optimal levels of key hormones. Testosterone and Thyroid are the powerhouse players in making us feel young and alive. Through a variety of methods, bio-identical versions of these hormones can be introduced into your body and measured so that you can experience and maintain truly ideal levels and Live Your Best Life!

So How Do I Get Started?

If you’re interested in HRT, be sure to Bnd a provider who only prescribes bio-identical hormones. Also, make sure to Bnd a provider who specializes in the treatment, not just dabbles; HRT is a balancing act that should be carefully planned and monitored to ensure healthy, long-lasting benefits.

Located in Beverly Hills, California, CraftCare is led by Dr. Perrin Khanh, M.D., an integrative Functional Medicine Physician who specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women.