andropause
Lyme Disease and Andropause
Andropause is the natural male equivalent of menopause, characterized by a declining state in DHEA and testosterone levels, beginning as early as age 30. When a man has chronic Lyme Disease, persistent inflammation and infection causes significant dysfunction in the hypothalamic pituitary axis, which ultimate leads to the decreased production of the androgen steroid hormones.
Symptoms of low DHEA:
Decreased energy
Decreased libido
Decreased muscle strength
Depression
Difficulty dealing with stress
Fatigue
Irritability
Inability to concentrate
Insomnia
Symptoms of low testosterone:
Anxiety
Depression
Low libido
Inability to maintain erection
Poor memory
Inability to multitask
Irritable
Poor stamina
Weight Gain
DHEA has a protective effect against:
Autoimmune Diseases
Cancer
Heart Disease
High cholesterol
Diabetes
Obesity
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Bioidentical hormone replacement of testosterone can be done very safely with the proper laboratory evaluation and follow up. Generally, men feel much better and gain a much greater sense of well being when testosterone levels are returned to normal. Consideration of other hormones such as cortisol, insulin growth factor, insulin, and growth hormone are often needed, as all of these hormones are intricately related in the maintenance of optimal health.