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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 cause significant dysfunction in the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, which ultimately 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

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 to the maintenance of optimal health.