Volume 3, Issue 22
June 10, 2010

An easy fix for the most common signs of aging

When women turn 50 and men turn 60, the body begins to change rapidly. You might gain weight. Your cholesterol may go up. You may lose muscle mass and strength. And your sexual desire may decrease. Most doctors will tell you this is normal and you should just accept it. While it is normal, you don't have to "just accept it." You can do something about it.

Last week, I showed you how 3 mg of melatonin every night can reverse some of these signs. But if melatonin doesn't fix them, there's another hormone you should try. That's because what I just described are classic symptoms of testosterone deficiency.

You may say, "But I just had my hormones checked and my testosterone was in the normal range." That may be true, but it doesn't mean you have adequate testosterone levels for you. In fact, knowing whether or not you have any of these indicators is the key to identifying a testosterone deficiency — not lab testing.

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Most people know that testosterone is the main male hormone. But what they may not know is that it is also very important for women. Most women over the age of 50, and most men older than 60 are going to be deficient in testosterone.

In addition to the signs I mentioned above, testosterone deficiency also can cause:

  • Decreased sexual function — impotence in men, inability to climax in women.

  • Decreased bone density

  • Enlarged breasts in men

  • Obesity, especially around the waist

  • Thinning body hair — Loss of hair on the legs is a particularly important sign

  • Aching muscles and joints

  • Decreased strength and stamina

  • Anxiety or mood swings

  • Depression. Recent research has shown that about 30% of men with depression actually have testosterone deficiency.

If you have a significant number of these symptoms, ask your doctor to give you a trial of testosterone. A good starting dose for men is ½ gram per day of a 10% testosterone cream, or 100 mg given as an injection once a week.

Men taking testosterone replacement need to make sure that their doctors check their estradiol levels. You need to keep your estradiol below 30 pg/ml. In order to do this, many men (including me) will need to take something. I prefer to give a medication called anastrozol. The usual dose is 0.5 mg given twice a week. This dose is completely safe and without any side effects.

For women, start with ½ gram per day of a 0.5% cream. If your symptoms are not significantly improved within three months, either the dose is too small or you might not have a testosterone deficiency.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD

REF: Williams Textbook of Endocrinology, 8th Edition edited by Jean Wilson, MD and Daniel Foster, MD.ÿ W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA.


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