Am I Too Young for Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hormone Replacement TherapyLeave a Comment

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been an effective treatment for hormonal decline in men and women for decades. As we age, our hormone production goes down, leading to a range of undesirable symptoms. Typically HRT has been used by older people, often in their 40s or 50s or older, to help correct the hormonal imbalances caused by aging. But in recent years HRT has been employed by younger people as well since hormonal decline is beginning at younger and younger ages. No matter what your age, if you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal decline, HRT may be a good solution for you. Am I Too  Young For Hormone Replacement Therapy? Hormone production can be negatively affected by a range of issues, many of which can arise in adults of any age. More and more men and women are finding themselves struggling with hormonal imbalances in their 30s and 40s, sometimes even younger. Hormone production can begin to decline as early as 18 or 19 years old, so it is not surprising that some younger adults find themselves suffering from the symptoms of hormonal imbalances. HRT for Younger Men Testosterone levels in men typically begin to noticeably decline around age 30 … Read More

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Hormone Decline in Men: Learn 6 of the Warning Signs

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Hormone decline in men is a real thing! Did you know that male hormone levels (like testosterone) decline at a rate of one percent or more each year after the age of 30? The term male menopause is a little bit of a play on words because the hormone changes men experience are not really the same thing as what a woman goes through when ovulation stops. The more accurate term is andropause because it targets the cause of this decline more accurately. Androgens are “male” hormones, such as testosterone. If you are a man experiencing hormone decline, it doesn’t really matter that much what anyone calls it, what matters is how it impacts your life and what can you do about it. Do You Know The Warning Signs Of Hormone Decline? Your hormones impact just about everything in your life – from your mood and energy levels, to your body composition and sexual wellbeing. If you haven’t yet, take our free hormone decline risk assessment to score your hormone health, learn about how your hormones impact just about every area of your life, and learn what you can do about it. Click here to take the male version, and click … Read More

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5 Facts About Healthy Aging You May Not Know

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It probably comes as no surprise that maintaining good health throughout every decade of your life will require a bit of work and dedication. You may be surprised, though, at just how simple Age Management and Hormone Optimization can be! Are You At Risk for Hormone Decline? Your hormones impact just about everything in your life – from your mood and energy levels, to your body composition and sexual wellbeing. If you haven’t yet, take our free hormone decline risk assessment to score your hormone health, learn about how your hormones impact just about every area of your life, and learn what you can do about it. Click here to take the male version, and click here to take the female version. 1. Exercise can slow some of the muscle loss associated with aging. People with sedentary lifestyles lose as much as 3 to 5 percent of their muscle mass every decade after the age of 30. Exercising slows this age-related muscle loss. If you’re not exercising at all, try adding small amounts of exercise, such as bicycling to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or taking walking breaks at work. Try yoga to reduce stress. Add a … Read More

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The Body Well’s Dr. Mike Carragher & Dr. Jill Stocker Named to Los Angeles Magazine’s 2018 Top Doctors

Mike CarragherAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Stocker, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, The Body Well, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Los Angeles Magazine and Professional Research Services conducted an exclusive peer-review survey to determine the doctors deemed the best in their field of practice by their colleagues. We were selected in their first annual, peer-review survey sent to certified doctors within Los Angeles County and I couldn’t be more proud and excited. Los Angeles’ Top Doctors are chosen through a rigorous process conducted by PRS (Professional Research Services), which includes voting by professional medical colleagues. That is the sole criteria for inclusion in the Top Doctors listing.  Listings cannot be bought, and advertising has no impact on the review process. The special recognition will appear in the April 2018 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Both Dr. Stocker and I use The Carragher Method™, a healthy aging plan that I developed for patients for patients which includes cutting-edge hormone optimization protocols, Intelligent Physical Fitness to optimize fat loss and hormone utilization, a specific eating plan which is not a diet but an approach to nutrition which is both sustainable and geared toward supporting their hormones. The Carragher Method™ also incorporates lifestyle support in the areas of sleep and stress management. To book an evaluation with either myself or Dr. Stocker, please call Aaron Epstein, … Read More

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Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Hormones

Mike Carragheradrenal fatigue, Age Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, chronic fatigue syndrome, cortisol, Dr. Carragher, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, loss of energy, low energy, The Body Well, ThyroidLeave a Comment

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a much-talked-about but poorly defined disorder. Typically CFS presents itself as disabling exhaustion. By disabling, I don’t mean being tired in the afternoon and needing a nap. People with CFS can’t get out of bed, go out with friends, or live their best lives. They’re exhausted, and sleep isn’t helping. But CFS also has plenty of other troubling symptoms, including memory impairment, mood changes, irritable bowel syndrome, joint pains and muscle aches. CFS is also called Immune Dysfunction Syndrome because it depletes the immune system. To make matters worse, there’s no magic bullet for treating CFS, and plenty of contradictory theories about what causes it. Because it’s not well-understood, patients with CFS are often told it’s just in their heads and are subject to ridicule not only by friends and family but also by the medical community. Since women suffer from CFS more often than men, doctors with unconscious (or conscious!) sexist tendencies sometimes brush it off as “hysteria.” So: Varying symptoms, no well-defined cause, and often dismissed. No wonder people often search all over the internet for information about CFS! As you might expect the tricky nature of CFS also results in a lot … Read More

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Does Testosterone Cause Blood Clots?

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

There are so many benefits of supplementing with bio-identical testosterone, including improved cardiovascular health, better overall sense of well-being, higher energy, better sexual function, and increased strength. It’s a life-changer and even a life-saver for so many men. So why is it that since late 2014, testosterone products have been required to include an alarming warning? The warning comes from the FDA, and alerts patients and prescribing physicians of a potentially serious side effect of using testosterone: thromboembolism (basically, a blood clot). The two most common types of blood clots are deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg; and pulmonary embolism (PE), which is a blood clot in the lungs. Both can be deadly.  When patients see or hear this warning, it justifiably causes concern. Even if they don’t see it, they may hear from their primary care physician that they should not take testosterone because of the danger of blood clots. The information is meant to protect you, of course. But the fact is is that the vast majority of research shows that testosterone does not cause blood clots. So why is the FDA label on testosterone products in the first place? What, exactly, … Read More

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Hair Loss in Men: Causes and Solutions

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, Anti-Aging, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Hair Loss In Men, Hormone Replacement Therapy, The Body WellLeave a Comment

Most men are concerned about hair loss at some point in their lives, and as an Age Management Medicine & Hormone Optimization Physician, I get questions about it all the time. That’s because hair loss is a particularly anxiety-producing problem. When a man starts losing hair, his physical appearance begins to change; it can feel like a shock to his identity and sense of self. And it’s a particularly difficult problem to solve. Not only are there many different causes of hair loss, there are often multiple factors in each case, for each man. With that in mind, I’ve listed the most common causes of hair loss below, as well as their solutions. 1 Cause: Telogen Effluvium You’ve probably never heard the term “telogen effluvium” before, but it names the most common cause of hair loss: stress. Work stress, life stress, stress on the body from disease or strain, lack of sleep, and more. These environmental and lifestyle factors actually interrupt hair growth and lead to thinning. The bad news is, this kind of hair loss is bound to affect many adult men, who are immersed in stressors. The good news is, it’s a temporary and fairly reversible process. Solution: … Read More

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Lose Weight By Flipping A Coin: Try This Weight Loss Life Hack Now – by Rene Von Gunten, NTP

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, René von Gunten, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the most daunting things about trying to lose weight or gain muscle is that it’s a long-term commitment. If you want to have and keep a new kind of body, you have to live a new kind of life. After all, the way you were living before didn’t get you the body you wanted. That means your dedication will need to be ongoing and long lasting. Since losing weight and gaining muscle often involves giving up the level of carbohydrates and sugar you’re used to, as well as making new decisions about other types of food, it can be a big shift in your daily life. That can be an overwhelming thought for people just starting their journey to a better and healthier body. Life is stressful enough without adding healthy eating to the list of things you’ve got to be constantly responsible for. To make things worse, when you do set out on your journey and mess up, you can experience feelings of guilt and shame that make you want to give up all together. What can you do to make the whole process easier? Easy: flip a coin. The Coin Toss Solution The Coin Toss Solution … Read More

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