Human Growth Hormone: Not Just Living Longer, But Living Better

Mike CarragherAnti-Aging, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a hormone that has many critical physiologic functions in the human body. It has been the hormone associated with being the “fountain of youth” and sought out to provide “anti-aging” effects. While it does reduce the physical signs and symptoms of aging, it also reduces the risk of developing the most common diseases associated with aging. As we age, many of your key hormone levels decline, and you start seeing and feeling the effects of this. This can happen as early as your late twenties or early thirties. Lack of adequate Growth Hormone in adults can result in a whole slew of symptoms, not just physical, but mental and emotional as well. Many of the common complaints are: Fatigue, lack of energy, lack of motivation Weight gain Declining results at the gym (despite eating “clean” and exercising regularly Decreased stamina, strength, or exercise tolerance Decreased muscle mass Emotional symptoms (moodiness, grumpiness, anxiety, depression) Thin/crepey/dry/sagging skin Loss of self-confidence Difficulty sleeping Decreased vitality Decreased sense of well being Brain fog, difficulty concentrating, memory issues What Exactly is Human Growth Hormone and What Does It Do? Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a hormone secreted by the pituitary … Read More

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Hormone Decline in Men: Learn 6 of the Warning Signs

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-AgingLeave a Comment

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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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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Top 10 Testosterone Myths – Busted!

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, low energy, low libido, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

The Top 10 Testosterone Myths  Part 1 When I recommend testosterone to patients in my Los Angeles clinic, I get a lot of what I call “bro-science,” or, “But I heard” responses. You know, the kind of pop science stuff that travels by word of mouth and is asserted in glossy magazines with lots of certainty but not much research. “You want me to take testosterone? But I heard…” Worse yet, many of these myths are propagated by physicians themselves! To dispel these prominent myths, I’ve collected the top ten in this counterpoint countdown. Here are myths 10-6. Check out the blog next week for the Top 5! 10 Myth: Testosterone will make your sex drive out of control. Fact: Testosterone can help optimize your sex drive. It’s no surprise that men often seek testosterone therapy because they want their sex drives and sexual function improved. At the same time, they often express anxieties that taking testosterone will send their sex drives into crazy, uncontrollable places. The simple truth is that sex drive doesn’t work that way. A decrease in sex drive is usually multifactorial: lack of sleep, psychological causes, stress, poor diet, and more, all contribute. So while testosterone … Read More

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I Know the Reason Your New Year’s Resolutions Fell Flat (And It’s Not a Reason You Thought Of)

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Hormone Optimization, loss of energy, low energy, The Body Well, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

So your New Year’s Resolutions were a flop. Here you are, it’s the beginning of February, and they’re out the window. Probably for a few weeks already. You know the story. December 31st is filled with ideas of how to change yourself in the coming year: lose that extra 10 pounds, start a new exercise program, eat better, start a new project or job, take up a hobby, find a new relationship (or improve the one you’re in). And the list goes on. So why is it that it’s first week of February and once again your resolutions have gone by the wayside? Or worse yet, why is it that you’re actually trying but still not getting the results you hoped for? I have the answer. And I bet you haven’t thought of it. What if the answer isn’t that you lack willpower? Most people have more willpower than they even realize. What if the answer isn’t that you’re lazy? I kind of doubt you are. I’m going to suggest an answer that you probably haven’t considered. It’s a problem that you may not even know is a problem, but once solved is a game changer in every area of … Read More

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“It Feels Like There Are Knives In My Vagina!”: Women, Sex, and Hormones – A Guest Post by Dr. Jill Stocker

Mike CarragherAnti-Aging, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, Estrogen, Libido, low libido, low sex drive, Sex, stress, TestosteroneLeave a Comment

It’s not easy to talk about sex in a clear and open way. And it’s especially difficult if you’re a woman, who has been told her entire life not to freely engage in her sexuality, much less express it. Women who see me at The Body Well know my office is a safe space to discuss their bodies, but sex-related symptoms and issues are still challenging for so many women to disclose. Women experience a range of sexual challenges as they age, including not feeling sexy anymore, decreasing sex drive, pain during sex, and vaginal dryness. To make matters worse, women often experience these symptoms for a long time before telling anyone. It’s easy enough to understand why: in addition to cultural shaming, it’s difficult to talk with your partner about what’s getting in the way of pleasurable sex. Pointing out what you perceive to be your flaws to someone you want to be intimate with never feels good. It can lead to feelings of sexual inadequacy, both for the woman bringing it up, who may feel unsexy, and also for her partner who may feel it’s their fault for not being sexually stimulating. But not talking about it can create … Read More

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Inflammation and Your Hormones 101

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, chronic inflammation, cortisol, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Stocker, Estrogen, HCG, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, inflammation, Progesterone, Testosterone, The Body Well, ThyroidLeave a Comment

When a patient comes into my office with multi-system complaints — for example, they have gastrointestinal distress and poor recovery from exercise, or they have headaches and joint pains — one of the prime suspects is chronic inflammation. “Inflammation” has become a buzzword recently, appearing in articles with trendy titles like “Eat These Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods” or “Take This Supplement for its Anti-Inflammatory Properties.”  But there’s still plenty of confusion about the term “inflammation.” Is it good? Is it bad? Why all this fuss over it? Let’s clear all of that up. Inflammation, simply defined, is a response your body has to any insult or injury. A perfect example: the processes that result from injuring your ankle when you’re jogging. It’s a great morning, you’re feeling good jogging around the block, and suddenly you trip over a bump on the sidewalk and twist your ankle. The area gets red, it heats up, it gets swollen, and it hurts. This is acute inflammation; the injury is followed immediately by your body’s response with special substances that act as chemical mediators to initiate the healing process.  This is a necessary response, and critical so that your body heals. So in this … Read More

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