Extra Belly Fat? Stop Running and Lift a Weight! Weight Training for Healthy Aging

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, cardiovascular health, Dr. Carragher, heart, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

When it comes to healthy aging and exercise, most people think of jogging, endless steps on the elliptical, or hopping on a stationary bike and riding to nowhere. But if cardio is all you’re doing, you’re missing out on a critical component for healthy aging and disease prevention: weight training. Weight training stimulates increased production and recruitment of key anabolic hormones – namely human growth hormone (HGH), testosterone, and DHEA – that are essential for optimal aging processes and health. Who’s Doing What at the Gym Take a look around when you go to the gym: Typically, the older folks are the ones doing most of the cardio, while the younger people are the ones in the weight room pumping iron. If you’re becoming one of the cardio only people, I’ll let you in on a little secret: if you want a better body as you age, and better health overall, you should do the opposite! As you age, weight training becomes more, not less, important. Here’s Why: The Hormonal Effect of Exercise Cardio, for the most part, is aerobic exercise, which means it requires oxygen to get done.  But weight training, especially heavier weight training, is largely anaerobic, meaning … Read More

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The Hard Truth for Men: Declining Testosterone Levels Worldwide

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, cardiovascular health, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Stocker, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Sex, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

In the fifteen years since I started practicing Age Management & Hormone Optimization, I’ve noticed a startling change in men’s physiologies: Across the board, testosterone levels are declining at earlier and earlier ages. Instead of men coming in from ages 35-45 with less-than-optimal testosterone levels (or “low T”) they’re coming in their late 20s! And all the symptoms you’d expect to see with low T are there too: lack of energy, lack of sex drive, inability to recover from injury quickly, loss of confidence, generalized feelings of weakness, and more. These levels lead me to three big questions: First: What’s the degree of the problem? Second: What’s the cause of the problem? Third: What should we do? What’s the degree of the problem? My observations as a clinician have been confirmed by multiple studies. One of the more illuminating studies, the Massachusetts Male Aging Study (MMAS), gathered data on 1,500 randomly selected men in the Boston area in three distinct time periods over 17 years (1987-89, 1995-97, and 2002-04). It measured their total testosterone levels as well as their bioavailable testosterone levels (that is, the testosterone that was actually able to be utilized by the body) .  What they found … Read More

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How To Treat High Cholesterol The Natural Way

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, HCG, heart, heart disease, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, weight gainLeave a Comment

How To Treat High Cholesterol The Natural Way When you hit your mid-30s, your cholesterol levels may be in for a change. Your “bad” cholesterol (low density lipoprotein, or LDL) may start to rise and your “good” cholesterol (high density lipoprotein, or HDL) may start to drop. The Status Quo Doctors often reflexively treat these changes to prevent cholesterol-related heart issues. They do this by administering drugs called statins, which block an enzyme essential for cholesterol production, thereby lowering cholesterol in the blood. Sounds like a great, simple solution, doesn’t it? But while cholesterol levels do drop after statins are taken, a host of side effects may come along for the ride. Among the most significant of these side effects: statins also block the production of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxidant essential for oxygen utilization and energy production, particularly in heart muscle cells. Furthermore, statins’ effects on cholesterol may interfere with critical aspects of hormonal production, since cholesterol is a building block of many hormones. Other side effects may include increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes, muscle pain and weakness, neuropathy, tendon problems, memory loss, and confusion. In fact, there are over 900 studies documenting the adverse effects of taking … Read More

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Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad, and the REALLY Bad

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, cardiovascular health, cholesterol, Dr. Carragher, heart, heart disease, Hormone Optimization, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

Cholesterol: Good, Bad, or Neither? For decades, cholesterol has suffered a bad rap because of its connection to heart attacks and coronary disease. The story started with studies conducted on rabbits in the early 1900s. Russian scientists induced clogging of rabbits’ arteries by replacing their normal vegetarian diet with a diet of pure cholesterol. Putting aside for a moment that rabbits (obviously) aren’t people, and that their diets are very different than the average American (i.e. they don’t eat meat), the cultural and medical effects of the study were profound. Doctors accepted the resulting “lipid hypothesis” (i.e. that cholesterol led to heart disease) and began to recommend low-cholesterol diets. Gone were the days of eating animal fat and chicken with the skin on; egg whites replaced whole eggs, and high cholesterol seafood like shrimp and lobster were thrown back into the proverbial ocean. The general public started to drastically change their eating habits, thinking they were reducing the risk of heart disease.  In the meantime, heart disease rates continued to rise. What people didn’t realize, and still don’t realize, is that the cholesterol in food is not the same as cholesterol in the blood. There’s a link, but it’s not as … Read More

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