Will Taking Testosterone Make My Testicles Shrink?

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

A common question from my male patients when I recommend testosterone therapy is, “Is this going to make my balls shrink?” Understandably, that’s not something that they want. Let me cut to the chase here. The short answer to the question is: yes, it can. The longer, more accurate answer is: not always, and there are ways to offset this side effect. First, let me explain why testicular shrinkage can happen when testosterone is administered. The way that testosterone is normally produced in the body is via a process initiated by the pituitary gland in the brain. The pituitary gland utilizes a hormone (called luteinizing hormone or LH) which sends a signal to “turn on” testosterone production in your testicles, and, accordingly, your testicles start making testosterone, which goes into your bloodstream. When your body senses that there’s enough testosterone in your blood, it sends a signal back to the brain, which slows production. It’s a system that works remarkably well in healthy young guys. But as you age, your testosterone levels (as well as many other hormone levels) decrease. One of the ways I increase testosterone in men is by giving them a cream they rub on their body, … Read More

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Human Growth Hormone Without The Pain: No Needles And A Cheaper Price Tag!

Mike CarragherHGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, The Body Well, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

  Human Growth Hormone: Believe the Hype Human Growth Hormone (HGH) has been celebrated by many as the holy grail of hormones, because it’s the most overarching in its benefits.  HGH has been shown to increase lean muscle mass, decrease body fat, stimulate collagen production and increase skin thickness, improve bone strength, and more. And it’s still gaining in popularity, as talk of its use continues by high-profile celebrities, athletes, the Beverly Hills crowd, and others who covet it to maintain youth, beauty, and a higher quality of life and health. My practice is next to Beverly Hills, so I hear about it on supermarket lines, at the gym, and at cocktail parties. This is a rare instance where I’ll tell you to believe the hype: The bottom line is, HGH works. And I know first-hand, because I prescribe it in my practice. In my experience, it’s one of the safest medications on the market. Especially at the low doses needed to obtain benefit from it. At these dosages, it has very few side effects. In my nearly 15 years of prescribing it, I’ve never had a patient who’s experienced more than a mild side effect that couldn’t be eliminated with … 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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4 Pathways To Fat Loss (Including 2 You Might Have Overlooked!)

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, cortisol, DHEA, diet, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the top reasons people schedule evaluations with me is because they’re having a hard time losing body fat. It’s a classic problem of aging: For men and women fat typically gathers around the midsection. Not only is it unsightly, but it increases risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. And the extra fat isn’t there for lack of trying to burn it off! Patients come in baffled, telling me they’re meeting with a trainer four or more days a week, doing everything “right,” or working harder than they’ve ever worked before to lose it. What they’re often forgetting is that as we get older we have a harder time keeping body fat off and lean muscle mass on. Different periods in our lives require different approaches to our health. To help, below are four fat loss strategies. The first two will be familiar (but the details may be different than the ones you’re used to). The second two are commonly overlooked. Diet & Exercise: The Two Obvious Solutions (That Are Usually Done Wrong) No surprises here: Diet and exercise are major factors in how much fat you’re putting on or taking off. When it comes to diet, … Read More

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Suzanne Somers and Dr. Mike Carragher Talk Hormones in Men

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, cortisol, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, fatigue, HCG, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Melatonin, stress, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Video, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

I was recently asked to be interviewed by the incomparable Suzanne Somers on the benefits of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in men.  Suzanne has done so much to educate women on the benefits of BHRT in women.  But men also suffer from declining hormone levels as they age, and testosterone is usually not the only hormone that needs to be replaced! Men are also frequently told that their hormone levels are “normal” by their physicians, who are all to often unaware that it’s not just a lab number that indicates hormone deficiency or need for replacement. Watch this great interview and learn about the effects that declining hormone levels have in men and what you can do about it. To schedule an Age Management/Hormonal Optimization evaluation, call 1-323-874-9355

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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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Why Isn’t My Diet Working Anymore?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, Estrogen, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

When I was a kid, my Dad went on a diet to care for his heart and lose weight. The entire thing was meticulously planned, and I remember daily checklists of what he could eat (four Saltine crackers, a can of tuna, carrot soup for lunch!) and could not eat, transcribed by him on pieces of paper on the kitchen table. Over the course of a few months, he took off a lot of weight, and everyone was wowed. And then his diet did what every diet does: it lost its effectiveness. Little by little, the returns from all his efforts diminished, and soon, slowly but surely, he was gaining weight again. In the end, he put all the weight back on, and eventually, he weighted more than he did when he started. Do diets work? The short-term answer is yes. Whether it’s a juice cleanse, Weight Watchers, Atkins, or whatever the diet du jour is, if you restrict the amount of calories, sugar, or fat, you’ll lose weight. But then, there’s a problem: the results curve of all diets is almost standardized. People lose weight within the first six weeks, and then they start to regain the pounds again. … Read More

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I Can’t Get Rid of Fat from My Midsection No Matter How Hard I Try! What’s the Missing Piece?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, Estrogen, fatigue, HCG, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Image, Melatonin, Progesterone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

The spare tire, the muffin top, unlovable handles: you’ve heard all the horrible names for those pudgy pinch-able inches that are often the most stubborn to get rid of. In fact midsection weight-gain is one of the most common complaints I get from patients. Often someone tells me they’re trying harder than ever with their workouts, killing themselves doing abs, and eating a “cleaner” diet, but none of it seems to be working. They’re doing two or three times the work they did in their teens and twenties, with diminishing results. This extra-work-for-less-payoff is a huge clue that belly fat is being caused by an overlooked factor: Hormonal imbalance. Hormones and Aging Some of this is an effect of aging. As we get into our late twenties and early thirties, many of our fat-burning hormone levels — including levels of testosterone, DHEA, growth hormone, and thyroid hormone — start falling. In addition, the hormones we like nice and low, the fat-storing hormones — including insulin and cortisol — start going up. Because people often don’t associate hormone levels with weight gain, they employ all sorts of unsuccessful strategies to solve the problem. They start dieting or doing juice cleanses. They’ll … Read More

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