Top 10 Testosterone Myths – Busted!

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

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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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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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Why Should I Care About DHEA?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Progesterone, Testosterone, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

What is DHEA? DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is the most abundant anabolic steroid (protein-building hormone) in the body, produced mainly by the adrenal glands, but also by the brain, the gonads, and the skin. Despite the fact that we have so much of it in our bodies, it’s often overlooked, and has long been undervalued and misunderstood. We’ve know for a long time that DHEA is a precursor (basically, an ingredient) of other hormones, including testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. But we’ve only recently discovered that it has its own benefits, and quite a few of them, at that. So what does DHEA do? DHEA is an immune system stimulator, it helps elevate mood, energy, it has anti-cancer properties. It increases insulin sensitivity, which means it allows your body to integrate sugar into its cells more easily and prevents diabetes. It helps increase joint flexibility, strength and muscle mass, as well as a healthy sex drive. In other words, it’s no minor player; it’s a critical hormone! Symptoms of low DHEA are pretty much indicated by the absence of all the above: fluctuating mood, stiffness, low sex drive, and so on. Unfortunately, most people experience drops in DHEA levels beginning at around age … Read More

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Five Testosterone-Boosting Foods!

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The 5 Best Foods To Boost Your Testosterone Guest blog by René von Gunten, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner at The Body Well If you want to optimize your testosterone levels, there’s an easy option available to everyone: Make sure your diet is supporting you! Providing your body with the right nutrients and cofactors to support and stimulate testosterone production is simple enough. Here are five easy-to-find foods that can help: 1. Salmon Salmon has a high Vitamin D content, one of the highest of all foods, in fact. Most other fish don’t even come close! Optimal Vitamin D levels are strongly correlated with optimal testosterone levels in several studies. You don’t have to eat salmon every day, but have a single portion regularly, once a week. And be sure to eat wild- or line-caught salmon, not farmed. Salmon in the wild are exposed to sunlight regularly, so D levels are much higher. 2. Oysters Oysters are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They’re a raw food, an organ meat, and they’re nutrient dense. They also have high mineral content; I call them the multi-mineral of the natural world. One mineral found in abundance in oysters is zinc, which, has been shown in several studies to increase testosterone production. On top of … Read More

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What Do I Take If I Can’t Afford Human Growth Hormone?

Mike CarragherAge Management, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, fatigue, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, The Body Well, Uncategorized, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

Human Growth Hormone, or HGH, is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain, and is one of the most-talked about and sought after hormones for people interested in healthy aging. Optimal HGH levels are associated with decreased body fat, increased lean muscle mass, increased collagen production and skin thickness, improved wound-healing, improved energy, improved sleep, and more.  It’s a key hormone for youthfulness. In my opinion, when used correctly, HGH is one of the safest medications on the market. But it’s not available to most people because of its high cost. A host of complicated patent laws surrounding HGH put it out of reach for most people. But don’t worry, there’s good news! For someone who can’t afford HGH, there are other options, many of which are just as effective. Rather than administering HGH directly to a patient, an Age Management doctor can prescribe alternatives that stimulate the pituitary gland to produce and release HGH. The alternatives I use at The Body Well include Sermorelin (also known as Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone or GHRH) and two Growth Hormone Releasing Peptides (GHRP), GHRP-2 and GHRP-6. I’ll generally use a tri-blend, or a combination of the three. That’s because all three … Read More

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Testosterone 101, Part 4. Testosterone Replacement Therapy: Facts vs Myths

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, fatigue, HCG, Hormone Optimization, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Sex, Testosterone, The Body Well, Uncategorized, Visceral FatLeave a Comment

When it comes to testosterone, lots of patients arrive at their initial appointment with me bearing a similar story:   They’ve gone to see their primary care doctor, saying they have suspicions that their testosterone is low because of this or that symptom. Maybe it’s dampened libido, or lack of energy. Maybe they just don’t feel like themselves anymore, or they have trouble sleeping deeply. Their doctor runs a a standard testosterone test and comes back with the result: It’s normal.   To Age Management doctors such as myself, “normal” isn’t enough. Just because someone’s numbers are in the normal lab range, that doesn’t mean they have an adequate amount of testosterone. That’s because what’s “normal” is based on the average population, which, unfortunately, in our country, is a largely unhealthy population.   I optimize hormones to ranges that are associated with the best quality of life, consistent with people who feel at their best. These aren’t “normal” people; they’re people who have plenty of energy, healthy libido, clear heads, and who are resistant to disease.  Maybe even more importantly, I optimize levels to those associated with the best health outcomes: meaning the lowest risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s … Read More

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Testosterone 101, Part 3. Boost-It-Yourself: How To Raise Testosterone Levels with Lifestyle Changes

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Testosterone, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

If you want better energy, lower body fat, improved sleep, increased libido, more strength, and a lower risk for diseases, it’s key to optimize your testosterone levels – whether you’re a man or a woman.   The best way to get to optimal levels is to visit an Age Management doctor for a comprehensive plan, but there’s plenty you can do in the meantime if you give self-care to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle patterns.   Diet   A key element when it comes to testosterone levels and diet is making sure you’re eating an adequate amount of fat and cholesterol, which is a building block of testosterone.   Most of us grew up learning a “fat is bad” paradigm. In recent years, that idea is being turned on its head. Doctors and researchers now recognize fat as an essential part of our diet, and as an essential building block for hormones, including testosterone.   The most important thing to know about fat intake is that the type of fat you’re getting is extremely important. Poor quality fats, such as highly processed or refined vegetable oils or canola oil, or saturated fats from factory farmed animals aren’t going to help you get healthy or boost … Read More

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