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 Can’t I Fall (or Stay) Asleep?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Dr. Stocker, Dr.jill, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, loss of energy, low energy, Melatonin, stress, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

When a patient comes in saying that they’re having trouble falling (or staying) asleep, the first thing I do is check in with their sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene is everything you do before bed; good sleep hygiene helps you fall asleep, stay asleep, and sleep deeply. Much of sleep hygiene relates to your exposure to light before and during sleep. Here’s a quick breakdown of some good sleep hygiene vs. bad sleep hygiene habits for you, as they relate to light exposure: The common factor: light You’ll notice a common factor here: light. It could be the lights in the bedroom, the glow of a laptop screen, or the green blip of a computer charger. Light is one of the most significant factors for being able to have a restful night’s sleep. Why? Both light and the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted from devices affect the pineal gland and stimulate brainwaves, respectively. If you reach up and touch between your eyes, you’ve located your pineal gland; it’s right between the eyes, in the brain. The gland perceives light right through the skin and skull, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the “third eye.” The “goodnight hormone” When the sun … 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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Make 2015 a Game Changer: The Metabolic Motivation Podcast Interview with Dr. Mike Carragher

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

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dan O’Beirne for his Metabolic Motivation Podcast and blog. Here’s the the link to the video: Metabolic Motivation Podcast Interview with Dr. Mike Carragher We talk about how I got started practicing Age Management Medicine and why i think it’s so important for everyone to be proactive about their aging.  I talk about my own personal story of hormonal decline and how I changed my life so dramatically through optimizing my hormones that it inspired me to devote my career to helping others do the same. Some of the questions I ask my patients on their first visit (and that you should ask yourself) are: 1. Are you beginning to lose your edge? 2. Are you feeling less energetic? 3. Are you gaining weight around the middle despite your best efforts? 4. Is your skin less supple and smooth, becoming more wrinkled? 5. Are your libido and sexual performance declining? 6. Do you wish you could look and feel vital, active, and youthful again? I was experiencing many these symptoms and feeling this way in my early 30s.  I didn’t know what the problem and despite being a physician, didn’t know … Read More

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Sleep, Stress, and the Holidays

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, belly fat, DHEA, fatigue, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Melatonin, The Body Well, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

Guest Blogger: Lisa Marlene Thompson is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who specializes in all areas of health and wellness, specifically: digestion, sugar handling issues, hormone balancing and general nutrition and lifestyle. She’s a core part of The Body Well Age Management team. Holiday season is here and with it comes all the joy and good feelings coupled with the stressors of trying to fit everything and everyone in to your life!   It’s challenging – there are parties and get-togethers with friends, coworkers and family; the special kids events; the bit of extra work that needs to get done before the break can begin; the shopping for gifts and food as well as the preparation of these things… and the list goes on…. I cannot stress enough how important sleep is – if you’ve worked with me, I’m sure you’ve heard me say “It doesn’t matter what your mission statement is in life – if you’re not getting good sleep, it’s likely not going to happen”.  With poor quality sleep it’s probable that you’ll experience the following: Poor memory/concentration Performance affected Weight gain Mood / Depression Over 60 million Americans are sleep deprived, and of those, 40 million have diagnosed sleep … Read More

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If Your Doctor Tells You You’re Normal, Say “That’s Not Good Enough!”

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, fatigue, HCG, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Melatonin, Pregnenolone, Progesterone, Sex, Testosterone, The Body Well, ThyroidLeave a Comment

Do you want to be “NORMAL” or do you want to be: OPTIMAL? VIGOROUS? AMAZING? UNFORGETTABLE? I know what the answer is for me. And I bet it’s the same answer for you. One of the most frequent questions I get from clients is “I went to see my regular doctor and he told me my hormone levels are normal.  We checked everything and he said everything is fine.  So why do I feel so lousy? Why am I so tired? Why is my sleep so poor? Why is my sex drive lower than it used to be? Why does my recovery from exercise take so long? Why am I so irritable?” Well, the answer to this depends on what you define as normal. How is “normal” defined? In general, most doctors consider normal levels to be those ranges revealed in a blood test that the lab designates to a certain hormone. For example, if you’re getting your testosterone levels tested, a normal total testosterone value is often used. The “normal” range for testosterone is roughly between 300 to 1200 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter). If you fall anywhere in this range, you’re told your level is normal. Here’s where the … Read More

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Do you feel FATigued?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, Antioxidants, belly fat, DHEA, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Estrogen, fatigue, HCG, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, Libido, loss of energy, low energy, low libido, low sex drive, Melatonin, Pregnenolone, Progesterone, Sex, Skin Care, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Visceral Fat, weight gain1 Comment

It’s the most common health problem over 40. You’ve got fat around your middle and you’re tired all the time. To top it off you may have • A foggy brain • Low moods • And no libido And it seems there is no quick easy fix because you’ve tried everything. Aging well can be hard. There is so much information out there and sometimes no answers. That’s why my good friends and colleagues Dr. Anna Cabeca and Robin Nielsen, NC and have assembled 25 of the world’s leading health experts in integrative and holistic health care to give you their top secrets for aging more vibrantly and feeling better than ever before no matter what your age. You deserve to feel fabulous. And they’re going to help you get there. In a hurry – get more info here:  http://www.mcssl.com/app/?af=1557415 Welcome to Season 2 of Sexy Younger You where 25 of the world’s leading age management experts will talk about how you can recreate yourself… as a “Sexy Younger You!” You’ll learn Why hormone shifts change brain chemistry and what you can do about it The top foods for longevity What’s up with all the fat around your middle and how … Read More

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Melatonin: The Sleep Hormone (and So Much More!)

Mike CarragherAge Management, Anti-Aging, Antioxidants, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, fatigue, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Human Growth Hormone, loss of energy, low energy, Melatonin, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Uncategorized, weight gain1 Comment

Do you wish you could sleep more soundly and feel more rested? Sleep disturbances and insomnia are frequent complaints I hear about from my patients.  So I though it would be useful to talk about a hormone that most people are deficient in as they age and can have a profound effect on quality and quantity of sleep: melatonin. You may already be thinking, “Yeah, yeah, I tried melatonin. It didn’t work for me.” Or, “Melatonin gave me nightmares.”  Or, “Melatonin doesn’t work as well as Ambien.”  My clinical experience has shown me that melatonin, when used correctly, is extremely effective. There is evidence that melatonin may have a role in the biologic regulation of not only circadian rhythms and sleep but also mood, reproduction, tumor growth, and aging. But first, we need to talk about the small gland in the center of the brain that produces melatonin. Melatonin, which is a hormone, is secreted by the pineal gland, a small gland located in the center of the brain.  Three centuries ago, the French philosopher René Descartes described the pineal gland as “the seat of the soul.”  The pineal gland controls energy production and usage in the body through the effects … Read More

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