The Top 10 Testosterone Myths, Part 2: The Big 5

Mike CarragherAge Management, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Mike's Tips, Sex, Testosterone, The Body Well, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

The Top 10 Testosterone Myths  Part 2: The Big 5 When I tell patients at The Body Well, my Los Angeles clinic, I want them to be on testosterone, I get a lot of what I call “broscience” or “Dr. Carragher, 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. If you missed Myths 10 through 6, you can click here to check them out! And now, without further adieu, here are the Top 5 testosterone myths! 5 Myth: Taking testosterone causes heart disease. Fact: The overwhelming majority of studies show that supplementing with testosterone is beneficial for your heart. This is a myth that has received a lot of attention because for some reason, the general public hears of one study (usually the most recent) and tends to latch onto it as the credible source. It’s true that there have been some … 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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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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The Right Way To Treat Perimenopause

Mike CarragherAge Management, Dr. Carragher, Estrogen, Hormone Optimization, Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Perimenopause, Progesterone, Sex, stress, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

What Is Perimenopause? Perimenopause, meaning “around menopause,” refers to the time when a woman’s body is making its natural transition toward permanent infertility (menopause). During perimenopause, women experience a wide variety of symptoms and bodily changes, many of which are painful and frustrating. Hot flashes, weight gain, irregular periods, night sweats, and mood swings can all accompany the widely fluctuating hormone levels during this time in a woman’s life. On top of these symptoms, the normal course of biology can cause psychological stress for women, who often view menopause as a change in identity. Relationships can suffer if a woman’s partner and other family members, friends, or coworkers are unprepared or not willing to be understanding of any resulting shifts in her behavior and mood. Unfortunately, when women seek help during perimenopause, they will more often than not find themselves receiving bad advice and treatment. Why? Because of a misunderstanding, even on the part of most doctors, of what’s going on with a woman’s hormones in the perimenopausal period. The Big Mistake Most doctors tend to treat perimenopause with the same method that they use to treat menopause: by supplementing with estrogen. After all, some of the symptoms are the … 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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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 I

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, Sex, Testosterone, The Body Well, Visceral Fat, weight gainLeave a Comment

What is testosterone? Testosterone is a hormone that’s critical for development on many levels: sexual development, muscle development, bone growth, cardiovascular development, growth of facial hair, and many more. Testosterone is classified, somewhat confusingly, as an androgenic hormone, meaning a hormone we associate with men. But there are “male” hormones in women and “female” hormones in men. That said, testosterone is considered the most important “male” hormone. In men, it’s produced mainly in the testes; in women, it’s produced in the ovaries, and peripheral tissue; and in everyone, it’s produced in the adrenal glads. It’s also an anabolic hormone, which means “building up” (as opposed to catabolic, which means “breaking down”). Testosterone builds up proteins. If you’ve heard the term “anabolic hormone” before, it might be because you’ve heard about the abuse of anabolic hormones by bodybuilders and professional athletes. But it’s a neutral, medical term. Hormones are substances that are secreted in one area of the body and move into action and processes in another area of the body. So testosterone is produced in the testes or ovaries or adrenal glands and then it goes into the bloodstream. There are testosterone receptors all over the body, so it attaches … Read More

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What is Age Management Medicine & Why Should I Care?

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, Progesterone, Sex, Skin Care, Testosterone, The Body Well, Thyroid, Uncategorized, Visceral FatLeave a Comment

Beginning as early as your late 20s, hormonal changes can have a profound impact on your life and health. These changes affect the rate at which you are aging. Age Management Medicine The field of Age Management Medicine is fairly new to the medical world. Most people just assume it’s “Anti-Aging” Medicine, which has a sort of built-in connotation of vanity or the quest to live forever. There often ends up being an immediate reaction that it’s not “real” medicine, but a luxury reserved for the rich and famous or people who fear death – or simply fear looking old. Clearing Up the Myths: To start, I’d like to dispel the myth that Age Management is simply a “vanity” sort of medical field. A good place to begin is simply by defining Age Management Medicine. Age Management Medicine is a proactive, preventative approach to healthcare. It’s not simply Human Growth Hormone (HGH), testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, etc. It is a scientifically-based approach to aging focused on preservation of optimum human function and quality of life, making every effort to slow the process of degeneration of the body that comes with aging. So Age Management Medicine is not about living to … Read More

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