Don’t Leave Your Testosterone Alone

Mike CarragherDr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

testosterone estrogen male healthWhen guys think of hormone replacement therapy, they immediately think of testosterone.

Not only is testosterone the most commonly prescribed hormone for men, it’s also the one we most associate with men in general.

We frequently see articles about low testosterone and man-o-pause.” Low-T clinics have popped up in strip malls across the country (there’s a multitude in Los Angeles alone). And let’s not forget the bro-science experts out there, pontificating about T levels at the gym.

Overall, it’s created a simplistic picture of men and their hormones. The truth is, while optimized testosterone is an essential component of any man’s well-being, it’s only one of many hormones that need to be considered in optimizing your health.

When men reach their late 20s and early 30s, the hormones we like to be high – our fat-burning and energy-producing hormones – typically start to decline; and the hormones we should keep lower  — like cortisol and insulin — start to increase to the point where they can overwhelm the body.

Other than testosterone, the other hormones that are key include:

  1. Thyroid
  2. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
  3. Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
  4. Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones (GHRHs)
  5. Vitamin D3 (a hormone!)
  6. Pregnenolone
  7. Insulin
  8. Cortisol

You want these hormones optimized as well! When they’re not, you can experience symptoms that may be familiar to you if you are, or know, a man over 35: fatigue, fat gain (especially around the midsection), loss of muscle mass, lack of mental clarity, and more. Not to mention impaired healing of the body, losing protection from cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. 

In my YouTube video interview with Los Angeles-based celebrity health guru Suzanne Somers, Suzanne described her hormonally out-of-alignment husband as being like the family cat: He’d take a nap after breakfast, take another nap in the afternoon, take a nap before dinner and then nap again after dinner. Once his key hormones were balanced, he got his life back, so to speak. She told me it was like wilting tulips that had water poured on them and sprung back to life!

Because many symptoms of other hormonal deficiencies mirror the symptoms of low testosterone, men think it’s what they need (and doctors often prescribe it).  But it doesn’t fundamentally change their quality of life, or it only partially changes things.

Men often need not just testosterone, but also other hormones, peptides and/or nutritional supplements to take them from where they are now back to where they should be.  I have many choices of excellent interventions… not just testosterone.

The Carragher Method looks at the interplay between your key hormones, including how certain hormones affect others and which ones work together in healthy synergy. We do comprehensive blood testing for levels of all key hormones. We also consider diet, exercise, and lifestyle factors such as stress and sleep. We know that hormonal optimization is a highly specialized field and that you deserve a comprehensive evaluation and solution to restore you to your best health.

What are you waiting for?  Come in for an evaluation this week.   

Email or call (323) 874-9355.  

We care for patients from all over the world, so you do not need to be living in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills for us to help.

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