A Finding ways to prevent aging or defy the effects of aging have been the source of significant product development controversy. As a result of our bodies aging process, there are natural physiologic changes that occur. Specifically I am going to discuss the endocrine or hormonal changes that occur.

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As we age, hormonal changes occur naturally, as some organs or tissues become less sensitive to their controlling hormone and the amount of hormones produced may also change. Many of the organs that produce hormones are also controlled by other regulating hormones. Aging changes these processes. For example, an endocrine tissue may produce less of its hormone than it did at a younger age, or it may produce the same amount at a slower rate. This is most commonly seen through the menstrual changes that women go through in menopause. The body’s hormonal regulator (pituitary gland) produces fewer hormones to stimulate women’s ovaries to produce estrogen, thereby creating the state of menopause. While some hormone blood levels  decrease, some increase and some are unchanged.

Menopause

Menopause itself is a rather complex condition as the body goes through a significant hormonal change. The body which was once (usually) precisely regulated and balanced enabling a monthly menstrual period for approximately 40 years of life, transforms to cease this cyclical regulation. These affect not only menstrual health, but are also involved in behavioral, mood, bone and cardiac health. Obtaining an optimal treatment can take a multi-pronged approach that includes diet changes, medication, and exercise.


Low Testosterone

Some doctors are noticing that their male patients are reporting some of the same symptoms that women experience in perimenopause and menopause, now referred to as Male Menopause or Andropause.

The diagnosis of low testosterone ultimately is done through laboratory testing.  Once diagnosed with a low testosterone, male hormone replacement therapy (testosterone) may help relieve such symptoms as loss of interest in sex (decreased libido), depression, and fatigue. However, as with estrogen hormone replacement therapy in women, testosterone replacement therapy does have some potential risks and side effects. It is important to discuss symptoms and treatments with a physician, as there may be other therapies or conditions which may be causing the symptoms.