The “Delicate Butterfly” Thyroid

img_pod_butterfly-little-girl-2603-RTXXX1TContinuing our series on hormones, we next look at the thyroid and the delicate balance it creates to regulate our body. Endocrineweb.com says your thyroid gland is a small gland, normally weighing less than one ounce, located in the front of the neck. It is made up of two halves, called lobes that lie along the windpipe (trachea) and are joined together by a narrow band of thyroid tissue, known as the isthmus. The thyroid is situated just below your “Adams apple” or larynx.

The function of the thyroid gthyroid butterflyland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4. T3 and T4 are then released into the blood stream and are transported throughout the body where they control metabolism (conversion of oxygen and calories to energy).Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism. The normal thyroid gland produces about 80% T4 and about 20% T3, however, T3 possesses about four times the hormone “strength” as T4.

thyroidThe thyroid gland is under the control of the pituitary gland, a small gland the size of a peanut at the base of the brain (shown here in orange). When the level of thyroid hormones (T3 & T4) drops too low, the pituitary gland produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) which stimulates the thyroid gland to produce more hormones. Under the influence of TSH, the thyroid will manufacture and secrete T3 and T4 thereby raising their blood levels. The pituitary senses this and responds by decreasing its TSH production. One can imagine the thyroid gland as a furnace and the pituitary gland as the thermostat. Thyroid hormones are like heat. When the heat gets back to the thermostat, it turns the thermostat off. As the room cools (the thyroid hormone levels drop), the thermostat turns back on (TSH increases) and the furnace produces more heat (thyroid hormones).

The pituitary gland itself is regulated by another gland, known as the hypothalamus (shown in our picture in light blue). The hypothalamus is part of the brain and produces TSH Releasing Hormone (TRH) which tells the pituitary gland to stimulate the thyroid gland (release TSH). One might imagine the hypothalamus as the person who regulates the thermostat since it tells the pituitary gland at what level the thyroid should be set. (http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/how-your-thyroid-works)

The thyroid is probably the most common of the glands to become diseased as low thyroid or high thyroid. A properly balanced thyroid gland efficiently burns fat, improves the feeling of wellbeing and helps with brain function. If this doesn’t happen, hormone replacement is prescribed. Indications of a low thyroid might be fatigue, weight issues, cold intolerance, dry skin, thinning or brittle hair and depression. As we age, the thyroid may produce fewer hormones. Testing for a thyroid issue is done using different processes. The most common is a blood test that checks the levels of the hormones of the thyroid (T3, T4 and TSH). These tests will give an accurate account of your thyroid hormone balance.

Because of the wide range of what is considered to be acceptable, many people remain undiagnosed for a thyroid disorder or diagnosed incorrectly. The replacement of thyroid hormones is a unique balancing process. T4 has to be converted to T3. With the appropriate tests, we can combine natural hormones that are tailored to the patient’s individual needs and restore their thyroid hormonal balance as part of their personalized age management plan. As with all hormone replacement treatment plans, proper dosage and scheduled monitoring is essential.

Do you have symptoms you believe are related to the thyroid being out of balance or not functioning properly? Comment below—we can help!

The Universe of Hormones

endocrineThere are so many hormones we still do not know them all! They come from glands that are located in our head, our neck, our abdomen, and even between our legs. Many of these (glands) are major contributors to our health and our longevity. They enhance our way of being. They secrete chemical messengers called hormones. To understand hormones we must understand the glands that secrete them. At the Baucom Institute, we want you to be informed and knowledgeable. So, let’s begin.

First on the list is the endocrine system which consists of an area of our brain called the hypothalamus which will secrete or stimulate the release of hormones from the pituitary gland as well as the suppression of other hormones. The pituitary gland is the master gland that stimulates the thyroid, the adrenals, as well as the ovaries and testes to secrete their hormones.

As the pituitary gland stimulates the secretion of messengers or other hormones to stimulate these glands, you begin to understand it is a highway of information that must go from the head, all the way through the body. For instance, “a group of non-sex hormones that many people have heard of is the endorphins, which belong to the category of chemicals known as opiates and serve to deaden our pain receptors. Endorphins, which are chemically related to morphine, are produced in response to pain. The natural response to rub an injured area, such as a pinched finger, helps to release endorphins in that area. People who exercise a lot and push their bodies “until it hurts” thereby stimulate the production of endorphins. It is thought that some people who constantly over-exercise and push themselves too much may actually be addicted to their own endorphins.” (from  University of Cincinatti Clermont College )

These glands must carry out their functions expertly if we are to have good health. Do you think there are some physical issues you are having which might be an indication that your endocrine system is not working properly?

 

Cortisol “The Stress Hormone”

2010-10-22-TheVisualMD_Wellness1Tip_StressThe adrenals are two triangular shaped glands located on top of each kidney. Cortisol is one of several hormones released by these powerful glands. It is released as a “stress hormone.”

Cortisol controls:
1. Blood sugar
2. Fat and Protein mobilization
3. Prevents inflammation
4. Will make the liver make sugar from fat

The pituitary gland activates the adrenal gland by secreting ACTH. ACTH is adrenocorticotropic hormone. It stimulates the “cortical” layer of the gland to make cortisol.
Cortisol has distinct bio-rhythms. It is high in the morning and by the evening is down. Stress alters the rhythm and may eventually cause the gland to become “exhausted.” “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome” by James Wilson, ND, PhD, is an excellent book to explain why and how cortisol depletion can result in severe exhaustion.

Unfortunately this hormone is not understood by most physicians. It is a test rarely ordered and a syndrome basically ignored.
Stress factors:
1. Anger
2. Fear
3. Death of family member
4. Divorce
5. Marriage
6. Financial Worries
7. Job
8. Relationships
9. Personal Illness
10. In-laws
Just to name a few, are viewed as stress. These issues if chronic and severe can totally deplete this vital hormone. Thyroid and severe adrenal stress go hand in hand. Low blood pressure as well as low blood sugar may be the only symptoms.

Recovery from adrenal stress can take up to a year with treatment to resolve.
Cortisol is vital to the feeling of well-being. Longevity and quality of life are severely compromised when this powerful and needed hormone is barely available. Patients will rely on sugar and caffeine to “boost” their drive because they are unaware as to the real reason for their chronic fatigue.ponokefalos andras

Since the adrenal gland is needed for survival when compromised, all the other glands suffer as well. The thyroid gland in trying to pick up the slack will, in time, become hypo active itself, further compounding the clinical situation.

Eventually the immune system falters. Lupus, Crohn’s, colitis, chronic sinus and infections plague the individual. Abdominal obesity (cortisol paunch) along with decreased HDL cholesterol, increased triglycerides and increased blood pressure herald the demise of this vital hormone. There is acute adrenal fatigue, and mild and high adrenal fatigue. Saliva testing of the morning, noon, evening and night cortisol levels is the best way to determine the level of fatigue.

Treatment is based on the stage of fatigue. Support is given to the glands until they are healed. Lifestyle and diet must be altered. Of course, alleviating the stress factors is paramount to treatment.

What difficulties do you have that you might relate with stress?

Stressed Out and No Place To Go – Part II, Coping

boy-sleeping-on-bullLast week in our blog, we talked about if you are alive and breathing at this moment then you have probably had stress in the last 72 hours in some form. We gave some statistics that The American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress, New York, has come out with when they completed a survey in April of 2012 of the U.S. population and reported the statistics about stress. In it they revealed that 77% of the population of the US regularly experience stress on an everyday basis and that it costs this country $300 billion in health care annually on issues related to stress.

So what can be done about stress? Isn’t it inevitable?

In “Coping with Stress” by Susan Balla MA from www.learningdynamicsinc.org, November 2012, Susan says that we all experience stress—it’s our natural body response to the demand we might encounter. When it becomes a problem is when we perceive that we don’t have the resources to deal with the demanding situation. That’s when we need to find ways to cope to create balance back in to our life. She says we can find ways to keep stress at “healthy levels” that give us that edge to be better yet keep us functioning. She goes on to list the three areas where stress can show up:

  • Physical: fatigue, headaches, nausea, chest pain, muscle spasms and numbing
  • Mental: forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, inattention, poor problem solving
  • Emotional: anxiety, depression, hopelessness, worry, anger
  • Behavioral: isolation, diminished sexual drive, sleeping/eating less or more

She says there are ways to cope:

 Tip: Consider turning your cell phone off (or at least put it on silent) when completing any of these activities. It pays to disconnect from the outside world for a while. And remember, anything they are calling you about can wait and if not, others can deal with it. We are not superheros, nor do we need to be.

  • Take a time out and take a moment to address the situation. Try leaving the room if you are in an argument or taking a minute at your desk to stop. At this point, focus on your breathing.
  • Focus on breathing. Is it slow, calm, and deep or fast and agitated? Taking a moment to slow your breathing down can clear your mind and decrease your stress reaction. Sit in a comfortable position with your feet flat on the ground (or lay down). Close your eyes. Take one slow, deep breath in through your nose. Hold it briefly. Exhale your breath slowly out from your mouth. Repeat this process several times, focusing only on your slow, steady breaths. On your exhales, visualize your muscles relaxing and the tension leaving your body.
  • Relax in a quiet and comfortable space to practice visualizations. Close your eyes, sleep waterrelax your breathing, and begin to picture your own personal oasis. Place yourself in this oasis. Develop your surroundings using all five senses. If you are on a beach, focus on how the sand feels under your feet. Is it warm, wet, and soft? Can you hear the waves lapping up against the shore or feel the cool wind? Can you smell the salt water or the fresh air after a rainstorm? The more you practice your visualization, the easier it will be to summon it when you need it most.
  • Practice progressive muscle relaxation. Begin in a comfortable position, either lying down or with your feet flat on the ground. Starting at your feet, begin to slowly tense your toes and then slowly relax them. Repeat this process of tensing and relaxing your toes three times. Move to your whole foot next and repeat the tensing and relaxing pattern again for three times. Slowly move up your body, stopping at each location that you are able to tense.
  • Consider keeping a stress journal to help you identify the regular stressors in your life and the way you deal with them. Each time you feel stressed keep track of it in your journal. As you keep a daily log, you will begin to see patterns and common themes. Make sure to track what caused the stress, how you felt physically and emotionally, how you responded, what you did to make yourself feel better.
  • Go to sleep. Your body rejuvenates during sleeping hours making you healthier and more equipped to start a new day. Consider keeping your bed and bedroom an intimacy and sleep sanctuary. If you have trouble sleeping, try eliminating everything you do in your bed other than sleep and sex. Things like watching television or reading can impede upon your sleep cycle. Teach your body that when you enter your bed, it is time to sleep.
  • Exercise! When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins that create a natural high. Exercise helps regulate sleep, decrease tension, decrease depression, and increase your immune system. If you don’t feel like hitting the gym, try yoga to help stretch your muscles and improve your breathing. Simple stretches can also benefit your body since many people experience stress in their bodies. Try taking a few moments during the day to roll your head, stretch your neck muscles, roll your shoulders, and stretch your body.
  • More than just walking the dog, animals have therapeutic influences on their human companions. Petting an animal can decrease your blood pressure and help you live a longer life. Take a moment to care for and love a creature that will love you back unconditionally.
  • Laughter is truly one of the best medicines. Watch a comedy or spend time with your favorite funny friend.
  • Depending on your religious preferences, prayer can help you reflect, gain perspective, relieve pressure, and find hope and support.
  • Sometimes, spending time with friends is all we need to alleviate some tension. Having a conversation can add different perspectives, allow our frustration to vent, and give us a feeling of community instead of isolation. When faced with a stressful situation, it is important to remember that you are not alone, many others face similar hardships, and there are several resources you can pull from to be successful.
  • stress free zoneTry meditation. Start in a relaxing position and begin to empty your mind of anxiety provoking thoughts. Try repeating a word that has no emotional connection, to aid in clearing your mind. The more you practice, the easier this exercise will become.
  • If reading relaxes you, schedule time during the week for a quiet hour in the most comfortable part of your home. Curl up on the couch, in the bath, or in your favorite nook and transport yourself with a good book. Make sure to pick a time when the house is quiet or you know that someone else in the house can handle anything that arises.
  • Everyone needs a little indulgence once in a while. Take the time to slow down and pamper yourself. Try taking a warm bath with scented candles or going to the spa, these are wonderful ways to ease muscle tension and leave your stressors at the door.
  • Activities such as cooking, listening to music, cleaning, going for a car ride, gardening, dancing, or sitting at the local park are all wonderful coping strategies if they work well for you.

Remember: Taking care of yourself is not a selfish act. If we are well, than it is easier to give freely to others around us. If we are depleted from worry, depression, or fatigue, we are less equipped to deal with everyday stressors for both our families and ourselves. Giving back to yourself will not only replenish your resources it also reminds us that we are worth it.

Do any of these ways of coping resonate with you? How do you cope with stress?

Stressed Out and No Place To Go

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If you are alive and breathing at this moment then you have probably had stress in the last 72 hours in some form. The American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress, New York, completed a survey in April of 2012 of the U.S. population and reported the following statistics about stress:

Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress 77 %
Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress 73 %
Feel their stress has increased over the past five years 48 %
Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress 76 %
Reported lying awake at night due to stress 48 %
Annual costs to employers in stress related health care and missed work. $300 Billion
Fatigue 51 %
Headache 44 %
Upset stomach 34 %
Irritability or anger 50 %
Feeling nervous 45 %
Lack of energy 45 %

Did you catch the very first statistic? 77% of the population of the US regularly experiencereduce-stress physical symptoms from stress. No wonder we are spending $300 billion in health care annually on issues related to stress. That is very likely every adult that works in this country plus some children and retired folks and/or the elderly! It seems it is at epidemic proportions. Why is it such an important factor in our health?

The stress cascade, hormonally in endocrinology, is extremely intricate. Hormones appear to affect neurotransmitters, the adrenal gland, the thyroid gland and the intestines.

Cortisol, a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland, is the main so-called stress hormone. We already know that over-secretion of cortisol over a long period of time is associated with diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as obesity.

Many people do not understand how these particular events occur simply because one is stressed. When stress occurs, the increased cortisol secreted by the adrenal gland increases blood sugar which is then stored as triglycerides, cholesterol, and glycogen. So stress and aging go hand in hand. Emotional triggers such as anger, fear, death of a family member, a move, a job change, marriage, divorce and financial worries, all influence cortisol and, subsequently, our blood sugar.

Because stress can cause a cascade of events that influence cortisol, insulin, thyroid, sex hormones, etc., it eventually translates into cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory diseases and depression. Stress has a huge impact on aging and related diseases.

What stressors do you have that you think might be creating problems for your health and wellness?

Our blog next week will focus on how stress can be reduced and controlled in order to begin to combat the impacting health issues that will occur if left unchecked. Stay tuned.

Is it Getting Hot in Here?

HormoneTherapy_1-Fan_500_313_80_s_c1_center_top_0_0Hormones are vital in protecting and telling the body what to do. An important part of age management medicine is measuring and, where necessary, supplementing important hormones that decline, but contribute to longevity. Often patients come to the Baucom Institute with complaints of fatigue, decreased libido, poor concentration, and weight gain despite proper exercise and nutrition. The missing piece to their puzzle is often hormonal restoration and balance. When we restore and balance hormones to their youthful level, we use bio-available hormones. These bio-available hormonal messengers are the same as our bodies produce and can be utilized as natural restorative factors to qualify aging. Hormone restoration and balancing requires precise testing and monitoring. It should only be performed under the medical management of a qualified physician.

Comparing Herbs and Bio-Available Hormones

Bio-available hormones require a prescription by a physician. Often people confuse the difference between bio-available hormones and herbs that stimulate hormones. Herbs, or holistic naturopathic medicine, can be a contributor to the wholeness of a being, but instead of using naturopathic herbs to simulate what these hormones can do, as physicians we can have these hormones compounded by a pharmacy. In today’s world of medicine, many pharmaceutical companies are also now beginning to produce bio-available hormones.

A Personalized Hormone Balancing and Restoration Plan

Hormones work in concert with one another. The vital glands that send these important messengers throughout our brain and the rest of our body do so in a synchronized balanced manner. It’s our job, at the Baucom Institute, to identify if hormone balancing and restoration is appropriate and, if so, format for that patient a hormonal balancing and restoration plan designed to achieve increased vitality and youthful exuberance.

Learn More about Bio-Available Hormones

What symptoms do you struggle with?

Quality.

glass_2015Quality” isn’t a word you can use for just anything. There is a standard by which we decide if something has quality. That standard must also be consistently used in order to establish whether something has quality.

Medical care, these days, seems to be getting more “watered down” all the time. We go in to a doctor’s office and we come out none the wiser, just several hundred dollars poorer. We often leave wondering what we got out of it and, more often than not, we don’t feel as though we had a quality experience at all!

It’s a rare thing to have medical care that you know was specifically tailored made for you. But there is a place where it is still happening. The Baucom Institute is such a place. Dr. Karan Baucom is at the helm of the Institute and has determined that her patients will get no less than a high standard of care. “We get lots of hugs from our patients.” That’s just one of the personal rewards that Dr. Baucom has experienced through her private practice  in southern Johnson County, Kansas.

Dr. Baucom spends an hour with each new patient getting to know the patient’s symptoms and complete medical history; that is just the beginning. Dr. Baucom also asks a patient detailed questions about their diet, exercise regimen and sleep habits.

At the Baucom Institute they don’t treat just symptoms; their goal is to determine the root causes behind health issues and map out a treatment plan that addresses the cause.  They take a holistic approach to both diagnosis and treatment. For example, when diagnosing a thyroid issue, normally two or three tests are run.  Dr. Baucom finds that she can make a more exacting diagnosis if she includes nine elements in her testing workup.

Dr. Baucom is Board Certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine as well as in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has served on staff in hospitals in Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky. In addition, she has taught classes at Truman Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her extensive medical experience and knowledge has in no way limited her appreciation of alternative healing practices. “We care about people,” Dr. Baucom says. “We are willing to embrace whatever means serves them best to live longer, healthier lives.”

“American society is experiencing an epidemic of gut related diseases,” according to Dr. Baucom. Acid reflux, Crone’s Disease and food allergies are becoming common diagnoses. “The gluten issue is REAL,” Dr. Baucom says. White flour, sugar, genetically altered foods and the abundance of processed foods in our diets are all contributors to this growing problem, according to Dr. Baucom.

The Baucom Institute focuses on increasing both longevity and quality of life. Achieving hormonal balance, for both men and women, is an important part of accomplishing those goals. “All of our hormones work together,” says Dr. Baucom. That’s why she doesn’t simply focus on the male and female hormones that most people associate with aging; all the other hormones, thyroid, insulin and cortisol are important factors in a fully, balanced hormonal system.

Rather than accepting symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, loss of libido and loss of muscle tone as the natural, irreversible byproducts of aging, the Baucom Institute has encouraging news – these symptoms are often the result of hormonal and nutritional imbalance. That means that restoring balance to your body’s internal system can often reverse these symptoms and return much of the vitality lost through diminished hormonal production.

Quality of life can be improved at any age with the right help and resources. And it’s this belief and standard of care that keeps her patients coming back and giving those hugs.

What kind of standard of care would you like to see in medicine?

Falling Head Over Heels for Gluten—We’ve Got it All Backwards!

We live in a very carb-rich society—convenience in a box. With cereals or protein bars for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and then pasta for dinner, we have a very unbalanced diet. But who doesn’t like a good bagel and schmear?

Much of the grain-type foods are “comfort” foods. They actually stimulate the pleasure center of our brains in a way that creates a craving because what you are eating is converting into sugar. Nothing new, right? But what would you say if food had a morphine-like effect when you ate it? Gluten 3d-small-intestineshas just that – an exorphin compound. No wonder you can’t just have one Oreo!

Well, the word itself should cause you to take notice; “gluten” comes from the Latin which means “glue”. Gluten is a protein that, put simply, helps bind food together. It’s why the cookies don’t crumble.

In a portion of an article entitled “Gluten: A ‘Cereal Killer,’” Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, CNT, states that gluten is part of the more modern processing of foods. It gives bread elasticity and bakery goods chewiness. It’s everywhere, even in make-up and hair care products! She goes on to say that gluten isn’t just an additive that isn’t good for you, it is actually lethal, especially in people allergic to it. She states that it “can affect all organ systems (including your brain, heart and kidneys), your Johnson-Gluten-Graphic-2-1024x680extended nervous system, your moods, your immunological functioning, your digestive system, and even your musculoskeletal system . . .” She also is so bold as to say that there really isn’t any reason anyone should have to include grains in their diet if they want optimal health.

If you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of food items popping up in grocery stores and restaurants across the country offering “gluten-free” items. This is just the beginning of a revolution in nutrition.

What’s your take on “gluten-free?”

Reversing the Aging Process

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Can we actually reverse the aging process and restore our bodies to health or is all the talk about longevity and restorative medicine just a bunch of hype?

Most people are interested in knowing how to lengthen their life span and create a healthier, happier life at the same time. But the average person deals mostly in putting out fires like when symptoms arrive, going to the doctor and getting some medicine to deal with the ailment.

What if we got in front of the ol’ “8 ball”, so to speak, and became not only a “preventativeenjoylife-849x400 health” society but a restorative one? Think of the disease prevention we would create in our world and the quality of life we would create!

There are now doctors becoming more interested in this type of medicine. In fact, there are more organizations of doctors that believe in not only holistic medicine but in restorative medicine which are becoming more prevalent. There are also organizations in which MD’s, ND’s, NMD’s, and DO’s are sitting in the same conferences and are collaborating on the idea of restorative medicine.

Disease is rampant and there doesn’t seem be any better answer in dealing with these diseases other than drug therapies, surgery and living out one’s life with the disease. Not any kind of quality of life at all.

No wonder doctors are turning to other answers.

oldmanjumpingwaterAccording to AARM (Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine) says, “. . . the principle is to actually restore fundamental balance and not simply suppress, palliate, or otherwise superficially treat symptoms. Many endocrine disorders and chronic diseases have a limited possibility to be overcome by conventional approaches.  Restorative Medicine offers new scientific data that leads us not to conform or succumb but rather spearheading the rebirth of restorative health.”

“Chronic diseases have now eclipsed infectious diseases, and the old paradigm of focusing on cures is not working,” according to Harvard Medical student, Sandeep Kishore. He says instead of focusing on medications to treat disease, we should focus on causes and not just treat symptoms.

Dr. Michael Friedman, President of AARM, says “the goal [of restorative medicine] is to repair tissue degeneration, optimize cellular and metabolic function, and build organ health. In many cases, medications can be discontinued altogether over time as health and vitality are truly restored.”

What do you think about approaching your health from a more restorative perspective?

The Facts About Male Andropause

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Male Andropause. You may have never heard of it, especially if you are a woman under 30. However, it is a very real and prevalent issue for men, especially after age 40. Let’s start with what it is and then what to do about it.

To put it simply, andropause is the steady decline in the hormone testosterone. It usually andropause_grapheffects men around the age of 40 and continues for a longer period of time, possibly lasting for decades, than menopause with women which can have more extreme effects but over a shorter period of time. Most men think these symptoms are just a part of aging and that they should just accept their fate. They couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, by age 45-55 men can experience the same types of effects similar to menopause.

The effects can include changes in attitude and mood, mild depression, fatigue, lower sex drive, reduced erections, weight gain in the middle, loss of energy, and reduction in physical agility because of the loss of muscle mass.

So what’s the answer? It seems inevitable. It stands to reason that if the loss of testosterone is the cause then the replacing of testosterone would be the answer. True, but how do you replace an organic chemical that the body itself reproduces? This is where the answer and the problem both lie, as if two sides to the same coin.

Hormone therapy has become more common in treating the effects of menopause in women. However, the side-effects have become too dangerous, like when men take Viagra to enhance their sexual performance. It is not a natural component; therefore the body cannot assimilate it without side effects.

man50+Bio-identical hormones have become preferable due to their natural effects on the body. These same types of bio-identical, natural hormones are now available to men as well. The bio-available testosterone not only increases muscle mass and improves a guy’s general well-being, it also lowers cholesterol, enhances libido and sexual energy, and helps prevent pre-mature heart disease.

If you have these symptoms from aging, even if you are just in your 40’s, don’t wait until they are worse. Contact us today at The Baucom Institute to learn from your own “Age Management Plan” what you need at your age.

What are some symptoms you have noticed in yourself or someone else you care about? We would love to hear from you.