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What Hormones Decrease With Age?

For anyone that is transitioned through the ages 50’s, 60’s or older, you know that many things have changed physically.  Some of the common complaints my patients describe are decreasing energy levels, lower stamina, the need for rest periods/naps during the day and other “I am getting old” symptoms.  To some extent, we have given up on finding the “Fountain Of Youth” and would be happy to locate the ‘Fountain Of Middle Age”.

When people age, there are certain hormones that decrease in levels.  Most notably in men, testosterone levels drop and in women, estrogen and progesterone levels decrease.  Other hormones that decline in levels as we age are growth hormone and melatonin.

So, here begs the question: How much of the symptoms we feel with aging are due to the lower levels of these aforementioned hormones?  Well, from my anecdotal observations in treating males with testosterone replacement, the answer is LOTS.  In my sort of new semi-retirement life, I started working part time for a national male testosterone replacement company.  In the year that I have been doing this, I have seen hundreds of male patients that tell me that testosterone replacement has been a “life changer” for them.  They report that they feel decades younger, have tons more energy, much higher libido and recover faster from workouts.

Focusing on females, many women transitioning through the menopause years state that estrogen replacement (with perhaps as small amount of added testosterone) similarly produces a marked improvement of the “aging” symptoms that they had been experiencing.

Concerning human growth hormone there are peptides (small chain amino acids) that can boost levels of HGH.  Melatonin can be taken orally but there is some controversy about how much melatonin is actually absorbed via oral supplements.

There are potential side effects of any medicines including testosterone or estrogen therapy.  Similar to any intervention in medicine, one must weigh the risk/benefit analysis before embarking on treatment.

For me: This morning I am on the way to the laboratory to have my blood work taken in anticipation of getting into the testosterone program.  I am hearing way too many stories of guys, even ones my age, that are telling me they feel 20-30 years younger.  I am willing to risk the potential side effects of testosterone for this endpoint.

For you:  Take a step back and see if you are content with your current “status quo” as this relates to your “feeling your age” and if you not content, speak with your doctor about the potential risks/benefits of hormone replacement.

To end this entry with a song:  Frank Sinatra singing “You Make Me Feel So YOUNG”.

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