Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men in West L.A.
West Los Angeles Male Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Kenneth Kafka, M.D. also specializes in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for men. The symptoms women experience during Menopause and Perimenopause are well documented and studied. For men, there is now increasing information on the symptoms of the age-related hormonal imbalance known as Andropause, also referred to as Male Menopause or Androgen Deficiency in Aging Men (ADAM).
For men, testosterone levels begin declining by the age of thirty. It continues to steadily decline 10-15% each decade for the average man in West L.A., and up to 30% if he has other health problems. Because the decline usually is gradual, the symptoms for men are not initially as dramatic as they are for women. Yet, by the time testosterone levels drop below a certain range, men also experience a dramatic change in their entire outlook on life and begin to feel that their most vital years are now behind them.
Testosterone is an androgen. Androgen’s help build the body and are vital for longevity. Testosterone, produced by the testicles, is responsible for the proper development of the male sexual characteristics: maintaining muscle bulk, adequate levels of red blood cells, bone density, sense of well-being, motivation and drive and sexual and reproductive function. In fact, studies show that the major risk factor for mortality in men over the age of 65 does not correlate with cholesterol levels, but correlates with androgen status.
Andropause affects men in different ways and to varying degrees. Some men in West Los Angeles start experiencing symptoms in the thirties and forties and many more experience symptoms in the fifties and sixties.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy treats numerous conditions besides Andropause and Low Testosterone. Click here to view the many conditions Dr. Kafka treats with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
There is a wide range of indicators that one’s testosterone levels may be too low:
The Brain: Decreases in cognition, memory, focus, concentration and intelligence and accelerates brain aging.
Emotionally: Increases incidence of depression, moodiness and irritability, anger, anxiety and panic attacks. If you find yourself feeling a little out of sorts, either being more demanding, angry, defensive, withdrawn, anxious or sad, it is time to take a look at your hormone levels.
Drive: Less assertive, decreased motivation, decreased desire to compete, decreased pleasure in work and relationships, and you start to lose your ‘edge’.
Cardiovascular System: Increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, illustrated in many studies.
Muscles and Bones: Decrease in muscle mass, bone density, strength and athletic performance. Increase in fat, achiness, stiffness and legs cramps.
Sex: Decrease in sex drive, desire, fantasies, morning erections, erectile strength, intensity of orgasms and the often talked about erectile dysfunction.
General Well Being: Pervasive fatigue, hair loss on body and thinning of beard, increase in sleep problems, hot flushes and arthritis of the hands and feet.
Urological: Increase in prostate size, increased urination at night, decreased urinary flow and increase in frequency of urination.
As you see, men can experience a wide range of symptoms that may be due to low testosterone. Many men just assume they are experiencing symptoms of aging when in fact, if they have their hormones rebalanced, they could literally set the clock back a decade or two in regards to their health, vitality, sense of well-being, level of functioning and happiness. You can get your ‘edge’ back!
To determine if you are suffering symptoms of Andropause, West Los Angeles Male Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Kenneth Kafka, M.D. will do blood tests that are necessary to measure testosterone levels. While it’s true that decreased testosterone levels are a factor, other issues may be present.
Benefits of BHRT for Men
- Improved cognition, memory and focus
- Improved mood and positive sense of well-being
- Regain drive and motivation and increase pleasure at work
- Increase in muscle mass, bone density and athletic performance
- Decreased fat
- Increased sex drive
- Improved cardiovascular health
- You feel like yourself again
There is no one ‘right’ level of testosterone for all men. West Los Angeles Male Hormone Replacement Therapy Specialist, Kenneth Kafka, M.D. will work together with patients to establish the level that’s optimal and decide on a course of treatment that will best benefit them. Countless men have been able to greatly benefit from Doctor Kafka’s specialized Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs.