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HORMONES; CRAZY, WILD, AND WONDERFUL

HORMONES; CRAZY, WILD, AND WONDERFUL

HORMONES ARE GODS

Like the gods of Greek mythology, hormones control everything. There is not a physiological system that a hormone does not impact in some manner or another. Hormones are created in the endocrine glands and secreted directly into the bloodstream to tissues or organs. Hormones are what keep us going, and they are what keep us healthy, which is strange that they don’t get the attention they should. The importance of the infinite tasks done by our hormones is always ignored until we become a victim of hormonal imbalance and are vulnerable to problems like from diabetes to weight gain, aging to mood, fatigue, insomnia, metabolism, and so much more. Hormones are mind-blowing if you think about it. Keep reading, and you’ll get a taste of their power.

HORMONES ARE PROMISCUOUS

Hormones sleep around — hormones like binding to one hormone receptor after another. How much does hormone A like receptor B? Or C…D…you get it. The stronger the affinity or attraction, the longer it stays around and the more intracellular effects it exerts. But then it might get tired of the appeal and move on. Leaving a cellular mess in its wake.

MEN NEED THEIR ESTROGEN, TOO

Estrogen is a ladies-only hormone, right? It’s why you get PMS and get pregnant. Oh, and lest we forget how waning estrogen summons the menopause menace. Testosterone is the male hormone: deep voices, high libidos kind of thing. But surprise—both women and men don’t just have estrogen; they need it.

BIRTH CONTROL AND HORMONES DON’T ALWAYS MIX

Whether a woman is getting on or off birth control pills, it can have a funny effect on her hormones. For example, a woman who might be attracted to someone while on the pill can find herself no longer drawn to them when she’s off the pill. Fickle, those hormones.

SLEEP CAN STAVE OFF DIABETES 2

Lack of sleep can make the body resistant to the hormone insulin. So too much sleep deprivation can lead to the possibility of diabetes 2 later in life. In fact, just one sleepless night can trigger insulin resistance. So perhaps you shouldn’t binge Bridgerton on Netflix before you finally turn in. Because being turned on just might keep you up.

MEN RELAX FROM ARGUMENTS QUICKER THAN WOMEN

The hormones in the nervous system of men and women are just different enough to make an argument last forever. Just when it looks like the argument is over and a man starts to ease back, a woman stays on guard and angry, likely resulting in another round. And there’s the ring…

SUN MAKES MEN MORE MANLY

Studies have found that just one hour of being in the sun can boost a man’s testosterone levels which could boost his sex drive. The connection appears to be mediated by the increased production of Vitamin D, which is technically not a vitamin but a hormone. So it seems that basking under the sun can give men more than just a sexy tan. If you think spending a day under sunny rays will put hair on your chest, remember that little thing called skin cancer.

FORGET ABOUT FORGETTING WHAT YOU WANT TO

All those terrifying, embarrassing, and heartbreaking things from your past that you just can’t shake from your memory exist because of the amygdala in your brain. The amygdala releases the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which enhance memory. So basically, those memories you’d give anything to forget are imprinted on your brain due to those two hormones. Gee, thanks.

GET THOSE BABIES IN BALANCE

Hormones. When they’re in the balance nature wants them to be, they’re exciting, surprising, and beyond amazing. But when they’re not in balance, they can be amazingly bad for your body. When they’re acting unruly and left to their own devices, they’ll do whatever they please to make you feel miserable. But you don’t have to be their patsy. Not when you have Thrive Health Solutions to help get your hormones under control. You want hormone experts with years of experience? Thrive. You want the best; who knows the most? Thrive. All the professionals at Thrive Health Solutions understand what haywire hormones can do, not just to your health but your life. And when it comes to health, they’ve got you covered. Thrive offers a variety of medical weight loss options, including HCG injections and the remarkable anti-obesity drug AOD9604. They offer bioidentical hormone therapy options, including pellet therapy and testosterone injections. They also specialize in anti-aging solutions with peptide therapy. Thrive even offers immune boosters, which everyone should be thinking about. Especially now. There’s so much. And Thrive is ready and happy to talk to you about it. Moreover, make you feel your absolute best. Fantastic. Call or text Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.

EINSTEIN AND ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION (ED)

THE THEORY OF ED= mc SOMETHING OR OTHER

Einstein had a theory for an endless number of things. But it seems there isn’t one to be found about erectile dysfunction. But then erectile dysfunction is a topic few men know all about. So if Einstein was like most men, he was relatively uninformed. Think ED, and the first thing that fills your head is “penis.” There, we’ve said it. And men love their penis’s. As early as 4 to 6 months, babies find their penis an interesting and easy-to-reach body part to go for. No wonder the concept of erectile dysfunction or impotence, as it’s called, can be mind-bending to men as they age.

IT’S A TRICKY EQUATION

ED, which is often called impotence, varies in severity. The definition of erectile dysfunction is not the same for every guy. It’s usually defined as the inability to get and keep an erection satisfying enough for sex. But while some guys have problems getting erections in the first place, others have difficulty maintaining one. ED may occur with or without other sexual dysfunction, including decreased libido and troubles achieving an orgasm. Ouch.

CALCULATE THE NUMBERS

According to estimates, Albert Einstein’s IQ has been estimated to sit anywhere between 160 and 180. The average American has an IQ of 98. And if we’re talking numbers, consider the ED math; about 30 million men in the US suffer from ED, according to the National Institutes of Health.  By age 45, most men have experienced erectile dysfunction at least some of the time. According to a new analysis published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the number of young men suffering from erectile dysfunction may be much higher than previously thought. Erectile dysfunction doesn’t just affect men who look as old and tired as Einstein.

NO EXPERT ON ED OR TESTOSTERONE

Einstein was intelligent, we’ll give him that, but he wasn’t a student of ED, nor the hormone testosterone that drives it. You can’t talk about ED without talking about testosterone. Testosterone is often referred to as the “male hormone.” Around the seventh week of embryonic development, the genetic male (having the Y chromosome) starts to produce testosterone, promoting the development of the male sex organs. Testosterone stimulates the development of secondary sex characteristics associated with males (like body hair and muscle growth) and is essential in the production of sperm. Interestingly enough, testosterone also acts on the developing brain. (Einstein must have had a bunch of it early on.)

WRAP YOUR BRAIN AROUND THIS

Low testosterone or ED isn’t just about sex. It can affect your body in a number of profound ways. Here are just a few:

Sleep

Men with erectile dysfunction can have trouble sleeping. They can also have sleep apnea, which means both the body and the mind, never rest. Example? Look at Einstein. Look at any pictures of him, and he looks like he hasn’t slept in days. Bags under his eyes. Too tired to bother combing his hair. Disheveled like he doesn’t care about his appearance. (One of the many symptoms of ED). One of Einstein’s peculiar habits was never to wear socks. To Einstein, socks were a pain because they often would get holes in them. Really? Sounds like a man who’s been sleep-deprived, for sure.

Cognitive Issues

Men with low testosterone often notice they have difficulty with thinking clearly. Testosterone plays a pivotal role in supporting cognitive and organizational tasks. This means that low testosterone levels can make it harder to keep your mind concentrated and focused, leaving you with a “mental fog.” Einstein’s memory was notoriously poor. He was unable to remember dates and could not remember his own phone number. As a student, one of his teachers claimed that he had a memory like a sieve. Hmmm…Low T?

Relationships

Erectile dysfunction can really undermine relationships. Men feel guilty and assume that their partners will be upset with them. They blame shame themselves and hold it in, feeling frustrated and less manly, making them angry and even irrational. Instead of talking about it with their partners, they often manipulate events to avoid situations in which sexual intercourse may occur. Once again, a perfect example is Einstein. He wrote a chilling list of demands for his first wife, meant to curtail any and all human interaction between the couple. We’ll just jot down a few here:

  • You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons.
  • You will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way.
  • You will stop talking to me if I request it.
  • You will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.

Einstein was said to have had multiple affairs and cheat on them all. Maybe trying to find one where he could get an erection and keep it up?

Depression

Men who experience impotence struggle with more than just the physical condition. The psychological and emotional aspects of ED are also distressing. Erectile dysfunction can trigger feelings of low self-esteem and depression. Who, with a Y chromosome, wouldn’t be depressed? These feelings can, in turn, lead to something called anticipatory anxiety. Your erection is doomed before your pants are even down. Another toll ED can take.

IT DOESN’T TAKE A GENIUS

Any logical guy who is suffering from any symptoms of erectile dysfunction knows he needs help. And not from any little blue pills or some other insanely ineffective treatment Amazon has to offer up. He knows deep down when the plumbing isn’t working the way it’s supposed to. He just doesn’t know how to ask for help. Or where to get it. And on top of it all, it can be pretty awkward to talk about one of your favorite possessions with a total stranger. Einstein most likely never had the sense to even consider anything was wrong with him. Of all his great breakthroughs, knowing to get his testosterone levels checked indeed wasn’t one of them.

HOW TO BE THE SMARTEST MAN IN THE ROOM

Get over your hesitancy, and see the hormone specialists at Thrive Health Solutions. Low testosterone and ED are serious stuff. And no one has more experience helping men with erectile dysfunction than the caring experts at Thrive. Before anything, Thrive puts you immediately at ease. Whatever’s on your mind, they make it simple to say it. You have questions. They have questions. Like do you really have ED, or are there other issues at play? Thrive will take blood tests to find out. If your testosterone is, in fact, low and causing your symptoms, they can create a tailored, integrated treatment plan uniquely for you. A plan that can combine a variety of therapies, including nutrition, fitness, and hormone replacement therapy options. Thrive is here for you in every way so that you can get back control of your sex life. And live life to the fullest. Now, did Einstein ever really suffer from erectile dysfunction? It’s not in the history books. If he did, regrettably, he wouldn’t have been able to get help from Thrive. But you can. So use your head. And make a truly smart move. Call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.

LOW TESTOSTERONE IN MEN: TRUE OR FALSE

Low Testosterone in Men, true or false

LOW TESTOSTERONE IN MEN CAN GIVE THEM JELLY BELLY: True
When you can pinch handfuls instead of inches and you’re not Netflix food binging, good chance your spare tire could be tanking testosterone levels that affect your metabolism.

TESTOSTERONE IS A HORMONE MADE PRIMARILY IN A MAN’S TESTICLES: True
The process of producing it starts early. In fact, a male fetus can get erections in the womb

MEN DON’T GET OSTEOPOROSIS: False
Not just a woman thing, guys. Testosterone is critical to building your bone density, too.

ONLINE TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS REALLY WORK:  False
Unless you want products that come from who knows where with who knows what in them that have zero impact, aren’t FDA approved, and could have serious side effects.

TESTOSTERONE THERAPY INCREASES SPERM COUNT: True
Something daddies and would-be daddies might want to consider.

MEN SEEK OUT TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS BECAUSE OF LOW LIBIDO OR ED: True
Low Testosterone in men is usually the culprit.

ELK ANTLERS ARE NATURAL TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS: False
Research has shown it might be beneficial to hamsters, though.

HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS CAN DECREASE TESTOSTERONE LEVELS: True
Gee, think we’re in times of relenting high stress now?

IF YOU BOOZE, YOU LOSE (TESTOSTERONE): True
It takes only 5 days of regular drinking for your testosterone levels to drop. So back off the pandemic partaking.

LOW TESTOSTERONE CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF CARDIAC HEALTH: True
This alone should be a good reason to have your testosterone levels checked.

YOU WANT TO STAY AWAY FROM TESTOSTERONE INJECTIONS: Absolutely not. Oh, False
With injections, like those you get at Thrive Health Solutions, they know exactly how much each individual patient requires. Levels are easy to monitor, and adjustments can be made as needed during your treatment program. Injections guarantee 100% direct absorption. They’re fast-acting and can help improve your levels within 30 days.

PELLETS THERAPY IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS INJECTIONS: False
The advantage of pellets as a treatment method is that the patient only needs to go into a medical office for the procedure 4 times per year as the pellets generally last 90 days before being completely absorbed by the body and needing to be replaced. Fewer visits, less to think about.

THRIVE HEALTH SOLUTIONS IS THE ONLY PLACE TO GO FOR TESTOSTERONE THERAPY: True
That is if you want the best. If you want the most experienced hormone specialists who have been treating men of all ages with unparallel results. The hormone professionals at Thrive make it easy to talk testosterone. To talk about any issues you are having—even sexual—with thoughtfulness and care. Once simple tests tell the medical experts at Thrive exactly where your levels are, they can discuss whether injections or pellets fit into your lifestyle better.

You should text or call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now to find out more. Are you kidding? Oh, of course, a huge “True”

NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT LOW TESTOSTERONE

LET’S TALK LOW TESTOSTERONE FOR A MINUTE

Of our 150 or so hormones that keep us alive that you could surely never name, testosterone is one of those hormones you know something about. Or so you think. Say “testosterone” and the first word that comes to mind, is “men”. Being testosterone-fueled is something men aspire to, and women look for in a man. Testosterone=sex. It’s what makes a man a man. Well, actually women have testosterone, too. Testosterone is produced by testes in men and by the ovaries in women though in much smaller amounts. It is also produced by the adrenal glands in both sexes. Low testosterone in men and low testosterone in women can both lead to a variety of health issues which we’ll go into in a bit.

ALL LAUGHTER ASIDE

While they say laughter is the best medicine, the fact is, that low testosterone in men and low testosterone in women can have disturbing effects on the body. Dead serious. Low levels of testosterone, also called Low T, can produce both internal and external symptoms, both physical and emotional. These include:

  • Increased fat and weight gain
  • Loss of body and facial hair
  • Reduced bone density and brittle bones
  • Reduced sperm count and infertility
  • Low libido
  • Low self-esteem
  • Limited sperm production
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Memory loss and lack of concentration
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression and anger
  • Less red blood cell production
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Increased fatigue
  • Hot flashes

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR TESTOSTERONE LEVELS ARE?

Pretty sure what your answer is. Well, as you’ve seen, low testosterone is no joke. It’s quite possible that you go through your days feeling some of the things above and would never even think to attribute it to low testosterone. You might go to see your primary doctor and they could easily diagnose it as something else. They wouldn’t think to test your testosterone levels. It’s not their area of expertise. You need to consult with someone who is an expert at knowing how to diagnose and treat both men with low testosterone and women with low testosterone. You need to consult with the experts at Thrive Health Solutions.

Thrive has years of experience treating patients with both testosterone injections and testosterone pellets. The testosterone used in both is bioidentical which means it is the same as your body produces naturally, making it safer than any synthetic testosterone you can find online or over-the-counter. Thrive will explain everything you want to know about injections and pellets. They will answer any questions about what is right for you, and what works with your lifestyle and your wallet.  A simple blood test is all it takes to tell them if your testosterone levels are low enough to benefit from testosterone therapy. No one at Thrive will ever talk you into something you don’t need. Call or text Thrive Health Solutions at (303) 790-8446 now to feel your absolute best. Take low testosterone seriously.

THE LOWDOWN ON LOW TESTOSTERONE AND THE LOW T SHOT

Low testosterone is all about sex, (not having it, you think) right? All you know, really, is that you want it…lots of it. It’s what makes a man a man. Enough of it can raise you to the level of a super man. But low testosterone levels can cause a lot more trouble than trouble between the sheets. A Low T shot can do a lot to help. Low T shot? Read on, men, we’ll get to that.

EVERYTHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT LOW TESTOSTERONE AND LOW T SHOT

You probably (hopefully) know that testosterone is a hormone. This “male hormone” as it is often known, is produced by the gonads, although small quantities are also produced by the adrenal glands. Yes, it has a role in how you roll with the opposite sex, but it plays a big role in a long list of other important stuff.  Low T, untreated, can lead to:

  • Weight gain (even obesity)
  • Less body hair
  • Thinner bones (osteoporosis-no it’s not just for women)
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Less red blood cell production
  • Increased fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Emotional changes like anger, and loss of memory, concentration and depression

It’s all depressing. But a Low T shot can take it all on.

TAKE THIS LOW TESTOSTERONE TEST

When it comes to the topic of low testosterone it’s questions and more questions. Can you answer any of these?

What Causes Low T?

Could be a number of things. Some more unusual, some not so: it could have been a problem from birth, undescended testicles, obesity, high levels of the hormone prolactin (maybe you should get that looked at), HIV, AIDS, excess estrogen (maybe you should get that looked at), sleep apnea, excess alcohol, high levels of stress, and of course, aging. Which gets us to the next question.

Can Men In Their 20s Have Low T?

Definite yes. Testosterone levels tend to peak in men during adolescence and early adulthood. Those levels typically decline by about 1 percent each year, starting around age 30. These rates do accelerate with age. But in some cases, 20 could be the magic number.

Are Over-The-Counter Testosterone Treatments as Good as Low T shots?

Definite no. Not zinc, ginger, peppermint or vitamin D. No Amazon orders of fertility fuels, mega male or testo boosters. And certainly not fenugreek, ashwagandha or elk antler velvet. (It’s been tried).

Are Steroids A Good Treatment for Low T?

While you might have “The Rock” envy, anabolic steroids can cause severe acne, oily skin and hair, or even hair loss. Worse, it can lead to liver disease, kidney disease, even heart attacks and strokes.

Do You Feel Any Of The Symptoms Mentioned Above?

RESTORE TESTOSTERONE THE RIGHT WAY WITH A LOW T SHOT PACKAGE

If your answer to the last question was even “maybe”, you owe it to yourself to get your testosterone level checked. Which means you should head to Thrive Health Solutions.

Everyone at Thrive understands just talking about your testosterone levels could be a delicate subject. So they start by answering any of your questions, and take the time to explain all about testosterone replacement therapy, including the Low T shot which is both powerful and fast acting. To determine what’s really right for you, first they check your testosterone levels with a simple blood test. This allows the medical specialists at Thrive to create a unique, highly individualized treatment plan which could include a Low T shot package. Low testosterone doesn’t have to get you down a minute more. Text or call Thrive Health Solutions at (303) 790-8446 now. And take a shot at feeling your best.

A TALE OF LOW T

Ah, testosterone. Images of bulked up hunks, revved up and raging to go…Burly, sometimes bully, macho maniacs just itching to get in someone’s face. Over anything. Well, sorry to break into your colorful reverie, but there is a lot more to Low T, misunderstood testosterone than you’d imagine.

But let’s start simple; testosterone is a hormone. Often called the “male hormone”. Made from cholesterol. (Interesting, huh?) Produced in the testicles (spoiler alert; women have it too, but we’ll get to that later) it is secreted into the body and is the genetic driver to the growth and maturing of sexual organs and sexual identity. When it’s working at full power, you’re going full speed ahead. But when testosterone levels begin to unlevel off…well that’s another thing. Hello Low T.

WHERE HAS YOUR SEX DRIVE DRIVEN?

According to the American Urological Association, both men and women in their 30’s begin to experience low testosterone or what’s referred to as Low T. It isn’t just aging that makes testosterone tank. While the production of testosterone starts to increase significantly during puberty, it begins to dip after age 30 or so. (Bye-bye…) No matter what age, Low T levels can produce a variety of symptoms in men, including: (you’re not going to like this)

  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of muscle mass and strength
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep apnea
  • Reduced bone density (not just for gals, guys…)
  • Less red blood cell production
  • Less energy
  • Depression and mood changes
  • Decreased body hair
  • Increased breast size (Oh no, the dreaded moobs…)
  • Hot flashes (Could it get any worse?)

Glad you asked. Because yes, there’s the whole sex thing. Testosterone isn’t the only fuel for a man’s sex drive and performance. But Low T can absolutely reduce your ability to have satisfying sex. And doesn’t unsatisfying sex sound like an oxymoron? Low T can make it difficult to get or maintain erections. (Not too pleasing to your partner, either.) And speaking of partners, it can also reduce levels of semen and sperm production. Less of the usable man-stuff floating around in your blood. (Good to know if you’re thinking of producing any little kiddos.) Face it, when your libido lags, your self-esteem isn’t far behind.

WOMEN, START YOUR TESTOSTERONE

How little is truly known about sex in the stronger, just as incredible as men sex—women. Fact; women do have testosterone. They produce it in their ovaries and adrenal glands, albeit in less amounts than men. (We do ace out in estrogen, however). A woman’s testosterone levels naturally change throughout her life, her menstrual cycle, and even at different times of the day. But Low T in women is most common when they are pre and post-menopausal. As with men, Low T can mean trouble in the way the body functions. Or rather, disfunctions. This list of symptoms ought to lower more than your T:

  • Loss of muscle tone in arms and legs (Dingle, dangle anyone?)
  • Fatigue
  • Thinner hair
  • Drier skin
  • Depression
  • Increased body fat (Love handles, heavens…)
  • Loss of bone density/osteoporosis (Beware those broken bones).
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fertility issues
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Vaginal dryness (Give us a break…)
  • Poor memory or concentration
  • And like men, we can’t forget sex: (How can we forget sex?)
  • Loss of libido (Perhaps you’ve heard of “not tonight, honey?)

And to top it off…painful intercourse. Frankly, it’s all painful.

THE LOW T GAME; POP IT, PATCH IT, GEL IT, NEEDLE IT

There are multiple options for testosterone delivery to battle Low T. Over the counter T-Booster supplements don’t have anything to support claims of actually increasing testosterone.  Then there are topical creams and gels. Messy. Sticky. Not just icky, but iffy when it comes to levels of absorption. Patches? Just as problematic. Maybe more so. Just take a gander at the lengthy instructions they come with. Are they kidding? Maybe the only instruction they come with should be “Do not do this at home”.

TESTOSTERONE; WHY PELLETS ARE PERFECT

Testosterone pellets are a form of hormone replacement therapy for both women and men that have been around since the 1930’s. So we’re not talking some newfangled thing here. Something untested or unproven. Pellets, which are about the size of a grain of rice and are easily and painlessly inserted under the skin. The body begins to slowly metabolize the pellets, releasing a steady, optimal dose of hormones, much like our normal function, over three to six months. No remembering to take pills, deal with messy patches or creams. And only with pellets can you be confident that your body is getting the exact amount of hormones it needs. Which eliminates an up and down roller coaster effect that comes with other forms of testosterone delivery.

NOT SURE ABOUT PELLETS; TRY T INJECTIONS

Testosterone injections are relatively new to the market and should be administered by a medical practice like Thrive Health Solutions. The injections are painless subcutaneous testosterone injections with a tiny needle. They are a great solution for both men and women with the added bonus of a time release effect by injecting into the fat. Which make these injections so much easier and comfortable to self-administer. The T Injections, also known as the T shot, are an alternative to the pellets for those who are suffering from Low T but are not ready for the expense of pellet therapy. With T Injections you get weekly injections and after a few weeks, you can determine if a testosterone treatment is working for you.

To get it exactly perfect, means finding the right medical experts trained and experienced in all types of hormone replacement therapy including testosterone pellet or injection therapy. And there is no one you can feel more confident with than the professionals at Thrive Health Solutions. When Thrive meets with you, they perform an in-depth evaluation which includes a detailed health history and bloodwork to help them determine if testosterone therapy is right for you. And they only do what is right for you. If you don’t actually need testosterone therapy, they won’t do it. If you do, they’’ll explain everything in detail, and there is no question too small for you to ask. Make an appointment now. And get your whole body back in drive.