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Male Menopause Is Not Just For Older Men

A CNN Report from 2018

Hearing an older man talking about feeling tired, losing muscle mass, or having a decrease in sex drive is probably not surprising to anyone. Hearing that men can suffer from male menopause, that will get your attention. It all has to do with testosterone.

Just as older men can suffer from decreased testosterone levels, young men can as well – and it’s something that is happening enough that major news outlets like CNN have covered it this year.

Low testosterone isn’t just an ‘aging’ thing. Several things can impact this hormone level:

  • Stress
  • Mood
  • Diet
  • Overall Health
  • Medications
  • Being Overweight
  • Insufficient Sleep

Younger guys are sharing sexual concerns such as erectile problems that are typically seen in older men. When a man is living with some of the triggers mentioned above, it is very possible that they are suffering from low testosterone. These symptoms always contribute to the problem.

What You Can Do About This Mainstream Issue

In 2018, men have more options than ever to turn around less than optimal testosterone (no matter their age).

Exercise and healthy eating are a great way to increase your testosterone – but do keep in mind that not all exercise is equal. Naturopathic physicians will tell you that the best way to boost testosterone naturally through exercise is by weight lifting – especially using large muscle groups.

Through diet, choose foods that contain carbs which take longer to break down such as high-fiber fruit, vegetables, and whole grains – all are great choices!

Introducing healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, and organic lean meats which are grass-fed and grass finished.

AND A LITTLE FACT YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW – most testosterone is produced between 5am and 7am, so getting a good night’s sleep is extremely important. Here’s an excuse to turn the thermostat right to where you like it – set it to a temperature that is optimal for your comfort so you can sleep through the night. Also, taking a warm shower before bed and doing deep breathing prior to laying down is a habit.

Male Menopause and Naturopathic Care at Live Well Wellness Center

Men who have been diagnosed with low testosterone should consider taking supplements after talking with their healthcare provider. Vitamin D and zinc support testosterone production. There are also natural herbs that can help stimulate testosterone production.

Another option is testosterone-replacement therapy. You’ve probably heard about the side effects of this type of treatment usually done by injection. There’s a better way to do it. At Live Well Wellness Center, we use pellet therapy. Pellet Therapy is a treatment that releases natural, bio-identical testosterone which is absorbed consistently into the body as needed.

If you’ve noticed some of the symptoms mentioned above in yourself or someone you love, it might be caused by lower levels of testosterone. Our hormone therapy can help alleviate many of these symptoms. You can also talk with Dr. McConnell about supplements to optimize testosterone production. Schedule an appointment with Dr. McConnell by calling us at 480.752.7600.

Apple Watch 4 Keeps You Healthy

At Live Well Wellness Center we practice naturopathic care – it’s something we strongly believe in. Once a month we’ll send you an email about the latest in naturopathic care. Why? Because your health is very important to us.

Last week, Apple announced the new Apple Watch 4. The Apple Watch is not only the top selling smart watch – it is the top selling wearable watch overall. You may have seen the announcement for Apple Watch. We wanted to let you know that you don’t have to be a tech geek for this technology to be a useful naturopathic care tool.

Keeping track of our health using phones and computers is nothing new – the original Apple Watch provided a step forward in real time personal healthcare. The new Series 4 Apple Watch has gone even further providing advanced heart tracking and fall detection capabilities.

Here is where it goes even further…

The new watch includes an ECG sensor which received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and signals a transitioning from a smartwatch to a medical device.

The Apple Watch 4, Wearable Devices, and Naturopathic Care at Live Well Wellness Center

We saw the announcement and are already excited by the direction wearables are headed.

There are a lot of apps you can use with a smartwatch and one that we have actively promoted to Live Well patients is the myfitnesspal.com app. This app is one of the better apps we’ve found for allowing patients to keep a diet diary and tracking meals – keeping a log on meal choices. What makes this unique is that patients can give Dr. McConnell access to their app profile and can have a Naturopathic physician monitor, comment, and recommend improvements in real time.

Wow!

If you’re not familiar with the Apple Watch or other comparable smartwatches, you can monitor things like daily activity, calorie counts, and sleep monitoring – specifically movement during sleep and hours slept.

The Apple Watch doesn’t necessarily change our health, but it gives us more information and insight to help us make better health choices.

If you arrive at the point where you’d like to become more intentional with your diet and would like to work with Dr. McConnell to create a renewed approach to eating that allows you to enjoy the here and now without sacrificing your long-term health call us at 480.752.7600.

We look forward to helping you accomplish every health goal you set.

5 Questions About Cold and Flu Season

This week temperatures in the valley dropped – big time. Whenever the temperature falls, we find ourselves outside more and around people more, with that comes exposure to cold and flu viruses.

Dr. McConnell has put together some educational material aimed at helping you prepare for the cold and flu season, including what you can do if you get ill.

Everything below will be added protection for you and your family against these seasonal viruses.

1) What is actually happening in my body when I get the flu?

When you get the flu or a cold, you have actually contracted a virus. When you get a virus, your body needs antiviral meds to help get rid of it. Therefore, it is not useful to have antibiotics on hand as they are used for bacterial infections. For the most part your body will clear the virus in a matter of days to one week.

Occasionally a viral infection, in some, can develop into a bacterial infection because the immune system has been weakened. Viral infections typically produce clear discharge with possible congestion, but nothing yucky or colored. When the flu or cold doesn’t go away, you may have actually beaten the virus, but now you have an infection that requires antibiotics.

2) Should I still get a flu shot?

Flu shots are safe and their effectiveness will vary from year to year. The Center for Disease Control works hard to identify the current flu strain in order to develop an effective vaccine.

We have never had a flu shot that works 100% of the time and we have never had a flu shot that doesn’t work at all. The vaccine does always provide some level of protection.

If you have ever received the flu shot and then said, “I got sick after I had the shot,” it’s possible you may have already had the flu at the time your vaccine was given or your flu-like symptoms were actually the result of the vaccine stimulating your immune system.

For those bypassing the flu shot, seeing a naturopathic physician can help you prepare your body as much as possible to stay healthy without the vaccine protection.

3) Is October too late to try to prevent getting the flu?

It’s never too late! I always say that getting the flu isn’t about the bug, it is about the terrain; make sure you have a healthy terrain. You can sanitize your hands, sneeze into your elbow and do all the normal things to prevent the spread of germs.

The terrain – your body – is what’s important, not the bug. You can be in a room full of 50 people and three of them can have the flu and are contagious. Everyone that comes in contact with those flu carries doesn’t get the flu because some people are practicing preventative health, so they are in a healthier position to fight the attack of cold and flu bugs.

Start working to improve your own health by making sure you get the vitamins and minerals your body needs. This is the basics of preventive medicine.

Be sure to get a lot of Vitamin C and zinc while staying away from sugars – primarily processed sugars – as well as carbs (they turn into sugars) as they will weaken your immune system.

If you do start noticing flu-like symptoms you can take Echinacea. This can help multiply white blood cells, which are critical to recovery. If you’re seeing early signs such as headache and nasal drip, start taking it. It’s a great herb, but it is not to be taken all the time, only when you get sick. For kids, elderberry is great, as it tastes good and usually comes in a syrup. Or you can make it into popsicles to help soothe sore throats. Don’t forget to take your probiotics.

I also recommend using a neti pot to rinse your nose. Here in the office, we really like the Nasopure which is similar to the neti pot but actually allows some added force behind your wash that can prevent secondary sinus infections.

4) Are there naturopathic solutions that are effective for the flu?

Yes, there are. Working with a naturopathic physician to establish a nutrition schedule that strengthens your body and immune system is a great way to avoid getting the flu.

A great naturopathic treatment is IV therapy, where we administer vitamins directly into your bloodstream. This is highly effective for absorption and allows you to get exactly what your body needs without added sugar.

Once you believe you’ve contracted the flu, if you’re a relatively healthy person, there is no reason the flu should be with you more than four to five days. If you’re following healthy practices, you shouldn’t be completely debilitated.

5) Once I get the flu, what can I do to get through it?

Here are some of the naturopathic steps you can take to lessen the impact the cold and flu season has on you and your loved ones.

You can increase your Vitamin C dosage to 2,000-3,000 mg a day; any more than that, if taken orally, can result in loose stools. We can also do high doses of Vitamin C, up to 12g, using IV therapy which bypass the GI tract and is really effective at eliminating the flu virus.

Some exciting news is Live Well will soon be able to offer Ozone IV’s which are very effective against viral infections. Though you may have heard a lot of negative things about Ozone regarding our environment, Ozone IV’s are a very safe and effective antiviral treatment.

Questions About Cold and Flu Season or Naturopathic Care?

No matter your level of familiarity with cold and flu season or naturopathic care, it’s normal to have questions. If you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. McConnell, please call our office, (480) 752-7600, so we can get a time scheduled.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Questions Answered

Humans, we have around 50 hormones in our bodies and 10 different glands from which these hormones are secreted. For the most part, we are unaware of what these hormones do in our bodies on a daily basis. But if we have a shortage of one or another of these hormones, we become uncomfortably aware of their function – thus, Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Hormone replacement therapy is the process of restoring natural hormones to their optimum levels and is one of the services offered at Live Well Wellness Center.

Dr. Michelle McConnell is one of our providers at Live Well Wellness Center and provides answers below to some of the most common questions related to HRT.

1) Who can benefit from hormone replacement therapy?

Everyone can benefit from HRT. Each person is different and will benefit in different ways. A woman may present with terrible anxiety, a little fatigue and low libido. HRT will have a huge impact on her because she’ll notice that her anxiety has been greatly reduced. Men present in a different way, writing off fatigue and low libido as a normal part of aging. Women’s symptoms are more detrimental to quality of life, and in that respect, they may report better results.

2) Why does Live Well choose to use BioTE® for HRT?

BioTE® is a very comprehensive program. This program doesn’t just look at sex hormones or symptoms. Through BioTE®, we can see the large picture of who a person is and what factors (hormone or otherwise) are contributing to their symptoms. BioTE® treats the whole patient. We want the patient to have a holistic result and that’s how BioTE® treats their product.

3) What tends to be the biggest concern from patients considering HRT?

The biggest concern heard regarding HRT from both men and women is cancer. The fear comes from a study done in 2001 that concluded that cancer and cardiovascular events can occur when taking hormones.

There is one MASSIVE caveat to their conclusion: That study was done using synthetic hormones. BioTE® uses bioidentical hormones.

There is no comparison between synthetic and bioidentical hormones. What you’re getting with BioTE® is exactly what your body is putting out.

4) Do I have to stay on hormones for the rest of my life?

By all means it is safe to do so, however if you stop therapy you will only return to the state in which you originally came to Live Well. If you had anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, they will eventually return. HRT is safe to stay on as long as you want to feel good.

5) Are there any other naturopathic care treatments that compliment HRT?

HRT can help with patients who are diabetic, overweight, or have inflammatory markers on their labs. As part of a comprehensive plan that involves other naturopathic care treatments, we can address those issues. Naturopathic care can play a large role in improving overall health – especially when it’s found that hormones might not be the only cause of a problem.

We regularly hear from patients that we’ve changed their lives through hormone replacement therapy. We look forward to helping you accomplish every health goal you set.

Questions About HRT or Naturopathic Care?

No matter your level of familiarity with HRT or naturopathic care, it’s normal to have questions. If you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. McConnell, please call our office, (480) 752-7600, so we can get a time scheduled.