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The Difference Between Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) Therapy is most commonly associated with professional athletes and bodybuilders.

It’s also sometimes even mistaken for a component in Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). HGH is a hormone after all—like testosterone—but it’s also referred to as the “Master Hormone,” due to how it influences so much of your body’s anatomy and physiology.

So let’s take a look at these two amazing treatments—and the distinct benefits offered by each …

 

Everything You Need to Know about HGH

HGH Therapy was originally developed as a remedy for children suffering from growth hormone deficiencies—a way they could grow a few extra inches and feel a little more normal.

But the more doctors looked into HGH, the more they realized it had a variety of unique and important applications; from treating so-called “wasting” conditions to providing a wealth of anti-aging benefits.

These benefits range from brighter skin to improved sleep, rapid muscle recovery and relief from chronic pain & fatigue.

This is where part of the confusion comes from; since Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) provides similar benefits, and because Testosterone deficiency leads to many of the same common symptoms as HGH deficiency.

But it’s important to remember that HGH also helps to build healthier bones, leaner muscles, and improve/repair your body’s metabolism.

 

Who should be using HGH?

Like Testosterone, HGH is naturally produced within the body. And like testosterone, that production decreases over time (at different rates for different people).

So the average twenty-year-old probably wouldn’t notice any results from a dose of HGH—unless he was recovering from a major joint injury, that is.

But the same man at forty would be in for an eye-opening experience.

At sixty, HGH would be nothing short of life changing. That’s why HGH Therapy is so popular among Hollywood celebrities like:

  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jane Seymour
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Britney Spears
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Demi Moore
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Jane Fonda
  • Kim Cattrall

 

How HGH Works

HGH is naturally released by our pituitary gland every night after we’ve gone to sleep. The body metabolizes it in a matter of minutes, using the resulting growth factors to heal nagging injuries, mitigate the effects of aging, and restore skin.

As we get older, and our bodies produce less HGH, and they slowly lose that healing ability … allowing the effects of aging to set in and accelerate.

But restoring that HGH restores our body’s “overnight” healing ability, giving you a jolt of fresh energy that will gradually transform the way you look and feel.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) also provides uniquely transformative results, but HGH is a proven and powerful “wonder drug” that’s definitely worth considering.

 

Are there any side effects of HGH?

Taken in reasonable doses as prescribed by NuLife Institute’s medical specialists, there aren’t many serious side effects of HGH therapy …

Water retention is common; with some men holding up to five pounds in water weight while on HGH therapy. You may also feel a mild stiffness in your joints after starting an HGH regimen, but this feeling goes away after the first couple weeks.

 

Obviously, the answer is going to be different for everyone. All medical decisions are up to the patient and their physician (feel free to contact our Patient Care Experts at (305) 400-0005 for more information).

But for men suffering from low testosterone levels, HRT offers a wider range of benefits and is typically prioritized. However; if your testosterone levels are close to average and you’re still looking for a serious boost in your quality of life, HGH on its own may well be sufficient.

If you’re looking for the ultimate full spectrum of results in virtually no time, the two treatments synergize extremely well with each other.

Just click here to learn more about these amazing treatments …

The Shocking “Hidden” Cause Behind Sudden Cardiac Arrest …

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States—and all over the world. For men and women … across most ethnicities; heart disease doesn’t discriminate when it comes to victims.

And while the medical community has made remarkable strides in terms of treating and preventing the consequences of long-term heart disease, the harsh reality is that little progress has been made when it comes to the phenomenon of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is responsible for 50% of the deaths attributed to heart disease; and it strikes with little to no warning.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the reason why otherwise perfectly healthy people can simply “drop dead” from an unexpected heart attack.

It can strike regardless of age, fitness or health. Notable athletes like Olympic Volleyballer Flo Hyman … Basketball player Hank Gathers … even Celtics player Reggie Smith—all succumbed to Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the prime of their lives.

But a barrage of new medical studies from physicians and the American Heart Association are finally shedding light on one of the surprising “hidden” causes behind Sudden Cardiac Arrest …

What we know about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is usually caused by an electrical disturbance within the body that disrupts the heart’s regular action. And once the heart stops pumping, blood stops flowing, with death soon following.

This happens to about 1,000 people each day in America alone, and only 5% will survive the event. Of these cases, the large majority (75%) are male.

By contrast, in a healthy heart, the minerals Magnesium and Potassium will regulate and manage your heart’s electrical signaling via the mineral “channels” in your cardiac cells.

So scientists decided to take a deeper look at these minerals and turned up a shocking discovery;

They found that men with higher testosterone levels were 25% less likely to suffer Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

They were also able to demonstrate a clear link between lower testosterone levels and the abnormal EKG readings that predispose certain people to Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

This 2014 research confirmed the findings of a litany of studies which link lower testosterone to higher overall rates of cardiac disease—identifying a key primary risk factor for an otherwise unpredictable condition.

 

Confirming the American Heart Association’s Findings

Just one year prior—in 2013—a similar study was published, linking testosterone and cardiovascular disease in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Coming to the same conclusions regarding the health risks of Low Testosterone, the American Heart Association elaborated even further, explaining that low levels of testosterone in men are also associated with:

  • Increased risk of developing coronary artery disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • Increase in stubborn belly fat
  • Insulin resistance
  • Narrowing (stenosis) of the Carotid Arteries
  • Obesity
  • Abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram) results
  • Angina pectoris (pain in chest caused by reduced blood flow to heart)
  • Increased body mass index
  • More severe congestive heart failure
  • Higher rates of all-cause and cardiac mortality (death)

 

These findings shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who understands how testosterone (and other key hormones) work within the body …

After all, our hormones work as chemical “messengers,” controlling virtually every aspect of our physiology. They help to increase muscle mass, manage fat & cholesterol levels, stimulate libido and keep our minds focused. Even dopamine and serotonin—our body’s “Happy Chemicals”—rely on hormones to keep us in a good mood.

And the only way to know your individual hormone levels is to have them tested by a specialist, proactively (which is crucial for every man and woman over thirty).

It’s not the kind of thing that can be guessed or diagnosed by the average physician—and 95% of those stricken with Sudden Cardiac Arrest won’t get a second chance.

 

Don’t Worry; There’s a Solution if You’re “At Risk”

If you are suffering from reduced testosterone levels and at risk of suffering the conditions listed above, there’s a solution …

It’s called “Hormone Replacement Therapy” (or HRT) and it’s the ultimate answer for men suffering from common hormone deficiencies and imbalances.  

Hormone Replacement Therapy helps to prevent these kinds of consequences by safely and scientifically restoring your body’s hormone levels—helping you feel happier, healthier, and more alive than you have in years.

Using hormones that are bioidentical to your own—all the way down to the molecular level—medical specialists can help you turn back the clock and virtually erase decades of aging in a matter of weeks …

 

Are You at Risk? Schedule your Complimentary “Internal Blueprint” Scan (valued at $250) to Find Out!

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Here at NuLife Institute, we believe that knowing and understanding your body’s personal testosterone levels are crucial to living the longest, happiest, healthiest life you could possibly live.

That’s why we’ve developed our proprietary  “Internal Blueprint” Full Body Scan; to easily and quickly identify your body’s key internal levels—and give our experts the information they need to correct them.

So call (305) 400-0005 and schedule your FREE “Internal Blueprint” right away!

 

Additional Studies:

Oskui PM, French WJ, Herring MJ, Mayeda GS, Burstein S, Kloner RA. Testosterone and the cardiovascular system: a comprehensive review of the clinical literature. J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 Nov 15;2(6):e000272.

Narayanan K, Havmoeller R, Reinier K, et al. Sex hormone levels in patients with sudden cardiac arrest. Heart Rhythm. 2014 Dec;11(12):2267-72.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/scda/causes

7 Ways Low-T Steals Your Manhood

You’ve probably already heard of “Low-T.”

And if you’re like most men, you associate testosterone with libido, sexual function and youthful physical prowess.

Few actually realize testosterone is much more important.

You see, hormones like testosterone control virtually every aspect of our physiology—helping to increase muscle mass, manage fat & cholesterol levels, stimulate libido and keep our minds focused. Even dopamine and serotonin—our body’s “Happy Chemicals”—rely on hormones to keep us in a good mood.

Testosterone production usually decreases as men age. But sometimes your levels can decrease earlier than they should … or more than they should … leading to serious side effects that can rob you of your manhood before you even know what’s happening.

The early warning signs of Low-T are subtle; often mistaken for a natural part of aging, but in any combination they can be a cause for concern:

 

Low-T Warning Sign #1: Loss of Muscle Mass

Testosterone plays a key role in building and strengthening the body’s muscle tissue, and men with Low-T typically notice a decrease in both muscle mass and strength according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s possible to reverse that muscle loss in some cases, but it can be a serious uphill battle.

 

Low-T Warning Sign #2: Increase in Body Fat

Men with Low-T often struggle with an embarrassing increase in body fat—from stubborn belly fat to “gynecomastia,” a condition in which men develop enlarged breasts. Science isn’t entirely clear on the mechanism that makes this happen, but it’s believed that testosterone influences the way our bodies store fat.

 

Low-T Warning Sign #3: Fatigue, Lack of Energy & Concentration

These are some of the most common symptoms of aging—but with Low-T they’re often taken to an extreme. Serious fatigue, lack of concentration and inability to focus can make it extremely difficult to get through the work day.

 

Low-T Warning Sign #4: Low Sex Drive or
Difficulty Achieving Erection

Testosterone stimulates a man’s sex drive and aids in achieving erection (by stimulating the production of nitric oxide in the brain). Without sufficient testosterone levels, men can have difficulty achieving a lasting erection, or may suffer from spontaneous erections.

 

Low-T Warning Sign #5: Hair Loss

This often comes as a surprise, but testosterone plays a key role in hair production—and Low-T can often lead to premature balding & hair loss. Maintaining proper testosterone levels (through Hormone Replacement Therapy, or HRT) can sometimes help to prevent further hair loss—or even restore hair when used in conjunction with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy.

 

Low-T Warning Sign #6: Low Semen Volume

Testosterone is directly involved in the production of semen—the fluid which aids in the motility of sperm. Since Low-T can affect men as young as their 30’s (even younger for some), this can be a serious issue for men who are hoping to have children.

 

Low-T Warning Sign #7: Moodiness/Mood Swings

With the cumulative mental & physical consequences of Low-T, it’s not surprising that the condition also leads to bad moods and—according to some research—even depression.

 

How to Stop Low-T Dead in its Tracks—
And Turn Back the Clock on Aging

If you think you might be suffering from Low-T, don’t be worried.

Because—using Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)—the experts at NuLife Institute can restore your body’s ideal hormonal balance, turn back the clock and help you live out the dreams you’ve always fantasized about …

Maybe you’ve enjoyed living a lifetime in prime physical condition and you’re starting to feel it slip … maybe you’re wanting to get into weight-lifting in your 50’s … maybe it’s just about wanting to better enjoy our exciting world, to feel the exhilaration of the moment like you used to.

Whatever your dream might be, the ability to transform yourself (and your future) might be right here at your fingertips.

Is HRT the right solution for you?

There’s no telling until you’ve decoded your body’s “Internal Blueprint” discovering key levels and vital factors that can immediately tell whether you’re suffering from these kinds of symptoms.

Otherwise invisible using common diagnostics like X-Rays and MRIs, NuLife Institute’s experts can reveal your “Internal Blueprint” using our proprietary assessment—that we’re now offering to new clients completely FREE of charge …

Schedule your Complimentary “Internal Blueprint” Assessment (valued at $250) Today!

Just call us at (305) 400-0005 or e-mail info@nulifeinstitute.com

This assessment is so easy—and so vital to living the life you deserve—that we want everyone to try it out. So come in, get your “Internal Blueprint” completely free of charge, and start turning back the clock today …

“Busting” the 3 Biggest Myths About Hormone Therapy

 

Hormone deficiencies can be difficult to diagnose and treat—and that’s due in no small part to all the misinformation and bad science you’ll see about the topic …

This isn’t entirely uncommon when it comes to cutting-edge medical science, but in the case of hormone deficiencies (and hormone therapy), there are some particularly dangerous myths that are assumed to be true by millions of Americans and their doctors.

So today, we’re going to take a crack at “busting” 3 of the biggest myths about hormone therapy. We’re going to show you exactly where these myths come from, and we’re going to reveal the sometimes surprising facts against them.

Let’s get started … 

Myth #1: Things like Testosterone Therapy and HGH will make you bigger and more aggressive

This is a common reservation men have about testosterone therapy, but it’s also largely a misunderstanding …

First of all, NuLife Institute uses state-of-the-art medical technology and our own proprietary “Internal Blueprint” assessment to determine the exact levels of testosterone your body needs. Then we develop a personalize program based on your specific needs. Since we’re just restoring your body’s testosterone to its own prime levels, our patients typically report fewer complications.

Problems can arise when the therapy is less exacting—since testosterone is an extremely powerful hormone, and taking too large a dose can increase your risk of experiencing these kinds of complications.

Myth #2: Hormone Therapy is “only” for Menopausal Women

HRT is rapidly growing in popularity among middle-aged women—but that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones who can benefit from this amazing solution …

Where women often experience hormonal instability associated with Menopause, men also go through a similar process (known clinically as “Andropause”) that can lead to Low-T and a whole host of health consequences. Restoring healthy levels of key hormones like Testosterone and HGH has proven medical benefits for men of this age.

Even older men and post-menopausal women—in their 50’s, 60’s and beyond, can benefit tremendously from the right kinds of hormone therapy.

 

Myth #3: The risks of HRT outweigh the benefits

Each individual’s situation will obviously vary, but studies have linked effective hormone therapy to a variety of major health benefits …

Studies have proven that men who take Testosterone Therapy, for example, were 80% less likely to suffer heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular event than their cohorts who elected not to take the therapy.

It’s also been proven to increase lean muscle mass, help burn off unwanted fat, improve your focus & mental clarity—healthy testosterone levels have even been linked with business success and higher income!

As you’ve already seen above, the health risks of judicious hormone therapy can be relatively minimal … but the benefits can be amazing …

 

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As you can see, there’s “more than meets the eye” when it comes to hormone therapy.

Each individual case is different, but with the right knowledge, correct diagnosis and effective implementation, Hormone Therapy can make a major life-changing difference for millions of Americans men and women.

So what are you waiting for? Just give us a call at (305) 400-0005 to learn more, and find out what our anti-aging solutions can do for you!

A Surprising Solution for the 5 Biggest Health Risks Men Face as We Age

 

Facing one’s mortality—and coming to terms with it—is a crucial part of adulthood.

For some it comes with the death of a loved one … for others, it’s an unexpected trip to the hospital or a major health scare. But at some point or another we all come to terms with the simple fact that we’re not invincible (even if we thought we were as teenagers).

However; this doesn’t have to be bad news.

You see; many of the biggest health risks we face as adults are actually preventable, and can be treated in the right conditions. A few simple measures like diet, exercise, and seeing your doctor on a regular basis can reduce your health risks substantially.

But our research revealed one unifying factor that played a role in either preventing (or provoking) the 5 biggest health risks faced by men over 30. 

This single condition—which can be diagnosed and treated in a matter of hours—makes men 33% more likely to face a variety of deadly illnesses, and three times more likely to face serious obesity and further health complications.

It’s possibly the single most important factor in determining a man’s lasting health, and we’re going to tell you all about how it works.

But first, let’s take a quick look at the top 5 health risks to get an idea of what we’re up against …

 

Health Risk #1: Heart Disease

Most Americans are aware of the serious threat posed by heart disease, so this probably comes as no surprise. What will surprise you; however, is the depth of the problem …

According to the CDC, one in four men has some form of heart disease. And although it’s the leading killer of both men and women, almost twice as many men die of conditions related to the cardiovascular system each year.

A variety of factors can contribute to heart disease; from age to cholesterol levels, family history, smoking, blood pressure, diabetes and more. Some of these factors can be controlled, but obviously not all.

 

Health Risk #2: Cancer

Cancer is the second biggest threat to American men, led by lung cancer with nearly a quarter-million new cases each year. Lung cancer is fortunately on the decline—due to the gradual decline of cigarette smoking—and it’s estimated that 90% of all lung cancer cases are due to tobacco.

Even more are preventable with proper protection from asbestos, secondhand smoke and air pollution.

 

Health Risk #3: Stroke

Stroke is the third leading killer in the country, with an incidence rate 1.25 times greater for men than women. Closely related to hypertension and other general fitness factors, stroke risk can be reduced in much the same way as heart risk—through exercise and proper diet.

Physicians note that while some have a serious family history of strokes, they should never be seen as “inevitable.”

Health Risk #4: Suicide & Depression

It’s unfortunate that this should rank so high, but men are four times more likely than women to commit suicide—which is sometimes attributed to undiagnosed depression in men.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 6 million men deal with depression each year, and Harvard doctors believe these cases too often go unnoticed … often until it’s too late.

 

Health Risk #5: Prostate Cancer

The most common cancer found in men, prostate cancer is still relatively unknown—yet treatable if discovered in its early stages. Since prostate cancer doesn’t typically show symptoms until it spreads to other parts of the body, this can be a challenge.

Regular screenings and doctor visits can help diagnose this form of cancer rapidly.

 

What’s tying them all together?

It might be hard to believe, but the factor that affects each of these major health risks … is your testosterone level …

That’s because testosterone does more than just optimizing your libido or enhancing your virility. It’s also one of your body’s most crucial “messenger” hormones, driving virtually all of your body’s physiological processes. Everything from healthy metabolism to peak mental clarity and good moods—they’re all enabled by healthy testosterone levels.

Except … we don’t all have “healthy” testosterone levels …

In fact, 1 in 4 men over the age of 30 is already suffering from Low Testosterone (“Low T”) today. This leads to a litany of side effects; from a 60% increase in the risk of coronary artery disease … to a startling 80% increase in the risk of stroke, and further increases in the risk of depression—even greater risk of prostate cancer.

That’s each of the five biggest threats to American men today—heavily influenced by an easily preventable medical condition.

That’s why the medical experts here at NuLife Institute developed our new “Internal Blueprint” assessment, to give men like you a unique insight into their body’s key levels and vital factors.

Equipped with these findings, our experts can either confirm that your current levels are healthy, or prescribe a personalized treatment plan of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to restore your body’s natural balance and help you overcome some of the biggest health risks out there.

Best of all? The first stage of your Internal Blueprint is completely FREE of charge! Just click here to learn more …

TRT: Review finds no evidence of cardiovascular risk

 

A review of literature published online in Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Jan. 26, 2015) has found no evidence that testosterone therapy increases cardiovascular risk, although one men’s health expert cautions that thorough patient counseling is necessary and that only a “well-controlled prospective study” will definitively answer questions surrounding testosterone and cardiovascular risk.

The review’s lead author, Abraham Morgentaler, MD, of Men’s Health Boston and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, called it “the most comprehensive and definitive review to date.” 

RELATED: Long-term T therapy shows no prostate cancer risk

Dr. Morgentaler and colleagues found four journal articles since 1940 that suggest increased cardiovascular risk with testosterone use. Two of the four articles (JAMA 2013; 310:1829-36, PLOS One 2014; 9:e85805), which drew media coverage questioning testosterone therapy’s safety during the last 15 months, had “serious methodological limitations,” according to a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center press release.

The other two studies were flawed as well, the authors say. One was a placebo-controlled trial with “few major adverse cardiac events” (J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2013; 68:153-60), and the other was a meta-analysis that included “questionable studies and [cardiovascular] events” (BMC Med 2013; 11:108).

10 Ways to Prevent Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction affects approximately 15 to 30 million men in the United States. It is defined as the inability to get or keep an erection that’s firm enough for intercourse. This is not to be confused with the occasional erection issues. “The ‘sometimes things don’t work out’ kind of scenario happens to all guys, across the age spectrum and that shouldn’t be a point of stress,” says Benjamin N. Breyer, assistant professor in the department of urology at University of California, San Francisco and interim chief of urology at San Francisco General. “But if it happens consistently and it’s bothersome to the patient or the partner, the guy should seek help.” The chances that a man will experience erectile dysfunction increase as he gets older but it’s not inevitable. In most cases, if it does occur, it’s relatively easy to address, usually with medication. There are also several preventative steps men can take to lessen their chances of developing erectile dysfunction.

Low testosterone is a real cause of erectile dysfunction and responds well to supplementation, but not all erectile problems are testosterone-related. “Having low testosterone can be associated with having a problem with erections, but you can certainly have a normal testosterone and still have problems with erections,” says Breyer. Signs your testosterone may be low include decreases in body hair growth, decrease in muscle mass, lower sex drive, and fatigue.

Read more: http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/10-ways-to-prevent-erectile-dysfunction-20140602#ixzz3hIpzZqKh

“Men with lower levels of testosterone may be at increased risk of depression…”

Men with lower levels of testosterone may be at increased risk of depression, a new study finds.

Researchers found that more than half of the men in the study who had lower levels of testosterone had a diagnosis of depression, or showed symptoms of the condition, while a quarter of participants were taking medication for the disease. The vast majority of male participants in the new George Washington University study also were found to be overweight or obese, and so for comparison, the researchers pointed to a recent survey of U.S. adults finding that 6 percent of those overweight or obese were depressed.

“Depression and/or depressive symptoms were present in 56 percent of the subjects,” in the study, the authors concluded.

Produced primarily by the testicles, testosterone helps maintain a man’s sperm production, sex drive, muscle strength and mass, bone density, and facial and body hair. Men who do not produce a “normal” amount of testosterone may be diagnosed with a condition called hypogonadism, but exactly what level should be considered normal is difficult to define, the authors wrote.

One reason for this is that blood levels of testosterone may be less important to a man’s health than the effects of the hormone in muscle, bone, the brain and the reproductive organs, explained the authors. But even with blood tests, there is no level of testosterone that is universally accepted within the medical community as being too low.

Testosterone levels generally peak during adolescence and early adulthood. As men age, their testosterone levels gradually decline, typically by about 1 percent a year after age 30 or 40, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website. [5 Myths About the Male Body]

In the new study, the researchers probed the medical charts of 200 men with an average age of 48. All had been referred to an endocrinologist after a blood test indicated their testosterone levels were borderline low (between 200 and 350 ng/dL).

The researchers looked at the men’s demographic data, medical histories, medication use, and symptoms of hypogonadism. They also looked at whether the men had been diagnosed with depression or if they took an anti-depressants, and all study participants who weren’t diagnosed with depression or taking medications for the condition answered standardized test questions aimed at measuring their mood.

Analysis showed that the study participants had higher rates of obesity and lower rates of physical activity than their peers in the general population. Participants also suffered from erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, fewer morning erections, low energy and sleep disturbances. Rates of depression were 62 percent for study participants in their 20s and 30s, 65 percent for those in their 40s, 51 percent for those in their 50s and 45 percent for those age 60 and over.

“In an era where more and more men are being tested for ‘”Low T’ — or lower levels of testosterone — there is very little data about the men who have borderline low testosterone levels,” study researcher Dr. Michael Irwig, an associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Andrology at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., said in a statement. “We felt it important to explore the mental health of this population.”

More research is still needed in this area, but doctors and other health care professionals “should recognize the high rates of depression and depressive symptoms in men referred for borderline testosterone levels,” the authors wrote in their study.

Testosterone replacement therapy can improve the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in these men, the researchers said. In the decade ending in 2011, one commercial health insurance group in the United States saw the number of testosterone prescriptions triple, according to a 2013 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The researchers noted a corresponding trend of increased direct-to-consumer marketing leading men to believe “Low T” may be the underlying cause for their decreased sexual function and low energy.

The study was published July 1 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Testosterone Therapy Does Not Increase Heart Attack

UTMB study shows testosterone therapy does not increase heart attack risk

Testosterone prescriptions for older men in the United States have increased more than three-fold over the past decade. Recent studies linking testosterone use with increased risk of heart attack and stroke have caused widespread concern among patients and their families. A new U.S.-based study of more than 25,000 older men shows that testosterone therapy does not increase men’s risk for heart attack.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, examined 25,420 Medicare beneficiaries 66 years or older treated with testosterone for up to eight years. It appears in the July 2 issue of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.

“Our investigation was motivated by a growing concern, in the U.S. and internationally, that testosterone therapy increases men’s risk for cardiovascular disease, specifically heart attack and stroke,” said Jacques Baillargeon, UTMB associate professor of epidemiology in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health and lead author of the study. “This concern has increased in the last few years based on the results of a clinical trial and two observational studies,” he said. “It is important to note, however, that there is a large body of evidence that is consistent with our finding of no increased risk of heart attack associated with testosterone use.”

In recent years, the testosterone therapy market has grown to $1.6 billion annually as men seek to supplement low testosterone counts with products that may increase muscle tone and sex drive. Previous safety investigations presented conflicting findings. A few of these studies suggest testosterone is linked with increased risk of heart attack, although some critics have questioned the quality of these data. Doctors, researchers and government agencies all agree that more research into this issue is necessary.

The Food and Drug Administration decided June 20 to expand labeling on testosterone products to include a general warning about the risk of blood clots in veins. The FDA and European Medicines Agency are also further examining the safety of these products. This newest FDA warning comes shortly after the announcement that several testosterone treatment manufacturers, including Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, Pfizer and Actavis, are facing a consolidated multidistrict litigation in Federal Court based on claims that they hid the risks of using testosterone treatments.

This new UTMB study evaluated enrollment and claims Medicare data for a clinically and socioeconomically diverse national sample treated with testosterone from 1997-2005. Men of the same age, race, Medicaid eligibility, and health status who did not receive testosterone therapy were used as a control group for comparison.

The analyses show that testosterone therapy was not associated with an increased risk of heart attack. Further, testosterone users with a higher probability of cardiovascular problems had a lower rate of heart attacks in comparison to equivalent patients who did not receive testosterone therapy.

“This is a rigorous analysis of a large number of patients,” said Baillargeon. “Our findings did not show an increased risk of heart attack associated with testosterone use in older men,” he said. “However, large-scale, randomized clinical trials will provide more definitive evidence regarding these risks in the coming years.”

Testosterone Therapy can help you achieve optimal health and give you back the active, confident life you deserve.

To schedule a free consultation with a NuLife Institute medical expert and learn more about our age-reversing medical treatments, call us today at 305-400-0005 or you can click here and schedule a time to talk online.

Protect Your Sperm Count

How Eating Organic Can Protect Your Sperm Health

For the current study, the researchers analyzed semen samples from 155 men registered at a fertility clinic, and asked them what sorts of fruits and vegetables they ate. Using data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they divided the produce into those tending to have high pesticide residue (like strawberries, apples, pears, spinach) and moderate or low (like peas, grapefruit, onions). Men who ate produce with high levels had about a 49 percent lower total sperm count than those eating food with fewer residues. These men also had about a 32 percent lower proportion of “morphologically normal” sperm — which just means they had fewer sperm that looked normal in shape and size (sperm morphology is one factor that might be checked during a fertility analysis).

…take precautions to eat clean while more research is underway. “For men who would rather be safe than sorry, what our findings suggest is that consuming fruits and vegetables known to have no or few pesticide residues may be the way to go,” says Chavarro. “This includes buying organic produce if the wallet allows and choosing produce known to have low pesticide levels in the US food supply such as the Clean Fifteen list advocated by the Environmental Working Group.”

Read more here:http://www.mensjournal.com/health-fitness/nutrition/how-eating-organic-can-protect-your-sperm-health-20150407

To schedule a free consultation with a NuLife Institute medical expert and learn more about our age-reversing medical treatments,  call us today at 305-400-0005 or you can click here and schedule a time to talk online.