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Avoid Premature “Hormonal Failure”

Men and women alike are prematurely aging and having what is called “Gonadal Failure,” which simply means their ovaries and testicles are losing the battle to keep them youthful and optimally well.

A day can’t go by that you don’t turn on the television and see an advertisement for improved “intimacy” or a male product to basically fix something that is not working up to desired expectations. Now the latest research has confirmed that common health conditions can dramatically affect testicular hormone production. Clinically, I can tell you that it is not just a male health issue, women also experience pre-mature peri-menopause and overt menopause due to these conditions too.

My latest book, “His Change of Life,” addresses the impact of low testosterone that strikes down males in their prime. This study confirms the trends we, as healthcare providers, have all seen in family practice.

Lowered “sex hormone” production has been shown to be triggered by many conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, obesity and stress. A study of men, published October 2009, showed strong association for sleep apnea and work stress. The researchers dramatically stated, “We suggest that a host of chronic illnesses have a high prevalence of secondary hypogonadism. Men who have chronic medical or psychological illnesses should have their testosterone level checked, especially when sexual dysfunction symptoms or signs are present.”

Whether male or female, the bottom line is that stress, sleep apnea and a myriad of other health issues will prematurely age you, and rob you of the very “sex hormones” that helped transform you from a prepubescent child into the adult mind and body that you enjoy. Could you imagine the proverbial rug being prematurely yanked from underneath your very current existence? Many of you reading this article may already be suffering from these premature changes.

Unfortunately, most people have accepted that in their “old age” that certain changes will occur to our minds and bodies. But I must implore everyone, that no one should accept premature failure of their well-being from otherwise treatable conditions. I encourage all my patients routinely to get their hormone levels measured. In the interim, control your stress and if you snore, get tested for sleep apnea.

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