Lost that Loving Feeling or Low Testosterone?

 

Low T may sound like the name of latest Hip Hop superstar but for men who suffer from Low T, or low testosterone, the condition is no laughing matter. Testosterone is a hormone that is mainly produced in the testicles although low levels of testosterone can also be found in women.  Though society generally equates testosterone with machismo and sex drive, this hormone is responsible for much more. In addition to helping men maintain their sex drive and sperm production, testosterone also regulates red blood cell production, bone density, and muscle mass. Testosterone production is at its prime during the teen years and in early adulthood then gradually decreases as men begin to age. Though this decrease is normal, the effects that Low T can have both mentally and physically can be confusing and at times, quite frustrating.

Common symptoms of low testosterone include difficulty sleeping, decreased sexual libido, hair loss, increased body fat, difficulty concentrating, and in some cases, depression. Many of these symptoms can be linked to other medical conditions such as clinical depression, alcohol use, and thyroid disorders however the most common reason that low testosterone occurs is the natural aging process.

If you think that you may be suffering from low testosterone, you are not alone. It is estimated that as many as 13 million Americans have low testosterone. The good news is that if your doctor has informed you that your testosterone is low, there are several hormone therapy treatments available to help you restore your testosterone levels. It should be noted that some of these hormone therapy treatments may have negative side effects such as breast tenderness, increased urination, and weight gain.

 In addition to hormone therapy treatments, there are also natural ways that you can help increase your testosterone such as making changes in your diet, decreasing stress level, and exercising. See your doctor to discuss your options and to help you decide which treatment, if any, is best for you.

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The Flu or Not the Flu? That is the Question

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If you are currently buried under your covers, have a runny nose, and you feel like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck, you probably have a few questions running through your stuffy little head. Do I have the cold or that nasty flu virus that has wiped out half of the office?  Can I get in to see my doctor today? How long will I be out?  Why didn’t I make time to get a flu shot? How many more Seinfeld re-runs can I stand to watch?

It’s challenging to determine whether you have a cold or the flu because the symptoms are so similar. One sign that you may have the flu is if your symptoms occur suddenly as opposed to building slowly over time as they tend to do with a cold. Typically the flu lasts much longer than a cold and unlike a cold that can be caught year-round, the flu is more likely to strike during “flu season”, which typically stretches from November to March.

Ignoring cold and flu symptoms for too long can have serious complications. Left untreated, the flu can lead to more serious illnesses like bronchitis or pneumonia, and in rare cases, it can even be life-threatening. This is especially true for children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems as they are more vulnerable to severe complications. Here is a chart of common symptoms to help you determine whether you have a cold versus the flu.

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These are merely guidelines to help you but your best defense is to see your doctor as soon as possible.

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