Men don’t like to go to doctors and often think they can “muscle” through everything, i.e. pain, stress, life, etc. However, they can “muscle through” for only so long until a breakdown in their body begins and they start to experience symptoms.
And, what do men do when they begin to experience symptoms? They “push” even harder. They return to the gym and attempt training, however, most men apply the same rules to lifting weights and exercise when they were 25 years old to a body that is now over 40 years old and has not been in the gym for quite some time. This is when injury occurs and causes further frustration.
Many men over 40 years-old complain they have “lost their mojo”. So, how does a man get his “mojo” back and feel strong again? I wish I could tell you it is as easy as taking a “magic pill” but it isn’t and taking a supplement marketed to boost your testosterone can be very dangerous.
First and foremost, it’s important to establish a baseline involving weight, waist measurement, body fat, hormone levels such as cortisol and epinephrine (stress), leptin, ghrelin, cholecystokinin and insulin (hormones related to your weight), testosterone, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FH) (sex hormones), thyroid panel (energy and metabolic processes), and melatonin (sleep cycles). Other important baseline studies include a stress test, PSA test (prostate blood marker), digital prostate exam and a complete cardiometabolic panel including glucose and hemoglobin A1c which evaluates for diabetes.
Advanced lab testing is recommended to assess energy cycles, carbohydrate metabolism and fat metabolism as well as evaluating micro-nutrient needs such as vitamins and supplements; and incorporating nutritional and lifestyle changes, especially the reduction of stress,
If you have been experiencing symptoms as discussed and are looking for answers, schedule an appointment with The Center for Functional Health today!