Metabolic syndrome in men due to androgen deficiency is a growing problem worldwide. Find out which treatment options are best for you. Be free from the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes by treating the hormonal imbalance that causes metabolic syndrome.
According to Medical News Today, a metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that are known to heighten the probability that you’ll develop type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Another name for this health manifestation is insulin resistance syndrome.
A study confirmed that in the United States, about 37% of the population has metabolic syndrome. It is more commonly seen in Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. The older population seems to be more prevalent, but not necessarily those who are obese or overweight.
There are many causes why men might develop metabolic syndrome. One of them is a hormonal imbalance. The National Institutes of Health reports that epidemiological studies show a correlation between low testosterone levels and metabolic syndrome.
Male hypogonadism is a condition where men don’t produce enough testosterone. A man can either have the condition since birth or develop it throughout his life commonly from an infection or injury. Testosterone replacement therapy can help, however, it depends on what caused the hypogonadism and at what stage of life it occurred.
What is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of symptoms or risk factors that increase the probability of a person developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. It is mostly seen in people who don’t exercise often and have high amounts of abdominal fat, however, in some cases, it is due to a hormonal imbalance.
A man that presents with three or more of the following risk factors will be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome:
- Fat around the abdomen, with a waist that measures more than 40 inches.
- HDL cholesterol is low at less than 40 mg/dl or uses medications for low HDL including niacin or fibrates.
- Elevated triglycerides at 150 mg/dl or uses medications for high triglycerides such as niacin or fibrates.
- Blood pressure is 180/85 mmHg or higher or uses medications for high blood pressure.
- Fasting blood glucose is at 100 mg/dl or higher or uses medications for diabetes.
Men who have metabolic syndrome are at an increased risk of developing androgen deficiency. Regular screening of testosterone levels is advised for those who have these symptoms. It is a vicious cycle, a hormonal imbalance can cause metabolic syndrome, and metabolic syndrome can cause a further hormonal imbalance.
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What Do Metabolic Syndrome Symptoms Look Like?
Typically, men experience very few symptoms early on, which is why it can sometimes go undetected until after some damage to the system has been done. When they do manifest, the usual symptoms when metabolic syndrome fully develops can include:
- High blood sugar levels
- High blood pressure
- Cardiac events
- Increased urination
- Increased thirst
- Blurred vision
Symptoms of Hypogonadism
When men are hormonally imbalanced, they may experience:
- Loss of libido
- Decreased muscle mass
- Decreased bone mass
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hot flashes
- Loss of body hair
Sometimes these symptoms overlap with aging and are written off as normal. However, as vague as some symptoms may be, men who experience a hormonal imbalance will see a significant improvement once they do something about their diminished physical condition.
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Why is it Important to Treat?
Hormonal deficiency affects a man’s life in various ways. It is not only about feeling younger, performing, and looking better. Metabolic syndrome treatment is a matter of maintaining a healthy body and avoiding serious diseases that can cause tragic consequences.
Cardiovascular disease for instance can cause a stroke, leaving a man without or limited mobility, requiring nursing care. These types of events are sometimes irreversible and can put a man at risk to lose life as he knows it, or even worse, cause early death.
Type 2 diabetes has tragic consequences as well. Some patients have to get their limbs amputated often binding them to a wheelchair or prosthetics. Many suffer an early death and their quality of life is greatly affected while alive.
Ensuring we follow a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise, along with regularly checking our hormone levels contribute to a high quality of life full of strength and vitality for years to come.
Some people work very diligently with their healthy lifestyle choices, but fail to look a bit further into their bodies and confirm that their hormone levels are healthy. This is why it is so important to find the right healthcare professionals that are interested in not only managing your symptoms but optimizing your overall health by treating the root cause.
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Diagnosing Metabolic Syndrome Due to a Hormonal Imbalance
A metabolic syndrome due to a hormonal imbalance is not typically diagnosed with only one test. You and your physician will need to work together to investigate all the symptoms you’re manifesting and to root out their possible causes.
This often includes regular consultations and conversations with our medical and wellness team to ensure that you are experiencing the desired results. If your androgens are low and point to a possible male hypogonadism state, likely, you’ll also be experiencing some symptoms of metabolic syndrome.
Be honest with your physician about your lifestyle choices. If there’s room for improvement, ask yourself why some negative habits may be plaguing you. It is important to get to the underlying reasons why it’s happening as you examine the big picture.
Hormonal imbalances are sometimes due to lifestyle, infection, or injury. Knowing why it is happening will empower you to take care of the problem at the root.
Be sure your doctor orders full blood tests to check all your hormones as well as your cardiovascular condition and glucose levels.
If a hormonal problem is detected, you may be a great candidate for hormone replacement therapy.
Self-Directed Treatments for Metabolic Syndrome
Many men who have metabolic syndrome have little success in modifying their lifestyles to relieve symptoms. The suggested self-care to alleviate manifestations of metabolic syndrome include exercising more, eating a healthy diet, monitoring blood sugar levels, stopping smoking, and using anti-diabetic pharmaceuticals.
These lifestyle changes are often not enough and don’t address any underlying hormonal imbalances that might have been in place before the symptoms manifested. If the diagnostic tests confirm a hormonal imbalance, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) will certainly bring an end to male metabolic syndrome symptoms.
What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
BHRT is a treatment that uses man-made hormones that are identical to those found in the human body. The therapy is used to treat people who have low levels of hormones or encounter an imbalance. For men, testosterone would be administered in various forms that can include pills, gels, patches, creams, or injections.
Hormone Therapy Benefits for Metabolic Syndrome
Patients who receive hormone therapy can expect to experience a myriad of health benefits including:
- Restoration healthy sleep patterns.
- Increased bone and muscle density and strength.
- Increased energy and vitality.
- Improved libido.
- Hair loss prevention.
- Reduction in body fat.
- Improved moods, reduced anxiety, and relieving depression.
- Improved focus and memory.
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Once you start treatment our team of medical professionals will constantly evaluate the adjust your therapy to ensure that you are receiving exactly the right amounts for your particular health and wellness goals. You will occasionally need to undergo follow-up lab testing and consultations regularly to ensure the BHRT is bringing your body the balance it needs.
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At our anti-aging clinic, our experienced physicians will perform a complete assessment to determine if you are suffering from metabolic syndrome due to a hormonal imbalance. We treat each patient with a customized plan that includes hormonal therapy and some lifestyle changes. Our team guides you at every step of the way ensuring you are completely at ease with the whole process.
Call us today for more information and to schedule a free consultation. Our dedicated doctors and staff will answer all your questions and provide unparalleled support.
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