Yoga, Sleep, & Hormones: Chicago Experts Chime in!

yoga-imageHormonal imbalances such as PMS, perimenopause, and menopause can cause roller coaster like symptoms ranging from mood swing moments, insomniac nights, and hot flash days. Good news comes to those who suffer, in the form of a yoga mat and as little as 15 minutes a day. Studies show that a specific sequence of yoga is effective in reducing insomnia and menopausal symptoms as well as improving quality of life.
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6 Signs of Adrenal Burnout

Let’s face it—stress is everywhere! Whether you’re behind the wheel, watching the news or talking to a family member, stress is accepted part of every day living. When it hits, the body normally releases a bountiful cascade of survival hormones to rescue you from danger, otherwise known as the fight-or-flight response.

Here’s how it works: Your brain perceives a threat (physical or psychological stress) and promptly responds; your heart starts pounding and your adrenals (a pair of triangle shaped glands on top of your kidneys) pump out epinephrine, aka adrenaline, and other hormones to give you a quick burst of energy to fight the threat or run away—internal programming that has kept humans alive for thousands of years.

While this metabolic process is all about survival, the fight-or-flight response has one major flaw in the context of modern day living: The body can’t decipher between life-threatening danger and psychological stress.

If your stress levels are high or you drink a lot of caffeine to stay alert, you may be at risk for adrenal burnout, also referred to as adrenal exhaustion and/or adrenal fatigue: when the adrenal glands can’t keep up and struggle to produce enough of the stress-response hormones, leaving you feeling sick and exhausted.

 6 Signs of Adrenal Burnout

  1. Diminished ability to tolerate stress
  2. Abdominal fat that just won’t go away
  3. Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  4. Lowered immunity
  5. Difficulty sleeping
  6. Tired in the morning and afternoon (even if you get a good night’s sleep), and more alert in the evening

 

Sound like you? Contact Ageology today—we will help you regain balance and thrive!

Great Sex During Menopause? Yes, it is Possible!

GettyImages_57443222A large study by researchers at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and the San Diego Veterans’ Affairs Department has revealed some surprisingly positive conclusions about women’s sexuality in the post-menopausal years.

If a woman’s desire for sex or enjoyment of sex drops off at menopause, and the man still enjoys and desires sex with his partner, this can be difficult for both. Couples used to bonding in this way may miss that closeness. A man whose desires haven’t flagged may feel frustrated and sad when his partner begins to turn away because sex hurts or desire wanes. READ MORE →

Can Testosterone Lengthen a Man’s Life? (Part Two)

MyHealthNews-1Testosterone replacement therapy remains a hotly debated topic in the medical world. As an Ageology physician, I, along with the rest of the Ageology network, strongly believe that testosterone replacement therapy lengthens both a man’s lifespan (how long he lives) and healthspan (the period within lifespan where an he is healthy and thriving, not just surviving) when prescribed to treat a lack of this hormone. READ MORE →

Can Testosterone Lengthen a Man’s Life? (Part One)

riwan-1A few months back I clicked on an article in the Washington Post because of its intriguing headline—“New study highlights the role of testosterone in longevity.” I was hoping to see further evidence in favor of the benefits of testosterone (T) replacement for men that have decreased levels of the hormone. Here’s what I read:

Now, a study that analyzes the longevity of eunuchs, or castrated men, suggests that testosterone may play a part in shortening men’s lives.

Needless to say, that was not what I was expecting. READ MORE →

The Other Side of the Story – a Physician Response to More Magazine’s “The Hormone Hoax Thousands Fall For”

Ageology: Dr. Paul Savage. July 1, 2013. Photo by Andrew Collings.I am a board-certified physician who specializes in integrative metabolic medicine.  This means that I have made it my life’s work to help people overcome the health challenges that increasingly confront them as they age.  The goal? To support every patient in the quest for wellness and quality of life – however that is defined by the individual. READ MORE →

Breast Cancer and Hormones: What’s the Truth?

hormonesOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a national, collaborative effort between The American Cancer Society and breast cancer charities across the country to raise funds for breast cancer research, and to bring awareness to its causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

According to The American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 American women – or 12 percent – will develop some form of invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. READ MORE →

New Study Supports Transdermal Hormone Delivery in Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

happy-middle-aged-beautiful-woman1Bioidentical hormone therapy (BHT) is a big part of what we do at Ageology. If a patient is experiencing symptoms that have not been able to be cured with traditional medicine, we evaluate them to see whether a hormone imbalance exists. Then, we start low with bioidentical hormones, building slowly until we achieve symptom relief with ideal levels (which vary from person to person). We continue to meet with the patient over time, because their needs will change as their bodies change.

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