Men also experience a change of life coincident with an age-related decline in testosterone, the hormone that plays a key role in everything from puberty to maintaining muscle strength and bone mass to sex drive.
It begins in their late 30s or early 40s, with a gradual drop in testosterone of about 1 to 2 percent a year. Eventually a deficit of testosterone occurs and symptoms may arise. Symptoms include depression, irritability, low energy, decreased muscle mass, weight gain, sexual dysfunction and even the occasional hot flash or night sweats.
Low testosterone levels are linked to low sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, and a poor morning erection, and if these three symptoms are present, get your testosterone checked.
“Lack of energy and motivation, poor memory, weight gain, and muscle weakness are reasons to get checked” says Dr. Jeffrey Tucker “Do you have lower energy? Are you not sleeping as well? Is your libido down? Are your erections not as good as they used to be?” GET CHECKED!
I think testosterone supplementation in aging men is probably safe in the long run. I have had patients use topical creams, injectable and implanted testosterone, and supplements that stimulate the body’s production of testosterone. My first line therapy is to recommend each man take the ‘Wellness Essentials for Men’ vitamin packets from Metagenics. You can order these from from site.
Let’s face it, sexual health is important — testosterone levels should be checked on everyone!
Testosterone is an important part of every man’s health, and I suggest to my patients that they keep an eye on their levels, and normalize them if necessary.
Alot of men have erection issues. Some can be helped by Tribulus Fruit and Ashwaganda Root. These two herbs may very well be two of the most important nutrients for every man over 40.
These are difficult herbs to get out of food sources so supplements are the best approach. As usual, I recommend a Paleo diet, eating plenty of steak, eggs, nuts & seed, and vegetables…but chances are that food just isn’t enough. As you age, hormones diminish, so we can use these herbs to help provide the hormones material.
These two herbs are included in the Wellness Essential for Men vitamin packets. I have heard of many male clients taking the Wellness Essential for Men packets by Metagenics and note improvements in
- sexual desire
- erectile function
- sexual satisfaction
If your energy is really low, I suggest the Mitochondrial Renewal Kit by Xymogen in conjunction with the Wellness Essentials for Men. The Mitochondrial Renewal Kit contains Alpha-lipoic-acid, Resveratrol, and Arginine. Alpha-liopoic-acid can help men increase desire and stamina.
- Jump start your libido
- Extend your endurance
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What YOU Can Do To Bring Your Blood Pressure Down
I do think regular Chiropractic Adjustments helps – this maintains vital nerve flow to the cardiovascular system; reduces mechanical stress to the nervous system; enhances all nutritional and dietary suggestions by allowing for optimal assimilation.
Lose 5-10 pounds because excess weight can often lead to increased blood pressure.
Give up “empty” calories like sugar, white bread, cake, cookies, pie, hard alcohol.
Try eating more fish, lean meat, vegetables, use butter, and eggs are OK.
Avoid corn and corn syrup (liquid corn oil, fructose corn syrup, etc).
Cut Down on Salt. Try to decrease the salt you add while cooking and not add any salt at the table. Avoid salt-loaded foods, such as chips, crackers, and canned foods high in sodium. Instead of salt, try cooking with other flavorings such as lemon juice, mint, mustard, herbs, curry, etc. Use your imagination!
Get More Exercise. Walk up and down stairs rather than taking the elevator. Walk the few blocks to the store rather than hopping in the car, etc. Try to be physically active every day, and be more intense about it.
Control Your Caffeine Intake – Coffee, tea, colas, and analgesics contain caffeine which can elevate blood pressure. A cup or two of coffee is not harmful, it contains lots of antioxidants.
Increase Consumption of Calcium, Garlic, Magnesium, Potassium-Rich Foods. Studies show that calcium, magnesium, garlic, and potassium may be more helpful in lowering blood pressure than salt restriction.
Increase Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Studies indicate that oils in fish may help lower blood pressure.
High blood pressure is a dangerous disease. If not brought under control, it can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
Here is a list of the supplements I recommend: You can order these from my website @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.com and link to Metagenics. They will mail these to you.
Wellness Essentials for Men/women formula — 2 packets daily
Vasotensin — 2 tablets twice daily with food. Vasotensin provides active peptides from bonito fish to help prevent the formation of angiotensin II, a potent vasoconstrictor, through their interaction with angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE). This activity supports healthy vascular function for optimal blood flow and healthy blood pressure levels.
NanaoCellQ — 1 teasspoon 1-2 times daily with meals. Highly Absorbable Coenzyme Q10 with Natural Vitamin E. Studies show that CoQ10 deficiency is present in 39% of people with hypertension. CoQ10 lowers blood pressure by lowering cholesterol levels and stabilizing the vascular membrane via its antioxidant properties.
Cardiogenics Intensive Care — 1-2 tablets 2 times daily between meals with juice. Nutritional support for healthy circulation and cardiac function. Calcium has been shown in studies to not only lower blood pressure, but also to help to prevent it. Some scientists have stated that calcium counteracts the effects that sodium has on blood pressure. Magnesium is another valuable mineral for controlling hypertension. Numerous studies show that magnesium has a positive effect on hypertension. It works by relaxing and smoothing the muscle of blood vessels and also plays a role in cell membrane permeability to sodium and calcium. Potassium is perhaps the best-known natural remedy for lowering blood pressure. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that low potassium levels contribute to the development of hypertension.
ActiFolate — 6-12 tablets daily with food. Actifolate is comprehensive folate nutrition in the active forms. Several studies have demonstrated that high-dose folic acid acutely lowers blood pressure and enhances coronary vasodilator function in patients with coronary artery disease.