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Mens Health

  1. March 16, 2023

    Heart Health + Hormone Replacement Therapy: Friend or Foe?

    You may already be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. But what you may not know is that cardiovascular disease is not only impacted by factors such as genetics, obesity, or smoking, but also by menopause and andropause.

    The use of hormones to offset the effects of menopause/andropause is an option, but first, we have to clarify why they have had a bad reputation, and what medical research is now showing.

    Hormone replacement therapy is bad!?

    The belief that menopausal women shouldn’t take hormone replacements stemmed from a 2002 study by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Using conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) and medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) for the study, the researchers determined that the benefits of HRT were greatly outweighed by the detrimental effects it had on breast and heart health. 

    But a later analysis of the 2002 WHI trial and newer studies have shown that use of HRT in

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  2. April 06, 2022

    Different Methods of Testing Hormone Levels at Home

    Know Your Hormone Levels and Put Your Health First

    Hormone imbalances can affect both men and women. Symptoms can be minimal, while in many cases they are severe, causing negative effects to one’s quality of life. It is important to get your hormone levels checked and address any deficiencies with a plan of action.

    How Do I Test Hormone Levels?

    There are three easy ways to check specific hormone levels: At-home Saliva Testing, Blood Spot Testing, and Urine Testing.

    Saliva Testing

    Saliva testing is a collection method where patients collect their saliva at home, utilizing swabs and plastic tubes in order to measure hormones like cortisol, estrogens, progesterone, and androgens.

    This non-invasive saliva collection is ideal for patients because it allows them to collect their sample in the privacy of their home or office. Saliva hormone testing has become a useful resource for health care providers and patients around the

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  3. April 02, 2021

    Exploring Age & Liver Spots Treatments

    Reviewing Popular Treatment Options for Age Spots

    As I stand before the mirror, observing the dark spots on my face – light brown, tan, varying in size, mainly on my cheeks, nose, and a few on the back of my hands – I reflect on the persistent quest to eliminate these harmless yet bothersome marks. Age spots, often linked to sun exposure, have led me to explore numerous treatments and products. Here's an overview of some options and their outcomes:

    Foods

    Some individuals experiment with natural ingredients like lemon juice, oatmeal, or honey on their skin. While harmless, these are unlikely to yield significant results against age spots.

    Chemical Peel

    A safe approach involves professional application of an acid-based solution to remove layers of skin, stimulating the growth of new skin. This may require multiple sessions and carries potential side effects such as scarring, infection, or changes in skin color.

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  4. November 20, 2019

    Thyroid Cancer Symptoms, Types and Treatments

    An In-Depth Perspective on Thyroid Cancer from a Survivor

    In December 2013, my health journey took a concerning turn. Blurred vision, neck stiffness, persistent pain down my left arm, and excruciating headaches left me feeling that something was seriously amiss. Amidst switching health insurance and awaiting my new primary care physician, I found myself in the throes of discomfort. Once seen by my new doctor, a lump on the front of my neck was discovered during the initial physical exam. Subsequent ultrasound results revealed multiple nodules on my thyroid gland, the largest measuring 1.5cm (0.6 inches) in diameter. The biopsy of five nodules yielded a grim diagnosis: thyroid cancer.

    My Path to Healing

    Surgery ensued to remove my thyroid gland and all nodules. Post-surgery, the remarkable disappearance of neck pain, stiffness, and left arm pain greeted me. My vision returned to normal, and in the aftermath of recovery, I felt a renewed sense of

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