"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Low Testosterone Linked to Diabetes Risk in Men

Good morning----Happy Cinco de Mayo and Happy Kentucky Derby Day (always reminds me of my comeback when someone tells me Premarin/Prempro are "natural hormones"---I say "only if your address is Churchill Downs!)  Hope everyone has a good start to their weekend.  Very hot here this week, temperatures about 10 degrees above normal.  The upside of that is that it will warm the subdivision swimming pool (just refilled) quickly.

We know that it's  not just women that suffer hormonal deficiencies as they age, men's menopause is called andropause.  A lot of media hype lately about male hormone replacement being all about better results in the gym, and better results in the bedroom (stronger and longer lasting erections).  However, there is far more to it than that, one of the obvious benefits is improved cardiac functioning; remember, the heart is a muscle. 

LiveScience.com presents an article this morning about another benefit (and it's a big one) to testosterone optimization-----lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.  As I am sure you all know, diabetes risk increases with age and weight gain, and can have devastating, debilitating effects on quality of life.  Diabetes is one of the most expensive health conditions known, and is a strain on the health care system (or as I prefer to call it, the disease care system).  I am so hopeful of the day that mainstream medicine will "get it" that preventing disease is a far more efficient and cost effective way to manage care than to wait until a disease is a major concern before treatment. Bioidentical hormone optimization would be a huge step in the right direction................

With this hot weather (in at least some parts of the country) be sure to stay hydrated, I know some of you skip drinking a lot of water to cut down on trips to the bathroom.  No.  That's what bathrooms are for.  Many of you who are regular readers of the blog have already heard this, but it bears repeating.....you want to drink enough so that your urine is as clear as possible.  The more yellow the colour, the more you are dehydrated.