Am I Too Young for Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Mike CarragherAge Management, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hormone Replacement TherapyLeave a Comment

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has been an effective treatment for hormonal decline in men and women for decades.

As we age, our hormone production goes down, leading to a range of undesirable symptoms. Typically HRT has been used by older people, often in their 40s or 50s or older, to help correct the hormonal imbalances caused by aging. But in recent years HRT has been employed by younger people as well since hormonal decline is beginning at younger and younger ages.

No matter what your age, if you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal decline, HRT may be a good solution for you.

Am I Too  Young For Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Hormone production can be negatively affected by a range of issues, many of which can arise in adults of any age. More and more men and women are finding themselves struggling with hormonal imbalances in their 30s and 40s, sometimes even younger. Hormone production can begin to decline as early as 18 or 19 years old, so it is not surprising that some younger adults find themselves suffering from the symptoms of hormonal imbalances.

HRT for Younger Men

Testosterone levels in men typically begin to noticeably decline around age 30 and continue to decline over the following years. While a gradual decline in testosterone is normal, studies have determined that there has been a remarkable reduction in the level of testosterone in men across the board. A man at 40 today may have somewhere around 15% – 20% less testosterone than a man at age 40 just twenty years ago.

As testosterone declines, it is common to experience symptoms like lowered sex drive, decreased energy, difficulty building muscle or depression. Whatever your age, these symptoms are undesirable. They will make it difficult to make the most out of your life and can leave you feeling less happy and vital than you should.

Most men in their 20s, 30s and even possibly 40s are not likely to look to testosterone first when they experience these negative symptoms. Most think it is just a low period in their lives or attribute the symptoms to other medical issues they are dealing with. The same is true for most traditional doctors. Most doctor’s first assumption is that the symptoms are caused by other issues because they are not trained to consider hormonal decline as a cause of these problems.

Fortunately, low testosterone can often be treated effectively with HRT. Bioidentical testosterone cream or injections or other medications that increase the body’s own production of testosterone (like hCG or clomiphene)  can correct imbalances relatively quickly, which means you can get back to feeling the way you are supposed to feel.

HRT for Younger Women

The majority of women know to expect hormonal changes sometime in their 50s as menopause sets in. But women in their 30s and 40s may not think about hormonal imbalances when they start to experience symptoms like weight gain, loss of interest in sex and other issues related to hormonal decline. Instead, they may assume that something is “wrong” with them, which is unfortunate. If the symptoms are related to hormonal imbalances, they may be remedied by HRT.

Perimenopause is the medical term for the transition period into menopause. During perimenopause, the body starts to wildly varying amounts of estrogen, before the loss of production at menopause. It can start as early as the late 30s, and last from a few months to a full 10 years or more. During perimenopause, the symptoms of menopause may start to show up.

The symptoms of both overall hormonal decline and perimenopause can usually be managed with HRT. It is important for younger women to be aware of the possibility of hormonal imbalances. If you are not feeling like yourself, HRT may offer a way to correct the problem in a surprisingly short amount of time.

Maintaining Awareness of Your Body

The best judge of how you feel is you. Only you know what is normal for your body, and when things start to change to abnormal you are the one best equipped to recognize problems as they arise. When you do notice something is wrong, take action and seek help from a medical professional.

Testing for hormonal imbalances is not difficult to do. It requires a simple blood test. If the blood test shows you have hormonal imbalances, your doctor can advise you on what options you have to improve the way you feel and get you back to your best self.

Need Help With Your Hormones?

First, take our scientifically based hormone decline risk assessment – completely free (takes no more than 5 minutes). After completing it, you will find out your risk level for hormone decline and, most importantly, how to proceed with beating your symptoms.

Click here to take the male version, and click here to take the female version.

Then, if you’re interested in learning more about our comprehensive Age Management & Hormone Optimization program, contact us through this form to schedule your free consultation, or call us at 323-874-9355.

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Hormone Decline in Men: Learn 6 of the Warning Signs

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Hormone Decline in Men

Hormone decline in men is a real thing! Did you know that male hormone levels (like testosterone) decline at a rate of one percent or more each year after the age of 30?

The term male menopause is a little bit of a play on words because the hormone changes men experience are not really the same thing as what a woman goes through when ovulation stops. The more accurate term is andropause because it targets the cause of this decline more accurately. Androgens are “male” hormones, such as testosterone.

If you are a man experiencing hormone decline, it doesn’t really matter that much what anyone calls it, what matters is how it impacts your life and what can you do about it.

Do You Know The Warning Signs Of Hormone Decline?

Your hormones impact just about everything in your life – from your mood and energy levels, to your body composition and sexual wellbeing.

If you haven’t yet, take our free hormone decline risk assessment to score your hormone health, learn about how your hormones impact just about every area of your life, and learn what you can do about it.

Click here to take the male version, and click here to take the female version.

What are Hormones and Why Do They Matter?

Hormones are chemical messengers. And your body produces lots of them. They are key components in critical body functions like metabolic rate, energy production, fat burning, sleep, digestion and even sex.

Men and women produce three of the same important hormones related to sexuality and reproduction, just in different quantities:

  • Testosterone
  • Prolactin
  • Estrogen

Testosterone is the hormone that gives men defining characteristics like body hair, increased muscle mass and sperm production. When testosterone levels start to drop, there are side effects. It is really the imbalance of all three hormones that causes noticeable changes in men, though.

FREE RESOURCE: Hormone Decline Risk Assessment for Males

Why Do Men Suffer From Their Own Version of Menopause?

When a woman goes through menopause, it is a very specific sign. It means she no longer has menstrual cycles and is  no longer able to bear children. For men, the change in hormone production is less dramatic.

Baseline levels of testosterone vary from one man to the next. For men that have naturally high levels of testosterone in their blood, that yearly decline of one percent isn’t a big deal. For many men, though, by the time they are 50, they begin to notice a change in how they feel.  Additionally, baseline levels of testosterone have fallen by 15% over each of the past two generations, and there are likely environmental contributors that are affecting androgen levels in men.

So men today are feeling the effects of low testosterone at younger and younger ages.  I am seeing more and more men in my practice who have low testosterone levels as young as their late 20s and early 30s.

Hormone Decline in Men

What are the Six Signs of Hormone Decline in Men?

Since testosterone levels are different in men, and there are other hormones at play, the exact symptoms will vary, as well. Some men experience pronounced changes while others may just feel a little less motivated. But remember, hormonal decline is associated with increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, stroke, and cancer. In general, the symptoms of male hormone decline include:

  1. Low libido — The desire to have sex that drives so many when they are young is based largely on hormone production in both men and women. When testosterone levels drop, so does a man’s desire for sex.
  2. Erectile Dysfunction – This would include the loss of those spontaneous morning erections. It may become difficult to get and maintain an erection even when aroused.
  3. Sleep disturbances — Changes in the way you sleep that might include insomnia or feeling like you want to sleep during the day.
  4. Changes in Your Body Shape — Often the way fat is distributed changes as testosterone levels drop, so men develop belly fat and even breasts. You may also notice you have less muscle definition.
  5. Digestive Problems and Body Aches — You may have sugar cravings and there can be a change in your bowel habits, as well, and you may notice achy joints.
  6. Mood Changes — Low testosterone can make you feel irritable and grumpy. Or lazy and less motivated. The changes in other aspects of your life like the inability to get an erection have an emotional impact, too, like feeling depressed or anxious.

What is the Treatment for Hormone Decline in Men?

It starts with you seeing a physician who specializes in Age Management & Hormone Replacement for a check-up. Sometimes there is more to a change in hormone production than just aging. This imbalance is associated with many chronic diseases, as well, like diabetes or high blood pressure. Changes in how you feel and your sex drive or sexual function can be the first signs of some disease processes like prostate cancer or heart disease. For most men, though, the problem is very treatable.

It’s important to get the right kind of treatment and not give in to the appeal of low-quality “hormone” products or substitutes. Stay away from over the counter brands that promise to boost testosterone or cure erectile dysfunction, for example. Men produce hormones at different levels so that one-size-fits-all solution won’t work. Plus, there are many poor quality products on the market that can potentially make your problem worse.

Customized and specific hormone replacement therapy combined with lifestyle changes like a customized exercise plan specifically designed to put your maximize the effect of your hormones and the right diet will help you look and feel better. Once your hormones are replaced and the symptoms of male menopause are gone, you can get back to the way you are supposed to feel start enjoying life again.

Need Help With Your Hormones?

First, take our scientifically based hormone decline risk assessment – completely free (takes no more than 5 minutes). After completing it, you will find out your risk level for hormone decline and, most importantly, how to proceed with beating your symptoms.

Click here to take the male version, and click here to take the female version.

Then, if you’re interested in learning more about our comprehensive Age Management & Hormone Optimization program, contact us through this form to schedule your free consultation, or call us at 323-874-9355.

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5 Facts About Healthy Aging You May Not Know

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It probably comes as no surprise that maintaining good health throughout every decade of your life will require a bit of work and dedication. You may be surprised, though, at just how simple Age Management and Hormone Optimization can be!

Are You At Risk for Hormone Decline?

Your hormones impact just about everything in your life – from your mood and energy levels, to your body composition and sexual wellbeing.

If you haven’t yet, take our free hormone decline risk assessment to score your hormone health, learn about how your hormones impact just about every area of your life, and learn what you can do about it.

Click here to take the male version, and click here to take the female version.

1. Exercise can slow some of the muscle loss associated with aging.

People with sedentary lifestyles lose as much as 3 to 5 percent of their muscle mass every decade after the age of 30. Exercising slows this age-related muscle loss.

If you’re not exercising at all, try adding small amounts of exercise, such as bicycling to work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or taking walking breaks at work. Try yoga to reduce stress.

Add a high-intensity exercise to your routine. High-intensity exercises (like sprints or heavy weight lifting) burn more calories and trigger the release of muscle-building hormones, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE). High-intensity workouts stimulate the production of human growth hormone (HGH), which is associated with bigger muscles and stronger bones. HGH also supports function of your immune system and promotes fat metabolism. Try “explosive exercises,” such as kettlebell swings and jump training, to improve muscle elasticity.

Also, vary your exercise routine to keep your muscles working differently and to keep your brain engaged.  Mixing up your exercise routine or even learning new sports increases the number of new brain cells created in parts of the brain that are integral to memory and thinking.  

FREE RESOURCE: Hormone Decline Risk Assessment for Males

2. Older adults do not need more sleep than younger adults

Most young people think that older adults sleep all the time – actually older people need slightly less sleep than do their younger counterparts. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that people aged 18 to 64 get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Those aged 65 and older only need seven to eight hours.  Much of the reason older people sleep more, especially during the day, is because they are tired due to hormonal decline, not because they inherently “need” more sleep.”

Sleep is critical in every decade of life. Getting enough sleep improves immunity so you get sick less often, stay at a healthy weight, and decrease your risk for serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes. Snoozing enough can also reduce stress, improve your mood, your ability to think clearly and helps you make better decisions.

Sleeping also boosts melatonin, also known as the “sleep hormone.” Made by the pineal gland in your brain, melatonin helps control your sleep/wake cycles so your body knows when it is time to sleep and when it is time to be alert. Melatonin is also one of the most powerful antioxidants known, so it can prevent cellular damage inflicted by free radicals. Levels of melatonin start declining when you are in your late teens; levels continue to drop throughout life. Many people find it helpful to take melatonin supplements to support healthy aging.

3. Reducing stress can decrease your risk for heart disease

Stress can occur at any age, and it can negatively affect healthy aging. The longer stress continues, the worse it is for your mind and your body. Stress can cause fatigue, irritability, and poor concentration, for example, and it can make existing health problems worse. Chronic stress can even cause disease, according to the American Psychological Association, including an increased risk of heart disease.

4. You need fewer calories as you get older

Your 40-year-old body will be quite a bit different from your 20-year-old body, of course, and your aging body has different requirements when it comes to your health needs through the years. You will not need as many calories when you are in your 40s and 50s as you did in early adulthood, for example. A moderately active woman needs to consume about 2,200 calories each day when she is in her early 20s, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015 – 2020, but she only needs about 1,800 calories per day by the time she is in her 50s. Likewise, a teenage boy needs to pack away 2,800 calories daily while a guy in his late 40s only needs 2,200 calories.

FREE RESOURCE: Hormone Decline Risk Assessment for Females

5. Taking care of your heart today can give you a healthier brain tomorrow

Research shows that healthy aging of your brain relies on a healthy heart and blood vessels when you are younger. Now is a good time to straighten out your eating habits to improve your heart health. Avoid packaged foods, cookies, potato chips and other foods that raise “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. Increase your intake of fiber, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Eat walnuts, salmon, spinach, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids to increase your “good” HDL cholesterol, which ultimately lowers your LDL cholesterol levels.

Taking the correct supplements and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will keep your brain in top shape. Hormones are CRITICAL for healthy brain function. For example, women who take estradiol after menopause have a 50% decreased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease!

Need Help With Your Hormones?

First, take our scientifically based hormone decline risk assessment – completely free (takes no more than 5 minutes). After completing it, you will find out your risk level for hormone decline and, most importantly, how to proceed with beating your symptoms.

Click here to take the male version, and click here to take the female version.

Then, if you’re interested in learning more about our comprehensive Age Management & Hormone Optimization program, contact us through this form to schedule your free consultation, or call us at 323-874-9355.


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The Body Well’s Dr. Mike Carragher & Dr. Jill Stocker Named to Los Angeles Magazine’s 2018 Top Doctors

Mike CarragherAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Dr. Stocker, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, The Body Well, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

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Los Angeles Magazine and Professional Research Services conducted an exclusive peer-review survey to determine the doctors deemed the best in their field of practice by their colleagues. We were selected in their first annual, peer-review survey sent to certified doctors within Los Angeles County and I couldn’t be more proud and excited.

Dr. Jill Stocker

Los Angeles’ Top Doctors are chosen through a rigorous process conducted by PRS (Professional Research Services), which includes voting by professional medical colleagues. That is the sole criteria for inclusion in the Top Doctors listing.  Listings cannot be bought, and advertising has no impact on the review process. The special recognition will appear in the April 2018 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

Both Dr. Stocker and I use The Carragher Method™, a healthy aging plan that I developed for patients for patients which includes cutting-edge hormone optimization protocols, Intelligent Physical Fitness to optimize fat loss and hormone utilization, a specific eating plan which is not a diet but an approach to nutrition which is both sustainable and geared toward supporting their hormones. The Carragher Method™ also incorporates lifestyle support in the areas of sleep and stress management.

To book an evaluation with either myself or Dr. Stocker, please call Aaron Epstein, The Body Well’s Director of Client Services, at (323) 874-9355.


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Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Hormones

Mike Carragheradrenal fatigue, Age Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, chronic fatigue syndrome, cortisol, Dr. Carragher, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, loss of energy, low energy, The Body Well, ThyroidLeave a Comment

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a much-talked-about but poorly defined disorder. Typically CFS presents itself as disabling exhaustion. By disabling, I don’t mean being tired in the afternoon and needing a nap. People with CFS can’t get out of bed, go out with friends, or live their best lives. They’re exhausted, and sleep isn’t helping.

But CFS also has plenty of other troubling symptoms, including memory impairment, mood changes, irritable bowel syndrome, joint pains and muscle aches. CFS is also called Immune Dysfunction Syndrome because it depletes the immune system.

To make matters worse, there’s no magic bullet for treating CFS, and plenty of contradictory theories about what causes it. Because it’s not well-understood, patients with CFS are often told it’s just in their heads and are subject to ridicule not only by friends and family but also by the medical community. Since women suffer from CFS more often than men, doctors with unconscious (or conscious!) sexist tendencies sometimes brush it off as “hysteria.”

So: Varying symptoms, no well-defined cause, and often dismissed. No wonder people often search all over the internet for information about CFS! As you might expect the tricky nature of CFS also results in a lot of internet-inspired self-diagnosing, since the symptoms overlap with so many other conditions (or because someone might have fatigue off and on and mistake that for CFS).

But the best way to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is with a doctor who understands it, by exclusion of other diseases. You have to rule out other forms of fatigue, caused by such conditions as anemia or heavy metal toxicity. And of course, you have to rule out plain old lack of quality sleep.

At The Body Well, we also keep in mind an overlooked but key factor in CFS: hormones. With my patients, I’ll make sure that hormones are optimized before giving a diagnosis of CFS, since hormonal deficiencies can cause fatigue as well! I’ll also go through the other possible culprits, making sure patients are eating well, exercising, free of toxicity, and so forth. If, after that, a patient is still complaining about disabling fatigue, I’ll be sure they are treated specifically for CFS.

At The Body Well, one approach I use to treat CFS is using thyroid hormone at high doses, several times a day. When hormones are already optimized, additional thyroid can help ease the pain of and enliven someone suffering from CFS.

I also use a hormone called hydrocortisone, or Cortef. Cortef is basically the kind of cortisone produced by adrenal glands (two glands that sit atop the kidneys). By giving Cortef to a patient, healthy levels of cortisone are restored, which results in anti-inflammatory and energizing effects, combatting both muscle/joint aches and fatigue.

Many non-specialized doctors use prednisone in an attempt to achieve the same effects. But  prednisone has many problematic side effects when used over time, whereas Cortef is very safe if used at correct dosages.

Both CFS and hormones are both often misunderstood by doctors who don’t specialize in this area, so if you’re suffering from fatigue, call The Body Well today for a knowledgeable and reasonable approach to restoring your energy levels and becoming the most energetic you possible.

Call The Body Well today at (323) 874-9355 and schedule an hormone evaluation. Or email us at

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Does Testosterone Cause Blood Clots?

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

There are so many benefits of supplementing with bio-identical testosterone, including improved cardiovascular health, better overall sense of well-being, higher energy, better sexual function, and increased strength. It’s a life-changer and even a life-saver for so many men.

So why is it that since late 2014, testosterone products have been required to include an alarming warning? The warning comes from the FDA, and alerts patients and prescribing physicians of a potentially serious side effect of using testosterone: thromboembolism (basically, a blood clot).

The two most common types of blood clots are deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg; and pulmonary embolism (PE), which is a blood clot in the lungs. Both can be deadly. 

When patients see or hear this warning, it justifiably causes concern. Even if they don’t see it, they may hear from their primary care physician that they should not take testosterone because of the danger of blood clots.

The information is meant to protect you, of course. But the fact is is that the vast majority of research shows that testosterone does not cause blood clots.

So why is the FDA label on testosterone products in the first place? What, exactly, is the risk of a blood clot when you take testosterone? And more to the point, should you worry about it?

A little history. The reason testosterone became associated with blood clots in the first place is because in 2013  Charles Glueck, M.D. published observational studies in men who had a medical condition (called Factor V Leiden) that increases likelihood of clotting. He observed that when these men received testosterone, they got blood clots.  In other words, he was studying a population of men who tended to get blood clots anyway.  And when they were taking testosterone, they got blood clots too.

He reported this to the FDA, and soon, blood clots were listed as a possible side effect of testosterone. Since the FDA’s responsibility is to protect the public, they are compelled to report any side effect reported to them. The FDA does not conduct research studies to see if it’s the drug actually causing the side-effect; they simply report what is reported to them.  So if you report to the FDA that testosterone turned your urine traffic-light-green, they would list it as a possible side-effect of testosterone.  This is the reason why the side effects lists on medications are so long.

The reason there’s a highlighted general warning about blood clots on testosterone packaging is not because blood clots from testosterone are common (they are not) or even because there is research indicating testosterone causes them (there isn’t). It’s there as a highlighted general warning because blood clots are a serious condition.

So is there an increased risk of blood clots with testosterone? No.  

What the larger body of research on testosterone shows is that men who take testosterone have no greater risk of blood clots than the general population.  Doctors who dissuade their patients from taking testosterone for fear of blood clots are doing so without the facts.  There’s no research to support it, unless the patient has an underlying clotting disorder. Even in them, the risk is about 1.2%.

Here’s what the research actually shows:  A large review article (an article which looks at multiple research studies) published in New England Journal of Medicine in 2004 states “It is reassuring that as far as we can determine, no testosterone-associated thromboembolic events have been reported to date.” And a study published by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2015 looked at looking at 30,572 men on testosterone therapy affirmed this with similar conclusions.

I confidently prescribe bio-identical testosterone to my patients without fear that I am putting them at increased risk of clots.  In my 15 years of practice, I have never seen one testosterone-related blood clot.  And the research shows that it simply does not happen.

Call The Body Well today at (323) 874-9355 and schedule an hormone evaluation today. Or email us at

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Hair Loss in Men: Causes and Solutions

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Most men are concerned about hair loss at some point in their lives, and as an Age Management Medicine & Hormone Optimization Physician, I get questions about it all the time. That’s because hair loss is a particularly anxiety-producing problem. When a man starts losing hair, his physical appearance begins to change; it can feel like a shock to his identity and sense of self. And it’s a particularly difficult problem to solve. Not only are there many different causes of hair loss, there are often multiple factors in each case, for each man. With that in mind, I’ve listed the most common causes of hair loss below, as well as their solutions.


Cause: Telogen Effluvium
You’ve probably never heard the term “telogen effluvium” before, but it names the most common cause of hair loss: stress. Work stress, life stress, stress on the body from disease or strain, lack of sleep, and more. These environmental and lifestyle factors actually interrupt hair growth and lead to thinning. The bad news is, this kind of hair loss is bound to affect many adult men, who are immersed in stressors. The good news is, it’s a temporary and fairly reversible process.

Solution: Find Peace
Do some work identifying your main stressors and eliminating or alleviating the frustration that comes from them. Of course, many stressors are ongoing or even lifelong. So meditate. Meditation each day will create peach points in your daily schedule that allow you to let go of the inflammatory and damaging power of stress. Personally, I do Transcendental Meditation (or TM). TM is the best-researched form of meditation in terms of its effects on health. Find a center near you, or check for details. Since most health challenges are related in some way to stress, getting yourself to a more peaceful life is essential anyway, so get to it!


Cause: Androgenetic Alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia is basically hormone-related baldness. It has to do with the effects of androgens or so-called “male” hormones on the hair follicle. When hormone levels aren’t balanced for optimal hair health and growth, male pattern baldness can occur in the well-known spots, the crown of the head or above the forehead in the form of a receding hairline. A man will often have a genetic predisposition for it, in which case it’s generally predictable, with visible signs of hair thinning in his twenties or even his teens. Because of this genetic component, in spite of androgenetic alopecia’s hormonal basis, it’s rare that I see this in my practice as a result of prescribing hormones.

Solution: Medication
There are well-known medications to slow down, prevent, and even reverse androgenetic alopecia. You’ve probably heard of them by their brand names: Rogaine (Minoxidil) and Propecia (Finasteride).  In my practice, my preferred medication is Dutasteride (also known as Avodart), which is similar to Propecia but is better at blocking formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone that can cause androgenic alopecia. But I generally use Dutasteride in conjunction with Hormone Replacement Therapy, because the drug has been shown to interfere with testosterone production, which can cause a whole array of unpleasant symptoms.


Cause: Hyper- and Hypothyroidism
Both over- (hyper) and under- (hypo) stimulation of the thyroid can cause hair loss. One of the ways to know if thyroid health is a contributing factor is to note if you’re losing body hair as well as the hair on your head. If so, then it’s important to get your thyroid levels checked.

Solution: Correct the Thyroid Disorder
This is a pretty obvious one. If you have a thyroid disorder that’s leading to hair loss, you want to correct the thyroid disorder. That means seeing a qualified Age Management physician, getting your labs done, and getting the appropriate treatment.


Cause: Low Ferritin Levels
Ferritin is an iron-containing protein in your blood, and low levels of ferritin can be a factor “and a commonly overlooked one, at that” in thinning hair and hair loss. To know if ferritin levels are low, it’s important to get ferritin levels checked, not just iron levels. Even if your iron levels are adequate, your ferritin may not be high enough to support healthy hair growth and strength.

Solution: Doctor-monitored supplementation
To contend with low ferritin, you need to supplement with iron. But even though iron is readily available over the counter, you don’t want to do this without medical supervision. Too much iron in your blood can lead to fatigue, constipation, gut pain, and even heart failure.

The important thing to remember is that hair loss is generally caused by a combination of the above factors. And of course, hair simply loses some of its thickness and strength as you age. Very few fifty-year-olds are walking around with the same head of hair they had when they were twenty. So while solutions are available for each possible cause, getting the right approach can be very tricky.

To comb through the details of your hair loss, call The Body Well today at (323) 874-9355 and schedule an hormone evaluation. Or email us at

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Lose Weight By Flipping A Coin: Try This Weight Loss Life Hack Now – by Rene Von Gunten, NTP

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, René von Gunten, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the most daunting things about trying to lose weight or gain muscle is that it’s a long-term commitment.

If you want to have and keep a new kind of body, you have to live a new kind of life. After all, the way you were living before didn’t get you the body you wanted. That means your dedication will need to be ongoing and long lasting. Since losing weight and gaining muscle often involves giving up the level of carbohydrates and sugar you’re used to, as well as making new decisions about other types of food, it can be a big shift in your daily life.

That can be an overwhelming thought for people just starting their journey to a better and healthier body. Life is stressful enough without adding healthy eating to the list of things you’ve got to be constantly responsible for.

To make things worse, when you do set out on your journey and mess up, you can experience feelings of guilt and shame that make you want to give up all together.

What can you do to make the whole process easier? Easy: flip a coin.

The Coin Toss Solution

The Coin Toss Solution is based on a simple premise: many people find they’re more successful at meeting their health goals (and escaping the struggle) if they take them day-by-day.

Here’s how it works:  first thing in the morning, flip a coin.

There are two sides of a coin, obviously. The side it lands on determines whether or not you’re going to eat clean that day or if deviation is okay.

Heads means: deviation from your nutrition plan is okay. So if your coin lands on heads, it means that if you mess up or eat something out of the framework you’d like to be working in, it’s not a big deal.

The tails side of the coin means: it’s going to be a clean eating day. Eat what you’ve mapped out for yourself.

You might be asking: But doesn’t that mean I’ll be eating poorly 50% of the time?

What I’ve found in my practice is that patients who use the Coin Toss Solution begin to eat healthier and healthier. A coin toss might seem small, but remember, when you do it first thing in the morning, you’re aiming your first thoughts of the day toward your health goals.

But you’re thinking about it for that day, not beyond it. When you get heads – a day when you can deviate from the mapped out diet – you know the next day you’ll be starting over again. So you can let go of guilt. The decision was taken out of your hands for the day by chance. And when you get tails (or an “eat clean” day), you’re more likely to meet your nutrition goals successfully, because the next day there’s a chance you might be able to cheat without guilt.

The Coin Toss Solution will help you if you’re struggling, but don’t leave optimal health up to chance. Call The Body Well today!

Rene von Gunten, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, is a member of the Age Management Team at The Body Well.  To schedule an Age Management/Hormonal Evaluation, please call (323) 874-9355 or email today.

About Rene von Gunten:Rene von Gunten, NTP CPT, aka “The Swiss Nutritioneer,” is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Nutritional Therapy Association. He holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University and is a graduate of the renowned mentorship program in functional medicine by Dr. Daniel Kalish. He is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist practicing at The Body Well.


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