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  • June 2018
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Men’s health, hormones and aging

In June, we celebrate Father’s Day and we acknowledge the special men in our lives. It’s a great time to consider men’s health and making sure they stick around for a very long time.

Men’s health has often been referred to as the “silent health crisis” because most men don’t visit the doctor; at least, not as often as women. In fact, most men take better care of their cars than they do themselves. There are plenty of excuses: “I don’t have a doctor,” “There’s nothing wrong with me,” “I’m just getting old,” “It costs too much.” Does this sound familiar? If the men in your life think that wellness is expensive, they should consider the cost of illness.

There are many health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar, that are, in fact, silent. Often, the symptoms are not easily recognizable or significant until it causes a big problem like a heart attack, a stroke or death. Discovering a smaller issue through preventative care can be a lot easier to deal with than be sidelined by a big one. Imagine the loss of work and being away from your family and your life. Along the same lines, doctor visits tend to be less expensive than a hospital stay. Creating a wellness plan with a health care professional, especially one who practices functional medicine, can not only increase the length of your life, but also increase the quality of life.

Andropause, also known as male menopause, testosterone deficiency or low T, has been found to contribute to many of the silent health issues affecting men. Declining testosterone levels in men are inevitable as they age. It begins around age 40. Levels continue to drop by 1-2 percent yearly after age 40; however, most men do not begin to notice until their 50s. The symptoms that typically motivate a man to “do something about it” are usually the obvious, annoying symptoms like erectile dysfunction, loss of libido or declining strength and energy. The reality is that these symptoms can be an indication of something much bigger and life threatening. For instance, erectile dysfunction has been directly linked to blood flow issues caused by high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Inadequate blood flow in one area of the body is a good indication it is going on in the rest of the body.

Treating andropause is essentially about preventative medicine during the aging process. The goal of hormone experts who practice responsible hormone management is to achieve an optimal level for each individual male. Restoring their hormone levels to the levels they had when they were in their mid-30s. It isn’t about bulking up or becoming the next Mr. Universe, it’s about protecting the various systems in the body (bones, heart and circulatory, muscles) that are directly affected by declining hormones, which occur naturally as we age. If we begin to take this into account, we will not only improve the quality of life of the men in our lives, but it can be cost savings in the long run. The savings overall could be tremendous and experienced in our health/wellness, relationships, our finances (individual/societal) and our lives in general.

Testosterone replacement therapy, when done correctly with careful monitoring and follow-up labs, can make a world of difference. If you or someone you know is experiencing signs/symptoms of low testosterone — be proactive, get tested and start making changes today. 

Vicky Romanski, FNP-BC, APNP

Vicky Romanski, FNP-BC, APNP, is a functional medicine Nurse Practitioner at Wise Woman Wellness, LLC. Romanski combines the best of conventional, functional and integrative medicine to help women with female, thyroid and adrenal hormone issues to live healthier, more abundant, joy-filled lives. She is also the Wise Woman Wellness Men’s Vitality Program Director and helps men eliminate their uncomfortable hormone imbalance symptoms and increase energy and longevity. Wise Woman Wellness is an innovative wellness and hormone care center located at 1480 Swan Rd, De Pere. Please contact her at 920-339-5252 or via the internet at

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