We’ve previously used our blog to talk about women’s health and the services Forum Health Medical Weight Loss provides to help women feel their absolute best. Now, we want to take some time to do the same for our male patients across the state of Michigan, and beyond.
Just like women, men will inevitably start to encounter more issues with their physical, mental, and sexual health as they age. In fact, some of the guys reading this may already face some of the problems we’ll talk about. But even though the conditions will differ between men and women, the effects they bring can cause similar feelings of frustration, inadequacy, and low self-esteem.
The good news is that men don’t have to accept these issues as a natural part of aging. Backed by a knowledgeable and highly trained team of providers, Forum Health Medical Weight Loss has helped hundreds of men optimize their health and wellness through advanced treatments. Read on to learn more about common men’s health issues and the services we provide at our men’s health clinic in Michigan!
Problem: Hormone Deficiencies & Imbalances
Being young has its pros and cons. While most are grateful for the maturity and wisdom they’ve gained over the years, it’s only natural to long for the days where you had seemingly endless amounts of energy and vigor. In many ways, you spend your teenage years and your 20s believing that you’re invincible—and the rest of your life realizing that you very much are not.
It doesn’t happen overnight, but most men start to realize somewhere in their 30s and 40s that they’re slowing down. This can show in multiple different ways. Instead of having boundless levels of energy and enthusiasm, they may feel lethargic and fatigued on a consistent basis. Where they could once eat whatever they want and still build muscle, now they seemingly add 5 pounds if they even look at a piece of pizza.
One of the primary reasons for this is the body’s natural decline in hormone production as you age. The big one is testosterone, which starts to steadily decline at a level of 1% each year after age 40. Of course, testosterone isn’t the only hormone that can undergo changes. Other hormones in your body may experience an imbalance as you grow older—leading to some frustrating effects such as:
- Cognitive decline
- Mood swings
- Hair loss
- Reduced/Lost muscle mass
- Low energy/fatigue
- Weight gain
- Sexual health problems
- Memory loss/fogginess
- And more
These hormone imbalances don’t exist in a vacuum, either. In fact, certain conditions and lifestyle choices can adversely affect existing hormonal issues and lead to even more issues. Along with factors like stress, diet, and environment, conditions such as depression, anxiety, obesity, and diabetes can impact your body’s hormone production.
One of our specialties at our men’s health clinic is hormone optimization using Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. The problem with many hormone therapy clinics is that they only focus on restoring specific hormones back to their “normal” levels of production—which vary depending on a man’s age.
However, what some don’t realize is that “normal” levels of hormone production can be incredibly wide-ranging. This means that a person may still have a hormone imbalance even if those levels remain in a range most professionals don’t deem abnormal. Their imbalance is relative to the level of hormones their body normally produces.
Optimization through BHRT takes a different approach. Using a full panel blood test, our providers can precisely measure the current levels of numerous different hormones. We then utilize that information to create a fully tailored treatment plan based on individuals specific imbalances.
Rather than focusing on a return to normal, optimization aims to reverse imbalances by finding each person’s ideal production levels for a given hormone. Forum Health Medical Weight Loss providers have used this method to bring amazing results to hundreds of men across the area—most notably in terms of symptom relief and enhancements to physical, mental, and sexual wellbeing.
The best part (outside of the results)? BHRT is an incredibly simple process for Forum Health Medical Weight Loss patients! We require no in-office visits to our men’s health clinic in Michigan. We also don’t require any aftercare or synthetic hormones, and we ship all medications directly to your door. BHRT strictly uses oral medications, with the exact medication, dosage, and frequency determined by your provider based on your blood test.
Problem: Erectile Dysfunction & Other Sexual Wellness Conditions
Erectile Dysfunction is far from the only men’s sexual health problem, but may be the most prevelant and frustrating.
Most men will have isolated instances of performance issues at one point or another. However, consistent problems with ED impact as many as 40 percent of men over 40—with that number increasing to 70 percent when they pass age 70.
Why is ED so common? Part of the reason is that the problem isn’t just limited to one area of your health. Though classified as a sexual health issue, ED can stem from problems related to a man’s physical, mental, and emotional health. We talked previously about hormone imbalances, which can be one of many potential causes, in addition to:
- Conditions such as Diabetes, high blood pressures, high cholesterol, and obesity
- Frequent tobacco use
- Substance abuse
- Low testosterone
- Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns
- Certain prescription medications
- Other sexual health conditions such as Peyronie’s Disease
- And much more
Besides erectile dysfunction, perhaps the other most common (and equally frustrating) sexual health issue among men is premature ejaculation.
Equal parts frustrating and embarrassing, there’s such a stigma around premature ejaculation that most men won’t even admit the problem to a professional. Perhaps more so than ED, Mental blockage (caused by guilt, anxiety, low self-confidence or stress) is a primary culprit for this issue.
Finally, there’s Peyronie’s Disease (PD). More painful but less common than the previous two conditions, PD occurs due to a build up of fibrous scar tissue under the skin of the penis. This causes the penis to bend and curve due during erections, leading to potentially painful intercourse or a change in shape. Some potential causes include genetics, trauma, pre-existing conditions, and more.
Our men’s health clinic is proud to offer GAINSWave— the premier device for treating men’s sexual health issues, including ED, PD, and premature ejaculation.
Equipped with cutting-edge acoustic wave technology, GAINSWave is a treatment that’s every bit as effective as it is comfortable—thanks to its capabilities as a non-invasive shockwave therapy device!
But what makes GAINSWave so potent is the high-frequency, low-intensity sound waves it uses to help clear out plaque buildup and blockage in the shaft of the penis. Those soundwaves also trigger a healing response in the penis by stimulating collagen and supporting new blood vessel growth.
With its ability to remove built-up scar tissue—and increase sensation in important areas—GAINSWave is a treatment we’d recommend for a number of men’s sexual health issues. If you’re ready to get your sex life back on track or ensure stays as strong as ever, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment.
What Other Men’s Health Services Do You Offer?
We went over a few of the most common men’s health concerns over the course of this blog. However, the services mentioned here are just a fraction of everything we offer at our men’s health clinic—as well as at our Forum Health Weight Loss locations in Clarkston, Shelby, Rochester Hills, and Novi.
Whether you’re concerned about the current state of your health and wellbeing, or looking to optimize your overall wellness, our team can help! In addition to hormone therapy and male sexual enhancement treatments, we also offer a number of regenerative services, and IV therapy injections, and even skincare & aesthetic treatments.
Your Health & Wellbeing Matter—Visit Our Men’s Health Clinic
When you work with Forum Health Medical Weight Loss, you get the benefit of dedicated and knowledgeable staff. Our team will offer timely service and support, as well as all the necessary information needed to begin your testing and treatment process.
We also perform these services at our Forum Health Weight Loss locations across Eastern Michigan, including Novi, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, and Shelby. Dedicated to providing a premier patient care experience, our team customizes each plan specifically for you—providing individualized guidance and support to help you overcome your unique challenges.
If you’re ready to regain your youthful energy and exuberance, rekindle the romance in your relationship, or just be the best version of yourself, we can help! Schedule an in-person appointment today and see the difference a science-backed plan and experienced medical professionals can do for you.