A new Swedish study accepted for publication by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolis — a publication of The Endocrine Society — reported on 407 patients that had experienced a stroke in their lifetime. These patients have been followed for a period of two years after the stroke. Levels of a hormone called IGF-1 have been shown to be elevated in the patients who had the best recovery after stroke.

I applaud Dr. Oz's answer on Oprah show regarding andropause or as we like to call it Man-o-pause! For men Testosterone reaches a peak at around age 25-30 and then goes down at a rate of 1-2% per year which is why as Dr. Oz points out that the onset of symptoms is very slow and not very obvious to men. The changes with menopause tends to happen over a shorter period of time so women are more aware of the changes. Men may notice a lack of energy, declining memory, increased moodiness, a decrease in libido and/or erections and a loss in muscle tone, increase in fat and a loss of stamina. Levels of testosterone are easily checked in a blood test and can be corrected with testosterone therapy. In addtion to improving all of the above symptoms, replacing testosterone also decreases the risk of heart disease and alzheimer's disease and can improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels among many other benefits. Many of the changes that men tend to chalk up to aging can be improved with testosterone therapy.

It is important for men to realize the importance of stress reduction, diet and lifestyle on their hormone levels. Men should find ways to reduce their stress such as meditation, exercise, reading, journaling or enjoying nature.

Dr. Roger Spahr of BodyLogicMD of Indianapolis discusses fragmented sleep and the connection with your hormone levels.

Insomnia in men resulting from low testosterone and sleep apnea can lead to several other problems including fatigue, reduced insulin sensitivity, low human growth hormone levels and high cortisol levels. Cortisol, the stress hormone, will increase with prolonged insomnia because of the stress on the body. Constant high levels of cortisol can create a hormone pattern that further reduces testosterone production. It can also lead to adrenal fatigue which often worsens the fatigue and insomnia.

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