We all experience it, you start “planning” for the December holidays two months in advance, but it never fails, somehow all of the sudden you wake up one day and realize they are right around the corner.

Linda Evans joins the ranks of Suzanne Somers, Oprah, and Robin McGraw touting the many benefits of bioidentical hormone therapy. She was interviewed on ABC News this morning and shared how she was able to come out of her depression using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

As a recognized expert in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), Dr. Stephen Center of BodyLogicMD of San Diego, CA. was featured as a guest on San Diego Living.  Dr. Center shared his insight on how men and women can relieve their symptoms of hormonal imbalance in order to make “the change” a

Exercising regularly, eating and sleeping well, and meditating each day help improve a man’s overall health and well-being. Other ways to reduce stress include solving the cause of stress, avoiding stressful situations, accepting things you can’t change, avoid procrastination, and don’t overload yourself. While taking these approaches, it is important to keep a positive attitude. Most importantly, when you do something good for yourself you should celebrate your victory and recognize the hard work you put into your efforts. All of these steps should help a man lead a less stressful and healthier life.

Depression effects nearly 19 million American adults. Have you noticed abnormal changes in your mood, appetite, sleep, or energy levels? Depression is not a weakness. In fact, it is a very common emotional experience with a variety of triggers. Pinpointing exactly what triggers an individual’s depression, which includes hormones, provides the physician with the key to successful treatment.

Since the first time I saw Dr. Archer and started on my hormone treatment, things may get me down for a day, maybe two, but that's it. I started on my new hormones on June 1, 09. I have almost as much energy as I did in my 30's. I can't wait for the 20's!! Today, I walked for the first time and I joined Weight Watchers one more time, but for the last time. I'm going to outlive Suzanne Somers!!! I'm handling the rejection which is something I've never been able to handle and I'm starting to really like me. I'm starting to paint again and starting to make my house beautiful which is why I got into this business 21 years ago.

You may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. You have some classic symptoms that may be related to estrogen dominance or an imbalance of adrenal hormones. The best way to find out is to find a qualified doctor to do an evaluation of your hormone levels with blood and saliva testing. With proper hormone balance you may be able to get off the medications which you are uncomfortable taking.

Many things can accelerate the decline of hormone levels in both sexes. Stress levels, diet, nutrition and lifestyles all contribute to hormone imbalance. Currently, one of the main culprits is stress. This is true because the stress hormone, cortisol, is built with the same building blocks as our sex hormones, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. The more stress we have, the more cortisol we demand and the fewer building blocks we have to make our sex hormones.

It's National Men's Health Week... The purpose of the observance is to raise awareness of preventable health problems and encourage the early detection and treatment of health problems affecting men. Take care of yourself and be proactive with your health, not reactive!

BodyLogicMD covers the gamut – nutrition, rest, fitness – all of those combined have helped me get in balance. I feel really great now and have been feeling wonderful! I actually felt good enough to compete in Mrs. Georgia United States 2009 and I won photogenic and tied for the Swimsuit Award (with someone who was born the year my husband and I got married)! I would never have been able to do that if I hadn’t seen Dr. Donohue. It felt so great when I won the swimsuit award – and I was competing with women in their 20’s! Taking good care of yourself and getting the right kind of medical advice can make all the difference…

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.

Using bioidentical hormone replacement therapy along with a lifestyle plan including proper nutrition and fitness to treat libido problems in both men and women has given many people their sexy back. Many people report they feel "back to their old selves" again. They are able to turn the clock back to a time when they felt sexier and were more interested in having sex.

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.

Your body will let you know how long you will need BHRT. As your body changes,the amount of hormones you will need may change. That is why we check levels from time to time. It is likely that your body will once again start producing hormones at optimal levels again once a decline in levels has been established. You may need to maintain healthy hormone levels with BHRT for the rest of your life.

If your depression began recently, chances are good that it has a hormonal basis. Many women (men have these problems too!) are placed on antidepressant medications for symptoms of depression that are really due to hormonal decline and imbalance. The antidepressants help some of the symptoms, but many will have residual depression that will require escalating doses or change to other medications until they either give up or accept how they feel as unalterable. You should see someone and have your hormones checked.

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