Hypogonadism is the medical term for insufficient production of testosterone, the hormone that plays a key role in men’s health. Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, but new studies show that 1 in 4 men over the age of 30 suffer from low testosterone. Signs and symptoms of low testosterone in adult males include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decrease in beard and body hair growth
- Decrease in muscle mass (muscle loss or weakness)
- Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
- Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)
Decreasing testosterone can also cause mental and emotional changes. Some men may even experience symptoms similar to those of menopause in women. These include:
- Decreased sex drive
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hot flashes
Currently the most effective treatment for low testosterone is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Patients who receive TRT generally experience:
- Improved mood, enjoyment, self-confidence and sense of well-being
- Improved sexual satisfaction, function and drive
- Improved distribution of body fat
- Increased energy
- Increased body mass
- Improved memory and ability to focus
- Improved sleep quality
New advances in new stem cell research show promising alternatives to treat low testosterone may soon be available. Testosterone is actually the end result of a much longer process: Leydig cells (found in the testicles) produce androgens, which in turn is biosynthesized into testosterone. Researchers in regenerative medicine are searching for alternatives to traditional androgen replacement therapy.
The researchers turned to stem cells, since they tend to have fewer side effects than traditional treatments and can be turned into any other cell in the body. In a recent study, researchers were able to create Leydig cells from stem cells. These new Leydig cells were then tested in rodents. Not only did these cells survive, normal testosterone levels were successfully restored in the rodents. The physicians at Lyceum Physical Medicine are already familiar with the regenerative uses of stem cells, so we look forward to seeing this new treatment develop!
Testosterone Replacement Therapy from Lyceum Physical Medicine
Year after year, “lose weight” tops the list of New Year’s Resolutions for most Americans. Yet, after only six weeks, 80% of them will have given up on their goal.
Anyone who has tried diet and exercise routines knows that losing weight – and keeping it off – is hard. Statistics show that nearly all dieters (90-95%) will gain back all the weight they lost – plus some – within one to five years. Those who have gone through the cycle of weight loss and regain often feel overwhelmed and frustrated.
At Lyceum Physical Medicine, we know that the latest fad diets only feed the cycle of rebound dieting and don’t offer long-term solutions. With our medically-based weight loss and nutrition programs, we help you gain lasting control over your health.
Why is it So Hard to Lose Weight?
Diet programs like to make it seem that losing weight is a simple matter of willpower and their “special” dietary plan. In reality, long-term weight loss involves lifestyle and nutrition changes. Some of these are simple changes, such as cutting out soda and drinking more water. But it also involves hard changes, like unlearning bad habits and replacing them with new, healthier behaviors.
If you’ve been riding the weight loss rollercoaster, the good news is it’s not you. There is no magic, one-size-fits all diet: every body is unique. Family history, metabolism, activity level, gender, age, and current health all factor into how your body loses weight. That is why the diet that worked so well for your friend or coworker will not necessarily work for you.
At Lyceum Physical Medicine, our team of medical practitioners is focused on individualized care. We don’t prescribe radical lifestyle changes, surgery, or damaging medications. Instead, we use common-sense, medically-based protocols that lead to changes in body chemistry. We evaluate your health, nutritional, and weight-management goals and needs to create a sensible plan tailored to you. We know that weight loss isn’t a “quick fix”: healthy, sustained weight loss takes place over time. Our experienced doctors will guide you every step of the way and are always available to answer your questions.
Take Control of Your Health With Lyceum Physical Medicine
If you’re done with unsuccessful diet and exercise routines, schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to receive a personalized plan. Our weight-loss and nutrition programs are based in science, not the latest fads, and are customized to meet your particular needs and goals.
Call us today at (215) 508-5555 and start the journey to a healthier you.
Lyceum Physical Medicine is proud to offer groundbreaking stem cell and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapies to our patients. Advances in this field are happening every day, showing new, amazing uses for this treatment: from a “skin gun” that can help burn patients re-grow skin without scarring or painful transplant surgeries to treating meniscus tears and herniated discs in athletes. And now a new study has provided insights on the positive effects of stem cell therapy on older individuals’ immune systems and overall health.
Treating Frailty with Stem Cell Therapy
The study, conducted by the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (ISCI), tracked 30 patients above the age of 60 over the course of a year. The results showed that participants had improved functional capacity, quality of life, and pulmonary and immunologic function.
The first of its kind, the study was specifically targeted toward treating frailty in older individuals. We often think of “frailty” as a mere adjective, but in the medical field, frailty is a syndrome that encompasses the general decline of health due to the aging process. This decline can lead to weight loss, exhaustion, weakness, slowness or decreased physical activity. It also indicates an increased risk of poor health outcomes.
According to Dr. Joshua Hare, the founding director of ISCI and leader of the study, “As the population ages, it is vital that we find new therapies to allow for better quality of life and functional capacity.” The results of their research show that stem cell therapy is a viable way to improve the internal health and overall quality of life in older individuals. What beneficial uses for stem cell therapy will be discovered next?
Stem Cell Therapy in Philadelphia from Lyceum Physical Medicine
We offer stem cell and PRP therapy as in-house treatments for our patients to treat a wide array of conditions, including:
- Golfer’s and tennis elbow
- Shoulder tendonitis and rotator cuff injuries
- Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
- Soft tissue injuries, including tendonitis, meniscus tears, and ligament sprains
- Headaches – migraines and occipital neuralgia
- Ankle and foot problems, such as sprains, achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis
These therapies have proven effect at providing pain relief and even helping some patients avoid joint replacement surgery. By taking advantage of the body’s natural ability to heal itself, patients are no longer faced with choosing between living in chronic pain or having major surgery. Stem cell and PRP therapies are safe, non-invasive, ethical and powerful solutions to chronic and painful conditions.
If you would like more information on stem cell therapy, request a free in-office consultation with one of our doctors today.
We live in a time where joint replacement surgery is not the only option for relief from from arthritis or other diseases or injuries. Thanks to innovations in medicine and technology, places like the Stem Cell Institute of America are able to provide patients with safe, effective, ethical and non-surgical methods to treat conditions causing joint discomfort and immobility.
Many people are affected by common joint ailments such as sports injuries, inflammation caused by arthritis, joint pain or degenerative joint disease. Most often, these conditions are treated with over-the-counter medicine, prescription drugs, physical therapy, steroid injections, painkillers and major surgery.
However, each of these treatments carries its own set of risks. If you mask the pain with painkillers or steroid injections, one could further the damage from overuse. Prescription drugs come with possible side effects, potentially increasing your risk for stroke, heart attack and internal bleeding. Many who choose these paths end up electing for invasive and painful surgery just to see longer lasting results.
Patients don’t have to choose between living with chronic pain and major surgery. Regenerative therapies from The Stem Cell Institute of America take advantage of the body’s natural ability to heal itself and provide long-lasting results. Healing cells are injected into the area by a trained practitioner and they get to work regenerating damaged tissue.
Regenerative therapies are the safe, non-invasive, ethical and powerful solution to chronic joint pain and suffering and the future of improving joint mobility and function.
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As the old carol goes, “Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat” – and no one wants to be the goose! Between Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas cookies, eggnog, and New Year’s champagne toasts, it can be easy to put healthy eating on the back burner. Not only does this lead to an expanding waistline, it can dampen your holiday spirit by making you feel ill. Overindulgence can also lead to a habit of overeating that takes time to unlearn. But by implementing just a few simple tips, you can maintain healthy eating habits this holiday season.
6 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating
- Be realistic – The holidays are probably not the right time to start that diet you’ve been planning. Instead, focus on maintaining your current weight and learning healthy eating habits.
- Schedule time for exercise – Exercise reduces stress and boosts your metabolism, helping you burn more calories. Even a moderate increase in exercise can help offset holiday eating, such as two 10-15 minute brisk walks a day.
- Don’t skip meals – Some people think they can “save up” calories for that big meal, but that can lead to over-indulgence. Having several small meals throughout the day, or eating a light snack of raw vegetables or fruit before a party, can help control your appetite.
- Eat what you love, leave what you like – It is tempting to pounce on the buffet and simply grab every food that strikes your fancy, but our eyes are often bigger than our stomachs. Instead, take time to survey the food options and choose only those you love, leaving less favorable foods. Be sure to include vegetables and fruits to keep your plate – and diet – balanced.
- Don’t drink your calories – Soda, eggnog and alcohol are extremely high in calories and sugar, making it very easy to consume large quantities of calories without even realizing. Alcohol is especially sneaky, as it can lower your inhibitions and lead to overeating.
- Offer to bring a healthy dish – Do your family or friends tend to set out a spread of unhealthy foods? Why not call the host ahead of time and ask if you can bring a healthy dish? By bringing a dish to your holiday gathering, you can ensure that there is a healthy offering available. And the host will probably be happy to have help feeding a hungry crowd!
Get Nutrition and Weight Loss Advice from the Experts at Lyceum Physical Medicine
At Lyceum Physical Medicine, we are dedicated to helping you become the healthiest version of yourself. If you’re looking to drop a few pounds, our weight loss department will evaluate your health, nutritional, and weight-management goals and needs, creating a personalized, comprehensive weight-loss plan. If you want to learn more about nutrition and healthy eating habits, our nutrition experts offer education and personal consultations.
Don’t wait until after the holidays to start your diet: the journey to a healthier you starts today! Call the experts at Lyceum Physical Medicine for more information.