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Hormone Therapeutics, a telemedicine company using comprehensive testing for personal and employee health optimization, won the Launchpad Innovative Health Startup competition for employee wellness at the national Art and Science Health Promotional Conference. 

Hormone-Therapeutics-Launchpad Victory Photo - Hunter Howard, Mike Motta, Mark Correia, Margaret Moore, John Harris, Michael ODonnell, Mary Gillis, James Hummer

Hormone Therapeutics Launchpad Victory Photo – Hunter Howard, Mike Motta, Mark Correia, Margaret Moore, John Harris, Michael ODonnell, Mary Gillis, James Hummer

Link to D CEO Healthcare article on Hormone Therapeutics Launchpad win

Launchpad Health and Employee Wellness Innovative Startup competition

The 27th annual conference was held at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO, with 1,500 healthcare professionals in attendance. Since 1989, the Art and Science Health Promotional Conference has aimed to narrow the gap between research and practice by “stimulating dialogue and engendering lasting relationship between practitioners and scientists.” The startup competition is held each year to promote recognize innovative health and wellness companies.  Five finalists were selected to present to the audience and judges for the final stage of the competition.Launchpad 2017 Health and Wellness Startup Competition

“Winning this innovative healthcare startup competition was exciting to validate our strategy around a brand new approach to employee wellness and performance,” said Hormone Therapeutics CEO Hunter Howard.  Our platform provides access to world-class testing, and physicians, in the home or office to optimize employee health and drive corporate performance.  We launched a little over a year ago with a direct to consumer telemedicine model around the Hormone Replacement Therapy service line and kept adding service lines.  We provide remote testing and can now send a nurse to any home, or office, in the country for genetic DNA testing, personalized food nutrigenomics, exercise physiology, blood, saliva, biome, telomere tests.  We call this our 360 degree Health and Personal Optimization platform allowing us to expand to employee and concierge wellness.

Extending C-Suite Employee Wellness to entire company

Hormone Therapeutics highlighted an innovated approach to Employee Wellness extending the level of care previously only extended to the C-Suite throughout the organization.  The Hormone Therapeutics team illustrated how corporations are spending $5,000 to $25,000 per executive per year sending C-level executives to wellness destinations boutiques like the Mayo, Cooper and Cleveland Clinics for annual two day checkups.  These intensive programs give a great snapshot of the executives health on that day and then they are sent home with a list of items to work on and seen again the next year.  The judges commented that the remote monitoring for personalized health and performance optimization could really change how we view employee wellness strategies. 

Hormone Therapeutics wins Launchpad Employee Wellness contest

The Hormone Therapeutics approach takes all of the same tests as the world-renowned organizations except for on-site MRI, cardiac stress and VO2 max and brings the rest to the corporation or even employee home for a fraction of the cost.  The cost savings allows companies to extend this executive wellness plan throughout the organization.  As important, Hormone Therapeutics national network of telemedicine physicians and lifestyle coaches work with the employees throughout the year with quarterly quantitative tests and goals and qualitative self evaluations rather than a one annual health snapshot. 

Winning this innovative healthcare startup competition was exciting to validate our strategy around a brand new approach to employee wellness and performance.  Our platform provides access to world-class testing, and physicians, in the home or office to optimize employee health and drive corporate performance.  We launched a little over a year ago with a direct to consumer telemedicine model around the Hormone Replacement Therapy service line and kept adding service lines.  We provide remote testing and can now send a nurse to any home, or office, in the country for genetic DNA testing, personalized food nutrigenomics, exercise physiology, blood, saliva, biome, telomere tests. We call this our 360 degree Health and Personal Optimization platform which allowed us to expand beyond individuals to employers.

 

Hormone Therapeutics is a Dallas, TX headquartered, national telemedicine company using remote testing, personalized therapeutics and lifestyle modification for health optimization. Hormone Therapeutics mission is to Add Twenty Health Years to Every Life.
 

Hormone Therapeutics wins Health and Employee Wellness Startup competition

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Healthcare Execs in DC, Hunter Howard, Mo Alkady, Craig Jennings, Joe Huffhines, Steve Hyde, Jill Schweiters

45 Healthcare Execs invited to Capitol Hill to discuss the AHCA

President Trump and the Republicans have run on Repeal and Replace since 2010 but have not been able to coalesce around what ‘replacement’ should look like.  I was offered a front row seat, with 45 other Healthcare execs invited to Capitol Hill last week, to meet with Republican Congressmen and discuss the AHCA.  The Freedom Caucus stood firm as a single unit, arguing the American Health Care Act was ‘Obamacare lite’ and a new entitlement program swapping ACA subsidies for tax credits.  They sought to repeal the entire insurance regulation infrastructure rather than amend or vote for anything that resembles Obamacare. 

Our group was comprised of YPO/WPO President’s leading healthcare companies.  We met with Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Bill Cassidy (LA) and Congressmen Chris Collins (NY), Diane Black (TN), Tim Murphy (PA) and Pat Tiberi (OH).   We had a robust give and take on the policies that affected our companies and were impressed with the passion, detailed and wonky knowledge these congressmen had on the legislative and business details of the act. 

Senator Rand Paul, Hunter Howard and Jill Schweiter

Senator Rand Paul, Hunter Howard and Jill Schweiter

The meeting was put together in November following the election to bring together a group of healthcare executives to discuss an ACA repeal.  In the end, our input was too late to impact the bill as the White House had simultaneously issued an ultimatum to Republicans to get in line and vote for the bill or suffer the consequences in the mid-term elections.  What happens next, given the campaign promises, should be interesting as House Speaker, Paul Ryan stated, “Obamacare is the law of the land.  We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

President Trump

President Trump was applauded for his out spoken support, but there are no convincing stories or quotes around his interest in the elements of the AHCA.  It likely hurt his ability to appeal to undecided voters with his lack of detailed knowledge or passionate pushing for meaningful bill specifics.

Trump’s greatest skill may be as a marketer and brander as seen in his real estate deals and knack for labeling competitors.  When many attempted to call the bill ‘Trumpcare’, the White House ran from it at the suggestion of VP Mike Pence.  He did not share the same intensity, or tweets, as on the travel ban or wiretapping claims.  Trump did voice his displeasure Sunday morning tweeting, “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!”

Republicans agreed on Repeal only

No notable US Healthcare experts supported the specifics of the AHCA or could show how this program would benefit Americans.  A Quinnipiac poll showed only 17% of Americans supported it.  High-profile, conservative lawmakers called it ‘Obamacare Lite’ and many major medical and health care groups believed the bill would harm Americans.  Moderate Republicans were alarmed by the Congressional Budget Office score projecting 24 million more uninsured and more so by the rising premiums for the low income 50-65 year olds and patients with pre-existing conditions.  Ryan risked losing even more moderates with his 11th hour exploration of removing the 10 Essential Health Benefits of insurance programs guaranteeing preventative care in order to persuade the Freedom Caucus.

One issue from not getting any support from the other side of the aisle is it provides veto power to large conservative coalitions.   This could hamper the White House from accomplishing its goals if it is unable to coalesce the moderate and conservative wings of the party in pushing through Tax Reform and the Infrastructure Bill.  We never did get to a vote to see who was bluffing and who was going to fall in line.  By one estimate, the conservative House Freedom Caucus had 22 potential no’s from their 30 member group.  Thirteen of the 50 member Tuesday Morning group were undecided going into the vote.  Nine of the 23 Republican congressmen in areas Hillary Clinton won in 2016 were potential no’s as were 9 Mavericks that do not always vote straight ticket and 6 other undecideds. These various groups held different and often opposing reasons for not supporting the AHCA.

Differences approaches between the ACA and AHCA

Prior to the 2008 election, democratic congressional leaders, interest groups and policy experts worked to develop a framework for the ACA and worked with the Presidential candidates.  After the election, this group spent 15 months, over 187 legislative days, and the House and Senate held 15 hearings and accepted more than 150 Republican amendments.  The Republican amendments, however, did not win a single Republican ACA vote when signed into law on March 23, 2007.  Nancy Pelosi in the House and Harry Reid in the Senate, led the push after the Democrats learned from President Clinton’s failed attempt to push the bill from the White House.  Last week we saw Paul Ryan and President Trump throw in the towel after just 18 days without reaching across the aisle. 

Obamacare – 187 legislative days

Medicare Part D – 166

1996 Welfare Reform – 56

1986 Tax Reform – 323

American Healthcare Act – 17

TN Congresswoman Diane Black, Chairman of the House Budget Committee

TN Congresswoman Diane Black, Chairman of the House Budget Committee

Ryan had many options with his approach, however, the wings of his party hold vastly different ideologies on the government’s role in healthcare.  He could have crafted a conservative bill with incremental changes consistent with Trump’s populist economic position.  He could have proposed modest subsidy cuts on the needy, and smaller tax breaks for the wealthiest, and tried to accommodate both the Republican Governors relying on the ACA.  Instead, the AHCA projected to increase the uninsured, reduce care in standard insurance, cut support to both low income Americans and those with serious health conditions, and provide a tax cut for the wealthy. 

Essential Health Benefits and Single Payer

We heard, through the press while we were in our meetings, that repealing the Essential Health Benefits was one element on the table to secure the Freedom Caucus votes.  The 10 EHB points are considered critical by the ACA authors to establish a standard of care that includes maternity and newborn care, preventative exams, prescription drugs, emergency services and hospitalizations.  ACA opponents claim the government is reducing consumer choice and inflating insurance costs with services not everyone wants.  I shared my concerns with eliminating the EHB provisions in creating more gaps in coverage Americans need.

NY Congressman Chris Collins

NY Congressman Chris Collins

One consistent side conversation surrounded the benefits of a Single Payer system which really surprised me from a Republican group.  One individual’s analysis showed that 31% of all healthcare costs go to either the insurance companies or revenue cycle mechanics on the provider side with little value to patient care for this expense.  The group knew that single-payer is a political lightning rod for conservatives though.  Given Trump’s fiscal conservatism and maverick qualities, do not be surprised if this path receives more consideration in the future.

What Replacement could look like: The Patient Freedom Act

One important ideological shift is that more and more Americans believe healthcare is a right the government should provide.  Senator Bill Cassidy from Louisiana shared with us, as he has with others that, “There’s widespread recognition that the federal government, Congress, has created the right for every American to have healthcare.”  Many of the conservative members of his party do not agree with this position.

LA Senator and Physician Bill Cassidy

LA Senator and Physician Bill Cassidy

Our conversation with Senator Cassidy focused on the AHCA, however, his Patient Freedom Act, co –authored with Susan Collins of Maine, is one structure the Republicans may pursue.  This more moderate bill does not repeal Medicaid expansion and leaves states free to maintain the current ACA marketplace structure at 95% of current funding.  It also gives states the option to expand government funded health savings accounts.

Moving on, for now

The Trump administration avoids getting stuck in the months of policy debate on the AHCA specifics.  Passing the ACA was a major factor in the Democrats losing so many seats in the 2010 mid-term elections. 

Nobody believes Obamacare is perfect, specifically those hurt by high insurance premiums, co-payments and deductibles.  It will be interesting to see if the government uses the powers, interestingly granted to HHS Secretary Tom Price through the ACA, to make changes to the exchanges, Medicaid and provide subsidies to middle and low-income individuals.  His actions can either support the insurance exchanges or accelerate their decline. 

 

Hunter Howard has founded three HealthTech startups: Hormone Therapeutics, Ocracoke Health, and MediGain.

Hormone Therapeutics provides patients a scientific map to health optimization through precision in-home testing (blood, saliva, genetics, telomere, microbiome) and a national telemedicine platform allowing personalized therapeutics for health optimization. We empower and guide patients to live healthier longer.

Healthcare Execs invited to Capitol Hill to discuss the AHCA

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low testosterone symptomAre you experiencing any low testosterone symptom? Do you an idea how it affects your body? Testosterone is very important not only for revving up your sex drive but for muscle building too. But testosterone receptors circulate all over the body, from the bones to the blood vessels to your brain. Hence, you have deficiency on testosterone, the health effects could go beyond the bedroom and the gym.

Below are the nine most common low testosterone symptoms but they are not solid proof of low T. To confirm, you will two blood tests that show low levels – often around 300 nanograms per decilitre or even lower, depending on the lab. Your doctor will provide an official diagnosis if you have low testosterone.

Fortunately, if low T is the true culprit, most of the low testosterone symptoms can be reversed, or at least alleviated, with testosterone therapy.

Low Testosterone Symptom #1: Your sex drive falters

Perhaps the quickest, most known and most common low testosterone symptom is disappearing libido. Nearly all patient who visits with suspected low T reports lack of sexual appetite and that includes masturbation. Aside from wanting less sexual contact, men with testosterone deficiency report fewer erotic dreams and fantasies.

Areas in the brain responsible for sexual activity, such as the amygdala, are filled with testosterone receptors. The hormone fits inside these receptors like a lock inside a key to light up and arouse you. Without the testosterone, you lose an important part of the puzzle.

The lack of sexual desire can lead to issues with erection, although low T does not directly affect the process involved in getting or keeping it stiff.

Low Testosterone Symptom #2: Your muscles shrink

Sufficient testosterone places your body in a muscle-building (anabolic) state by helping the body generate and process proteins that create the building blocks of lean mass. When the level of testosterone declines, the body shifts to catabolic state, breaking down muscle tissue instead of building it up.

Initially, you may notice that it’s harder to build muscle at the gym and lift as much weight. After a few weeks, you will notice that you’re losing muscle mass. In fact, a study on men with low free testosterone, which is measured by the amount of hormone available to attach to receptors – had a triple risk of losing muscles with aging compared to those with normal levels.

Low Testosterone Symptom #3: Your penis may shrink too

With the consistent supply of testosterone, the tissues of your scrotum, testicles and penis may shrivel or atrophy. When this happens, your penis could lose both girth and length. You will notice that your testes shrinks too, even to half the size and changes from firm to squishy.

While testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) cannot restore your testicular volume, it has a good chance of bringing back your penis to its former glory. In fact, a study published by the Indian Journal of Urology revealed that TRT in boys with micropenis can increase the size to one and half inch.

Low Testosterone Symptom #4: You gain more body fat

In a study among men with prostate cancer, it has been shown that about 22 percent more visceral fat and 14 percent more body fat were gained after a year of androgen deprivation therapy – a form of treatment which hinders testosterone’s effect as prostate cancer cells often require androgen such as testosterone, to grow.

Visceral fat is the deep abdominal fat which coats your organs, which increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

In men, low levels of testosterone support the activity of lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that drives circulating lipids into visceral fat cells, increasing them up.

Low Testosterone Symptom #5: Your mental performance declines

One of the most common low testosterone symptom is trouble with memory and thinking. In a recent study, men with testosterone deficiency for more than five years also noticed a drop in scores on their memory and mental function test.

Aside from the amygdala, other parts of the brain responsible for attention and memory have testosterone receptors too, such as the cerebrum. When there is insufficient amount of hormone for those receptors, your brain cells won’t be able to perform optimally.

Low Testosterone Symptom #6: Your mood suffers

While some of the side effects of low T such as weight gain and sexual dysfunction can really turn you blue, there is an evidence of a direct link between testosterone deficiency and your mood.

Based on a study published by the Endocrine Journal, it has been revealed that about 23 percent of young men with recently diagnosed Low T met the criteria for depression. When there is inadequate level of testosterone, it leads to empty testosterone receptors which is associated to mood changes.

Furthermore, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, can start a vicious cycle. Depression can even suppress your reproductive system to produce testosterone, which worsens the problem.

Low Testosterone Symptom #7: Your bones deteriorate

Our bone is a living tissue that are constantly tearing down and rebuilding themselves. However, when testosterone levels drop, the process of breaking down becomes much faster than the normal rate the body can rebuild it.

This results in a higher risk of developing osteoporosis and low bone density and suffering from fractures.

Low Testosterone Symptoms #8: Your heart may be at risk

The effect of testosterone deficiency on the possibility of developing heart problems has fueled controversy among experts.

On one side, low testosterone levels may be associated to heart problems. A study from the UK has found that men diagnosed with low testosterone has a higher risk of dying from heart disorder compared to men with normal levels. The theory is that testosterone can help open heart blood vessels, letting blood to flow without obstructions.

On the flip side, a number of studies have proposed that testosterone replacement therapy, particularly among seniors or those with existing heart ailments, might increase the likelihood of stroke or heart attack because they believe that TRT may thicken the blood, increasing the chances of clot formation.

Hence, if you decide to get testosterone therapy, be sure to talk to your doctor regarding the risks and benefits of the treatment. Your doctor will test your T levels after you started the therapy or make necessary changes to the dosage. If you are getting treatment by injection, be sure that your T levels are not rising too high.

9 Common Low Testosterone Symptom That Affects Your Body

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testosterone therapy for military

The Department of Defense has been studying testosterone therapy for military, finding out if it could keep the brain and muscles working optimally even during long periods of combat.

Medical researchers told that when troops are engaged in extended hours of physical activity such as contingency and military operations, they’re unable to take the calories necessary to endure the high mental and physical function.

The caloric deficit, which in some cases reach as much as 50 to 60 percent below the needed amount, may result in fatigue, muscle, cognitive decline and in men, a decline in testosterone. This leaves them susceptible to illness, wounds, injury or death.

Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Facility and the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine of Louisiana State University has conducted a study to know if keeping a normal testosterone levels in times of calorie restriction could boost combat performance or at least lessen the negative effects.

This study of testosterone therapy for military will provide insight on the role of testosterone in keeping agility, strength and brain functions.

Issues on Obesity in US Military

The study called ‘Optimizing Performance in Soldiers Study’ is ongoing at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is participated by 50 men, with ages 18 to 39. In the first phase, participants will be given food and monitored on an outpatient basis. In second phase, they will be living at the research institute, eating the same amount of calories as military men would consume in the battleground. Further, they will be undergoing rigorous physical activity, simulating the pressure of combat and hitting a caloric deficit of 55 percent below the energy expended.

In this phase, half of the subjects will be given weekly testosterone therapy for military shots to keep their levels of hormone while the rest will get a placebo. After the 28-day Phase Two, the participants will go back to their normal levels of exercise and food, and will be watched for weight gain.

The goal of the experiment is to check if they can avoid a soldier from muscle break down during calorie restriction and if they will be better able in performing a repeat mission. They try to look if not keeping the right levels of hormones could worsen their performance on the next training exercise or the next mission.

The Testosterone therapy for military study is not geared in knowing whether soldiers could transform into super warriors through testosterone injections. Rather, this $5 million research is aimed toward high-intensity stressful conditions done by combat arms troops and special operations personnel. In a nutshell, this is only ideal for the most extreme conditions.

The study is only one of the several studies of the Defense Department to discover the influence of supplements and diet on muscle mass and cognitive function.

The Air Force Research Laboratory has teamed with the Center of Nutrition, Learning and Memory, which is a partnership between the Abbott Laboratory and the University of Illinois, on how the nutrient lutein can help enhance brain performance.

Lutein is a pigment present in many fruits and vegetables. It plays an important role in learning, memory and cognition. They are studying if Omega-3 fatty acids can help special operations soldiers and recruits concentrate.

The study aims to learn if they can improve cognitive function even under stress since these young people who undergo the Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course and the Ranger School are definitely feel stressed and pressured during certain times in the programs.

Nutrition is a very important part of a soldier’s fitness but researchers of testosterone therapy for military study may unravel more insight into the effect when troops cannot eat or drink sufficiently to maintain high function level.

 

Testosterone Therapy for Military? Pentagon Considers Hormone to Boost Combat Performance

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HCG vs. SermorelinWhen it comes to promoting weight loss, the mechanism between HCG vs. Sermorelin, a human growth hormone, is different. Sermorelin is a human growth hormone (HGH) secretagogue – a peptide that stimulates the body to naturally secrete its own HGH. In this way, the HGH that is produced is intrinsic, which means there are no concerns in terms of purity of the hormone.

Sermorelin works by gradually increasing the production of HGH after administration for several weeks. It causes the body to manufacture its own HGH, while the hormone HGH is usually given for weight loss and anti-aging purposes. HGH and Sermorelin have varying effects, and Sermorelin turns to be a popular anti-aging treatment that has some weight loss benefits.

But, between HCG vs. Sermorelin, HCG still wins when it comes to promoting weight loss. Read the explanation below.

The Recent Use of Sermorelin for Weight Loss and Anti-Aging

HCG is a widely used hormone for the main purpose of shedding pounds. When taken with a very low calorie diet, it is clinically proven to be effective in helping with weight loss. On one hand, most people use Sermorelin for anti-aging purposes, and it is proven to have a wide array of positive effect on the body. While weight loss can be achieved through Sermorelin therapy, it is seldom the main objective of the treatment.

Often, the main objective of Sermorelin treatment is to replenish low HGH levels that come with the natural aging process or other possible causes. Sermorelin can cause a moderate weight loss, however, it usually requires a combination of a healthy diet and exercise. Also, it can be harder to lose weight using Sermorelin alone than to HGH.

The Benefits of HCG Diet

The HCG diet is designed to assist the body in losing as much weight as possible by making the most of the hormone’s effectiveness. The HCG diet restricts certain foods that may cause interaction to the hormone. On top of that, it was developed through a scientific research.

One of the benefits of HCG diet is that is it does not require exercise to lose weight. Anyone who desires to trim down as quickly as possible should consider following the HCG diet. After completing the diet, if the patient has a deficiency of HGH, it can easily be increased through Sermorelin treatment.

Though HCG is better for losing weight than Sermorelin, Sermorelin is still necessary for patients with minimal to significant HGH deficiency. It provides a good way for patients to achieve a healthy metabolism, shed some pounds, get more out of their exercise efforts and develop more muscle mass. However, the HCG diet provides the fastest way to take out extra weight in the shortest span of time.

On the other hand, there is no particular Sermorelin diet that can help boost the weight loss potential of the therapy. It can result in weight loss only if given as a treatment for a long period of time. The result is normally around 5 to 10 pounds of weight loss over the course of four to six months. This requires very minimal to no exercise.

HCG vs. Sermorelin for Weight Loss

As mentioned before, weight loss is just a side benefit of Sermorelin treatment and each person may experience varied results. Generally, the weight loss effect that Sermorelin can provide is very limited. It is an effective treatment for those who are deficient of HGH and it can also be used to maintain a healthy weight when done with exercise and healthy diet.

But HCG still won the round when it comes to losing weight for a short period of time. It can cause up to 40 pounds weight loss in a span of six weeks when done with a very low calorie diet. HCG for weight loss has been proven to be one of the best and most effective weight loss treatments to date and for patients who want to shed some extra weight, there’s simply no other treatment or hormone that could work better for most people.

When combined with exercise, the best that Sermorelin could offer is maintaining a healthy weight. The HGH loss that happens with aging is relevant to the reduction of muscle mass and increase in body fat. Such loss could also slow down metabolism of body fat, the reason why it’s easier to gain weight as we begin to age and more difficult to lose it. Sermorelin can help you with all these issues. It can help bring back a more vibrant metabolism, so the food you eat is not transformed into fat. It also helps improve muscle mass so you can burn more calories even without working out as well as the abnormal fat that you have. Overall, it is a good option for aging adults who desire to maintain their weight.

One of the main benefits of taking Sermorelin is that you’ll recover faster from your workouts and you build more muscles than without the therapy. Like a young man who can exercise while still keeping a high level of endurance and energy, Sermorelin can help boost your energy level when exercising and help your body maximize the benefits of your workouts.

And the result? Your body will respond better to any physical activity. In order to achieve significant weight with Sermorelin therapy, you need to have to exercise on a regular basis. Since exercise isn’t a requirement when under HCG, it is usually more convenient for patients, particularly those whose main goal is to lose lots of pounds.

Sermorelin for Restoring Normal Sleep Cycle

Sermorelin has been proven to be an effective therapy for people who desire to bring back their normal sleep cycle. Insomnia and other abnormal sleep cycle are associated with weight gain. People who sleep late at night tend to eat out of boredom or stay alert. Many people with sleep issues and disorders are linked to weight gain. Sermorelin has been found to help adults experience more sleep and improve the quality of their sleep even within a few days of the treatment. By having a better quality of sleep, it will be easier to keep a healthy weight.

Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep a day to feel adequately rested. If you are an aging adult who has sleep problems and is having issues with weight, you definitely should consider starting Sermorelin therapy.

 

The Difference Between HCG vs. Sermorelin for Weight Loss

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gluten intolerance

Nowadays, more and more people are experiencing digestive health problems from consuming wheat or gluten, called as gluten intolerance or sensitivity. Gluten is primarily found in rye, barley and wheat and gluten intolerance can lead to a number of symptoms.

What is Gluten?

Wheat is a form of grain commonly found on cereals, breads and pasta. It can also be found in small amounts in condiments such as salad dressings. Another common source of gluten is barley. It is often used for brewing. The last form of grain that contains gluten is rye. It is often used in cereals, breads and beers. Consumption of these foods and beverages is usually how a person finds out their sensitivity or intolerance on gluten.

Celiac disease is serious form of gluten intolerance. It is recognized as an autoimmune disorder that causes damage to the small intestine. When a person with Celiac disease eats a food that contains gluten, his body initiates an abnormal response, attacking the intestines directly and eventually, the damage incurred to the intestines can have a significant effect to the body’s ability to absorb nutrients properly. If left untreated, Celiac disease can lead to long-term health complications.

Individuals with gluten intolerance usually find their symptoms subside or lessen when gluten is eliminated from their diet. Having said that, certain symptoms surface that may indicate a person is sensitive to gluten.

Signs of Gluten Intolerance

Sudden Weight Gain

Unexplainable, unexpected weight gain can be confusing to many people with gluten intolerance. In general, weight gain due to gluten intolerance leads to two things – 1) gut permeability and malabsorption, which are the negative effects of gluten sensitivity and 2) systemic inflammation, triggered by gluten. Individuals intolerant to gluten should avoid gluten from their diet in order to revert back to their healthy weight level.

Mental Fog

Mental fog, also known as brain fog, is not a medical diagnosis, but a collection of symptoms such as forgetfulness, confusion, lack of focus and mental clarity, that can be subtle in nature. However, it is one of the commonly reported symptom among people with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. In a study published by the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, scientists found out that abnormal reaction to gluten in a group of antibodies called as Immunoglobulin (IgG). It is thought that such reaction has a negative effect on cognitive performance.

Dental Health Problems

A study has found a connection between gluten intolerance and apthous stomatitis, which is a condition characterized by recurrent mouth ulcers and sores. In addition, because of malabsorption, gluten-intolerance individuals often have very low levels of calcium – an essential mineral for healthy teeth.

Poor Immune Function

When one is intolerant or sensitive to gluten, IgA antibodies have a counteracting effect on the body’s immune system. IgA antibodies are mainly found in the saliva and gastrointestinal tract and are the body’s first line of defense against flu, colds and other illnesses. When these antibodies oppose our immune system, we are susceptible to contracting such illnesses.

Headaches/Migraines

Surprisingly, migraines are quite common among gluten-intolerant individuals. Migraine is a type of headache that can cause moderate to severe throbbing pain, often on one side of the head. It is usually accompanied by vomiting, nausea and extreme sensitivity to sound and light. In one study participated by gluten-sensitive group, 56 percent of the participants had migraines or headaches, while 14 percent reported experiencing chronic migraines or headaches.

Skin Problems

Due to malabsorption caused by gluten intolerance, it affects several areas of the body, including the largest organ – the skin. Gluten has been associated to psoriasis, dermatitis herpetiformis, acne and eczema. Skin problems caused by gluten intolerance often include itchiness, rashes, burning, redness and even blistering. Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is actually a serious skin condition marked by itchy, fluid-filled blisters.

Muscle and Joint Pain

The effects of inflammation triggered by gluten intolerance is the main reason for the joint and muscle aches. Joint inflammation is a very common symptom of gluten sensitivity. Studies have also found a connection between joint pain and arthritis with sensitivity to gluten.

Fatigue

This symptoms is quite similar to mental fog in the sense that that reason behind is still a puzzle. There is little scientific evidence to support the relationship or connection between exhaustion or fatigue and gluten intolerance. But medical professionals believe that sensitivity to gluten is related to fatigue because of inflammation and the abnormal distribution of the body’s energy reserves.

9 Telltale Signs You May Have Gluten Intolerance

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fight depression

Did you know you can fight depression by supplementing testosterone? In January 2003, a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry revealed that testosterone replacement therapy can effectively fight depression. These men had been found to have low testosterone levels, aside from depression. But these two health issues have been found to have a common correlation. The research study monitored and analyzed the responses of the participants who took TRT to a series of psychological tests.

What they found was that the subjects experienced higher moods, a reduction in suicidal thoughts and felt less guilt and anxiety. Such results indicate that testosterone hormone can influence both the body and mind. 

Both men and women require testosterone to address different bodily functions. Studies have shown that androgens such as testosterone provide a positive effect on well-being.

Our hormones plays a major role in regulating our emotions. When there is an imbalance or deficiency of a specific hormone, it can cause symptoms of anxiety and depression. Such effect isn’t only limited to a deficiency of testosterone. Studies have also shown that an excess or insufficiency of thyroid hormone could result to depression. Further, it has observed that women’s anxiety is significantly reduced when given bio-identical progesterone cream before sleep.

Are you suffering from depression? Your depression could be due to a hormone deficiency. It is necessary to keep a healthy, balanced hormone level for emotional stability. To add, Hormone Therapeutics offers pharmaceutical nutrients that can help fight depression and anxiety symptoms. Our program concentrates on optimizing brain chemistry, balancing hormone and reducing stress.

The Use of Sleeping Pills to Fight Depression

A number of sleeping pills are benzodiazapines or ‘sedative hypnotic’ drugs that may also be used for the treatment of stress and anxiety. But such drug is linked with a number of risks. Most of these sleeping pills are highly addictive and not advised for long-term use. The side effects include drowsiness, dizziness and impaired coordination. Since they act on the brain chemistry, nervousness, memory impairment, hallucination, confusion and aggressiveness or extreme irritability could also be observed.

Fight Depression with Hormone Replacement

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prohormonesMany people don’t have any clue what prohormones are. Often, they mistake methylated oral anabolic steroids with prohormones. Methylsten, DMZ, Mithras, Trenavar among others are only steroids sold under different brands to confuse or trick authorities and consumers. The reason why methylated steroids are the worst kind is that methylation can damage the liver. Steroids taken orally are more hazardous compared to injectables. Real prohormones are the most ideal and safest option as they taken sublingually.

 

What are Prohormones?

Prohormones are known as precursors of a hormone.  On the other hand, steroid hormones are made from cholesterol. Usually, prohormone are pro-DHT or pro-testosterone, which is the most abundant naturally-occuring male steroid hormone. Keep in mind that steroid hormones labelled as prohormone are not real pro-, they are only active steroid hormones.

Today, selling hormones is illegal, except for birth control pills. However, it is legal to sell supplements that are:

  1. One that naturally occurs in the body
  2. Not an active hormone

The legal and safe prohormones are the non-methylated form that your body generates in the process of producing testosterone and other highly potent hormones that are found in the body.

A real prohormone will be turned into the specific desired hormone when it enters your body. Every prohormone does unique task. So it is important that you choose the one intended for your goal. Keep in mind that all claims are 100 percent dependent upon proper exercise and diet. Also, consult your healthcare provider before taking any prohormone supplement.

Hormone Therapeutics Testosterone Therapy

Being a leading provider of low testosterone therapy solutions, we are always looking for newer ways to improve blood testosterone levels for our patients. We believe on improving testosterone levels with not only different testosterone treatment options that we offer, but also with diet, exercise, and therapeutic methods. Over the years, we have seen that our patients have greatly benefited from our Low-T therapy and treatment solutions, and our network of patients have grown across across all major cities of United States, including: Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Jersey City, and Seattle.

If you or a loved one is dealing with low blood testosterone levels, contact us today to get a free evaluation of your Low-T symptoms and see how our treatment options can help you with your low testosterone.

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weight loss amino acids Take caution when considering weight loss amino acid supplements that make unsupported claims. Nowadays, more and more amino acids such as branched-chain amino acids, are popularly sold for losing weight.

But upon deeper look, it seems that the evidence supporting these claims is outdated and limited. A component of protein, amino acids are present in a wide range of foods. However, until a well-established and proven research is done supporting the effectiveness of weight loss amino acids, it is still best to follow proven strategies of losing weight. Fortunately, you can include whey protein into your diet to help in weight loss.

Weight Loss Amino Acids #1: Branched-Chain Amino Acids

Valine, leucine and isoleucine are the widely marketed weight loss amino acids today. Called as branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), it became popular as a weight loss aid after a limited research as published in the 1990s, suggesting that incorporating BCAA with a calorie-restricted diet promotes weight loss. In January 1997, a study was published by the International Journal of Sports Medicine, revealing that intake of BCAAs resulted in significant weight loss among elite wrestlers when combined with calorie restriction. However, a recent research had been published confirming that the finding of the previous study lacks many aspects, making it difficult to confirm whether BCAA supplement intake alone can effectively trigger weight loss.

Weight Loss Amino Acids #2: Phenylalanine

Phenylalanine is an amino acid often used to suppress appetite. But, like BCAAs, the evidence supporting this claim is still outdated and limited. While phenylalanine may work in controlling appetite, the only available evidence that was published to support this was in the 90’s. In June 1994, a study was published in the journal Metabolism, with findings that phenylalanine can trigger the release of the cholecystokinin, a hormone that has appetite-suppressing effect.

In the study, participants who took Phenylalanine 20 minutes before the meal ate less calories and reported feelings of fullness than the subjects who took a placebo. If such claims are true, then phenylalanine may provide weight loss benefits with its potential appetite-suppressing effect. But more studies that yield similar results are necessary to establish this claim.

Whey Protein

When producing cheese, the watery part of the milk called the whey is a high-quality protein that is commonly used to aid weight loss. This part is separated from the curd. You can easily find whey protein supplement, which is usually in powder form, sold in your local health food shops.

Whey is packed with nutrients such as bioactive peptides and calcium. It also contains weight loss amino acids such as BCAAs. When taken with a reduced-calorie diet, it may speed up fat loss and help build muscle mass. In a study published by the journal Nutrition and Metabolism in 2008, whey protein supplement caused more weight loss compared to diet alone.

A Closer Look on Weight Loss Supplements

If you think you need the extra help of a weight loss supplement, you need to know which is proven effective and which is not. Weight loss supplements that are effective are not magic pills that let you eat whatever you wish and still lose pounds. Of course, you still have to reformat your eating habits and exercise.

Better consult your healthcare provider for advice on which is safe to take. Orlistat is a non-prescription, FDA-approved drug for weight loss management. It can help in weight loss by blocking fat absorption in your digestive system. Another is the African mango extract. There are numerous studies published about it that is found to help weight loss and improve cholesterol.

Hormone Therapeutics Testosterone Therapy

Being a leading provider of low testosterone therapy solutions, we are always looking for newer ways to improve blood testosterone levels for our patients. We believe on improving testosterone levels with not only different testosterone treatment options that we offer, but also with diet, exercise, and therapeutic methods. Over the years, we have seen that our patients have greatly benefited from our Low-T therapy and treatment solutions, and our network of patients have grown across across all major cities of United States, including: Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Jersey City, and Seattle.

If you or a loved one is dealing with low blood testosterone levels, contact us today to get a free evaluation of your Low-T symptoms and see how our treatment options can help you with your low testosterone.

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TRT mistakesHere are some of the most common TRT mistakes that patients and even doctors make when following a testosterone therapy.

TRT Mistakes #1: Choosing a treatment plan that does not suit your personality or lifestyle

Many TRT doctors only prescribe the testosterone protocol they are comfortable or familiar with, whether it is gel, injection or even pills. However, not all protocols fit every person’s personalities or lifestyles. For instance, if you sweat a lot or do lots of workout, using transdermal patches or creams won’t be as effective as testosterone injection as the testosterone content of transdermal patches won’t be completely absorbed.

Another thing, if you are afraid of needles, testosterone injection will surely be the most uncomfortable situation. Say, you are fine with needles, but what if your doctor does not want to teach you how to inject on your own? Do you have time to drive to his office every week for your injection? Does it fit in with your schedule?

Look for a doctor who knows all TRT protocols and is diligent to ask you about your personality and lifestyle. Otherwise, you might end up discontinuing a TRT protocol because it didn’t suit your lifestyle, your work or your personality.

TRT Mistakes #2: Taking the wrong dose

When you encounter a person who speaks that TRT didn’t work for him, it often has to do with the dosage. You have to understand that testosterone replacement therapy varies from patient to patient. A dosage that could increase a person’s total T to 700 may only bring your up to 400. In addition, a total testosterone level of 700 might be enough for one person, letting him enjoy all the benefits of TRT but for you, it might not be enough.

The dosage and its frequency have to be adjusted from time to time so you make the most you can out of TRT.

TRT Mistakes #3: Cycling testosterone

Maybe because of reading too much bodybuilding magazines, some patients assume that testosterone should be cycled. Cycling is only suitable for users of anabolic steroids whose main goal is to add more muscle mass or enhance performance. However, it is not appropriate for TRT.

Simply put, when you use TRT, your testes take a rest from manufacturing testosterone. If you just stop TRT immediately, you are left with nearly zero testosterone in your body, and at this point, everything goes south. Decreased libido, weight and depression set in. This means that all the benefits you enjoyed with TRT revert. If you decide to stop using testosterone for some reason, work with your doctor to ensure you’re doing it effectively and safely.

TRT Mistakes #4: Wrong Management of Possible Side Effects

Nearly all possible TRT side effects can be managed easily, whether they include hair loss, acne, moodiness or an increase in hematocrit or PSA (prostate-specific antigen). It is important to manage these side effects effectively as it is necessary for the long-term success of your testosterone therapy.

Of course, no one wants to experience these side effects through TRT only to be replaced by another set of side effects. Oftentimes, it is only a question of dosage adjustment or the delivery system but they may sometimes require extra medications.

TRT Mistakes #5: Not living a testosterone-friendly life

Smoking, being overweight, drinking in excess, not having enough sleep, avoiding exercise and taking blood sugar for granted are some of the biggest TRT mistakes that you should avoid. These shouldn’t be part of your lifestyle. Testosterone replacement therapy can create a 180 degree turn in your life. It can make you feel like in your 20s or 30s.

All those bad habits mentioned can greatly deplete your testosterone reserve and no amount of TRT can compensate to offset such kind of lifestyle. It’s best to practice as many healthy habits as possible to make your TRT experience better.

TRT Mistakes #6: Poor compliance

Testosterone therapy requires 100 percent commitment. Like any medication, if you forget to inject or rub cream after a morning shower, it’s not going to give you its expected results. Failing to administer or apply it and it will not work and the long-term outcome will be compromised and unsatisfying.

In addition, poor compliance to TRT has its own inherent consequences. When your T levels keep on fluctuating from highs to lows, you could experience possible swings in your performance, energy and functionality.

There are lots of ways to help you remember your application or injection schedule. You can mark your calendar beforehand, place notes on your fridge or use mobile apps. Find one that will work for you.

TRT Mistakes #7: Choosing the wrong doctor

Today, more and more dentists now provide Botox injections, but that is definitely not part of their training and they are not more qualified, as far as education is concerned, to provide Botox more than a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. But many dentists see it as a way to augment their income.

On a similar note, many doctors have joined the TRT bandwagon. They do not have the expertise to give testosterone, but they simply do it as a way to increase their income. The problem is, there’s more to TRT than just giving a prescription. Testosterone therapy isn’t just simply elevating your T levels, it is helping your patients find their optimal T levels. 

Further, you need one who is knowledgeable in managing any possible side effects of TRT, including other aspects of the TRT science such as the adjunctive therapies.

Finally, you need one who applies what he prescribes. In this case, a doctor who is under TRT himself, who lives a healthy lifestyle and exercises, has the firsthand knowledge into TRT compared to a conventional doctor who only prescribes TRT on the side.

Consider the possible costs before choosing a doctor as well. Do your own homework in finding the right doctor for you.

TRT Mistakes #8: Overlooking estrogen levels

As mentioned in Number 2, the leading cause for having less stellar results with TRT is wrong dosage. The second most common problem among patients who say TRT didn’t work for them is the failure to keep track of their estrogen levels.

When the body metabolises testosterone, it turns into other chemicals such as DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) and estradiol. Estradiol is a metabolite of estrogen, the major hormone in women. Though men require a certain level of estrogen to maintain vascular health, excessive levels can cause gynecomastia, weight gain, extra body fat and subtle mental changes. Excessive estrogen can also hinder the benefits of TRT.

This problem can be very easy to control, but first, you have to find a capable TRT doctor to recognize and fix it.

Hormone Therapeutics Testosterone Therapy

Being a leading provider of low testosterone therapy solutions, we are always looking for newer ways to improve blood testosterone levels for our patients. We believe on improving testosterone levels with not only different testosterone treatment options that we offer, but also with diet, exercise, and therapeutic methods. Over the years, we have seen that our patients have greatly benefited from our Low-T therapy and treatment solutions, and our network of patients have grown across across all major cities of United States, including: Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Jersey City, and Seattle.

If you or a loved one is dealing with low blood testosterone levels, contact us today to get a free evaluation of your Low-T symptoms and see how our treatment options can help you with your low testosterone.

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