How Severe Is Your Erectile Dysfunction? Take Our ED Self-Test

How Severe Is Your Erectile Dysfunction? Take Our ED Self-Test

Take our ED Self-Test to find out exactly what your erectile dysfunction symptoms are and find ways to move forward and get the help you need.

If you have Erectile Dysfunction, also known as ED for short, you may have wondered where you lie on a scale from minimal to severe in symptom severity. Our compassionate team of experts at Genesys Men’s Health is here to help. 

Erectile Dysfunction Explained

Erectile Dysfunction is characterized by not being able to get or sustain an erection that stimulates intercourse. Sometimes, symptoms of ED can manifest themselves when an individual is under increased amounts of stress. If the symptoms are occurring more frequently, you may need to see a specialist to find out how to get you the help you need. Generally, if you are living with symptoms for six months or longer, it is considered Erectile Dysfunction.

How Does Erectile Dysfunction Start?

ED usually is not common until a man’s age range is from 20-70. Aging is a risk factor for this disorder, which is why you tend to see more characteristics or symptoms manifesting as you get older. Even though this is the case, you can still have Erectile Dysfunction and be younger than 30 while still experiencing symptoms.

What Factors Cause ED?

There are a slew of causes of Erectile Dysfunction, and they are as follows:

  • Diabetes
  • High-blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Depression 
  • Relationship troubles
  • Stress
  • Prescription medications
  • Drug use
  • Alcohol use
  • Sleep issues
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Injury or scar tissue to the private penis area

If you are experiencing some of these symptoms but still aren’t sure, taking an ED Self-Test can give you a better idea of where you stand.

What Are The Common Symptoms of ED?

If you find that you are having trouble getting an erection, see an increase in a lack of sex drive, or have trouble keeping an erection, you might have this disorder. 

At What Age Should I Get Screened for ED?

Males between the ages of 20-70 and above can suffer from Erectile Dysfunction. Depending on your situation and if you feel you are experiencing symptoms, you can determine if getting screened is in your best interest. Talk to your doctor about what you are dealing with and they can get you started on the path to feeling like yourself again.

What Can I Do Now to Offset or Prevent ED?

No matter what your age, taking care of your body will always yield positive results. If you are older and do not opt to exercise regularly, start adding in some light to moderate exercise daily. This can look like taking a 30 minute walk every day. Something so simple can actually lead to a 41% decrease in risk of ED. 

Participating in yoga can also have positive effects on ED. Yoga is a calming practice that improves blood flow to every area of the body, and that does include the penis. Not only does it provide physical benefits like increased blood flow, the calming effect it has on the mind is considered a large benefit for mental health as well. Aside from moving your body, you can also consider your diet and what you eat in a day. Take a mental inventory of the main foods you eat. Here are a few questions you can use to get you started thinking about how to turn your diet around to positively shift your chances of getting or experiencing ED.

  1. Are the foods you eat mostly packaged?
  2. Are the foods you eat high in sodium?
  3. Do you drink less than  ½ your body weight in ounces of water every day?
  4. Is your sugar intake more than 26 G per day? If so- how much?
  5. Do you eat a nutrient lacking breakfast?
  6. Is your diet filled lacking colorful fruits and vegetables?
  7. Do you feel depleted in energy from what you eat?
  8. Are you eating high fat at each meal?
  9. Do you eat when you are bored or wait until you are hungry?
  10. Does someone else grocery shop for you?

If you answered YES to more than 3 of the above questions, you know you need to start today and work on drastically changing your relationship with food as soon as possible. Eating a balanced meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a great place to start if you are overwhelmed on what to do first. Eat for fuel and see how well your body responds. Make sure to drink enough water and fill your plate with veggies. Staying at a personal healthy weight will be a key factor in aiding you in combatting the effects or symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction. Everyone has a body that is different and unique to them. One man’s weight at 165 pounds might be a healthy normal for him, while others could be 180 pounds. There is no cookie cutter weight to shoot for in this journey, but more specifically to find your healthy balance and take care of your body there.

What Happens If I Think I have ED?

If you think you have ED, don’t fret. There are many men across the globe who are experiencing this disorder and who are getting help and seeing results. The first step for you to take is to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. You will be asked a series of questions about what you are noticing in changes as well as some personal history questions regarding your sexual relationships, and most likely be asked to complete a physical exam. Your doctor might order some blood work to further the process along as well.

What Are the Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction?

There are a few treatment options available for those individuals dealing with ED.

Therapy & Counseling

This form of treatment is one that is less common. A lot of the causes of Erectile Dysfunction can be mental or psychological in nature. By seeing a therapist, you can start to determine the root causes of the disorder. When you can freely discuss your issues, a lot of healing can take place and oftentimes it takes place in decrease of symptoms of ED.

Pelvic Exercises

You may have heard the term “Kegel Exercises.” This is referring to exercises or movements that strengthen the pelvic muscles. You can start by tightening the pelvic muscles for 5 second increments and then relaxing. Do this 10-20 times, 2-3 times per day. One way that is a sure way to know if you are using the correct muscles in this exercise is to practice. When you go to the bathroom to urinate, try to stop the stream of urine before you are finished. The muscles you use to accomplish this task are the same muscles that you need to work building strength in.

Acupuncture

There are many benefits of Acupuncture, and decrease in symptoms of ED is also on the list. This form of treatment improves blood flow and regulates nerve sensitivity.

Radial Wave Therapy

Radial Wave Therapy is also referred to as Energy Wave Therapy. This is a non-invasive therapy that is gentle and does not require a long visit. This form of therapy uses sound waves as treatment. The sound waves stimulate blood flow through the penis. Your doctor or specialist will use a Radial Wave Wand that will emit low intensity energy sound waves as it is moved over the shaft of the penis. Using the wand they will pause over 5 points of contact on the penis, delivering the sound waves. The sound waves pass through the skin and into the tissue to promote blood vessel growth which will increase erectile increase. This treatment modality is done over a period of 6 weeks at 6 treatment appointments. Each treatment appointment usually lasts around 20 minutes.

Focused Shock Wave Therapy

Focused Shock Wave Therapy is yet another treatment option for Erectile Dysfunction.This specific modality is used for men who suffer from the effects of Vasculogenic ED, which affects blood flow through the penis. Shock Wave Therapy uses high-energy sound waves that boost cell growth and enhance tissue repair. When you have this procedure done in office, your doctor will use a wand shaped device and place it over different areas of the penis at 15 minute increments each. While doing so, the wand emits small pulsing vibrations that trigger blood flow and boost tissue remodeling. There is not a set scheduled treatment plan for using Shock Wave Therapy, although the most common treatment plans involve going twice a week for a time frame of three weeks. This schedule is then followed by a break in treatments for 3 weeks and then starting back to the original scheduled treatments again.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health For Help with Your Erectile Dysfunction

Here at Genesys Men’s Health, we offer an online ED self test that can help you in determining what your next steps will be if you suffer from Erectile Dysfunction. You can find this test here on our website. Our team of specialized doctors and staff will take special priority in your unique case because we know everyone is different and so their treatment will be different. Our office is located in Sandy, Utah. Stop by for a visit or give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us us today!

Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Right for Me?

Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Right for Me

Testosterone Replacement Therapy can be an option for men who need to recover from side effects related to decreased Testosterone or “Low T.”

Also termed “Hypogonadism,” this deficiency is more common than you think. There is a lot to know about Testosterone, how it is made, why we need it, and what can go wrong when it isn’t at its prime production level. We are talking about it all here, so stay tuned.

What Is Testosterone?

You have heard the name before, you probably learned about it in your teenage years: Testosterone. The male hormone that makes you tough, right? Well, it is a lot more than just that. Testosterone is a hormone that all men (and women) have. It belongs to a group of steroids called Androgens, which are responsible for growth effects in men and women. It is responsible for puberty, a deepening voice, growth and development of penis and testes, bone growth, sexual labido, hair growth, and muscle growth.

Where Is It Made?

For men, Leydig Cells in the testes make Testosterone. Like other systems in the human body, Testosterone is regulated by a feedback loop. What does this mean? It means that if the body senses that there is too much, the brain will send out a signal to shut down production or convert the extra to something else that the body is in need of. This also means that if you are healthy with normal Testosterone levels and also get Testosterone Replacement Therapy, your body will stop producing it on its own.

For women, Testosterone is manufactured in the ovaries and adrenal gland. Since the ovaries are such a huge factor in making Testosterone for women, often, menopause can cause a decrease in this hormone with age as it does with men as they age

Why Do I Need Testosterone?

Individuals who lack proper Testosterone levels can develop a myriad of problems later in life. For teenage boys, if they do not have adequate Testosterone, major developmental milestones are not fully reached. Individuals who produce too much can also have problems as well. Testosterone aids in a slew of processes in the human body and is crucial to our survival. For both males and females, Testosterone is a very important hormone in the body and is needed indefinitely.

What Is Considered a Normal Range of Testosterone?

When you look at normal numbers or ranges for testosterone, they differ between men and women. For men, these numbers can range between 230-1000 ng/dl. Testosterone levels can increase during puberty and usually stop climbing in your twenties. Once you are over the age of 30, your Testosterone levels can start to decline.

What Happens When Testosterone Is Too Low?

If men are experiencing low T, they may be showing some symptoms. These symptoms can look like irritablility, decrease in muscle mass, loss of hair, decrease in sex drive, hot flashes, weak bones, poor concentration, and small testicles or decreased sperm count. As you can imagine, even one of these side effects can cause a heap of trouble all on its own. It’s important to notice any changes and talk to a doctor about our findings. Being proactive about your health and any issues that arise will help you get answers sooner and get you feeling better quicker. It is also important to note that you can have insufficient levels of Testosterone and not show heavy symptoms or any symptoms at all.

What Can Cause Low Testosterone?

There are a few factors that can cause Low T, and they are as follows. Consuming a very minimal amount of calories consistently, consuming a very large amount of calories consistently, drug use, over training, injury, decreased or little sexual activity, stress, aging, depression, obesity, chronic illness, infection, age, and not getting in enough sleep. Aside from these topics, certain foods can also cause Low T.  Soy food and soy-based products can lead to a drop in Testosterone. These foods include tofu, miso, and soy milk. Another food group that can have this effect is Mint. Other consumables include Licorice Root, vegetable il, Flax Seed, alcohol and nuts. If you are a frequent consumer of processed foods, these can also have a decreasing effect on this hormone. Pre-packaged snacks, frozen meals, and other food items should be avoided if you are trying to repair your Testosterone Levels.

What Happens When Testosterone Levels Are Too High?

It is possible to have your Testosterone levels be too high.This is not a common occurrence to happen naturally and can also cause some problems in your daily life. A common reason an individual might have high Testosterone levels is that they are on anabolic steroids for performance enhancing reasons. Bodybuilders and athletes use these to boost athletic performance and increase muscle growth and mass. Taking high doses of Testosterone can have negative side effects for these athletes. They might experience oily or acne filled skin, hair growth or hair loss, mood swings, deepening voice in women, or other masculine features, shrinking of testicles, growth of breast tissue in males, connective tissue damage, and increased risk of cardiovascular disease and or heart problems.

Another reason for high T levels (and also less common) is that men might experience a tumor or mass in the testes or adrenal glands. Some signs you might be experiencing high T are: acne, increased appetite, infertility, low sperm count, high blood pressure, liver problems, heart problems, mood swings, difficulty urinating and prostate enlargement, or prostate shrinking or impotence.

What Can I Do If I Have Low Testosterone?

Having low Testosterone is not a life sentence. There are treatments and modalities today that can help to lessen the symptoms and reduce the impact on daily life drastically. You can take an inventory of your self care. Think about what you feed your body, your sleeping habits, your water intake, your sexual activity, and how much you exercise. All of these are factors that can have an effect on your Testosterone levels. Certain foods can aid in healthy Testosterone production. Tuna is one of them. It is easy to make even as a healthier option. You can find pre-made tuna packets at the grocery store that are a variety of flavors such as habanero, garlic, and or lemon pepper, just to name a few. Pair these on some crackers or eat right out of the bag. Salmon or Sardines are also an option if you are not accustomed to the taste of tuna. Egg yolks are next in line and like tuna, are rich in vitamin D. Egg yolks can be eaten for breakfast in scrambled eggs or omelets as an easy start. Zinc has also been shown to help with Testosterone levels. For this reason, seafood like shellfish and Oysters are a great option to keep in your diet.

If you think you might be experiencing low testosterone and want to know if Testosterone Replacement Therapy is right for you, take this free questionnaire. It is a short survey and can be submitted here. The following are what the questions are like. They can be answered in a yes or no format.

  1. I have a reduced desire for sex that is not ok with me.
  2. I have Erectile Dysfunction.
  3. I have a lack of drive and motivation that affects my productivity.
  4. I lack energy and am always tired.
  5. Life is less enjoyable than it used to be.
  6. Fun activities are less fun, or take too much effort.
  7. I often feel irritable and grumpy.
  8. I have noticed a loss of tone in my muscles.
  9. Weight seems to settle stubbornly in certain areas of my body, and remains there despite weight loss.
  10. My workout results do not match my efforts.

After submitting your free questionnaire, one of our friendly staff members will contact you with information on therapy options if needed.

In certain cases, having low Testosterone is not a bad thing to experience. These cases would be for those individuals who have had or are currently experiencing prostate cancer.

What Can I Do To Keep A Healthy Testosterone Level?

Leading a healthy lifestyle is a great place to start in keeping your body at a healthy level of Testosterone. Think about what you eat in a day. Is it mostly packaged and items that are quick to grab and go? Are you consuming more sugary drinks and candy than you are foods that enrich and energize your body? Engaging in a regular and consistent exercise program will also aid you in keeping healthy Testosterone levels. Exercise can create a short term release of Testosterone which can trigger muscle growth. The more intensity you have and the harder you train, the more Testosterone you get. Endurance exercise can cause the opposite effect for this hormone and can actually cause a decrease in levels. Some other things you can do would include: getting proper amounts of sleep, avoiding drugs or unnecessary medications, manage stress and anxiety, eat enough calories, get in adequate micronutrients and macro nutrients, and have regular safe sexual activity.

Are There Treatment Options for Low Testosterone?

If you have this condition, there are a few things you can do to help. Aside from adjusting your diet, sleeping habits, and exercise schedule, talking to your doctor can be a great next step. You will be asked if you can make an appointment for a physical to be performed along with some lab work. You will also be asked a series of questions about your sexual relationships, and lifestyle, as well as your symptoms and what you are experiencing. If you find out that you could use some beneficial therapy, there are a few pathways to choose from. There are injections, pills, patches, gels and creams—any of these can help increase Testosterone.

Injections— Once you meet with your specialist, you can decide on a series of injections. The first one or two are usually done in office, and then you have the option to make an appointment to come in for the rest, or pick them up and do them in the comfort of your own home. After the injections, Testosterone levels can hit a high and then gradually decline to a low over time. This can cause some mood swings and irritability between shots and should be noted.

Patches— If you choose the patches, you apply a new skin patch every 24 hours. They release small doses of the hormone into your skin.

Gels— The topical gels are used daily. Every day you apply the prescription gel to your shoulders, arms, or thighs. Since this is a medical grade gel, the importance of proper hand washing after application is stressed to prevent others from coming into contact with the gel.

Medication— Capsules can be swallowed that release Testosterone into the bloodstream daily.

Pellets—  Small pellet like implants are placed under the skin. They are put around the hips or buttocks area of your body and release Testosterone slowly. These are replaced every 3 to 6 months.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Testosterone Replacement Therapy Needs

You do not have to be a man over 40 for us to help you with your issues or concerns with Low Testosterone Levels and Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). We help clients young and old who are experiencing some trouble and are looking for answers. We offer an up to date and aggressive approach to TRT for all ages. At Genesys Men’s Health, we pride ourselves in taking care of each client personally and uniquely to find out the best possible route of action to help them get back to feeling their normal self.

Take our free online assessment here to see if you have TRT needs. We also offer the option to book a free hormone evaluation on our website at www.Genesysmenshealth.com. Our office is located in Sandy, Utah. Come by and meet our friendly staff and schedule an appointment. You can also call us at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!

3 Muscle Building Workouts for Older Men

3 Muscle Building Workouts for Older Men

As you age, the importance of getting enough exercise every day increases, and muscle building workouts become crucial. 

This is not only because your body needs the benefits of staying active, but also because as you get older, you get busier—which usually means taking care of your body becomes less of a priority.

Here are 3 muscle building workouts for older men that will get you in the gym, and get you building muscle faster than you can say” priority.”

But First, a Little Information.

No matter what exercise routine or program you decide to follow, if you are not consistent—you won’t see results. Working out 30 minutes every day at the gym does nothing if you make it Monday and Tuesday and then stop showing up. Take it one day at a time and slowly but surely you will meet your goals. You don’t have to start big; you can start small and slow. If working out 30 minutes a day is a stretch for you, just start at 15 minutes each day and once you feel comfortable, start adding on time.

Benefits of Exercise

The benefits of daily exercise are endless. Exercise promotes heart health, promotes brain health, improves the brain’s capacity to handle and deal with stressors, aids the brain in clarity of mind and clear thinking processes, boosts endorphins, decreases stress and worry, builds self-confidence, builds stronger bones and joints, aids in healthy weight loss, aids in healthy weight gain, boosts muscle strength and growth, and improves mental health. These are just a few of the many benefits that moving your body everyday can bring. 

Tips for Beginners

You might be surprised to hear that getting into shape doesn’t have to be hard. Of course something worth having always requires a little grit and endurance. But hard doesn’t have to be in this vocabulary. You will have to find slots in your schedule where you can easily fit in a workout or time to exercise. You will have to plan out what you are going to do beforehand. You might have to wake up early or go to bed a little later a few nights. That is sacrifice that will reap rewards. Planning ahead and doing the small things beforehand and along the way, can make starting to exercise (or continuing to exercise) not a stress inducer, but rather a stress reliever and bright spot in your day.

Where Do I Start?

Think about your goals. Are you looking to lose weight or build muscle? Is your goal for your clothes to fit better or do you want to just feel better in general? Do you have a race or competition you are training for? Thinking about these questions can get you started and narrowing down your reason why. If you have something solid to hold on to and keep you motivated in the beginning, you can think back on it when you get tired and want to quit.This is called your WHY. Why do you want to start?

Time and Results

Somewhere along the way, we began to think that the more workout sessions you did per day- the better off you were. Or that the longer your workout sessions were in duration, the better off you were and the more results you would see. FALSE. You do not need to spend hours upon hours in the gym every day, morning and night to hit your goals and aspirations for yourself. In fact, this can have negative effects on your mental state as well as your physical state. Overworking your body does not equal increased results. Finding a healthy balance that is doable for you and your lifestyle is where you will see the results. The exercise regime that you are able to keep consistently is the one that will give you results.

Your Super Power

It will not matter what exercise protocol you are following or how intense you’re working out each time if you do not do it consistently. Small habits built over time will reap the best rewards. Not only this in a physical sense, but mentally you will build the healthy habit of consistently exercising your mind and body every day which will become part of your lifestyle for the long run. It can seem daunting or overwhelming to think about your workout schedule and what you do every day to reach your goals. But if you change up your thought process and think about the day in front of you, instead of the days in front of you, you will have more pep in your step and more peace in your efforts.

Accountability

Have you ever woken up in the morning, begrudgingly put on your workout clothes, and then procrastinated until 3 hours later and then never made it outside to your car to drive to the gym? Having an accountability partner or partner(s) is a tool that will help you in your trek for consistency. Find someone you can count on, who will not encourage you to sleep in or skip your workout. Find someone with the drive and will power you have who you can use to work together and meet your goals. It is doable, but increasingly harder to keep promises to yourself. Somewhere along the way, we break promises to ourselves more than we would a friend or accountability partner. When we have someone to hold us accountable, we are more likely to be successful.

Intensity

Intensity can be described in a few levels. We will break them down here. If you hear of exercises or movements in a workout that are low intensity, this primarily means that it does not take a lot of breath work or effort to complete the movement. Such movements would look like leg raises, glute bridges, body weight squats, and stretching. At this phase of movement, you could easily hold a conversation or sing a song while completing them. Next would be moderate intensity movement. These movements would be considered plank holds, modified push ups, body weight lunges, jumping jacks, high knees, etc. These movements when performed would be able to talk but not hold a full conversation or sing a full song. Lastly, we have high intensity movements. These movements are considered to be double unders, reps on an assault bike, wall balls, power cleans, box jumps, etc. When completing these movements, you would not be able to talk consistently or hold any conversation without stopping to breathe or catch your breath. 

Cardio Explained

The American Heart Association recommends getting in 150 minutes of low to moderate intensity cardio type exercises each week. You might have heard this termed “Aerobic Activity.” Aerobic means Cardio, and an easy way to remember the term is to think about breathing heavy while running and what you breather in is “Air” or (Aer). Break that quota down and that is only 2.5 hours each week of participating in something that gets your blood pumping. Think about it this way. You have 7 days in a week and 12 hours in each day. By their recommendations, if you worked out for 30 minutes, 5 days a week, you would be meeting the 2.5 hours they recommend. For most individuals this is completely doable, and might just take some planning in your schedule. You do not have to do 30 minute chunks at a time although that may be easiest. You can start with one 15 minute session or workout in the morning and finish off with one 15 minute session or workout in the evening. You don’t have to stop here. If you meet the 150 minutes and still have days left in the week, keep going. Adding more steps or workouts to your week will be good for your heart and mind. If you can get to 300 minutes with cardio and strength training combined, go for it! So what activities are considered Aerobic? Consider running, jogging, dancing, playing soccer or basketball, burpees, jump rope,and biking. Any activity that works your lungs and gets you breathing heavy.

Strength Training Explained

Strength Training should have its place in your weekly exercise regimen at least 2 times per week. Each session during your week should be at least 30 minutes from start to finish or up to 45 minutes if you can allow.  Activities such as powerlifting, rowing, resistance band exercises, push ups, bench press, deadlift, push press, kettlebell swings, weighted squats, and weighted lunges fall into this category.

Exercise + Nutrition

You can’t out train a bad diet. If you spend most of your days eating quick fix foods that are fast and packaged, and leave out the energy dense foods… you aren’t going to see as much progress in your training and exercise. Abs are made in the kitchen. Yes, you can get stronger abs and core from working out, but unless you match that with good nutrition habits, you are not going to get where you want to go. Here are a few tips to get you started. Consider adding a protein supplement or powder to your menu. Not only are they handy to have on the go as a quick meal replacement or snack, but they give you the sustainability and fullness you need instead of snacking on less than desirable foods. They also give your body and muscles the recovery and essential nutrients they need after a workout. Take the time to search around and try before you buy. Most businesses will allow you to return an opened container of protein powder if it is more than half full in the case that you don’t like the taste or it causes stomach upset. Keep a water bottle handy and full of water in your path of sight. If you see it, you’re more likely to drink before you are severely thirsty. Lastly, reach for colors. Add bright fruits and veggies to your meals instead of packaged options.

Now for the part you have been reading for. Listed below are 3 muscle building workouts to get you started on your path to a healthier you.

Workout 1: Full Body

5 Push Ups

5 Squats

5 Sit Ups

5 Burpee

For this workout you will complete this set of body weight exercises for 6 rounds. With each round you will add 5 reps to the first 3 exercises and then add 1 to the burpees. For instance, round two of this workout would look like this:

10 Push Ups

10 Squats

10 Sit Ups

6 Burpees

Round 3 would look like this:

15 Push Ups

15 Squats

15 Sit Ups

7 Burpees. 

Complete 6 times for your end round to equal 30 reps and 10 burpees.

Workout 2: Legs

20 Squats

20 Lunges R and L

20 Rep Squat Pulse

For this workout you will complete this set of body weight exercises in a descending fashion by  rep2s each. This means that the next round ( round 2) will start at 18 reps instead of 20. The 3rd round will start at 16 reps and so on down until you hit 2 reps for each exercise. 

Workout 3: Abs

30 Second Sit Ups

30 Second Plank Hold

30 Second Russian Twist

30 Second Plank Hold

30 Second Flutter Kicks

30 Second Plank Hold

30 Second Slow Mountain Climbers

30 Second Plank Hold

30 Second Bicycle Crunch

30 Second Plank Hold

For this workout, you will complete this set of body weight exercises set to a timer. Complete 4-5 rounds.

Visit Genesys Mens Health for Your Personal Mens Health Needs

We hope you enjoyed our information on 3 muscle building workouts for older men. Taking care of your body inside and out is the beginning to a healthy life. At Genesys Men’s Health, we value your unique needs. We see individuals from all walks of life. If you are in the prime of your years and are experiencing some difficulty or need guidance with erectile dysfunction, come visit us and talk about any issues you may have that could be related to men’s health. With an office located in Sandy, Utah, drive on over and talk to one of our experienced doctors. You can also reach us by phone at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!

Testosterone Information: What It is and How Does It Affect Men?

Testosterone Information: What It is and How Does It Affect Men?Testosterone Information: What It is and How Does It Affect Men?

Treatment for low testosterone can be Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Your doctor will prescribe you a topical gel to apply to your penis daily that will start to relieve the symptoms of low testosterone. The other treatment option you have to choose from is an injection. This will be done in office first, and then you will be given the opportunity to do your own injections in the comfort of your own home.

Are There Any Side Effects to Testosterone Therapy?

The negative side effects can increase if you are treating an age related drop in testosterone. Our body naturally declines in testosterone production as we age and there is less reason to treat a deficiency if it is from normal causes as opposed to a medical issue in your youth. If it is still a concern with age, you can try natural ways to boost your testosterone levels, such as diet and exercise.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Testosterone Replacement Therapy Needs

Here at Genesys Men’s Health, we offer an up to date and aggressive apTestosterone information may be confusing to interpret at first because of all of the clinical terms you may encounter. 

There is so much information out there, and it is hard to separate truth from error and find what you are looking for. We are discussing everything about Testosterone levels in men, and how it can affect you in your day to day life. From where it is made to how to check your testosterone levels, you can find it all here.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men. Termed an “Androgen, ”it is included in a group of steroids that have a growth effect. Testosterone is the most important Androgen in Males. Contrary to popular belief, Testosterone plays many different roles in the male body and each is important. You might only associate Testosterone with puberty and male sex organs or being masculine. But this hormone affects more than that. When your body isn’t producing enough Testosterone, you will notice some different symptoms that may indicate a deficiency. This can start anywhere from a low sex drive to the increase in production of breast tissue in males.

Why Do I Need Testosterone?

Testosterone is needed in the male body to develop the penis and testicles, for developing muscles, bone growth, sex drive, develop sperm, puberty aspects such as facial hair, pubic hair, growth spurts, and a deepening voice. It also affects mood ranges and aids in keeping a uniform or normal mood. Not developing healthy levels of Testosterone in the pubescent years can alter the levels of Testosterone and development later in life.

Where is Testosterone Made in Men?

You can count on testosterone to be made in the male testes. Leydig cells in the testes synthesize testosterone. It can also be produced in adrenal glands. To secrete testosterone, the Hypothalamus releases GNRH or Gonadotropin, releasing hormones in groups. This in turn stimulates the pituitary gland to make LH or Luteinizing Hormone. LH, then converts Cholesterol to make testosterone. This is all a part of the negative feedback loop that creates testosterone.

When Do Testosterone Levels Start to Decrease with Age?

Your testosterone levels will get to their all time high when you are in your teens to early 20s. You are young, have a lot of energy, and are exploring your life. After you reach your 30s your testosterone levels can gradually decline around 1% per year. With that said, normal aging will most likely bring about decline in Testosterone levels. If you are younger and experience symptoms of low testosterone, it is best to talk to your doctor to find out if there is a medical condition causing it, since the natural cause of age is not a factor here.

Can I Have too Much Testosterone?

The short answer to this question involving testosterone information is yes, men can have too much testosterone in their bodies. Although it is important to consider that having too much testosterone is far less common than having too little. Symptoms of having too much testosterone in your body are as follows: increased risk of heart attack and damage to heart muscle, acne, difficulty urinating, liver disease, high cholesterol, weight gain, increased risk of blood clots, headaches, retaining fluid, inability to sleep, irritability, impaired judgement, mood swings, aggressive mood, muscle mass growth, and prostate enlargement. Most of the time, individuals who have an excess of testosterone and are experiencing trouble are athletes who, in search of better performance, have chosen to take steroids or other testosterone enhancing drugs. 

Can I Have too Little Testosterone?

Men can produce lower levels of testosterone in their bodies than they actually need to thrive. This can happen more gradually and naturally as opposed to an excess of too much testosterone which would most likely be from taking steroids or additional testosterone to boost sports performances. Some symptoms or signs of low testosterone are: small testicles, low sex drive, low sperm count, infertility, decreased muscle mass, lack of deepening voice, Erectile Dysfunction, weak bones, increased breast tissue, hot flashes, less or lack of body hair. Most of these symptoms mentioned are not a result in a normal decline of testosterone, especially if you are part of the younger generation.

How is Testosterone Circulated?

The body is a smart machine. If it senses that there is already too much testosterone being regulated, it will stop producing it on its own or use it to make something else. This is also why it is important to get Testosterone Therapy when you really need additional help, and not seek it out for opposite reasons. Regulation of testosterone starts in the Hypothalamus and is also regulated by the Pituitary Gland in the negative feedback loop with the end result of testosterone production.

What is a Typical Testosterone Level for Males?

This range for men can run from 230-1200ng/dl. This can be broken down further by age category as follows. If you are a male between the ages of 17 and 18, the normal or typical range of testosterone in your body would be around 300-1200 ng/dl. From 19 years old and up, these ranges can vary between 240-959 ng/dl.

When is Low Testosterone not a Concern?

If you are experiencing symptoms of low testosterone, and have a medical condition such as prostate cancer, it is best to not try to boost your testosterone levels. It is possible for Testosterone to stimulate tumors or cancer to grow. For this reason, medications that lower Testosterone will be prescribed to prevent further growth of cancer.

Do Females Need Testosterone?

Even though women do not need testosterone for lower voices or other development of male anatomy, Testosterone plays an important role in their bodies as well. It is produced in the ovaries, and similar to men, also made in the Adrenal Glands. Testosterone also contributes to sex drive in women, and plays an important role in secreting hormones for the menstrual cycle. If women have too little Testosterone produced in their bodies, they can experience depression, infertility, lack of menstrual cycles, problems sleeping, memory issues and inability to concentrate. If they produce too much Testosterone, the effects are development of facial hair, masculine voice, and manly body image, as well as male pattern baldness.

How Important is Diet with Low Testosterone?

Taking care of your body with food is one of the best things you can do for yourself from day one. Everyone should make eating healthier foods a priority. The effects that a good diet of a variety of nutrient rich foods has for your body is insurmountable. Eating severely low calories can have a loss effect with your levels of testosterone. With that said, when trying to determine if you have low testosterone, there are some foods that have been shown to have a higher influence on the production of testosterone. Check with your doctor before trying foods affecting testosterone. Foods that contain a higher amount of Zinc & B vitamins are in this category. These include Eggs, Beans, Oysters, Avocados, Red Meat, & Bananas. 

Does Exercise Affect Testosterone Levels?

In short, exercise does affect testosterone levels, and here is why. When we think about what we know about testosterone, one of the main responsibilities of testosterone is muscle growth. The level of Androgen exposure you have as an adolescent may determine how our muscles grow and develop when we are in the adult stages of life. When you exercise, you do experience an increase in testosterone release for a small period of time. Now, the type of exercise and the duration and intensity have an affect on this. In terms of metabolic conditioning exercises or resistance training you get more testosterone production. Exercises that fall under the endurance category have been shown to have a suppressive effect on testosterone. The best thing you can do for your body and testosterone levels for exercise is to participate in intense exercise workouts consistently.

What Can Cause Low Testosterone Levels?

If you are experiencing lower testosterone levels, there are lifestyle changes you can analyze to see if they are affecting you. In today’s society, working full time, having a family, and a social life and or hobbies, can leave self care at the bottom of the list. Boosting your self care can greatly affect how you feel and your testosterone levels. Several factors could be relatable when it comes to a drop in Testosterone. You might be experiencing depression, be under extreme amounts of stress or have anxiety, be obese, not be conusming enough fat in your diet, eating too much or too little calories, not be sexually active, over train, partake in drug use, be medically ill, or be getting little to no sleep. All of these things can greatly affect how your body produces Testosterone.

How Can I Get My Testosterone Levels Checked?

If you want to have your Testosterone levels checked out, you can talk to your primary care doctor and they can refer you to a specialist and direct you what to do next. You will need to have your blood work done to find out what your current levels are and if they are in normal ranges for your age. If they are not, you will be presented with treatment options that will allow you to start on the path to healing. The prime time to get your blood work done is in the morning when your testosterone levels in the blood are the highest.

How Often Should I Get My Testosterone Levels Checked?

If you are in the younger years of your life and experiencing some issues you think might be related to low testosterone, it is best to meet with your doctor to get checked out. This could look like Erectile Dysfunction, small testicles, low sperm count, infertility, low sex drive, hot flashes, weakness, and/or development of breast tissue. The first step is talking to your doctor about what the causes may be and finding you treatment. If you are in the older years of your life and are experiencing changes in testosterone that are natural with age, it is not as imperative that you get tested.

What Are Some Available Treatment Options for Low Testosterone?

After you confirm you have low testosterone levels, you and your doctor wiproach to Testosterone Therapy for men. When it comes to Testosterone Information, we consider ourselves experts and are eager to share our knowledge with you. We offer a variety of treatment options for Low Testosterone. We know that everyone is unique and their treatment will be unique also. You can expect to regain mental clarity, energy, emotional stability, sex drive, physical stamina and endurance, as well as improved muscle strength. Take our free quiz online to find out if you have low testosterone and to get your free hormone evaluation. You can find our office located in Sandy, Utah, or reach us by phone at (801)- 671-7456. Contact us today!

These 6 Foods May Be Lowering Your Testosterone Levels

These 6 Foods May Be Lowering Your Testosterone Levels

When you think of your testosterone levels, your first thoughts might not be related to what you eat. 

Your first thoughts might be directed to big muscles, hairy faces, and deep voices. Although these are attributed to testosterone production, food intake is also correlated. Surprisingly enough, certain foods you eat may be contributing to your low testosterone levels. We are diving into different food groups that might contribute to Low T, and what there is to know about them.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is an androgen. Androgens are a category of hormones that are responsible for growth effects in men and women. Of all of them, Testosterone is the most important one for us. It regulates sex drive, bone health, immune functions, and energy just to name a few. In males, testosterone is responsible for the deepening of the voice, hair growth, and sexual organ development.

What Are Normal Levels?

Normal Testosterone Levels for a Male can vary with age. A typical range would be 230-1000ng/dl. Generally, levels peak in adolescence to early adulthood and then decline after age 30 and on. There are a myriad of factors that can contribute to low levels throughout life. Injury, certain medical conditions, depression, drug use, aging, infection, diet, lack of adequate caloric intake, stress, anxiety, obesity, and insomnia are a few of these. There is also a vast variety of things you can do to keep your testosterone at a healthy range such as: getting enough sleep, avoiding drugs and medications, having safe and regular sex, consistent exercise, eating a balanced diet, and management of stress and anxiety.

Why Do I Need Healthy Testosterone Levels?

It is very important to have healthy testosterone levels throughout young adulthood and beyond. When these levels are suffering, body systems can also suffer and you might experience some unpleasant side effects. If you are experienceing low energy or a lot of fatigue, low sex drive, decrease in bone or muscle mass, increasing body fat, or high blood pressure, you might be suffering from low testosterone. In this case, talking to your doctor about testing would be a forward next step. You can also talk with your doctor about your diet and what foods you are eating to see if that could be a factor. In the meantime, here is a list of what not to consume to get you on the right track.

Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol has been found to have a decreasing effect on testosterone in men when consumed in large quantities. Studies have not been found to show that the occasional drink will lessen testosterone. Rather, the consistent consuming of large amounts of alcohol has a drastic effect on reducing testosterone levels.

Reduce Mint Consumption

Theories suggest that consuming mint has an adverse effect on testosterone, specifically that menthol in mint is to blame. There is a need for more resources and experiments performed to truly test this theory on the testosterone levels in men. Studies have been executed involving female rats where spearmint essential oil did in fact decrease testosterone.  Most of the research in this area is strongly focused on female subjects. 

Limit Soy Products

Soy products such as soy milk, edamame, and tofu, have been shown to have a decreasing effect on levels of testosterone in the body. A 2005 Journal of Nutrition study showed that a group of 35 men who consumed soy protein isolated for 54 days and did indeed have a decrease in their testosterone after the testing period.

Avoid Licorice Root

You have probably heard of Licorice Root. Mostly used in candy and sweets but also in other modalities. Licorice Root has also been shown to lower Testosterone over time. In a study published in the Official Journal; German Society of Endocrinology, a group of 25 men consumed 7g of Licorice Root per day. After one week their testosterone levels were measured and found to be decreased by 26% in that time frame. 

Decrease Vegetable Oils

Having a healthy diet is always an important factor in helping your body run efficiently and with less issues. Vegetable oils such as Cottonseed Oil, Soybean Oil, and Canola Oil, are a few of the oils that can have an adverse effect on testosterone. Vegetable oils have polyunsaturated fatty acids in them. Polyunsaturated fatty acids have been shown to decrease testosterone levels.

Limit Processed Foods

Going along with a healthy diet as mentioned above, it is important to limit processed foods. This is not to say you cannot enjoy your favorite packaged snack or eat out once in a while. Everything in life should be in moderation, and that includes what we eat. If you find yourself mainly consuming foods that are packaged or you are spending a lot of time waiting in drive throughs, we may have to change things up. So what’s the big deal with processed foods and testosterone? Processed foods are made up of a lot of sodium, added sugar, and trans fats. These can contribute to diabetes, heart disease, and inflammation. Aside from that, they have also been known to decrease testosterone levels.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health for Your Testosterone Therapy Needs

At Genesys Men’s Health, we specialize in difficult cases that others have given up on. When it comes to testosterone levels, we have the knowledge and expertise to help get you on the right path to a better you. Here we offer an up to date and aggressive approach to Testosterone Replacement Therapy for men of all ages. Just as your needs are unique to you, so is your treatment. Take our free online test on our website to see if you may have low testosterone or book your free hormone evaluation. You can also come visit our office located in Sandy, Utah, or give us a call at (801)-671-7456 to find out more. We serve men throughout all of Salt Lake County and surrounding areas. Contact us today!

Top 15 Health Goals Every Man Should Have In 2021

Top 15 Health Goals Every Man Should Have In 2021

January has come and gone, and you are either in the beginning of your new year’s health goals or have waved goodbye a long time ago.

No matter what category you fall into, setting and keeping health goals for yourself is not only important for your physical health, but also your mental health. Here are some important health goal ideas every man should have in 2021.

Invest in Your Mental Health

Usually, more often than not, mental health is not associated with “health.” Our mental health affects so much of our “health,” that it’s a shame it is brushed under the rug. It’s a new year and new things can happen. Take the time to be proactive about your mental health. This could look like starting to meditate, it could look like seeing a therapist, doing something that brings you joy every day, picking up a new hobby, or just having a few quiet moments in your day to give you rest. Whatever you do, start somewhere. Taking priority over your mental health does not have to be expensive. You can start small and work your way up.

Keep a Consistency Mindset

What sets the successful people apart from the ones who are not? What is different between someone who starts a business and stops one year later, or someone who starts a business and is still working hard at it 6 years down the road? One word-consistency. Big goals start by small wins. You can only have small wins if you try and you can only try by doing something every day that gets you closer to your goal. This concept can be applied to a lot of areas of your life. You can see it in the workplace, in changing a habit, and even health and fitness. If you have a dream to lose 20 pounds this year, you are not going to wake up tomorrow, 20 pounds lighter. You are however going to wake up probably 2 to 3 months later, down 20 pounds because you chipped at it every single day. You adjusted what you ate and chose healthier options for your meals, you made sure to drink enough water, and exercise at least 30 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week. That is how success is made with anything. Consistency is key.

Don’t Give up If You Fall Off

There is not one person on this planet who has never failed at something. Or fallen off the wagon, or given up only to start over, only to give up again. It happens. The important thing is to get back up. If one of your health goals in 2021 is to eat better, and 2 days later you realize it’s 4 p.m. and all you have eaten today is 2 chocolate chip cookies, a bag of chips, some almonds, and a diet Dr. Pepper—-you can make 1 of 2 choices.

Your first choice is to say, “What the heck. I’ve eaten this much garbage today, might as well not try the rest of the day or week.” Or you can say, “I haven’t eaten as well as I intended to today, so for dinner I’m going to make myself an actual healthy meal and sit down to eat.”  Don’t give up. If you mess up, get right back on. You will make more progress standing back up then you will trying to completely start over weeks down the road.

Health is Also Relationships

As humans, it is in our DNA to want connection. We are wired for it. It is not good for us to be alone. But having many relationships is not as good as having a few healthy relationships. Take a look at who you surround yourself with and who your friends are. Would you consider those relationships to build you up? Would you consider those relationships good for you in making you want to be a better person? Do they make you feel good about yourself? Yes, we aren’t wired to be alone, but we are wired to need stability and healthy interactions. Your time and presence is valuable and your peers should reflect that. Seek health in all aspects of your life, not just physical.

Invest in Cardio

Reading that title, you are probably sweating a little. Yes, doing cardio is needed even as you get older. Especially as you get older. There are numerous benefits to regularly participating in cardio. First off being the fact that you get increased blood flow to active muscles. Some of the other benefits you will also experience are increased cardiac output, increased oxygen uptake, lower rate of all cause mortality, lower rate of colon cancer, lower rates of breast cancer, lower body fat percentage, and lower incidence of type 2 diabetes. Cardio doesn’t have to be just singularly running. You can find something to participate in that is enjoyable to you. Some cardio exercises you can choose from would be swimming,elliptical, cross country skiing, dancing, rowing, jogging etc. Generally, you want to make it a goal to do cardio training at least 3 times per week at 20-60 minute time slots. If you are a beginner, start low and slow. Try 15 minute increments and work your way up.

Strength & Resistance Training

Even if you are not in your prime years (or maybe you are) strength training is always a brilliant idea. To get started with strength training, you can sign up for a gym membership and start going 1-2 times per week. As you go, you can start adding on more days and time when you get more familiar and comfortable. Write your workouts before you go and keep in mind that you shouldn’t be working out longer than an hour and a half at the most. To become familiar with good form and for some extra accountability and guidance, hire a personal trainer to guide you through workouts to show you proper form and get you in your own unique and personal resistance training schedule. It’s always helpful to have someone to keep you accountable, especially as you first start out.

Tweak Your Nutrition

When you’re young, you don’t realize how important what you put in your body really is. Your metabolism is high, you feel great, and eating pizza and fruit cakes all day every day doesn’t really affect any part of your life in a negative way—except that you want more. Until you get older, and realize these habits aren’t going to take you far in life. Diet and what we put into our bodies is so important. When we say “diet,” we’re not talking about any fad diet or going on a restrictive binge where you only consume 1,000 calories a day. I’m generally

 talking about the food you choose to eat. Let the food you choose to eat be energy for your body. Think of the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time you should be eating for fuel and food that is good for your body. The other 20% you can eat your favorite foods and candy and junk that is just plain good. Health doesn’t have to be restrictive. You can eat the foods you love and still be in good health. Everything in moderation.

Scheduling Wellness Checks

You should at least be having a wellness exam and check up once a year. It can be easy to get out of the habit of scheduling these, so make it a priority. The good news is, most insurance companies provide a free well check each year. Anything done during your appointment is covered by your insurance. Part of aging well and staying healthy is being caught up on these appointments and aware of how your body is fairing. This allows you to tackle any issue head on and get the care and help you need when you need it.

Lifestyle Changes – Not Challenge

If your motivation for making change is to complete a challenge, chances are, you are not going to be successful long term. Challenges last a short time, and are not sustainable long term. If you are making change to have a permanent effect on your life and to live healthier, chances are, you will be successful. Lifestyle changes, whether they be physical or mental in nature-are more sustainable than any diet, quick fix, or challenge that you participate in for 21 days.

Take Your Vitamins

Ideally, you want to be getting your vitamins and minerals every day in the foods that you eat. This would look like eating a variety of green leafy vegetables and bright colored foods mixed with additional protein and fat. Realistically, for the general public that is not always attainable every single day. Work schedules and life get in the way and time and easiness play more of a role in what we eat. We are busy and the easiest options for food to grab are usually fast food items or quick packaged snacks. If you find you are not eating a diet full of micronutrients and macronutrients, it’s time to start supplementing with a daily men’s multivitamin. You will want to look for a vitamin that is made of whole foods and natural ingredients. These can be found at your local health food store.

Take up a Hobby

Finding something you enjoy doing is one of the best things you can do for your mood and your brain. It keeps you looking forward to what you are excited to do, but it also keeps your brain active and working. For some this might sound intimidating, so you don’t have to start big. You could pick up jiu jitsu, sign up for a class on a topic you are interested in learning about or learn how to do woodworking. Take time experimenting and finding out what gives you peace and relief.

Make Friends

Yes, making friends should be one of your health goals for 2021. As we grow older we tend to grow apart. We tend to keep to ourselves and not spend time with people as much. Make it a goal to keep making friends as you age and grow. Make plans to go to the movies or grab lunch with a buddy. Doing these things has more of a positive impact on your mental health than you think.

Manage Your Finances

Financial health is also part of overall health. Having your assets and wealth in order brings peace of mind and ease of life. Pay your bills on time, pay off debt, and make a budget each month. Build a savings account for a rainy day and another where you can build up 6-12 months of income in case you lose your job or experience some other life event that is uncertain.

Drink Your Water

Water has many functions in our body. It helps regulate body temperature, flushes out waste and aids brain function. It protects your joints and spinal cord, aids in digestion, and helps fight off illness just to name a few. The general population gets around 20% of their total water consumption from food every day. Eating foods that are water dense aids in this  capacity. Gage how you feel. Are you waiting until you are thirsty to drink water? Are you paying attention to your body’s cues to tell you when to drink water? Is your urine dark yellow? These are all indicators that you need to be drinking more water every day. 

Visit Genesys Men’s Health

We hope you have found our information helpful and that you implement some of the above advice. Here at Genesys Men’s Health, we specialize in difficult cases that others have given up on. We know that every man is unique and so is their treatment. If you find yourself having issues and questions about sex drive, physical stamina, energy, or emotional stability, we can help. Visit us in our office located in Sandy, Utah or give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today!

Here’s What Men Over 40 Must Know About Their Health

What Men Over 40 Must Know About Their Health?

Men over 40 might not only start experiencing changes in how they look, but also in their energy and how they feel. If you are 40 years old or over, chances are your health priorities have changed over the last decade. Here is what you need to know if you find yourself in this category, and what you need to do to be proactive about your health.

Heart Disease

As we age, our heart and arteries also age. It is key to start eating a balanced and healthy diet. Eating nutritious foods can aid in preventing fatty build up in the arteries of your heart which leads to heart disease. Exercising consistently will also be significant in keeping your heart healthy and working properly. The American Heart Association informs us that more than 1 in 3 men have cardiovascular disease

Heart Attack & Stroke

Age is a risk factor for heart attack. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what that looks like for men can help you get the care you need quickly if you find yourself in pain.

 There are different symptoms of heart attack, and women can have different symptoms than men. 

The most common symptoms of a heart attack are:

  • Pain in the chest
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Arm and jaw pain

Seek emergency medical care if you experience any of these symptoms. Stroke probability also increases as men age. There are around 3 million male stroke survivors alive today and counting. It is possible to make a healthy recovery if you catch the symptoms quick enough. Think of the acronym F.A.S.T.  Look for any FACIAL drooping when smiling, ARMS drifting downward if raised, SPEECH slurring or difficulty saying a phrase, TIME to quickly call 911.

Gum Disease

The chances of you acquiring gum disease increases as you reach your 40s and 50s. Taking the time when you are younger to build healthy brushing and flossing habits will save you time and money in the long run. If you have not built up those good habits, don’t fear. Start now by taking steps every day to boost the care of your teeth and gums.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure becomes a higher risk for men over 40. Younger men still run the risk of having high blood pressure, but it is not as high of a chance they will acquire it. The best way to combat high blood pressure is to live a healthy lifestyle. This includes consistently exercising at least 3 times per week with an elevated heart rate for 30 minutes at a time. This also includes eating foods that fuel your body and not picking up the habit of smoking or drinking.

Prostate Issues

Prostate issues that may rise when your age creeps over 40 could include Erectile Dysfunction. Nearly 30 Million men are affected by Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in their lifetime. There are steps you can do now to lessen your chance of acquiring ED, such as living a healthy lifestyle and abstaining from alcohol and drug use. Erectile Dysfunction is not untreatable, and meeting with our experts to find the right treatment for you is possible to live a happy life.

Cancer

Skin cancer is very common and becomes more prevalent as we age. It does not discriminate, as it affects men young and old all over the world. As you age, your chances of developing skin cancer do increase. Take the time now to practice good sun care habits. Wear sunscreen when you go outside. Wear sunglasses and head protection to also protect you from the sun. If you can, avoid exposure to tanning beds or lamps. Skin cancer can develop quickly and spread. Be proactive and keep up to date on your yearly wellness checks. Know your body and address differences in the look and feel of your skin when you notice them.

Arthritis

We have one body that is with us for life, so it is expected for there to be wear and tear as we get older. Usually wear and tear for age can look like arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis and OsteoArthritis are two that are not uncommon for men age 30 and older. Swelling and inflammation of the joints and wearing down of cartilage can be expected but not life threatening. There are options for treatment and therapy that can aid in the maintenance and recovery of these issues.

Metabolism

The body’s metabolism naturally changes with age. It isn’t a choice we have, rather an event or series of events that happen organically. Adjusting how you eat as your metabolism changes can aid you along in this process. Start choosing foods that are rich in color and vitamins and minerals. Don’t rely on supplements to get your nutrients. Reach for whole food options. This might look like making a large protein shake each morning for breakfast packed with greens and berries with antioxidants and complete with some yogurt, nuts, and milk. You can start adding snacks to your routine that are not packaged, such as diced cucumbers and dressing, apples with almond butter, nuts and a string cheese, or chopped carrots and hummus. 

Change

As our bodies age, so do our exercise needs and nutrition needs. It might be easier for you to stay fit and healthy in your 20’s by doing minimal work. Now when you reach 40, for most this drastically changes. Not by fault of our own, but because our bodies change and adapt as we age. You might be noticing that you have more pains and aches than you are used to. If you get an injury, it generally takes longer to heal the older you are. You might also notice that your hormone levels are changing and losing fat and building muscle take a lot longer to pull off than they used to. You will have less opportunity to compete physically and your body might be experiencing some intolerances or new sensitivities.

Exercise

You might not be able to keep up with the 20 year olds at the gym, but you can definitely still throw around some weight. As you adapt to your body changing, focusing more on resistance training and building strength will help keep your body from losing muscle with age. Increasing the time you usually spend mobilizing or stretching will also be beneficial. The more you can lessen your chance of an injury the better. Stretching and mobilizing decrease this chance, so you can spend less time recovering and more time building. Listen to your body as you go. Take advantage of rest days while also keeping a goal to workout at least 3-4 times per week.

Mindset

Getting older and reaching your 40’s is not a bad thing. Just like our life brings us different chapters and experiences, being 40 brings new goals and aspirations. This might be a time in your life to focus on your relationships and really help them thrive. Maybe you have extra time on your hands to volunteer or pick up a new hobby.

Testosterone

Once you reach your 20’s, your testosterone levels start to decline and will continue to decline as you get older. With a decrease in testosterone, you may experience difficulty in losing weight and or gaining muscle mass.

Mental Health

There is never a better time to make your mental health a priority than the now. You may have foregone this type of aid in the past because you were younger and naive, or just busy and exhausted. By the time you are 40 or older, life generally slows down and what is important makes itself manifest. Use this time to boost your mental health, however that may look for you. See a therapist, start a mindfulness practice, try yoga or meditation. You will never regret taking care of your mind, as much as you take care of your body.

Skin Elasticity

What’s the telltale sign of getting older and aging? The appearance of wrinkles. Wrinkles are a natural part of our bodies aging as the skin loses collagen in skin cells. If you protect your skin while you are young from the harmful effects of UV light, your skin will hold collagen longer. 

Hair Loss

No matter who you are, as you get older, your hair also does. As follicles become older, you start to experience an increased level of hair loss. Genetics can play a large role in this, but also  your lifestyle and any medical conditions you may have will affect the level of hair loss you experience with age.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health

At Genesys Men’s Health, we treat several men over age 40 every week. We specialize in Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Thyroid issues, and Erectile Dysfunction Therapy, among other areas. Just as your needs are unique to you, so is your treatment. 

If you live in Sandy, Utah, and the greater Salt Lake County area, schedule an appointment or have questions answered by calling us at (801)-671-7456. Expect to regain mental clarity, energy, drive, emotional stability, sex drive, physical stamina and endurance, as well as improved strength and lean muscle mass. Don’t wait and contact us today!

Radial Wave Therapy vs. Shockwave Therapy: Which is Best for Erectile Dysfunction?

Radial Wave Therapy vs. Shockwave Therapy: Which is Best for Erectile Dysfunction?

If you experience symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED), you are not alone because it’s actually quite common.

Fifty-two percent of men worldwide experience some level of symptoms associated with ED. We are discussing what Erectile Dysfunction is and different methods of therapy here, including the facts about Radial Wave Therapy vs. Focused Shockwave Therapy for treatment measures.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to obtain and keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction may include trouble forming an erection, trouble keeping an erection, and a decrease in sexual desire.

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction can be caused by a myriad of factors. Alcohol use, heart disease, blocked blood vessels, diabetes, anxiety, stress, obesity, depression, and sleep disorders are only a few of the many causes. Difficulty obtaining an erection during sexual intercourse can be considered normal if it occurs twenty percent or less of the time. If that number climbs to fifty percent, it would be beneficial to talk to our experts about Erectile Dysfunction.

What Are Other Risk Factors for Erectile Dysfunction?

Some medical conditions as outlined above can be considered risk factors for Erectile Dysfunction. Other risk factors include tobacco use, cancer treatments, injuries, and taking other medications.

Is Erectile Dysfunction Preventable?

Creating and living a healthy lifestyle is the prime way to prevent Erectile Dysfunction. When you take care of your body and your mind, you have fewer risk factors and environmental factors that can take their toll. In addition to living a healthy lifestyle, keeping up to date on all wellness and medical exams, exercising regularly, eating a variety of nutritious foods, and addressing any mental health concerns will also aid in preventing Erectile Dysfunction.

Radial Wave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

-What Is Radial Wave Therapy for ED?

Radial Wave Therapy, or Energy Wave Therapy in other terms, is another method to help treat Erectile Dysfunction in men. It is a form of therapy that does not involve taking pills or having penile implants or any injections. Radial Wave Therapy uses sound waves to improve blood flow through the penis. The FDA has not approved this method of treatment, although it has shown to have positive results in helping to treat Erectile Dysfunction in the patients who use it.

-How Does It Work?

A doctor will use a radial wave wand device to deliver low-intensity energy sound waves to the shaft of the penis. During the treatment session, there are five points of contact with the wand to deliver the sound waves. Three on the top of the shaft and an additional two below the shaft. The sound waves pass through the skin and into the tissue to promote blood vessels to grow and increase blood flow, which will in turn increase erectile projections. This treatment is not a one time appointment option. Generally, Radial Wave Therapy is done over a period of six weeks at twenty minute increments for a total of six treatments.

-Are There Side Effects?

Since there is no pain associated with this treatment option, normal life can resume after the session. There are no proven adverse side effects as yet seen by research.

-Is There Recovery Time?

Since Radial Wave Therapy is a non-invasive procedure, there is no recovery time needed. Sexual life and activities can resume as normal as soon as possible.

How Long Does The Effects Last?

More research needs to be completed to know the average time that treatment effects last.

Focused Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction

-What is Shockwave Therapy for ED?

Shockwave Therapy is a treatment option for Erectile Dysfunction in men, and it has become popular in recent years. There are numerous studies that show a positive result. This form of therapy has been shown to work best with men who have Vasculogenic ED since this form affects the blood flow to the penis. 

-How Does It work?

Shockwave Therapy will use high energy sound waves to quicken tissue repair and boost cell growth. As a treatment for ED, Shockwave therapy helps to improve the blood flow to the penis and strengthens blood vessels in the process. For this procedure, you do not need any anesthesia. Your specialist will use a wand shaped device and place it on different areas of the penis alternating around 15 minutes each. The wand emits small pulsing vibrations that help trigger blood flow and boost tissue remodeling. There is currently no set protocol for recurring treatments. The most common treatment plan is two times a week for a period of three weeks, followed by no treatments for the next three weeks, and then repeating treatments twice a week for the next three weeks.

-Are There Side Effects?

Most research has shown no side effects after completing the procedure for men with ED. There is also shown to be no pain associated with the treatment that has been recorded. Since this is a relatively new procedure, there is a need for more extensive research to reveal any lasting effects from Shockwave Therapy for ED. This procedure is usually an out of pocket cost since insurance won’t offer coverage for it, but it is a worthwhile investment that helps men reclaim their confidence. 

-Is There Recovery Time?

Since previous research has shown there is no pain that would be experienced during the procedure, there is little to no recovery time. 

-How Long Does The Effects Last?

After full completion of the Shockwave Therapy, research has shown results to last up to one year.

Visit Genesys Men’s Health to Treat Your ED

At Genesys Men’s Health, we offer state-of-the-art treatment options for Erectile Dysfunction, such as Shock Wave Therapy. If you are experiencing symptoms that could be associated with Erectile Dysfunction, feel free to take our Erectile Dysfunction Self Test. You will answer a series of five questions and then submit your answers and get results. We are now accepting new patients and offering in-person office visits, as well as virtual visits via phone and video conferencing. You can visit our office in Sandy, Utah, or give us a call at (801)-671-7456. Contact us today with any questions you may have. 

Utah Men's Health Specialists
Genesys Men's Health Institute

7535 Union Park Ave (3rd Floor), Sandy/Midvale, Utah 84047

Phone: (844) CURE4ED