Cardiovascular disease continues to be the # 1 disease killer of men (women too) in our country today. Managing cholesterol and blood pressure are simply not enough. Our blood vessel health (endothelial function), inflammation levels, digestive health, hormone balance, weight and mental emotional health all contribute to disease process. Treating the whole person is the only way to prevent this disease. Protect your heart health.
While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, it's no secret that men can benefit from paying more attention to their bodies. When it comes to health, several factors may work against men. Generally, men tend smoke more, drink more and eat higher protien diets compared to women. Men tend to define themselves by their work, which adds to stress. And, most of all they don't seek medical attention as often as women do. At the Naturopathic Health Institue, we strive to educate and empower men to become active participants in their health. We provide personalized treatment plans based upon your unique health care needs.
Consider Men’s Health evaluation for….
- Heart disease/stroke
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Digestive Health
- Memory and Brain Health
- High Cholesterol
- Prostate Health
- Blood Sugar regulation
- Sleep Disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- Hormone Health
- Chronic Stress
- Weight Loss
Cholesterol, a fat-like substance naturally produced by the body, is essential for health. It is the precursor to our hormones and vitamin D production. It is protective to cell membranes and nerve tissue. Elevated levels, particularly LDL, may become oxidized due to underlying inflammation leading to endothelial disfunction and plaque formation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of heart disease not cholesterol as we are led to believe.
Elevated blood pressure is not a disease; it is a symptom of an underlying, deeper issue in the body. Potential causes may include elevated blood sugars, nutrient deficiencies (magnesium and potassium), chronic stress, toxicities (caffeine, heavy metals), and other medical conditions (endothelial dysfunction, kidney disease). Determining and treating the underlying cause is the most effective way to manage elevated blood pressure.
When men experience difficulty obtaining or sustaining an erection, cardiovascular disease may be the underlying cause. Seek medical attention as this may be the first symptom of other medical conditions – endothelial dysfunction, cardiovascular disease or nerve damage from blood sugar dysregulation. Yes, stress levels and lower testosterone levels may play a role, yet erectile dysfunction is not part of the normal, aging process.
The prostate gland functions in the production of semen, the fluid containing sperm. A healthy prostate is about the size a walnut and tends to grow slowly with age. Conditions of the prostate include, prostatitis (an infection in the gland), benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or enlargement of the tissue leading to symptoms of urinary frequency, urgency, dribbling and stream changes and prostate cancer which responds well to treatment if detected early.
Hormone Balance (Low Testosterone)
Men, like women, experience challenges of hormone imbalance, a condition known as Andropause. Symptoms of low levels testosterone may include decline in sex drive, decline in motivation, a dip in mood, difficulty maintaining muscle mass, abdominal weight gain and in some cases difficulty obtaining and maintaining an erection. Talk with your doctor as treatment is available and life is too short not to enjoy it to the fullest.
The foundation for health is digestive function. Our body’s take nutrients in and expels waste through a healthy digestive system. Symptoms of frequent indigestion, abdominal pain/discomfort, constipation and/or diarrhea, gas and bloating, reflux, and belching are all indications of inadequate digestive health, often times due to food sensitivities. Untreated, these symptoms result in nutrient deficiencies and bowel toxicities which ultimately contribute to the onset of many chronic diseases seen today.
Diabetes is an epidemic in our country today. What is more concerning is the less talked about incidence of “Pre-diabetes.” Blood sugar levels alone do not provide adequate information. Evaluation of insulin levels along with blood sugar levels provides a more accurate evaluation. We evaluate blood sugar levels, insulin levels and Glyomark levels to more accurately determine risk. We provide you with a personalized treatment plan to prevent and reverse the onset of diabetes.
Chronic stress sets a cascade of events in motion directly damaging the cardiovascular system, weakening the immune system, deregulating the nervous system, and depleting the endocrine systems. Chronic stress is a silent killer. No medication, supplement or diet can prevent it. Identifying and managing stress is the key. Exercise, visualization, deep breathing, meditation, yoga, acupuncture all have shown to aid in stress management.
Memory and Brain Function
As we begin the aging process one of our greatest fears is the decline in our brain/memory function. Items such as stress levels, hormone balance, blood sugar regulation, blood vessel health, nutrient levels, toxicity levels, inflammatory levels and oxidative stress all play a role in brain health. We evaluate all items and help you develop an overall plan to maintain, restore and protect brain and memory function.
During sleep is the only time our body is able to repair, restore and regenerate itself, thus sleep is essential for overall health and aging well. Keep in mind sleep quality is more important than sleep quantity. We seek to find the underlying cause of your sleep challenges and work with you to correct imbalances, replace nutrients, eliminate toxins, balance hormones and help you restore natural sleep patterns.
Even though there is no magic pill for lasting weight loss, there is a real solution. Identifying the underlying cause for ones weight gain is the key. Our combination approach is naturally effective because it blends hormone balancing along with nutritional and targeted supplementation with simple diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications. We personalize your program and make it work for you.