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Sleep Apnea in Men

The Med-Health 360 Prescription

Introduction

Sleep apnea is a significant cause of medical problems including hear disease, chronic anxiety, fatigue, irritability, memory loss, and low sex drive.  Sleep apnea is the periodic cessation of breathing during sleep.  More severe forms can starve the brain for oxygen; but sleep apnea in any form results in a lack of mental and physical rest.  The lack of oxygen puts a strain on the heart while depriving the brain of 



Sleep apnea is the periodic cessation of breathing during sleep. In its most severe form, obstructive sleep apnea, it can actually cause a man to wake up gasping for air.

Waking up and not being able to breath is unpleasant. But it doesn’t end there. Sleep apnea causes oxygen deprivation, which can put a strain on your heart.

Chronic sleep apnea can result in insomnia, which may lead to other symptoms like fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and low sex drive.

Hormonal cause for a diminished male sex drive

  • Low testosterone levels 
  • Normal testosterone levels with symptoms
  • High estrogen levels
  • High prolactin levels

Understanding Sleep Apnea in Men

Second only to heart disease, the prostate is the greatest source of health complications in men as they age.Sleep apnea is the periodic cessation of breathing during sleep. In its most severe form, obstructive sleep apnea, it can actually cause a man to wake up gasping for air.

Waking up and not being able to breath is unpleasant. But it doesn’t end there. Sleep apnea causes oxygen deprivation, which can put a strain on your heart.

Chronic sleep apnea can result in insomnia, which may lead to other symptoms like fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and low sex drive.

Sleep Apnea in Men

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is usually caused by a restricted airway. Some people are born with restricted airways, while others develop this problem later in life.

Sleep apnea that develops later in life is typically caused by one or more of the following:

  • Low testosterone
  • Weight gain
  • Poor diet
  • Inactivity
  • Stress

Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Men

Balanced hormones and a healthy lifestyle are the best place to start. Here’s our approach:

  • Our doctors make sure hormones, especially testosterone, are balanced to healthy levels. Healthy levels of testosterone, estrogen, and thyroid will make maintaining a healthy lifestyle attainable.
  • We will encourage you to manage stress. Cortisol is released when you’re under stress. When released in large quantities for too long, cortisol can have detrimental effects on your body, including sleep apnea. Our doctors can provide treatment for elevated cortisol if appropriate.
  • Because excess fat can constrict your airway, we will encourage you to maintain a healthy weight. Balanced hormones will make this easier.
    We will encourage you to exercise. Everything works better when you’re in good shape—this is no different.

Balanced hormones, especially testosterone, can help you breathe easier at night. That means better sleep. It means waking up rested and ready to take on the day. It means being your healthiest you. We’re ready. Are you?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones which are typically found in many creams, gels and injectables used for hormone replacement.

BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets into the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.

One of greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection or extrusion of the pellets.

Your doctor will interpret your blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for your body. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief of symptoms in 10-14 days. After your pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels on an ongoing basis and monitor any future changes needed.

You can obtain BHRT Pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in pellet therapy!
To find out if BHRT is the right solution for you, speak with an HTCA physician today!

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