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Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on December 8, 2017
In men 45 and older, most cases of hypogonadism (low-t) often go overlooked due to the fact that the symptoms may be more general in nature and slower in onset. Many men simply attribute their symptoms to aging and often dismiss them because they don't think that there is anything that they can do about them. This is largely because the symptoms of hypogonadism are nearly identical to those experienced by men going through andropause (the male menopause): low libido, fatigue, depression, memory loss, difficulty concentrating and irritability.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 17, 2017
Hormones can affect our mood, our weight and even our libido; But like most things in life, it’s not always easy to keep them balanced. Dieting, stress and anxiety are just a few of the contributing factors to hormones gone bad, but you can do your part to improve your overall health and lose stubborn pounds.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 3, 2017
Hyperprolactinemia is the name for higher-than-normal blood levels of the hormone prolactin. This hormone is made by the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. The main function of prolactin is to stimulate breast milk production after childbirth. High prolactin levels are normal during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 20, 2017
Erectile dysfunction is not rare. Between 15-30 million American men may experience it to some degree at some point in their lives. The number of men seeking medical help for erectile dysfunction surged after 1998, when the first effective drug was released, encouraging more men to come forward for treatment.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 29, 2017
Hormones offer vital support to a wide range of bodily functions, regulating metabolism, appetite, sleep cycles, cell growth and repair, fertility and reproduction, stress reactions and emotional health among many other essential functions. When they aren't present in the body in proper proportions, a wide variety of symptoms can appear. Hormonal imbalance can occur in anyone at any age, but is most prevalent in men and women who are approaching middle age.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 25, 2017
Often times seen in-office are cases that involve some medical detective work regarding testosterone levels. Therefore, it is important to provide the doctor with a detailed medical history. Things that should be discussed include:


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 28, 2017
Scientists have actually been able to pinpoint specific genetic markers. There is a gene, called sex hormone-binding globulin that codes the protein that binds itself to testosterone. Evidence suggests that although, we may not be able to see exactly how, most likely some causes of low testosterone came from genetic makeup.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 14, 2017
Even if you’re not a weight lifter, you’ve undoubtedly heard of creatine, one of the most researched supplements in history. It’s a combination of amino acids produced by the liver, kidney, and pancreas. Creatine is not a steroid-- it’s naturally found in muscle, red meat and fish, though at far lower levels than in the powder form sold on bodybuilding websites and at your local GNC.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on June 23, 2017
Dr. Gary Bellman, expert Los Angeles Urologist, and founder of the Male Anti-Aging Institute was recently interviewed by I magazine for his expert opinion on the benefits afforded to men through testosterone therapy.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on June 23, 2017
What we eat can cut the risk of developing chronic diseases that may make us age before our time; (ex.) high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Abundant scientific research has shown how important food is to healthy aging. What is meant by “anti-aging”? It’s not a vague beauty term, its markers are radiant hair, skin, daily physical activity, a positive mindset and preventing chronic disease.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on June 2, 2017
Distinguishing symptoms of low testosterone from symptoms of some chronic illnesses can be difficult. Feeling tired, loss of interest in sex, difficulty maintaining an erection, lack of energy, and mood changes all may be signs of many different issues. That is why it is important to see your physician.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on May 19, 2017
Testosterone deficiency is seen to occur in both men and women with HIV. Endocrine abnormalities, including the synthesis of testosterone, have long been recognized as a complication of HIV since the earliest days of the pandemic, although it has generally been associated with late-stage disease (particularly HIV wasting syndrome).


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on May 12, 2017
Processed foods are foods that have been compromised by the addition of hormones, additives, preservatives, unnatural genetic material or other chemical or heat treatments that alter or destroy the natural healthy enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on April 28, 2017
Andropause symptoms due to declining hormone levels are common in men as they age. The modern lifestyle of high stress levels and poor fitness & nutrition habits paired with an increased life expectancy have a substantial affect on the male body. With your hormone-producing glands being forced to work harder and longer, it is no wonder that hormones become imbalanced over time.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on April 14, 2017
While eating a well-balanced diet is a great way to get the vitamins and minerals, our bodies need for optimum cell function, it’s impossible to get all of them from every meal. Unless you’re growing your own food and it’s all organic, pesticide, and hormone free, you cook all your own meals, and you never eat out, you’re going to need at least a multivitamin…


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on April 7, 2017
The benefits of testosterone replacement therapy in improving sexual desire and erectile function are well known, and there is increasing evidence that testosterone replacement therapy has other benefits and can help to improve the quality of life and help with overall good health in men with low testosterone.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on March 31, 2017
High testosterone levels increase the risk of prostate cancer? This is a hypothesis based on a very simplistic understanding of testosterone metabolism and its effect on prostate cancer. Unlike estrogen and breast cancer, where there is a very strong relationship, testosterone and prostate cancer does not.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on March 9, 2017
Our overall health is dependent on a balance of hormones, not just a single hormone. Currently, men with low androgen hormones can benefit from hormone replacement therapy. Men with imbalances in their levels of testosterone to estrogen and progesterone can also benefit hormone replacement.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on February 17, 2017
It makes perfect sense that there are some health conditions that favor one sex over another. Men and women have different genes, anatomy and predominating hormones. These variances not only influence what symptoms we experience and how we react to treatments, but also our susceptibility to disease in the first place. There are some conditions so closely aligned with women that both doctors and patients overlook them as possible diagnoses in men-- But there are two note-worthy diseases increasingly crossing gender lines to strike men.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 27, 2017
Many of us have become too accustomed to eating with our taste buds and we forget that food is an incredibly beneficial ally in our quest for health and longevity. What we put into our bodies affects everything from the size of our waistlines, the condition of our hearts, and yes, even how long we live.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 20, 2017
Men and women have the same sex hormones in their bodies, just in different proportions. Men have a predominance of testosterone, while their estrogen levels are supposed to be much lower than those of women. Testosterone is commonly regarded as a ‘sex hormone’, but it’s really so much more than that -- it’s a “total body hormone” affecting every cell in the body.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 6, 2017
When the testicles do not produce enough of the male hormone testosterone, the condition is called testosterone deficiency or male hypogonadism. Primary hypogonadism results from a testicular disorder, while secondary hypogonadism involves a malfunction in the hypothalamus or pituitary gland, parts of the brain that trigger testosterone production.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on December 19, 2016
Branched chain amino acids, or BCAAs, include the three amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. These amino acids can be found in dietary protein, such as meat or eggs, or they can be supplemented. Branched chain amino acids are most commonly used for their role in building muscle, improving exercise performance and decreasing post-exercise soreness and recovery time.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on December 9, 2016
Hypogonadism Male hypogonadism is characterized by the failure to produce testosterone or a decrease in the production of testosterone. This occurs when the testes fail to function normally because of a genetic defect, illness or injury or because of the failures of another hormonal gland. Whereas testosterone inhibits the growth of muscle and body hair, men with hypogonadism may experience late puberty (or not at all). In adults, the condition may have symptoms of low sexual drive, potency, sperm production, or overall low body strength.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 11, 2016
A large number of people begin their relationships with opiates innocently enough. Unfortunately, taking narcotic medications for an injury or chronic pain condition leaves thousands of people with a severe dependency.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 4, 2016
What is Testosterone & how does it affect the body? Testosterone is an important male hormone. A male begins to produce testosterone as early as seven weeks after conception. Testosterone levels rise during puberty, peak during the late teen years, and then level off. After age 30 or so, it’s normal for a man’s testosterone levels to decrease slightly every year. Most men of a certain age have enough testosterone. But, it’s possible for the body to produce too little testosterone. This leads to a condition called hypogonadism. This can be treated with hormonal therapy, which requires a doctor’s prescription and careful monitoring.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 7, 2016
Human sexuality is increasingly recognized by physicians as an important aspect of health and quality of life throughout the life course.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 16, 2016
Want to live to be 100? It's tempting to think that with enough omega-3s, kale and blueberries, you could eat your way there.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 12, 2016
Testosterone, prolactin and estrogen are some of the many hormones produced in the male body. Of all of these hormones, testosterone is responsible for maintaining and expressing male features such as facial hair, body hair, sperm production and maintenance of muscles and bones. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance in men are often easily identifiable.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 5, 2016
There are lots of men wondering whether they should try over-the-counter (non-prescription) testosterone supplements and many already taking them not knowing that it may be taking a toll on their health. In today’s market, advertisements for testosterone supplements are all over the internet and late-night TV. Often times, they depict older men lifting weights, playing vigorous sports, drinking cocktails with beautiful women, acting “young” again, or of younger men with the intention of building muscle mass.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 29, 2016
The male reproductive system depends upon the action of many different hormones or chemicals, produced by various body glands and enter systemic circulation. Some of these hormones, called “tropic” hormones, cause other hormones to release.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on April 15, 2016
Keeping track of the latest superfruit in vogue can be an elusive goal, a quest largely driven by modern marketing and, quite possibly, producers of shows like "The Dr. Oz Show." The term 'superfruit' has only been used for about a decade to sell the potential health benefits of nutrient-dense fruits. To rise above the chatter, the new superfruits often have to be the subject of a recent study or featured in mainstream media, and there's often no rhyme or reason to what they showcase.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on April 1, 2016
Protein is necessary to build, maintain and repair muscle. To increase protein in the diet, you could turn to meats, which are complete protein sources because they provide all the essential amino acids. The downside to meats, especially red meat, is that they can also provide significant amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol. Another way to increase protein intake is by combining servings of incomplete proteins such as legumes and grains, but this can increase carbohydrate and calorie intake. Some powders and drinks can offer a protein alternative without significantly increasing consumption of fats, carbohydrates, cholesterol or calories.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on March 25, 2016
Hypogonadism may be present at birth (congenital) or may develop later (acquired). Testosterone deficiency is classified by the location of its cause along the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis: Primary, disruption in the testicles; Secondary, disruption in the pituitary; Tertiary, disruption in the hypothalamus


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on March 16, 2016
Several testosterone delivery methods exist to treat reduction or absence of hormone secretion or other physiological activity of the gonads (testes or ovaries in women)-- The medical term for this is hypogonadism.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on February 5, 2016
The testosterone and male estrogen balance Specifically, enlarged breasts in men occur when the balance between testosterone and male estrogen is drastically altered. While mainly considered to be a female hormone, every man possesses low levels of estrogen to regulate sperm production, bone density and mood. Breast enlargement in men often occurs after the age of 50 and is frequently associated with andropause; Andropause causes testosterone levels to drop, which leaves less of the hormone available to balance out the estrogen. Increased estrogen production and severe hyperthyroidism can also cause the gynecomastia. Enlarged male breasts are more likely to occur in overweight men due to the effects that obesity has on the body. Furthermore, weight gain is also a symptom of andropause, so it is not uncommon for a man to experience both concurrently


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 15, 2016
There are many testosterone products available for use on the skin. Andro-Gel, Testim, and Axiron are examples of topical gels used to deliver the male sex hormone through the skin — a more convenient and less painful option. This topical medication is absorbed through the skin, enters your bloodstream, and helps your body reach normal testosterone levels.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on December 17, 2015
With all the swirling testosterone-related information that men are bombarded with, it’s essential for men who are wanting to inquire to speak with a specialist. Dr. Gary C. Bellman is a Board-Certified Urologist with an expertise in Anti-Aging and optimization of male hormones.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 2, 2015
Options for testosterone replacement include injections, patches, a gel and implantable pellets called Testopel.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 25, 2015
The food we eat gives our bodies the ‘information’ and materials they need to function properly. If we don't get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health may decline. Good nutrition, based on healthy eating is one essential factor that helps us to stay healthy and be active. One of the best things you can do for your health is to set up a daily exercise routine to help get yourself into shape. People who find they never have enough energy, can greatly benefit from daily exercise, as it helps boost energy levels due to the extra activity. Aside from getting a daily energy boost, exercising helps your overall health by lowering blood pressure, burning fat, boosting your immune system, and strengthening your body.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on May 1, 2015
In adult males, hypogonadism may alter certain masculine physical characteristics and impair normal reproductive function. Signs and symptoms may include: •Erectile dysfunction •Infertility •Decrease body hair growth •Decrease in muscle mass •Development of breast tissue •loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on March 27, 2015
Testosterone levels decline naturally as men age, similar to the decline of the female hormone estrogen in women. This decline in testosterone and the symptoms it causes have sometimes been referred to as ‘male menopause.’ The gradual decline in testosterone due to aging can cause you to have less frequent erections and a decreased sex drive, but it's not normal for aging men to completely lose interest in sex. In addition to causing erectile dysfunction and a diminished sex drive, low testosterone can also affect your muscle strength, mood, and energy level. Since low testosterone can also be due to disease, injury, drugs, and certain types of cancer, it's important for men of all ages to know the warning signs and symptoms of hypogonadism (when the testes produce little or no hormones).


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on March 6, 2015
Looking more fit and feeling younger may be a matter of getting certain hormones in balance. Although a number of hormones can affect your health, three of the most crucial ones for men are testosterone, growth hormone, and cortisol. Let’s start with testosterone, well known for it's association with manliness. Testosterone can be creditied for men’s confidence, drive, and desire for sex. Testosterone levels in men begin to decline by about 1% every year after age 30.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on February 9, 2015
These days Anti-Aging is such a hot topic. Luckily, the key to anti-aging is within your reach. When it comes to translating messages, inducing reactions, protecting tissue– it’s all about your hormones. From regulating metabolism to controlling immune function and reproduction, hormones are very much key players in all that you are– physically speaking at least.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on February 3, 2015
Low testosterone (Low T) and testosterone therapy– you hear about it on TV, on the Internet, and at the gym. The enormous industry that has sprung up to capitalize on this problem has contributed to a dangerous rise in the unregulated sale and use of testosterone supplements.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 19, 2015
According to a new study, a new experimental drug could boost immune system in elderly people by 20% and also help them to delay other aging effects.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 7, 2015
A low level of the adrenal sex hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) predicts a greater risk of coronary heart disease in elderly men, according to a 2014 Swedish study. DHEA, and specifically its sulfate form DHEA-S, is the most abundant steroid hormone in human blood, utilized to make estrogen and testosterone. However, production declines dramatically with age. A great amount of research has been done on the actions of DHEA-S and blood vessels and metabolism.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 16, 2014
Consumption of sugary soda drinks such as cola and lemonade may be linked to accelerated DNA ageing, say researchers who have studied the impact of the drinks in more than 5,000 people.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 9, 2014
Vitamin D is referred to as the sunshine vitamin because the human body converts sunlight into vitamin D when the rays encounter the skin. It is a dietary supplement found in many foods such as, fish, eggs, fortified milk, cod liver oil, and as a supplement. Vitamin D is beneficial to everyone's health; however, there are specific benefits that apply to men.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 24, 2014
Not all foods and supplements receive the same share of the spotlight, attention, or scrutiny. In spite of the ample scientific research behind it, one of the most overlooked is resveratrol. It may surprise you to learn that resveratrol, most commonly associated with red wine, may have many benefits that could include the enhancement to age more gracefully.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 5, 2014
A recent report published in Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism revealed that men, women, and children with high levels of phthalates also had lower levels of testosterone compared to people with lower levels of phthalates.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 29, 2014
It’s a debate that’s sparked controversy since the first weight was lifted: Is it better or worse to work out on an empty stomach? Different people work out best under different circumstances, and deciding whether someone should eat before a workout can be like telling them what time of day to work out or which diet they should follow; Thus, it largely depends on what works best for the individual.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 21, 2014
Most of us would like to be leaner and stronger. The hormones that have the biggest effect on body composition are growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). HGH, or human growth hormone, also known as somatropin or simply GH, is a peptide hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. A non-steroidal hormone, it regenerates tissues for growth and repair of many cells in the body.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 7, 2014
Jacques Baillargeon,the lead author of a recently published study, said that their investigation was motivated by a growing concern, in the U.S. and internationally, that testosterone therapy increases men’s risk for cardiovascular disease, specifically heart attack and stroke and added that there is a large body of evidence that is consistent with the findings of no increased risk of heart attack associated with testosterone use.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on June 22, 2014
Androgen deficiency in women is a topic far less discussed in comparison to their male counterparts. Androgens are hormones that contribute to growth and reproduction in both men and women. They are usually thought of as male hormones, but the female body also naturally produces a small amount of androgens. Androgen production in women tapers off with increasing age. By the time a woman is 40 years old, her androgen levels are about half of what they were when she was 20. Some researchers believe that androgen deficiency in women can cause symptoms that include lethargy and loss of sexual interest. Other researchers believe that the condition, if it exists, is too poorly understood to treat safely.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on May 28, 2014
Plenty of scientific studies show that what you eat has a strong impact on healthy aging, as well as on the risks for diseases such as high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes. New research suggests that the diet-aging equation might, in a broad way, be based on how diet affects chromosomes. Or more specifically, the caps on the ends of your chromosomes called telomeres.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on March 26, 2014
This article has already undergone two published corrections. The first was published January 15, 2014, due to misreporting of primary results. A second correction published just a few weeks ago, on March 4, 2014, now reveals major errors presented in the article's text and figure. Specifically, in response to a letter questioning a group of 1,132 men, the authors re-examined their data and discovered the correct number should have been only 128, an 89% error rate, involving more than 1,000 individuals. The value for a second group has now been increased by more than 900 individuals. Finally, the authors discovered this dataset included 100 women, meaning nearly 10% were the wrong gender for the study. The protest was signed by three medical societies and more than 125 scientists and physicians from 24 countries, including 59 full professors (8 emeritus), 6 journal editors, and 12 medical society presidents. Signers include U.S. faculty from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Brown, Cornell, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, Baylor Medical College, Tufts, and Boston University, among others. The professional societies are The International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), The Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA), and The International Society for the Study of the Aging Male.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on March 13, 2014
New research has revealed a link between the aging process and Irisin, a hormone released from the muscle after exercise. This hormone has also been shown to reprogram the body's fat cells to burn energy instead of storing it. Previous studies reveal that Irisin has the potential to prevent obesity and diabetes by increasing metabolic rate. The research team led by Dr. James Brown have proven a significant link exists between Irisin levels in the blood and a biological marker of aging called telomere length. Telomeres are small regions found at the end of chromosomes that shorten as cells within the body replicate. Short telomere length has been linked to many age-related diseases including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Using a population of healthy, non-obese individuals, the team has shown those individuals who had higher levels of Irisin were found to have longer telomeres. The finding provides a potential molecular link between keeping active and healthy ageing with those having higher Irisin levels more ‘biological young’ than those with lower levels of the hormone.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on March 5, 2014
Many of us have seen commercials running about testosterone therapy; either promoting a product or questioning its effectiveness. The negative stigma comes as more companies are targeting older men with products for testosterone replacement that promise to help them ‘become young again.' Among the television ads, you may also have seen commercials asking the public to take legal actions for adverse effects. The FDA is giving testosterone therapy a second look. Two studies have prompted it to review the impact of these drugs to see whether the treatments were associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and death. The regulator was already monitoring the situation, but said in a statement that this latest move is meant to reassess this safety issue.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 20, 2014
There are many reasons to live a happy life. Among them, according to a new study, is a longer-lasting, more functional body. The study found that older people who enjoy life maintain a better physical function later into life. The findings fall in line with many previous studies that have found that an active, outgoing, and optimistic person is more likely to be happy and healthy into old age. The catch though, may be that happiness has to come from young age first. A July 2013 study, for example, found that people who were more outgoing and emotionally stable during young adulthood were more likely to carry those traits as they aged. This in turn could affect physical well-being, as evidenced by the current study. The current study looked followed 3,199 men and women over eight years. The participants were split into three age groups (60-69, 70-79, and 80 and over), and asked to assess their enjoyment of life on a four-point scale. Specifically, they were asked to rate their happiness based on the following statements: “I enjoy the things that I do,” “I enjoy being in the company of others,” “On balance, I look back on my life with a sense of happiness,” and “I feel full of energy these days.”


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on January 14, 2014
Life is the result of a delicate balancing of tradeoffs-- We must burn oxygen to produce the energy needed by our cells to maintain their highly ordered functions and we do this very efficiently, much more so than even the most highly advanced engine, producing only the harmless carbon dioxide and water. Yet the tradeoff for this magnificently efficient process is the production of unstable oxygen molecules that leak out of our mitochondria during the burning process instead of being converted into water and carbon dioxide. These are called free radicals. They consist of an oxygen molecule with an unpaired electron that makes it highly reactive and thus capable of attacking and damaging our other bio-molecules such as DNA, proteins, cholesterol, and the components of our cell membranes.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on December 27, 2013
New findings published in the December issue of Cell, detail the surprising results from lab tests conducted to determine the cause of aging in mice. Sinclair, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School explained that the aging process they discovered is like a married couple-- when they are young, they communicate well, but over time, living in close quarters for many years, communication breaks down; and just like with a couple, restoring communication solved the problem. According to the team, scientists have always been hesitant to believe the effects of getting physically older could be reversed due to the theory that these diseases centered around aging are the result of irreversible mutations at the genetic level.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on December 8, 2013
Although different nutrients are involved with male and female fertility, the good news is that one dietary prescription can cover all the bases. For both men and women, the dietary pattern that is most consistent with all the research on fertility is the Mediterranean diet. In one study, couples undergoing fertility treatment who both stuck to a Mediterranean diet improved their chances of getting pregnant by about 40%. A Mediterranean diet pattern is characterized by a high intake of vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil, fish, and whole grains and a low intake of meat, refined grains, and other processed foods. In addition to enhancing your fertility, a Mediterranean diet is also associated with lower risks of heart disease, dementia, and obesity. Sounds like a great way to start and keep healthy!


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 24, 2013
This study focused on a naturally occurring process called methylation, a chemical modification of one of the four building blocks that make up our DNA. Steve Horvath, the study’s author writes that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The age of diseased organs varied hugely, with some many tens of years ‘older’ than healthy tissue in the same person.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 18, 2013
The benefits of testosterone replacement on physical and sexual function, energy levels, fat and muscle mass, blood lipids and bone density in men with low testosterone have been established for some time; there is also growing evidence that mortality increases when testosterone is maintained at healthy levels.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 9, 2013
The concern for low vitamin D levels in older adults is well-documented. Studies have shown that adults over 60 with low vitamin D levels have a greater risk of serious illness and fatality than those with higher levels.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 3, 2013
Testosterone is a is a male sex hormone that helps maintain sex drive, sperm production, and overall bone health. Low levels of testosterone may sometimes be referred to as androgen deficiency syndrome or hypogonadism, which is a failure of the testes to produce adequate amounts of androgen (male hormones, including testosterone and androstenedione). When low levels of testosterone in particular occur, both sexual and non-sexual symptoms may be the result. Sexual signs may include a decreased desire for sex, weaker and fewer erections, and generally poor erectile function. Non-sexual symptoms may include increased body fat, reduced muscle mass, increased fatigue, decreased energy, and depression.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 3, 2013
A new study has found that men who have low testosterone levels may have an increased risk of developing or dying from heart disease.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 1, 2013
Does a physically active lifestyle preserve cognitive function as we age?


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 26, 2013
Recent articles bringing to light links between age-related diseases and shortened telomeres have brought out additional research correlating statins and protection of telomere shortening.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 24, 2013
Hypogonadism is a common condition seen through our practice– especially among older men, but often goes undiagnosed and untreated. It can be associated with a number of signs and symptoms that affect health and quality of life, including feelings of low energy and fatigue; decreased sex drive and performance; decreased muscle mass and strength; decreased bone mineral density; and increased body fat, particularly abdominal fat, a putative risk factor for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 20, 2013
New research in the U.S. has suggested a link between the compounds found in certain fruits and the ability to fight illness. Compounds in blueberries and red grapes were found to work with vitamin D to boost the immune system.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 17, 2013
Telomeres are the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that affect how quickly cells age. They are combinations of DNA and protein that protect the ends of chromosomes and also help them remain stable. As they become shorter, their structural integrity weakens, and the cells age and die quicker.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 12, 2013
Estrogen, the main sex hormone in women, plays a bigger role in male libido than previously recorded.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 23, 2013
If you’ve ever taken up a high-intensity workout, then you’re probably familiar with the achy muscles that accompany them. Researchers in Spain published a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that examined the potential benefits of drinking watermelon juice for sore muscle relief in athletes. Why watermelon? Watermelon has high levels of an uncommon amino acid, L-citrulline, that’s otherwise almost absent in natural foods.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 16, 2013
From a behavioral perspective, the same antidepressant-like effects associated with ‘runner’s high’ found in humans is associated with a drop in stress hormones. Studies have shown how the anti-depressant effect of running was also associated with more cell growth in the hippocampus, an area of the brain responsible for cognitive function.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 16, 2013
Spring and summer is just around the corner, and alongside to sun exposure.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 12, 2013
Women experience a decline in estrogen during the years surrounding menopause. Before the ovaries shut down, there are gradual declines in both progesterone and testosterone. Both are rarely measured in the course of normal physical examinations, yet both have critical roles in preventing the epidemic of estrogen-dominant diseases such as reproductive and breast cancer, auto-immune disease, reduced bone density, osteoporosis, as well as reduced libido, and sexual insensitivity.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on August 6, 2013
The Gingko Biloba tree has very unique properties and is said to have a number of therapeutic properties and contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids; these are antioxidants that provide protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 29, 2013
In a sense, the generation of a free radical is starting point of the aging process. When a cell in the hypothalamus gets damaged, then it no longer sends an appropriate signal to the pituitary gland to release growth hormone, or luteinizing hormone (which in turn leads to lower testosterone levels).


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 24, 2013
Good sleep habits are essential for living a long, healthy, productive life. Adequate amounts of sleep has been seen to be equally important for beautiful, healthy skin. Sleep allows the skin to restore its natural balance and increases the effectiveness of certain skin care ingredients, potentially providing more benefit to your skin.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 22, 2013
A new study revealed that the elderly with vitamin D deficiencies were more likely to have at least one functional problem, such as functioning independently, compared to people with healthy levels of the vitamin.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 17, 2013
Testosterone is more commonly known as the ’male’ hormone. It’s also produced in small amounts by a woman’s adrenal glands and ovaries. A woman’s testosterone is highest around age 20 and slowly declines and is estimated to be half as high in her 40s.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 16, 2013
Several decisions face both men and women today. Is hormone replacement right for them? If so does one choose a bio-identical option versus a synthetic one. Bio-identical hormone replacement is the use of purely plant and vegetable based products versus synthetic ones. Often a bio-identical approach is better received by women. Men on the other hand, are less focused on the type of hormone replacement but more on the effectivess.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 13, 2013
I am often asked about the impact of stress on various health issues. I have always been impressed that stress and perspective is a potent factor on health. This is an interesting report on the impact of stress on health in women.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on July 2, 2013
Increased longevity among the population increases the number of men with late onset hypogonadism. It’s a common condition, but often goes undertreated and underdiagnosed. The indication of testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) treatment requires the presence of low testosterone levels, and symptoms and signs of hypogonadism.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on June 19, 2013
Dr. Bellman promotes exercise along with a healthy diet for optimal health.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 18, 2013
DHEA is an endogenous hormone (made in the human body), and secreted by the adrenal gland. DHEA serves as a precursor to male and female sex hormones (androgens and estrogens).


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 17, 2013
For many women, female hygiene products may seem of no danger and safe to use. Disclosing what’s in the products they make that go in and on women’s bodies should not be optional, it should be mandatory! Women should be aware of possible toxins that may be lurking and how to avoid the toxins that are often found in conventional feminine hygiene products.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 12, 2013
Is there really such a thing as male menopause?


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 11, 2013
The hypothalamus is located in the brain– It controls most of the basic functions of life and also produces hormones that control the other structures in the endocrine system. The hypothalamus sits on top of the brain stem, and is the interface between the brain and the rest of the body. Among other things, this brain region controls our automatic response to the world around us, hormone levels, sleep-wake cycles, immunity and reproduction.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 10, 2013
As summer is almost fully upon us, the temps raise and the more water we drink. But, what about those rumors we’ve heard about plastic water bottles causing cancer? We are all surrounded by BPA (Bisphenol A, a chemical used in plastics). Its in our homes, workplaces, schools, and recreational areas. BPA is found from the lining of food cans and paper plates, in beverage bottles, and even in receipts.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 7, 2013
This day in age, Americans seem to think that every health problem can be solved with a pill. Certainly, many are, especially infectious diseases that need antibiotics, antifungals and increasingly, antivirals.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 6, 2013
It’s important that women do not make any abrupt changes to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) without consulting your doctor. Dr. Bellman can discuss with you the benefits and risks of HRT based on your individual circumstances.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 6, 2013
Purple foods get their color from antioxidants, as do blue foods. Antioxidants can prevent heart disease, cancer, strokes, and can also boost your memory. Additionally, they have known to slow the aging process.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 5, 2013
Nowadays, men are fortunate to have a few pills to choose from to enhance sexual function. With a few options, it can get a bit confusing as to which works best. Viagra is one of the most well known and has been around the longest– Also thought to be more potent for some men.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 4, 2013
Testosterone replacement therapy is approved specifically for the treatment of abnormally low testosterone levels, a condition called hypogonadism. The hormone helps build muscle, reduce body fat, and improve sex drive. But more and more studies are being published finding men who get prescriptions for the hormone that have no evidence of a deficiency, causing detriments to their health!


Posted By: Gary Bellman on June 3, 2013
Asking a woman about her sex drive and sexual satisfaction is unique, and in many ways much more complex to that of their male counterparts. The good news is, although some may feel awkward about discussing the topic, women are much more open to talk about what’s happening in their bodies, their vitality, and interest in sex compared to men.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on May 31, 2013
There is much press on men and associated problems with libido and sexual function. Somehow women’s issues don’t get as much attention but can be just as real. Testosterone or other hormone imbalances can be the issue for women. Below is an interesting study on a new approach to solving libido issues in women and how the brain is where the problem may rest.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 29, 2013
Prolactin is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland that has several ‘power house’ functions. In women, increased levels of prolactin is required during lactation and stimulates the glands to produce milk. Prolactin is also produced during sexual intercourse, and is responsible for the feeling gratification after sex.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 28, 2013
Data that supports infertile-hypogonadal men to benefit from from ‘herbal supplements’ is still very controversial. Recently, two herbal treatments have undergone studies to prove their benefits to men suffering from hypogonadism.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 23, 2013
Many studies support and find that increasing physical activity after age 50 can add substantial years to one’s life.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 22, 2013
Many studies haven taken a look at the effect of androgen-replacement therapy on late-onset hypogonadism within the states, but most were found to be on a smaller and short-term scale.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 21, 2013
Estrogen is a hormone commonly associated to women. So, is testosterone only produced by men, and estrogen by women? For the most part yes, but there is estrogen found in all men, and women do need small amounts of testosterone. There is a growing need to understand the effects of estrogen in men. Like all hormones, estrogen needs to be kept in balance in both men and women. Chronic health conditions are more likely to occur in men as a result of estrogen levels becoming too high.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 20, 2013
Both men and women who doze off during the day can benefit from salmon, eggs, or a bit of time in the sun; All of which increase Vitamin D levels.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on May 16, 2013
Beetroot juice has been shown to help the body better respond to exercise by balancing oxygen use and increasing stamina.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 14, 2013
Human aging is a part of the biological process. You can’t stop the clock, but can you slow it down, and promote graceful aging?


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 13, 2013
Herbal supplements advertised to help improve men’s sexual abilities often contain the active ingredients in erectile dysfunction pills such as Viagra. Researchers found that some of these over-the-counter ‘herbal remedies’ contained more of the ingredient than is even approved for pharmaceuticals.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 10, 2013
Testopel is indicated for the treatment of conditions associated with low testosterone or absent testosterone in adult males. This condition is also commonly referred to as Low Testosterone (Low T) .Testopel


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 9, 2013
Recent studies support that hypogonadal men with Type 2 diabetes can benefit from testosterone. Improving glycemic control, insulin resistance, body fat, and sexual function in men. Testosterone replacement reverses insulin resistance in men suffering from Hypogonadism.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 8, 2013
Superfoods are on everyone’s radar nowadays. They’re talked about on the news, radio, & on the web.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 7, 2013
The idea that testosterone, the male sex hormone, affects life span span isn’t new.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 6, 2013
For men over forty, sexual concerns are most likely caused by dropping testosterone levels. Testosterone is vital for maintaining proper erectile function and libido. It also plays a key part in the ability to build/maintain muscle, burn fat, energy levels, mood and bone density.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on May 3, 2013
Compared to a few years ago, Anti-Aging remedies seemed to be much less discussed and products on the market aimed towards men just weren’t available. Men are much more conscientious and wanting to look and feel their best.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on April 29, 2013
The idea of taking supplements, vitamins, and minerals to help extend your life is somewhat seductive, given the vast options and often times even here-say of what is new and on the ‘up and up’.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on April 25, 2013
Loss of motivation, energy, libido, and stamina are key symptoms of declining hormones and is usually what drives patients into the waiting rooms of anti-aging doctors. These are also “classic” symptoms of decreasing hormone levels and the reason hormone replacement therapy is the No. 1 ‘go to’ prescription of anti-aging medicine.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on April 13, 2013
Prolactin is a very important hormone both for men/women and is often overlooked. It can be produced in lactating women but also by brain tumors. If a man has low testosterone, a prolactinoma (a brain tumor) can be the cause. To diagnose that, a blood test and possibly a pituitary MRI is necessary.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on April 8, 2013
Many people think of testosterone and associate it only for stronger muscles or better erections. Testosterone affects every cell in the body including brain cells, blood cells, bone cells, and this article shows new evidence that it can affect one’s joints.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on March 27, 2013
Many people ask if exercise and weight loss will increase a man’s testosterone. The short answer is no! Exercise, diet, and weight loss is great for overall health but usually will not affect your hormones in a significant way.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on March 21, 2013
Soon we will be in swimming pools and at the beach. Look and feel the best you can. Get your hormones balanced.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on March 18, 2013
There are so many ads for androgel that men assume it is the best option.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on March 11, 2013
We often correlate age/health when we consider our energy levels or overall condition. We compare ourselves to our peers or how we should feel at a certain age. When our hormones are checked and we find them to be low or imbalanced, men often ask “what is normal for my age?”. When we go see the eye doctor, we don’t ask the doctor to adjust our eyes for our age, we want 20/20 vision. The same should apply to all aspects of our body!


Posted By: Gary Bellman on March 4, 2013
Some men take a multivitamin while others opt to take nothing. Some take what it seems like half the vitamin shop. As a man, what should you be taking? Well I will tell you what I take.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on February 25, 2013
Can you boost your body’s production of testosterone?


Posted By: Gary Bellman on February 23, 2013
There have been numerous studies showing the benefit of moderate alcohol consumption, especially red wine because of the


Posted By: Gary Bellman on February 11, 2013
Exercise is vital for overall health. The problem is many men simply lack the motivation and Low T is often the cause. When testosterone is replaced, men often regain the motivation and desire to ‘get out there’.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on February 5, 2013
Exercise helps every cell in your body including your mind. Men who are interested in anti-aging should not only eat a well-balanced diet and get your hormones balanced but also exercise!


Posted By: Gary Bellman on January 17, 2013
Sperm can be sensitive to changes in temperature, exposure to illnesses, as well as hormone changes. Men with low testosterone that want children should be treated with a combination of testosterone and Clomid, HCG, or Clomid and/or HCG alone. Many men who are treated with testosterone replacement have already had children or their fertility is not an issue.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on January 15, 2013
Many men above the age of 35 have signs and symptoms of low testosterone, (Low T) and won’t get diagnosed and treated unless they have the appropriate blood tests. It is crucial to have both the testosterone and estrogen checked.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on January 9, 2013
Men are often surprised to learn they have the ‘female’ hormone estrogen or estrodiol. The truth is that both men and women have different levels of testosterone and estrogen in their bodies. The key is to keep them at appropriate levels and in balance.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on January 9, 2013
We all love natural herbal products but want them to be effective. This is another look at a herbal product that has been around for sometime and may be worth trying.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on January 6, 2013
More than half of men may have low testosterone and benefit from testosterone replacement. As oral testosterone can be harmful to the liver, safer options include topical gels and creams, injections and pellets. There are several products which come in the form of a gel that you rub into your arm or shoulder, and these include Androgel, Testim, and Fortesa. These products carry a risk of transference, where the testosterone can be transferred to a spouse or a child. This can carry some risk and therefore an underarm product named Axiron was developed which minimizes the risk of transference.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on January 5, 2013
Balancing your hormones is key to looking and feeling youthful and vibrant. Many of us have too much estrogen and too little testosterone. Testosterone replacment may be a huge benefit to both men and women.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on January 5, 2013
PE or premature ejaculation can be a real problem for some men.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on January 3, 2013
Many of us lack energy and reach for coffee or energy drinks like red bull or monster. This is a good review on these energy drinks which are best to avoid.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on January 2, 2013
We all want to feel and look good as we age. Some adults have a true lack or deficiency in a hormone called growth hormone. This is referred to as adult growth hormone deficiency syndrome or somatopause. In some instances, it is appropriate to replace growth hormone when it is low.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on December 31, 2012
Yet another great reason (excuse) to drink wine!


Posted By: Gary Bellman on December 29, 2012
The new year is coming, be the best you can be!


Posted By: Gary Bellman on December 25, 2012
Many supplements are not useful and some can actually be harmful.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on December 22, 2012
Men don’t often realize that they have both male hormones and female hormones. Men feel and perform best when their testosterone levels are enhanced and their estrogen levels are minimized. I refer to this as the yin and yang as one’s hormones should be in balance.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on December 17, 2012
Many of us struggle with weight and a big factor can be a hormone imbalance. One’s thyroid level can be too low and need to be replaced. HCG can stimulate testosterone production as well as other hormones that can lead to weight loss. Studies have shown that HCG in combination with diet works the best.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on December 16, 2012
Many men are found to have low blood levels of testosterone and seek replacement therapy. Testosterone replacement can be synthetic or bio-identical. BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy) are products made from natural substances like yam and soy. Typically this type of testosterone is in the form of a cream but others are available.


Posted By: Gary Bellman on December 10, 2012
Men should exercise; there are so many benefits. some with low testosterone lack the motivation and once replaced have the energy and desire to get out there.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on December 3, 2012
I get this question every day; “How can I increase my testosterone naturally?” What are the magical, secret exercises that will increase my levels? What natural supplement or herb can I take? I wish there was some truth in this but there is not!


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on December 1, 2012
There are increasing adds on TV and the Internet about low T.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 25, 2012
Many men suffer symptoms of low testosterone also called hypogonadism. This cause brittle bones (osteoporosis), low energy, lack of interest in sex, (low libido) as well as weight gain and sexual problems. We used to think giving men testosterone caused problems, especially prostate problems. The good news is that replacing testosterone in men is very safe in experienced hands.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 24, 2012
More than half of men above the age of 40 have low levels of the male hormone testosterone. This is a deficiency like many others and should be treated.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 18, 2012
As many men reach their 40s their blood levels of the all important male hormone testosterone declines. This can lead to low energy, fatigue and even low libido.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 18, 2012
Dr. Bellman is a Board Certified Urologist and a member of the Anti-Aging Academy of Medicine (A4M). He is extremely knowledgeable in the balancing and replenishment of men’s hormones.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 14, 2012
Many men’s testosterone decline with age leading to low energy, libido and sexual issues.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 10, 2012
Many, if not most men above a certain age have low testosterone. This can lead to fatigue, sexual issues, and weight gain. Today, testosterone can be safely replaced by experienced physicians.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on November 4, 2012
Dr Bellman is a board certified urologist and anti-aging expert who specializes in testosterone replacement for men. He serves the communities of Woodland Hills, West Hills, Calabasas, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 31, 2012
When I think of anti-aging for men, I don’t first think about wrinkles or stretch marks. I think about vitality, strength, muscles and virility. For men to feel younger and stronger the answer is usually in an imbalance in their hormones. They want to feel like they are in their 20′s with more endurance, energy and libido. Despite eating right and exercising, many men’s hormones decline with age.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 25, 2012
Many men are surprised to learn that have both male and female hormones in their veins, testosterone, and estrogen. Men feel and perform best when their testosterone is high and estrogen is low. Giving testosterone can drive up estrogen and an anti-estrogen may be necessary.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 15, 2012
Many men describe low energy, low vitality, lack of ‘get up and go’. They may drink a lot of coffee or energy drinks, perhaps buy a new mattress. The answer may be the hormones in their veins, namely low testosterone.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 7, 2012
Many men are surprised to learn they have estrogen or estradiol a ‘female’ hormone. This is true; men have both testosterone and estradiol in varying amounts. Men feel and perform best when their testosterone is high and estradiol is low. When the testosterone is low and estradiol high, one’s hormones are not balanced.


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 6, 2012
So you may have symptoms of low testosterone. A blood test should be done to confirm the diagnosis. Now what is the best method of testosterone replacement?


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on October 3, 2012
Does testosterone replacement lead to weight loss in men?


Posted By: Dr. Gary Bellman on September 30, 2012
We all like things natural, so the idea of a natural way to increase testosterone sounds appealing. Unfortunately it doesn’t work. Nor do certain exercises or diets. All men want to be the ageless male as nothing gets better with age except wine.




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