Men’s Health

Dr. Hummel will order a customized panel of your hormones and metabolism markers and will review your result. At your consultation, after obtaining your medical history and symptom log, Dr Hummel can make treatment recommendations to help alleviate your symptoms, improve your metabolism, and optimize your hormones safely.

Optimal Health for Men:

Many men over 35 years old are at the point in their lives where their bodies are less capable of providing the level of fitness and health they desire. Like most men, are you suffering / preoccupied with any of the issues below?

  • Decrease in muscle mass
  • Fatigue
  • Body Aches & Joint Pain
  • Sexual Problems
  • Low Libido
  • Increase in Abdominal Fat
  • Loss of Focus & Drive
  • Sleep Problems
  • Skin Thinning & Wrinkling
  • Thinning Hair
  • Bone Density Loss
  • Memory Loss
  • Low Libido
  • Depression or Deep Anxiety
  • Withdrawal & Mood Swings
  • Irritability

As we age, we tend not to exercise as much and seem to get sick more often. Our sexual performance may not be what it used to be, and we are storing fat in places we would rather not.

Prime MD specializes in concierge medical programs for men focused on achieving optimal health. By improving metabolic function and optimizing hormones like Testosterone, hGH, HCG, Thyroid, and DHEA, men have an opportunity for a healthier life. Male hormone therapy can have a significant and positive impact on men’s health including fitness, strength, and sex drive.

Prime MD’s evidence-based hormone treatment is carefully prescribed and monitored byJoseph Hummel, MD who follows a strict protocol to ensure safe and effective results. Dr. Hummel provides concierge level treatment plans which including lab testing, treatment, goal-driven data points, and client-centered follow-up.

Andropause

Andropause, also known as male androgen deficiency syndrome, is the male equivalent of female menopause. It results from diminished levels of testosterone in the body along with a relative increase in estrogen – exhibiting a similar symptom complex to female menopause.

The enzyme system called aromatase (found mainly in abdominal fat cells) converts a portion of testosterone into estrogen further diminishing testosterone production and availability. Because the drop in testosterone is more gradual, the symptoms of andropause appear over a longer period of time as compared to the female menopause. Symptoms present slowly, with a gradual and progressive loss of overall energy, thinning bones and muscles, increased body fat, depression, and impaired sexual function.

Testosterone deficiency is closely linked to hypertension, obesity and increased risk of heart disease. Many men with heart attacks often have lower levels of testosterone and higher levels of estrogen. Low free testosterone is an independent predictor of coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis) in men. Low testosterone is also a common characteristic in men suffering from heart failure. Testosterone replacement increases cardiac output in men with congestive heart failure.

Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone is a hormone secreted by the testes, adrenal glands and ovaries. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, responsible for male sexual development and critical in maintaining erectile function, libido, energy levels, mood, building muscles, and burning fat. It is responsible for supporting immune function, bone density, and skin tone. It controls a whole range of physiological functions throughout the body in both males and females.

Testosterone levels decline with advancing age. The decline begins when a man is in his mid to late 30s, and by the age of 80, is only 20% of what it was in youth. The number of men in the U.S. between the ages of 45 and 70 years is expected to increase from 46 million in 1990 to 81 million by 2020. Currently, more than 5 million men in the United States suffer from the effects of hypogonadism or low testosterone levels.

While the total testosterone does not drop drastically, the free testosterone, which is the biologically active form, does decline dramatically with age. Free testosterone makes up about 2-3% of the total amount of testosterone secreted. Increased estrogen levels, obesity, and insulin resistance in men can also cause a drop in the free testosterone levels. One way to help maintain testosterone levels is by reducing excess body fat. Weight training is another way to raise testosterone levels in both males and females.

In general, testosterone replenishment for andropausal men has the potential to prolong quality-of-life by decreasing many diseases of aging. Testosterone protects against cardiovascular disease; it can raise HDL (good) cholesterol, and can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. It can decrease blood pressure, excess body fat, and symptoms of arthritis. Testosterone is a memory enhancer for many men. It stimulates the cardiovascular system, the neurologic system, muscles, bones and the vascular system. It prevents tendon and joint degeneration and osteoporosis.

Dr. Hummel will help you determine the best form of administering testosterone replacement. The typical dose of bio-identical testosterone replacement is generally 1/20th to 1/40th of the dose that steroid abusers would use. He will monitor blood levels closely to achieve optimal hormone levels and functional outcomes.

hGH Booster Therapy

Sermorelin + Ipamorelin / GHRP-2

Using natural hGH boosters such as Sermorelin + Ipamorelin / GHRP2 therapy has become an effective and popular alternative to increase one’s own production of hGH. These small proteins function as hGH secretogogues which increase the amount of natural hGH secretion in the body.

We have several formulations from basic hydration to advanced metabolism booster and lipotrophic (fat burning) formulations that have various amino acids, vitamins, and minerals added based on your individual need: pre-performance, post-performance, fatigue, metabolism boosting, skin brightening, etc

This compound works to increase the amount of HGH that your body produces, it does not add HGH to your body from an outside source which is where much of the troublesome side effects come into play. Sermorelin + Ipamorelin GHRP2 generally raises HGH levels 20 to 40%, which for most men and women is enough to evoke positive changes in the body without nearing levels that increase the risks described below.

Dr Hummel does not recommend pure hGH supplementation due to multiple risk factors: increased cardiac risk, suspected increased cancer risk, increased diabetes risk, increased risk of gynecomastia (breast tissue in males), as well as high financial cost.

BENEFITS OF SERMORELIN + IPAMORELIN / GHRP2

  • Increases energy, vitality, strength and endurance
  • Increases lean body mass by developing new muscle cells
  • Breaks down body fat and fatty acids
  • Improves heart function
  • Increases calcium retention which strengthens and increases bone density
  • Enhances the immune system and accelerates healing from wounds or surgery
  • Promotes non-REM slow wave sleep
  • Increases protein synthesis and stimulates the growth of all internal organs except the brain

Method: It is a shot given subcutaneously under the skin each night, a great side effect is that it promotes circadian rhythm physiologic HGH release which can be a very effective sleep aid for those suffering from insomnia symptoms

hCG Therapy

The hormone hCG is prescribed to increase natural testosterone levels as a result of the stimulation of the testes by the hCG. The treatment objective is to stimulate the male testes to naturally produce a greater amount of testosterone.

BENEFITS OF hCG THERAPY FOR PATIENTS UNDERGOING TESTOSTERONE REPLECEMENT THERAPY

  • Increases natural testosterone production by the testes
  • Prevents loss of natural testosterone production by the testes while the male patient is undergoing testosterone hormone replacement therapy
  • Prevents atrophy of testes while male patient is being treated with testosterone replacement therapy
  • Increases physical energy and elimination of chronic fatigue
  • Improves sex drive
  • Improves sexual performance
  • Improves mood
  • Reduces depression
  • Increases lean muscle mass
  • Increases sperm count and therefore male fertility
  • Can be used with ketotic diet for weight loss assistance
  • Can increase natural testosterone production if cause of low testosterone production is the prior use of anabolic steroids that decreased testosterone production