You have no energy – after work you come home and you’re spent – nothing is getting done around the house. Getting to sleep is easy, but you wake up multiple times at night, never getting the quality of sleep that might help you feel better. When the alarm goes off, the thought of getting up in the morning gives you angst because you wonder when it will ever get better.
Because you’re a guy you just trudge through your life thinking it will go away – but it hasn’t. You finally decide to go to the doctor and tell him about your fatigue and other symtoms. Your blood tests are fairly normal, except your triglycerides are a bit high along with marginally high cholesterol. Your glucose is near the top of the normal scale and your hemoglobin A1c (HA1c) is 5.7. So your doctor tells you to exercise more and take a liver damaging statin drug such as Zocor or Lipitor, because he scared you about the likelihood of having a heart attack or a stroke.
Unfortunately you don’t have any energy to exercise and the statin drug zapped even more of your energy and ruined the last vestiges of your sex drive.
You go back to the doctor and sure enough you have the dreaded “Low-T”. In fact you realize you are growing ‘man boobs’ (which happens when you have insulin resistance and an enzyme called aromatase converts too much of your testosterone to estrogen). You leave with a prescription for testosterone cream along with a couple of initial testosterone injections appointments. Unfortunately all the testosterone did was make you more irritable. You are still bone tired. Now every little challenge of the day sets you off and you’ve ruined your marriage because of one too many outbursts when you were asked to get something done. Feeling like this makes you wonder how the rest of your life will be. It doesn’t look very good.
This is a common scenario I see in my office. Fortunately all the various symptoms are linked and can be handled naturally – without drugs. After appropriate testing that delineates your unique pattern of metabolic dysfunction a treatment program (Johnson Neuro-Metabolic Therapy), using specific with dietary changes and specific supplements can help stabilize and rebalance your system. With time and some effort on your part you can finally feel 20 years younger and enjoy the life you once dreamed of.