Posts made in June 2017

Feeling Irritable and Prone to Mood Swings? Low-T Could be to Blame

man expressing irritationIf you have been experiencing mood swings, transitioning from calm to angry, hostile, depressed, or frustrated in the blink of an eye, you could be dealing with IMS. IMS is a condition in men that causes severe hormonal mood swings, usually a symptom of prolonged high-stress situations.

What is IMS?

IMS stands for Irritable Male Syndrome. If you are experiencing IMS, some of the emotions you may experience include:

  • Anger/Hostility
  • Impatience/Irritability
  • Depression/Anxiety

You may also notice that you are more argumentative, feel withdrawn or distant, and find yourself increasingly dissatisfied with your life.

What Causes IMS?

IMS is caused by severe hormonal imbalances, particularly a decrease in testosterone levels. If your body is not producing enough testosterone it can cause a whole host of issues in your overall health, including your mental health.

What Can I Do if I Have IMS?

One of the most effective treatments for IMS is testosterone replacement therapy. By restoring your normal testosterone levels, we can help even out and improve your mood. Pinnacle Men’s Health can provide effective testosterone replacement therapy in Baltimore. Book an appointment today to see how our treatments can cure your IMS.

The Effects of Smoking on Sexual Performance

bearded man smoking a cigaretteIn today’s world, everyone is aware that smoking can have negative effects on your health. It is a risky habit, and more people than ever before are attempting to quit. What you may not know, is that smoking can directly impact your sex life. Smoking does more than contribute to ED in Baltimore, MD – it affects many other systems in your body that come together during sex.

Lung Capacity

When you smoke, you damage your lungs – even if you have switched to vaping. If you have been smoking for a while, you will notice that you become out of breath very easily. It’s not hard to see why this could negatively affect your sexual performance.

Quitting smoking can help you gradually increase your lung capacity, which will in turn enable you to have sex more often and with much more vigor than before.

Erectile Dysfunction

The smooth muscle inside of your penis that is responsible for erections is damaged over time when you smoke. Eventually, a smoking habit can result in erectile dysfunction, which can be difficult to recover from if you can’t kick the habit.

Lowered Libido

If you can’t perform in bed as well as you used to, you may find your interest in sex waning. If you feel out of breath every time you have sex, or if you have difficulty getting and maintaining an erection, it follows that you’ll want to have sex less and less.

While there are many different factors at play when it comes to your sexual performance, quitting smoking is a huge step towards restoring a healthy sex life. Sometimes, however, lifestyle changes are not enough to improve your sexual performance. Contact Pinnacle Men’s Health today and make an appointment with our doctor.

3 Things that Can Negatively Impact Testosterone Levels

man eating a powdered donutDecreasing testosterone levels are, unfortunately, a natural part of aging. The process is called andropause, and typically starts affecting men at age 40. However, there are things that you may be doing every day that can lower your testosterone levels – even if you’re too young to go through andropause.

Bad Diet and Exercise Habits

Your diet and exercise habits play a huge role in your overall health, and it can negatively affect your hormones as well. Diets high in sugar have been shown to cause or exacerbate Low-T, and failure to stick to an exercise regimen can have the same effect. For keeping testosterone levels high, we recommend high intensity interval training (HIIT) 2-3 times per week, and a diet high in healthy fats and protein. Aim to get all of your daily carbohydrate allowance from whole grains and vegetables. Not only will you look and feel amazing, but this lifestyle change will also help you keep your testosterone levels up.

Bad Drinking Habits

Indulging in an alcoholic beverage or two every once in a while is not going to hurt you – but watch your alcohol consumption. When you drink, your liver processes the alcohol and releases compounds that decrease your ability to produce testosterone. While this is usually a temporary effect of being drunk, it can become a long-term problem if you drink alcohol regularly.

Bad Sleeping Habits

Not getting enough sleep will affect every facet of your life – including your testosterone levels. Your body produces most of the testosterone your body needs while you are sleeping. If you are getting enough shut-eye, your body will produce much less testosterone than normal.

If you believe that you are suffering with Low-T, making a few lifestyle changes can be a good start. If you want fast, effective low testosterone treatment in Baltimore, contact Pinnacle Men’s Health.

The Effects of Diet and Exercise on Testosterone

older man smiling and sitting on an exercise ball while holding weightsAfter 30, some men may find their testosterone levels decreasing. This can cause muscle loss, weight gain, and other health problems. Luckily, low testosterone can be treated. What you may be surprised to learn, however, is that your diet and exercise habits can have an impact on your testosterone levels. Making small changes over time can help you boost your testosterone naturally, and help your prescribed treatments work faster.

Diet

Testosterone is linked to insulin. A diet high in sugar will increase insulin production, which will in turn lower your testosterone levels. Sticking to a diet of healthy fats and proteins, and limiting yourself to healthy carbs only – like whole grain pasta and bread, can help you keep your testosterone levels where they should be.

When you eat unhealthy, it can make you feel sluggish and tired, which can severely lessen your sex drive. Eating healthy foods will help you maintain the energy levels necessary for sex.

Exercise

Failing to exercise properly can lead to weight gain – that’s no secret. But did you know that lack of exercise can affect your hormones, too? Being overweight can be the cause of your Low T, not just a symptom.

Strength training is one of the most effective ways to boost testosterone. Adding muscle mass will also boost your metabolism, making it easier to burn fat. For weight loss, many doctors recommend HIIT – short periods of high intensity cardio followed by moderate paced exercise. Maximize your workout time by using weightlifting as the moderately paced section of your HIIT routine.

In addition to your fitness routine, make an appointment at Pinnacle Men’s Health to seek treatment for low testosterone in Baltimore, MD. A blood test to check your testosterone levels is included in your first visit.