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While I was going downhill, my wife was having her own problems with the menopause.

For the past 30 years I’ve been totally immersed in what I do. I run my own architectural firm and have had plenty of commissions over the years so as to ensure a comfortable living. So when business began trailing off last year, I didn’t do much about it—in fact I wasn’t doing much of anything but resting on my laurels. While I was going downhill, my wife was having her own problems with the menopause. What a pair!

At times, neither of us recognized ourselves, or each other! But when Julie had a hormone test that identified a bunch of imbalances, things started to turn around for both of us. She found an integrative medicine clinic where the physicians used both conventional and alternative medicine to help her through the change. Then it was my turn. Julie brought home a pamphlet called “Andropause, the Male Menopause.” I never knew it existed! But I soon found out that women aren’t the only ones who go through a mid-life change. Evidently, male hormones, especially testosterone, also drop, big-time. The doctor recommended that I take a hormone test to measure my testosterone and SHBG, a protein that carries testosterone in the blood stream. He explained that when SHBG is too high, it binds up testosterone so there’s not enough to go around. The test showed that, sure enough, I had high SHBG and low testosterone levels. That explained a lot. My wife and I began a program.

Bruce 

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