Feeling better to a ‘T’

How improving your low T can make those aches and pains go away

Dr. Glenn Floss (left) and Dr. Sachin Shah of Advanced Anti-Aging in Riverdale.

Calls from PBA members keep coming into Advanced Anti-Aging in Riverdale, where a multi-disciplinary approach to promoting comprehensive healthcare continues to help thousands of patients achieve better health and wellness. They see the concept of low testosterone therapy and are inquiring about how it might help them look and, more importantly, feel their best.

They ask if can really help their fatigue.

Can it address the trouble they are having losing weight?

 Can it finally offer relief to chronic neck, low back and joint pain?

Can it improve sexual performance?

Can it really slow down the process of aging?

Dr. Glenn Foss and Dr. Sachin Shah have been administering Bio Identical Hormone Therapy (BHRT), a treatment accredited through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, at their alternative healthcare oasis in Riverdale to ignite a lifestyle of feeling better. The doctors believe BHRT, which is an at-home treatment administered by injection or cream, can especially help law enforcement officers in their late 30s and beyond battle the effects of the job’s ever-increasing wear and tear.

“With the environmental stresses and pace of life, these are the factors that contribute to crushing your hormone levels,” explains Dr. Foss, a chiropractor and longtime leader in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and exercise rehabilitation. Through his nearly 20 years of practice, he has had the privilege of treating many law enforcement officers, and he feels their pain.

“I have known many law enforcement officers and they often say, ‘I can’t remember the last time I felt great,’” Dr. Foss continues. “They need to know they can feel confident enough to keep their lean muscle mass and strength where it really needs to be based on their requirements for job responsibilities. It’s that confidence that goes with the job.”

As he completes his board certification from The American Academy of Aging, Dr. Foss is finding out more about how maintaining physiological hormone levels is an answer to preventing disease and premature aging. He has partnered with Dr. Shah, a pain management specialist who has also been studying stem cell application for regenerative medicine.

Through his practice and study, Dr. Shah had seen women and men from their 30s to their 60s complaining of neck, back and joint pain who were active and healthy. He looked into why they were suffering.

“I felt like I was missing a connection and started to look into blood work. I saw low or low-normal hormone levels had a connection with inflammation and pain,” Dr. Shah reveals. “Once I started to focus on hormone replacement therapy, the changes were significant. In medicine, we are taught to focus on diseases and illness. I have made it my mission to turn this thought process around and now focus on health and wellness.”

To fully understand the impact of low testosterone – low T as is it is known – law enforcement officers must realize this condition is not a disease. It does not happen overnight. It does not result from injury, like you just fell off a ladder.

Some people believe that because they are getting older, the hormone levels are lower or decreased. Dr. Foss reasons that people feel older because their hormone levels are lower.

“So when you get your hormones back to where they supposed to be – physiologically back and balanced – it prevents or slows down the process of aging,” he adds.

A fair question about anti-aging might be swirling for many members. The answer is, yes, this approach is science based. After a telemedicine consult, the next step is a comprehensive blood analysis of all the systems in your body and how you are processing testosterone in your body. The laboratory analysis determines if you are suffering from low T.

That feeling of hurting all the time is the low T contributing a systemic inflammatory response. That could lead to developing diseases later in life like arteriosclerosis or Alzheimer’s.

Now, note that testosterone is an anabolic steroid. But it’s a natural one that your body makes all the time. If it’s low, the other processes in your body don’t have the requirement to work adequately.

Through an injectable or a transdermal cream you can get from the Anti-Aging Center, you are putting back into your body what it already makes. It’s just not making enough.

The center teaches patients how to administer the injectable, which is done on a weekly basis. The cream is applied every morning. Patients choose one of the two options. Follow-up blood work is done every three months to make sure levels are where they need to be, and your body is responding adequately to the treatment.

Dr. Foss is now ready to take your questions.

“There are two questions that I get all the time,” he begins. “The first one is, “How long do I have to do this for?’ If your body is no longer producing adequate levels of testosterone, the best thing we tell any officer is to get blood work done. If you are not adding testosterone replacement to your body, your body is not going to make any more of it, so the symptoms you are feeling will remain unchanged.”

And the second question?

“Is it covered by insurance?” Dr. Foss continues. “The blood work is covered. But insurance only pays for disease and illness. In general, insurance does not recognize health and wellness programs.”

So is it worth the investment? Well, Dr. Foss reports that very few patients leave after starting BHRT. And he does get a lot of referrals from patients, which is additional validation.

“But the biggest response I get is that patients feel more mental clarity,” Dr. Foss confirms. “It is a real confidence booster because they feel they can go back to a normal exercise routine and they are more conscious of proper eating and dieting. So they feel it’s like a magic bullet to enhance everything else in their lifestyle. And then comes the general decrease in aches and pains.”          

The last question PBA members might have is, “Will this work for me?” That’s a question Dr. Foss and Dr. Shah can help you answer. And it’s certainly seems to be a reason to call them.