THE MISSING INGREDIENTS
Keeping up with his training and diet, Life was able to maintain his conditioning but it became increasingly more difficult. So while in Las Vegas at a medical meeting in 2003, Life became aware of Cenegenics, which promoted an exercise and nutrition program combined with correcting hormonal deficiencies.
“I had my levels checked and found out that my testosterone and growth hormone levels were low,” recalls Life. “I then decided to become a patient of Cenengenics.”
That decision was much to the chagrin of Life’s urologist, who warned that doing so was a prostate cancer risk. So doing what any good doctor would do, Life read every piece of literature that he could find on the subject of hormone replacement therapy and came away with the conclusion that low levels can cause cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.
“I know what’s going to happen if I don’t do this,” he said to himself back then. “So I’ll take the risk.”
Oh, by the way – his urologist who warned that it would cause prostate cancer? Life found the case study that this ‘fear’ was based on and it was a 1941 journal article regarding one patient. And since then, there is a ‘risk of low testosterone’ sign hanging in the very same urologist’s office. Talk about your complete 180!
TEN YEARS AND COUNTING
In the decade that Life has been using hormone replacement therapy, not only has his health and energy levels turned for the better, but he is also now a Senior Partner at Cenegenics.
“Since then (2003), more and more studies are supportive of what I’m doing and my patients are doing,” he says.
When a new patient arrives, tests are performed to ascertain their base line hormone levels. But most doctors who even treat low testosterone will do so just enough to get the patient back on the scale.
“To tell a person that a 225 or 325 testosterone level is okay is not right,” explains Life. “That doctor is not familiar with the literature, just getting the patient at the low end of what is considered normal.”
At Cenegenics, a range of 800 to 1,000 is targeted and maintained. “More is not better,” says Life. “You don’t have to abuse it, so if one of my patients is using more than he should, I tell him that he will have to do without it for a while. You can’t refill a prescription early.”
While testosterone levels need intervention, eating the right diet can raise growth hormone levels in many people. “Cenegenics has very few patients on GH,” Life says.