Dr. Jennifer Strider, ND grew up with brothers (only brothers!) so she has a unique perspective on how to talk to men in a way that helps them to grow healthier habits and reach their health goals. Men have unique health issues that need to be addressed as they grow from adolescence to adulthood. Naturopathic Doctors are unique in their treatment of men, treating them as a whole person and meeting them where they are to discuss treatment options. It is never our goal to push you into lifestyle changes that you are not ready to accomplish instead we want to create achievable goals and build on those practices to your benefit.
Adolescence: Young men go through a massive hormone shift often starting at 11 years old with changes that are hard for them to understand. Physical changes are also paired with strong emotional changes and confusion. Young men can struggle in response to these changes with issues of substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and depression (which often shows up as anger, irritation and agitation instead of sadness or withdrawal) or just difficulties with detoxifying with all the new hormones to process and issues with acne and stomach aches.
Men: Men’s health changes throughout their lives with the stress of fatherhood or just balancing an active life with work obligations. Even if you haven’t seen a doctor in awhile, there are steps that can be taken to reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol through diet and lifestyle as well as supplements. We can also help you with digestion issues, mood issues like depression (men have a higher suicide risk then women!), anxiety, thyroid issues and autoimmune disease. Our goal is to provide you with achievable lifestyle changes so you can reach your optimal health goals.
Andropause: Older men go through a change of life just like women do. During this change their hormones shift and their testosterone decreases resulting in lower muscle mass. Their estrogen increases resulting in emotional shifts and increased risk of prostate symptoms like difficulty with urination and erectile dysfunction. Naturopathic medicine is great at supporting healthy outcomes in men.