Posts Tagged ‘male health issues’

High Blood Pressure and its Effects on Male Sexual Function

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

By reducing their blood pressure to normal levels such as 120/80 (120 over 80), men will help reduce the risk of serious health problems such as stroke, heart disease, kidney disease or an aneurysm. Dr. Jeffrey Buch and Legacy Male Health Institute want to stress that men who do not monitor and control their blood pressure are also prone to suffer Erectile Dysfunction (ED), and the inability of a man to effectively perform sexually and impregnate his female partner.

A man’s blood pressure is measured in two numbers such as 120/80 (120 over 80). The figure on the top (120) symbolizes the pressure when the heart is pumping blood and its muscle is contracted, called the Systolic Pressure.  The second number is called the Diastolic Pressure. When a male’s blood pressure increase to 140/90, he has developed hypertension or high blood pressure, and therefore must reduce that level.

Hypertension (high blood pressure), which is more prevalent in men than women, is also known as the “silent killer” because its symptoms are very subtle. Some men have the condition for years without even realizing it. According to a National Health and Nutrition Survey, only 44% of men who have high blood pressure get treated, while 61% of stricken women are treated.

Many people think that emotional stress is the sole contributor to hypertension, but men’s weight, and the diets that result in being overweight, are also a major factor. In fact, men who are overweight are more at risk for developing high blood pressure than those who are at or below their normal weight. A good exercise regimen combined with a healthy diet will help males lower their risk of high blood pressure.

In many cases, high blood pressure is notdiagnosed until the man has developed chronic poor eating habits. As a result, it can be difficult for some people to change their diet and eating habits.

If you have questions about high blood pressure, and how it can cause male sexual dysfunction and infertility, please call Dr. Buch at (972) 612-7131 or visit us on the web at

The Importance of Men Staying Healthy

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

How many of us have a friend who postpones his required chores so often that if he was asked to join the Procrastinator’s Club, he would reply with something like “not now, but I will look into it sometime in the future.”

This humorous anecdote can also be applied to how many of us men approach our own health. All of us need to make good choices regarding a balanced diet, moderate use of alcohol, regular exercise, and consistent weight management.

Just like “the procrastinator” above, some men are extremely stubborn and short-sighted when it comes to maintaining consistent health, nutritional and lifestyle habits.

Many of us simply think that our lifestyle will never lead to illness or misfortune. We continue the type of lifestyle that puts our health in jeopardy. Once our body breaks down, it may be too late to reverse the negative effects on our bodies.

The result of failing to take a proactive approach to one’s health can be the onset of a disease or even death of a man in his 40’s or 50’s due to a sudden heart attack or massive stroke. This is far too early in a man’s life to suffer such misfortune, and a considerable shock to those who know and love him.

Dr. Jeffrey P. Buch, of Legacy Male Health Institute in Frisco, Texas, wants to stress that men who fail to live healthy lifestyles can impair their sexual function and possibly impact their fertility.

The unfortunate pattern of ignoring one’s health often begins during a man’s teenage years when macho tendencies can lead to promiscuous lifestyles, poor eating and drinking habits, and the lack of proper rest.  Some males simply think they are indestructible.

Many such men continue to have little regard for what they are subjecting their bodies to. For example, many years of excessive alcohol use can raise a man’s estrogen level, which in turn can interfere with his hormones and sperm count.  Excessive drinking can also lead to atrophy in the testicles, impotence, liver damage and a decrease in sexual interest.

According to Men’s Health Magazine, our brains depend on a variety of nutrients to stay balanced. Men should, therefore, give their bodies the same attention as they do their boats, motorcycles, and cars. A good diet and healthy lifestyle will significantly lower the chances of heart disease.

If you have any questions about the conditions that can cause male sexual dysfunction or infertility and proper treatment treatment, please call Dr. Buch at (972) 612-7131 or visit him on the web at

Low Testosterone Treatment Creates Male Infertility Epidemic

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Increasingly many doctors have been using testosterone cream, injections, and subcutaneous pellets, to treat low testosterone in men who still need to preserve their fertility. This has resulted in a near epidemic of cases of male infertility presenting to specialists in this field. Apparently, many primary care doctors, many urologists, and cash pay clinics specializing in the treatment of low testosterone are unaware that treating a man with low testosterone can result in that man’s sperm count going down to zero, and in some cases this is irreversible!

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Low testosterone treatment creates Male Infertility

In most cases, men treated for low testosterone with testosterone replacement therapy develop the absence of sperm, a condition called Azoospermia.   In some of these cases, even with proper recognition and treatment, male infertility specialists are unable to return these men to their original levels of fertility.   Many new cases of men with testosterone treatment related azoospermia are presenting to my Male Infertility practice due to therapy prescribed by physicians who are unaware of the fertility consequences of testosterone treatment.

In cases of low testosterone, treatment with any form of testosterone suppresses pituitary gland at the base of the brain, since the pituitary detects sufficient testosterone levels in the blood from the replacement therapy. Therefore, the pituitary gland will not send out the chemical signals needed to stimulate the testicles to make their own testosterone and to make sperm.   In order to treat low testosterone in a “sperm friendly” way, the doctor needs to prescribe the pills clomiphene, tamoxifen or letrozole, any of which will stimulate the pituitary gland to produce the gonadotropins, FSH and LH which then stimulate the testicles.   On the contrary, testosterone replacement therapy, inhibits the pituitary gland from producing FSH and LH causing the testicles to shrink and both testicular sperm production and testosterone production decline to zero.   Alternately, should the patient failed to respond to clomiphene, tamoxifen or letrozole, then treatment should proceed with injections of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which is the most successful but also the most costly treatment.   All of these alternative treatments for low testosterone will result in testicular production of testosterone and similarly, sperm production will be maintained or slightly increased.

All doctors treating men for low testosterone must advise their patients that testosterone replacement therapy of any kind can result in Male Infertility that may never recover.  In this way, the doctor prescribing testosterone replacement therapy does not merely assume that current and future fertility are of no concern to the patient.  I am further amazed, that a few cases have presented to my care in which the patient openly stated to the prescribing doctor that he was trying to get his wife pregnant, and the doctor reassured the patient that his fertility would not be affected and might even improve.

It is imperative that doctors who treat men with low testosterone always caution them that testosterone replacement therapy will hurt their fertility.  It is also imperative that all manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapy indicate that their products can permanently and irreversibly hurt a man’s fertility.   When fertility is to be preserved, low testosterone should only be treated by specialists in the field of male infertility.  This will avoid great cost, emotional trauma, and cases of inability to restore former fertility.   For further information, or to refer clients for treatment please see or call our office at 972-612-7131.

WiFi and Your Sperm Count

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Recently, Reuters reported upon the connection between WiFi and male infertility. (Reuters) Naturally this sparked our interest here at Legacy Male Health Institute. Reuters sited a new study from the Journal of Fertility and Sterility, where they found that male sperm count can be reduced because of extensive WiFi laptop use, which

WiFi Use

emits electromagnetic radiation. One issue of concern is when men actually place their laptops on their laps while using them. The study showed that just after 4 hours, there were significant effects on semen. “At present we do not know whether this effect is induced by all laptop computers connected by Wi-Fi to the internet or what use conditions heighten this effect.” (Reuters) This latest discovery has caused a slight panic because we are such a technology driven society. Most of us use our laptops for work, home, school, and leisure. Surprisingly, most men use their laptops as much as they watch television. The last thing we want to hear about is a WiFi enabled device, such as a laptop, creating long-term health problems. “According to the American Urological Association, nearly one in six couples in the US have trouble conceiving a baby, and about half the time the man is at the root of the problem. While the impact of modern technology is still murky, lifestyle does matter, researchers say.” (Reuters) The decision to limit the use of WiFi enabled devices in your lap is your decision, but it is something to keep in mind.  If you have questions concerning this topic or your health, please consult your physician. (Legacy Male Health Institute)

Additionally, we should note the following from Dr. Robert Oates, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology. Dr. Oates stated that “he believed the result comes from an artificial setting and has no true relevance. In addition, Oates pointed out that there are no studies linking laptops to fertility rates.”

Testicular Cancer – A Topic for Thought

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

When thinking about the topic of common cancers affecting men, colon and prostate come to mind. There is another form of cancer that is hardly ever discussed, testicular cancer. Most men don’t realize that the testicles can be affected by cancer. Some men may even be embarrassed to discuss the topic. There is no need for men to be silent on this issue, because the more educated we become on testicular cancer, the more we can improve our way of living. Some of the symptoms are, but not limited to, swelling and pain in the testicles. If you feel aches and pains in your abdomen or scrotum, don’t mistake it for a hernia; you may be experiencing early symptoms of testicular cancer. Although testicular cancer is rare, yet like other forms of cancer, early detection and treatment can increase a person’s survival rate. If you have questions about your health, please consult your physician.