Suggested Patient Reading List for Men
An informed patient is able to communicate more effectively with their physician and pharmacist.
 
The Testosterone Syndrome
By:Eugene Shippen, William Fryer
Just as women have a menopause, so men experience a "male menopause", often called andropause, which can occur in over a period of 15 to 20 years, and which can take an equally devastating toll on strength, energy, and zest for life. In this book, Dr. Shippan uses case histories to show how adjusting levels of testosterone can have a positive effect on this time in a man's life.

 
The Andropause Mystery:
Robert S. Tan, M.D.
Unraveling Truths About the Male Menopause
Board certified specialist in Geratic Medicine, Dr. Robert Tan draws upon his many years of treating older men during their Andropausal years to share his personal research findings (superbly illustrated with case histories) to define the Andropausal biological milestone for the aging male; describe the evolving physical, sexual, psychosocial and mental challenges encountered; explain the role of hormones and supplements relevant to the Andropause phenomenon; and offers unique perspectives on memory loss, erectile dysfunction and sexuality during the Andropause. Written with a completely reader friendly and accessible text, The Andropause Mystery is highly recommended to both medical professionals and the interested non-specialist general reader.
 

 
Aging Men's Health
By:Roberts S. Tan, M. D.
Although "aging" is a continuous process, for the purpose of the gender-specific aspects of aging in men, Tan (geriatrics, Baylor College of Medicine) targets men in midlife and beyond. The 20 papers he presents explore the possible causes of the difference in longevity between women and men, the physiological changes accompanying aging in men (particularly declining production of androgen) and their relationship to pathology, hormone replacement as a therapy, and illnesses specific to the aging male such as prostrate cancer and erectile dysfunction.

 
The Thyroid Solution
By:Ridha Arem, M.D.
A Mind-Body Program for Beating Depression
and Regaining Your Emotional andPhysical Health
One in ten Americans suffers from thyroid dysfunction, yet most don't realize the mental and emotional components of this condition. "This is the first book to explain the hidden suffering that many patients have difficulty expressing and the first book to provide new ways of helping address and heal this suffering," promises author Ridha Arem, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of endocrinology and metabolism at Ben Taub General Hospital, both in Houston, Texas. This book explains the link between stress and thyroid imbalance; how thyroid imbalance affects your emotions, sex life, and relationships; and how to cope with the effects of this imbalance. Because thyroid problems primarily strike women, a whole section deals with women's health issues, such as infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, premenstrual syndrome, and menopause. Another section provides practical tools, such as evaluating lab tests and self-diagnosis techniques, dealing with treatment problems and side effects, and preventing memory lapses and depression. The book covers lifestyle choices that affect thyroid health, such as diet, supplementation, and exercise. Frequent case studies (usually told as first-person narratives), checklists, and questionnaires help to simplify the material and make it easier to check the medical information against your own situation. Each chapter ends with "valuable points to remember," making review easy. If you suffer from thyroid imbalance, or think you might, this book could be a valuable resource.

 
Depression and Your Thyroid:
What You Need to Know Gary Ross, Peter J. Bieling, Accreditation
Gary Ross, MD, is an endocrinologist in private practice who specializes in the treatment of thyroid conditions. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
Peter J. Bieling,, Ph.D., is the manager for the Mood, Anxiety, and Women's Health Concerns Clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital and assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McMaster's University. He lives in Toronto, ON, Canada.
A thyroid specialist and a psychologist specializing in depression team up to provide this first-ever combined medical and cognitive behavioral approach to overcome the depression that arises from thyroid problems.

 
Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled?: A 3-Step Program
By:Richard L. Shames, Karilee Shames
to Beat Hormone Havoc, Restore Thyroid,
Adrenal, and Reproductive Balance--Feel Better Fast! From the Publisher For the 33 million Americans who feel sluggish, spacey, and stressed out daily, Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled? is the first book to address the delicate balance among the thyroid, adrenal, and reproductive glands-which can make the day-to-day difference between feeling awful and feeling good. Long-term, if left untreated, this imbalance can cause heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, infertility, and severe menopause.
Authored by an expert physician/nurse team, the book offers readers: an innovative program to identify their particular hormone-related metabolic disorder; a "5-day jumpstart program" to help alleviate weight gain, low energy, or frayed nerves fast; and a long-term plan to achieve optimal health.