Bio-Male to Offer Preventative Healthcare for the 21st Century Man
Bio-Male Center, the first preventative healthcare center “for men only” in central and southwest Ohio, will open in West Chester on Tuesday, March 17.
Working out, vitamin and mineral supplementation and testing and treatment to optimize male hormones will be the focus of long term health strategies at Bio-Male.
“We want to treat the whole person biologically, helping men manage insulin, cortisol and thyroid levels,” said Bio-Male owner Jeff Hogrefe. Hogrefe is a pharmacist with an advanced degree in functional medicine. He also owns the Piqua Compounding Pharmacy in Piqua, Ohio. Jeff Hogrefe, founder of this first preventative health center for men in our region, is the husband of Lyn Hogrefe, founder of the Happy Hormone Cottage.
“Our bodies are complex and dynamic systems,” he said. “Drug therapy tends to disrupt normal functions to treat symptoms of disease, and symptoms develop long after disease is present. Fifty percent of men who have fatal heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. This is not acceptable. Our men will be tested on more than 60 meaningful parameters that can identify cardiovascular risks at early stages. Our goal is to identify risks and develop lifestyle and nutritional strategies to modify these risks.”
Cardiovascular labs will also be conducted to identify a man’s risk for stroke or heart attack based on extensive bloodwork because standard lipid profiles fail to adequately identify cardiac risk, said Hogrefe. A male nurse practitioner will perform testing and personal training services will be available. Hogrefe said three often overlooked hormones in the body are cortisol, insulin, and thyroid. Most men do not usually have these hormones tested and addressed, yet they have a great impact on men’s overall health, he added.
“We will do comprehensive testing on these hormones,” said Hogrefe, “because there is a significant link between low thyroid and heart disease, depression, and metabolic syndrome. Identifying and managing high insulin levels and insulin resistance is critical for the prevention of diabetes and all the long-term, damaging effects to the body that occur. Cortisol is the hormone of stress and has dramatic effects on testosterone levels, body fat composition, sex drive, energy, and sleep patterns.” Other hormones Bio-Male will address are testosterone and DHEA. DHEA levels decline in men as they age, leading to decreases in mood, energy and memory.
Falling testosterone levels lead to declines in mood, sex drive, muscle size and strength, and bone development. “In keeping with our core values of mimicking normal human biology, dosing of hormones will be based on physiological dosing– exactly the amount each body needs based on lab testing and symptoms,” said Hogrefe. “If you are coming to us for a testosterone fix, we are not the place for you.”
If low testosterone is treated in a vacuum, without addressing the whole body, and supra-physiological dosing, or more than the body needs, is used, men suffer more negative health consequences, said Hogrefe. “We know this from treating hormone imbalances in women for the past 12 years,” he said. “You have to address the major hormones in the body—not just one– to have success with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.”
Supplements and other prescriptions at Bio-Male will be additional charges, but Hogrefe said his goal is to offer the best and most affordable options. “Healthcare should be consumer driven,” said Hogrefe. “I want our members to feel like this is a great value and a great service. We do expect our guys to have health insurance, as the labs that we use will want to bill for services.”
Hogrefe said he has negotiated with labs to keep billing costs low so there are no out-of-pocket charges to members. “Philosophically, I think that this is important,” he said. “Healthcare costs have gotten extremely expensive and we should all be doing our part to reign costs in.”
A Bio-Male initiation fee will cost $350, plus a monthly fee for as long as a man stays in the program. Fees cover extensive lab testing worth several thousand dollars two to three times per year; an initial, hour-long consultation and two, follow-up, 30-minute consults; direct email access to staff for questions; and a comprehensive, individualized healthcare strategy.
“We hope to include testosterone therapy as part of the package eventually,” said Hogrefe, “but there are conflicting laws that need to be ironed out by state and federal regulators before we can fully commit to that.”
Hogrefe is married to Lyn Hogrefe, CEO of Happy Hormone Cottage (HHC), which has offices in Mason, Crestview Hills, Ky., Kettering, Vandalia and Piqua. HHC tests and treats women for hormone imbalances with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and strategies that include exercise, diet and supplementation.
The Hogrefes are advocates of functional, or preventative medicine, which focuses on testing to determine the cause of disease, then working with clients to prevent it.
Bio-Male is located at 7908 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite J, in the West Chester Professional Office Complex near Cincinnati Dayton and Tylersville roads. Men are free to stop in any time to sign up, ask questions and meet the staff. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception is planned for April.
For more information or to make an appointment, go to www.cincinnatiwellnesscenter.com or call 888-418-2037.