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Make Your New Year’s Resolution Fool Proof

 For many, the first of January means a new year, a clean slate, and lots of possibilities on the horizon. For many more, this also means it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution.

The most common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight and improve one’s financial situation. According to the American Heart Association, over 154 million American adults are overweight or obese. Many people just decide they are going to lose 10, 15, 20 pounds without any sort of plan of how to do so. Slowly working towards your goals and setting a timeline will prevent you from getting discouraged early in the process and will allow you to see positive results over time. A TIME Magazine article states “Content of the resolution doesn’t matter as much as how the resolution is set…you can approach a health goal in a way that guarantees failure or approach it in a way that will guarantee success.”

  • Set realistic goals- If New Year’s resolutions were easy to maintain, everyone would look like supermodels, be filthy rich, be world travelers, experts at their hobbies, and be completely stress-free. Achieving goals means setting realistic expectations. For example, if you’re 30 pounds overweight, don’t expect to lose 30 pounds right away just because you’re ready to. It takes time, strategy and extreme commitment.
  • Keep yourself accountable- Have a friend or family member check in with you and keep you responsible for your goal.
  • Be strategic- Know what works for you. For example, if you know you’re going to have to work late one week, get your workouts done in the morning. Another example, if you’re trying to save money- dedicate a specific percentage of every paycheck to your savings account, set weekly grocery budgets, etc.
  • Reward yourself- While consistency with a New Year’s resolution is important, don’t be too hard on yourself. Depriving yourself of a piece of birthday cake while everyone else around you is enjoying one, is cruel torture. Have a small piece, and make sure you get your exercise in that day.
  • Be optimistic- Know that you can do it. Being your own worst enemy isn’t helping anyone, you’ll get discouraged way easier. A Positive attitude can go a long way.

Resolving to make a major life change without any thought or goals involved, is basically setting yourself up for failure. New Year’s resolutions are a great opportunity to change something you don’t like about yourself but they get a bad rep because their success rate is not always great. Gradual, consistent progress is a sure way to ensure triumph, no matter what you want the end result to be.

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Farewell 2013, Hello 2014!

As one year ends, a new year in integrative and preventative medicine is on the horizon. The Anti-Aging Medicine industry is booming and The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is excited for what 2014 has to offer physicians, their practices and their patients.

Farewell 2013

The year 2013 offered unparalleled education, distinguished speakers, informative exhibits, and knowledge used to eliminate chronic diseases, one diagnosis at a time. In 2013, A4M offered 10 U.S. events and 12 events held overseas.

In the course of a year, the U.S. events included three Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Symposiums held in Las Vegas, San Diego, and Boston; an inflammation symposium offered in Fort Lauderdale, FL; an IV Symposium in Dallas TX; Gut/ Brain Symposium in Los Angeles, CA; and two 21st annual world congresses held in Orlando, FL and Las Vegas, NV. Over 15,000 healthcare practitioners attended an A4M educational event in 2013.

The Spring World Congress in Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, FL was held April 11-14, 2013. Over 2,500 medical professionals from all over the world gathered for pre-conference workshops, Fellowship modules, the exhibit hall, board certification exams, three days of general conference sessions, distinguished speakers and medical faculty. Among keynote speakers was Pat Williams, co-founder and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic who spoke on the “7 Key Ingredients to Make a Great Leader.”

The Winter World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine at the Sands Expo Center/ Venetian/ Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, NV took place December 12-15, 2013. Over 4,000 medical practitioners attended specialty workshops, the exhibit hall housing over 300 booths, general conference sessions, Fellowship modules, board certification exams, and other conference bonuses. Also at this event, A4M introduced the brand new product theater, featuring several exhibiting companies who showcased their latest and greatest products via a live demonstration or lecture. At the Las Vegas conference, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was presented with the 2013 A4M Infinity Award for his lifetime of accomplishments, including his leadership role in early funding and support of stem cell research and healthcare reform, among other endeavors. This was A4M’s largest event to date, bringing in healthcare professionals worldwide.

Hello 2014

A4M is excited to announce the 2014 educational calendar, with nine (9) events and include new Fellowship offerings, a new, first time symposium offering and our first event held in Canada.  Several international events will be offered overseas in Thailand, Dubai, Australia, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

In 2014, A4M will be introducing two new modules as part of the Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine (FAARFM). Module XXIV: Infectious Disease and Module XXV: Addiction will both be offered at different domestic events this year.

Kicking off 2014 is the symposium on Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) in San Francisco, CA on March 13-16th. Featured presenters include Thierry Hertoghe, Jennifer Landa, MD, OB/GYN, FAARM; Ron Rothenberg, MD; Pamela Smith, MD, MS, MPH; and Jonathan Wright, MD. Friday’s sessions will cover the basics of BHRT and Saturday through Sunday will cover advanced BHRT topics. Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FAARM) modules offered in San Francisco include:

  • Module III: Neurology
  • Module V: Clinical Intensives
  • Module VII: Autoimmune Disease
  • Module XVI(A): Cardiovascular

The first IV Symposium will be offered April 4-6th in Denver, CO.  This two-day advanced symposium will cover the fundamentals and expand on the use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other unique parenteral compounds.  Additionally, Fellowship modules will be offered and include:

  • Module IV: Nutritional Metabolism
  • Module XV(B): Brain
  • Module XX(A): Triad
  • Module XXV(A): Addiction (NEW!)

April 26th we will hold a one-day GI Symposium; speakers, schedule and location soon to be announced.  Stay tuned!

The 22nd Annual Spring World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in Orlando, FL will take place once again at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee. This event will include:

  • General conference sessions
  • Exhibit hall
  • Board certification exams
  • Conference bonuses
  • Fellowship Modules including:
    • Module I: Endocrinology
    • Module V: Clinical Intensives
    • Module XII: Toxicology
    • Module VI: Functional/ Nutritional Medicine.

A complete educational program including speakers and conference bonuses will be released closer to the event.

The second BHRT Symposium of the year will take place September 10-13th in Phoenix, AZ where attendees will be able to analyze the medical evidence on BHRT, listen to experts that are actively practicing this specialty and get the information needed to merge BHRT into their practice.  Additionally, Fellowship modules will be offered and include:

  • Module I(B): Advanced Endocrinology
  • Module II: Coronary Artery
  • Module VI: Functional/Nutritional Medicine
  • Module XXV(B): Addiction (NEW!)

The first ever Autoimmune Symposium will be held September 26-27th in Chicago, IL. This event will feature brand new topics and education; all to be announced soon.

The second IV Therapy Symposium of the year will be held October 16-18th in New Orleans, LA. Fellowship modules in New Orleans will include:

  • Module VIII: Lab Fundamentals/ Cancer Therapies
  • Module XV(A): Brain
  • Module XVI(C): Cardiovascular
  • Module XX(B): Triad

The third BHRT Symposium of the year will be the first A4M event held in Canada. The event will take place November 6-8th in Vancouver. Speakers and schedule coming soon!

To cap off 2014, the 22nd Annual Winter World congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine in Las Vegas, NV will take place once again at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort. This event will include:

  • General conference programs
  • Exhibit hall
  • Board certification exams
  • Conference bonuses
  • Fellowship Modules including:
    • Module I: Endocrinology
    • Module V: Clinical Intensives
    • Module XVI(D): Cardiovascular
    • Module XXIV: Infectious Disease (NEW!)

Just like 2013’s Las Vegas conference, the 22nd Annual World Congress will include thousands of medical practitioners, both domestic and international, hundreds of exhibiting companies in the fields of Anti-Aging Medicine, unmatched speakers in the top of their fields, conference bonuses, and unwavering continuing medical education.

For more information on A4M’s 2014 events, please click here or call 888.997.0112.


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The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) concludes largest world congress in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine on Sunday, December 15, 2013

A4M’s largest event, the 21st Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine wrapped up on Sunday, December 15th with a record number of attendees and exhibitors present. Over 5,000 attendees, over 300 exhibiting companies and over 50 speakers gathered at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas, NV December 13th – 15th for a conference on continuing medical education in preventive and integrative medicine.

Among the speakers were special guests Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Suzanne Somers, Travis Stork, MD and Judith Reichman, MD. Gov. Schwarzenegger accepted the 2013 A4M Infinity Award at Saturday afternoon’s general session for his leadership role in early funding and support of stem cell research and healthcare reform, among other endeavors. Suzanne Somers’ presentation entitled “Our Time Has Come,” took place during Friday morning’s general session. Dr. Stork, an emergency room physician and host of Emmy nominated show “The Doctors” spoke about “Your Best Life.” Dr. Reichman presented “Slow Your Clock Down: On- Label, Off- Label, Gray- Label.”

Check out the video of Governor Schwarzenegger’s presentation here.

Some of the featured presenters included Abraham Morgentaler, MD, FACS, who is the Director of Men’s Health Boston, Associate Clinical Professor of Urology at Harvard Medical School, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, spoke on Testosterone Therapy; Christoph Westphal, MD, PhD who earned his MD from Harvard Medical School and PhD in Genetics from Harvard University presented on Pharmaceutical Approaches to Treating Aging; Erika Schwartz, MD, a leading expert in the field of bio-identical hormone therapies, wellness and disease prevention reviewed the scientific literature on the topic of doctor-patient relationship and attempts to achieve high-quality of care in a clinical setting; some noted International faculty included Massimo Dominici, MD, an assistant professor in Oncology and Hematology at the University of Modena, presenting on Stem Cell Therapy; and Eduardo Mansilla, MD who specializes in Internal Medicine in Argentina and has spent more than 15 years working in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Prior to Friday morning’s kick-off of the conference, hundreds of medical practitioners from all over the world attended pre- conference, specialty workshops on Thursday, December 12th. Workshop topics included “Testosterone Deficiency and Therapy in Men,” presented by Abraham Morgantaler, MD, FACS; “Personalized Lifestyle Medicine,” with Pamela W. Smith, MD, MPH, MS; Mark Houston, MD, MS, ABAARM, FACP, FAHA, FASH; Mark Rosenberg, MD; and Tana Amen, BSN, RN; “Pellet Therapy,” by James Mahoney, MD; and “Advances in Body Contouring,” with Sharon McQuillan, MD.  One additional workshop was offered, as part of the Practice Management Certification. It is a two-part certification course, the first part offered in Las Vegas, the second part will be offered in Orlando in May. To achieve certification in Practice Management, the participant must take the two courses as well as successfully complete an exam after each.  On Sunday, December 15th, a post conference, specialty workshop entitled “Menopause/Andropause: Improving the Health and Happiness of your Patients with Bio-Identical Hormones,” was led by Jonathan Wright, MD and Daved Rosensweet, MD.

Other conference highlights included sponsored evening workshops on Thursday and Friday. Thursday’s workshops included “Advanced Biomarker Testing: Case Based Application,” sponsored by Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc; “The Most Potent Natural Solution for Pain & Inflammation,” sponsored by Omaprem; and “Reverse Skin Aging with Cosmeceuticals and Hormones,” sponsored by University Compounding Pharmacy. Friday’s workshops included “Regenerate Your Practice: Validated In- Office Stem Cell Therapy,” sponsored by Ageless Regenerative Institute; “Exclusive Physicians Workshops,” sponsored by BodyLogicMD; “Cellular Detoxification,” sponsored by Ondamed; “Breaking the Aging Code of the Brain and Body,” sponsored by PATH Medical; and “Solving Adrenal Fatigue,” sponsored by Sangeeta Pati, MD.

In addition to the general conference, over 500 healthcare practitioners attended advanced education Fellowship modules over the course of the weekend. Modules offered in Las Vegas included Modules I, V, XVI, XXII, XXIII, Integrative Cancer Therapy Module VIII and Sexual Health Certification Module D.

Fellowship Graduation was held on Saturday, December 14th.  Over 160 healthcare practitioners graduated from the different Fellowships offered by A4M; The Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FAARM), The Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Functional Medicine (FAARFM), The Aesthetic Anti-Aging Fellowship, The Stem Cell Fellowship, and The Integrative Cancer Therapy Fellowship (ICT).  The graduates completed a series of advanced course work both live and online, as well as written and oral exams to meet graduation criteria.  Congratulations Class of 2013!

The exhibit hall was home to many conference activities including the New Product Theater which featured a dozen exhibiting companies presenting their latest products via a live demonstration or presentation. Additionally, attendees were encouraged to play “the exhibit hall game”, where they visited twenty-five (25) specific exhibitors and received a special stamp on their game card.  Participants who got all 25 special stamps were eligible to enter to win a 2013 Chevy Camaro.  The drawing took place on Sunday afternoon and the 2013 winner was A4M Member and Physician’s Assistant, Ann Chudy from North Little Rock, AR.  An extra special bonus – it was Ms. Chudy’s birthday!

”Many of the top-in-their field medical presenters who lectured on topics including stem cell therapy, telomeres, mitochondria, brain health, hormone replacement, metabolic syndrome, obesity and more often concluded that the first steps to prepare your patient’s personal health and longevity is to start living an anti-aging lifestyle; a strategic multi-faceted lifestyle program involving diet, exercise, nutritional therapies and other natural therapies to beneficially prevent and alter the possible series of biological changes that take place in the body as your patient age” stated Amy Paoletti, Marketing Director.  “This was a prevalent message throughout the three days of lectures”.

The A4M looks forward to the many events offered in 2014, specifically the 22nd Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine, held at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on May 15 – 17, 2014.


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A4M Las Vegas 2013: What to Expect

In less than two weeks, over 3,000 medical professionals from all over the world will gather at Las Vegas’ Venetian/Palazzo Hotel for the 21st Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Aesthetic Medicine, December 12-15, 2013. A4M holds the World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine twice a year, once in the spring and once in the winter- so why is this one so special? What am I missing if I don’t attend? Or better yet, what can be expected if I choose to attend?

First off, if you are a medical practitioner and you [should] attend, you will be surrounded by thousands of your peers with similar interests- Anti-Aging, preventive, integrative, lifestyle medicine, as well as advancing your medical education.

Special Guests
Secondly, there are four special guests being featured at this year’s event; Judith Reichman, MD, Suzanne Somers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Travis Stork, MD, each of which fall into the category of practicing physician or celebrity advocate for healthy living, preventive medicine, and the anti-aging lifestyle. All will be featured during the general session. This is an opportunity to listen to and learn from four well-known professionals and supporters of the rapidly growing Anti-Aging industry. Governor Schwarzenegger will be presented with the 2013 Infinity Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the A4M, for his lifetime of accomplishments as a champion bodybuilder, Hollywood action hero, successful businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, best-selling author, and California’s 38th Governor.

Education
Besides the high profile special guests, the education being offered at this event is unmatched. The conference officially begins on Friday, December 13th. However there are pre-conference, specialty workshops being offered on Thursday, December 12th. These workshops are worth CME’s and are being presented by expert faculty. The six workshops are “Testosterone Deficiency and Therapy in Men,” “Personalized Lifestyle Medicine,” “Pellet Therapy,” “Practice Management Certification” (Part 1 of 2), “Advances in Body Contouring,” and “Menopause/Andropause,” which is being offered as a post-conference workshop on Sunday, December 15th.

The general conference overall has over 70 speakers presenting on various topics ranging from hormone replacement therapy, stem cell and Aesthetics, to the importance of vitamins, weight management and brain fitness. The conference program offers possible attendees the opportunity to see why they need to attend this event.

Finally, five different modules, part of the Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine (FAARM) will be offered over the course of three days, led by presenters and medical professionals at the top of their fields.

Exhibit Hall
There will be over 250 exhibitors present at this event eager to help improve you, your practice, and your patients. The Exhibit Hall will be open to attendees Friday 11:00am – 6:00pm; Saturday 11:00 – 7:00pm; and Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm. A4M is excited to introduce the NEW Product Theater! This includes several exhibiting companies presenting their latest products via a live demonstration in the Exhibit Hall on Friday and Saturday. A networking reception will also take place in the exhibit hall for all attendees and exhibitors on Saturday 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Conference Bonuses
There are several perks being offered at this conference.

  • The A4M Conference App- Use your smartphone and scan the QR code or download the app to help boost your conference experience and navigate your conference time wisely.
  • Evening Workshops–  Free evening workshops featuring highlighted speakers discussing the latest advancements in regenerative medicine (non-CME)
  • Car Giveaway- Make sure you play the exhibit hall game throughout the conference and enter for a chance to win a FREE car!
  • Fellowship Graduation (*by invitation only)- Congratulations to the Fellowship class of 2013!
  • Early bird gets the worm! The first to arrive at select morning sessions will receive special prizes.
  • A4M Bookstore- Browse the extensive selection of educational literature and visit with an A4M Education Coordinator to discuss educational opportunities.

This is the largest event offered by The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). If you are a physician looking to better the well-being of your patients, improve your practice or still need CME’s for 2013, this conference would be a great step in achieving your goals. To register, please call 888.997.0112 or visit www.a4m.com


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The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) features Suzanne Somers as special guest speaker for 21st Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative, and Aesthetic Medicine

Boca Raton, FL (November 15, 2013)- This past month, The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine announced the conference program and special guests for this year’s largest event in the fields of Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Aesthetic Medicine. Among those special guest speakers is well-known TV personality, bestselling author, and healthy living advocate, Suzanne Somers. Somers has been a featured guest speaker at past A4M events, returning this December to Las Vegas for her fourth appearance.

Somers has increased awareness regarding the benefits of BHRT, Anti-Aging Medicine, stem cell therapies, chemo-free cancer cures, and the often overlooked causes of obesity and how to restore our bodies. She will address attendees from varying specialties and backgrounds during the general session on Friday, December 13th. Her lecture is titled “Our Time Has Come.”

The conference will be held at the Venetian/Palazzo Hotel, will host over 3,000 International and domestic medical practitioners and over 250 exhibitors.  The educational program is an AMA PRA Category 1 accredited educational activity worth a maximum of 28 CME credits.

For more information on this innovative medical educational event, please visit www.a4m.com or call 561-997-0112.

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About the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

As a federally registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is the world’s largest non-profit scientific society of physicians and scientists dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, and treat aging related disease and to promote research into methods to retard and optimize the human aging process.

A4M offers exclusive membership to all medical professionals where they gain access to over two-decades of established medical expertise.  We are also dedicated to educating physician and scientists and are proud to be in our 21st year of providing first-class continuing education conferences on anti-aging issues, regenerative and functional medicine.

 

To further demonstrate our commitment to the future of medicine, the shared responsibility for patient outcomes and transforming health education through innovation, we offer Board Certifications and Fellowship Training Programs in various disciplines ranging from anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine to such disciplines as aesthetic medicine, skin cancer and stem cell therapy, in order to lead the industry by establishing best practice standards in these areas.

 

 


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November is American Diabetes Month

Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have Diabetes; 79 million have a pre-Diabetes status and are at risk for developing type 2 Diabetes, which is the most common form of Diabetes. With type 2 Diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin properly.

November is American Diabetes Month and the primary objective is to raise awareness and understanding of Diabetes, its consequences, management and prevention of type 2 Diabetes, according to http://www.Diabetes.org. In 2012, the theme of the nationally recognized month of awareness was A Day in the Life of Diabetes, giving a first-hand look at how Diabetes affects patients and their families on a day-to-day basis. 2013’s National Diabetes Month continues that same theme, reinforcing the topic’s importance due to statistics such as:
-Two out of three people with Diabetes die from heart disease or stroke
-Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure
-Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness cases in adults

On October 31st, President Barak Obama officially proclaimed November 2013 to be National Diabetes Month where he discussed the severity, side effects and consequences of living with Diabetes. He stated “During National Diabetes Month, we renew our dedication to combating this chronic, life-threatening illness by standing with those living with Diabetes, honoring the professionals and advocates engaged in fighting Diabetes and working to raise awareness about prevention and treatment.”

Many people are aware of Diabetes but don’t have the slightest idea of how severe and dangerous this chronic illness can be. A4M’s Fellowship in Anti-Aging, Regenerative and Functional Medicine offers physicians the education they need to prevent chronic diseases such as Diabetes.


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A new study has recently been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that discusses the association of testosterone therapy with the risks of death, heart attack and stroke in men with low testosterone levels.

A4M member, Fellow and the Director of Sexual Health Treatment Certification, Jennifer Landa, MD, OB/GYN, FAARFM recently responded to this study with a blog on HuffPost on November 11, 2013.

Dr. Landa indicated there were multiple problems with the study as well as the fact that the study misses so many important facets of general testosterone replacement therapy that the results are practically meaningless. She stated that multiple prior studies have shown the opposite of the JAMA study’s results and that testosterone therapy may protect against heart disease and decrease mortality risks. She clarifies that based on these prior studies, men with lower testosterone levels are at a higher risk of mortality, while men with higher levels are protected against cardiovascular disease and mortality. She goes on to say that while there are several risk factors of testosterone replacement therapy, those factors tend to not be addressed by doctors who prescribe testosterone hormone therapy in general.

Dr. Landa continues to explain that there are other levels that must be followed when one is placed on testosterone therapy and this relates back to doctors not addressing risk factors initially with patients. “A study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2009 showed that testosterone treated men readily convert testosterone to estrogen in a dose dependent manner which means the higher the dose of testosterone, the higher the level of estrogen. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association also in 2009 showed that men with heart disease with both low levels of estrogen and high levels of estrogen had increased mortality. Since estrogen levels were not assessed in the men in the current JAMA study, it is impossible to know whether subjects had high or low estrogen levels. The prior research states that estrogen levels must be kept in a middle range for optimal survival.”

Testosterone Therapy is a substantial part of Anti-Aging Medicine and Dr. Landa sums up that without proper knowledge from research studies and medical professionals, testosterone therapy gets a bad reputation before anyone knows the benefits such as increased protection against serious diseases and a decreased risk of mortality.

This December at the 21st Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Aesthetic Medicine hosted by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), Dr. Abraham Morgentaler will present a specialty workshop on Testosterone Deficiency and Therapy in Men. Some topics covered include how to diagnose, treatments, how to monitor, among others.

For more information or to register for this event please call 888.997.0112 or visit http://www.a4m.com.