Humans Don’t Hibernate…

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As the summer is winding down, it’s common for us who live in a four season climate to subtly change our lifestyles in negative ways, sometimes regressing to the point of starting over. Whether its reducing our physical activity due to less enjoyable weather, or eating more in response to the chilly temperatures; these behaviors feel natural but contribute to the all-to-common cyclical nature of weight loss/gain. While they may feel natural, it is important to remember that we are not bears, and therefore do not require preparations for hibernation.

There are some things we can do to counter these tendencies however; such as recommitting to calorie counting, or finding new ways to exercise indoors (wherever your schedule permits). Also keep in mind that certain types of foods will have different effects on your appetite, which becomes increasingly important as the seasons are accompanied by certain stables like pies, cookies, cakes, and other assorted sweets. It’s the sugar in these foods that creates the terrible feedback loop of insulin spikes and crashes and their associated cravings. Additionally much of this food is lacking in sufficient amounts of protein to satisfy you appetite.

Now may also be the perfect time to find a gym or start a new exercise routine, finding ways to stay active and engaged with fitness will no doubt help you stave off the consequences of having less time to walk or play outdoors.

Whatever you do, I implore you to take in mind what your goals are for yourself, and if you’ve already made progress hold on to it and don’t let the change of seasons throw you off track. There is no need to wait until the New Year to recommit to getting healthy, keep focused year round; count your calories, move as much as possible, and always remember that weight loss is a marathon rather than a sprint,  just keep plodding forward and you will get there.

After drinking all the milk, Remy hibernates

.. About Making B-12 Appointments

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emmwl-weir2017Until now we have offered through our website the opportunity to book appointments for our various B-12 injections. We have done this in an effort to better accommodate those with less flexible schedules, however we have found it to cause more confusion than good so we have decided to remove the option from our appointment scheduler.

Don’t worry, this change will not limit the times during which you can come in for B-12 injections but rather you may still come in at any time during which we have regular hours. If our open sign is on, you can come on in for shots.

So to further clarify, no appointments need to be (no can be) made for B-12 injections, appointments are available only for new fills or refills on prescription medications, and only required during non-walk in Physician hours.

Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Right for You?


Starting around the age of 30, most men see a constant drop in testosterone levels resulting in reduced energy, motivation, muscle tone and size, leanness, as well as libido. Not only do many men see a decrease in usable testosterone, but years of being overweight combined with environmental factors such as diet and activity level cause many men to “aromatize” testosterone, essentially converting the male hormone, testosterone, into the female hormone estrogen.

By utilizing Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) we can work with you to find the right hormone balance to optimize the beneficial, youthful effects of such a balance. TRT incorporates administration of testosterone in order to assist a man’s body when it can’t sufficiently produce its own.  In addition to the testosterone itself, estrogen blockers are used to avoid excess aromatization so that you don’t experience side effects related to high estrogen, such as fatigue, insomnia, water retention, bloating, or erection issues.

For anyone concerned about future fertility, it is a concern with exogenous testosterone usage however our program incorporates the use of HCG, which in addition to its weight loss benefits also mimics a hormone that encourages your body to continue producing its own testosterone, as well as  preserve sperm count and quality. HCG has been long used in fertility treatments due to this function, you are not expected to follow our HCG rapid weight loss diet while in the TRT program.

You may be a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy if you have these symptoms:

  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Reduced sex drive & spontaneous morning erections
  • Increased joint/muscle pain
  • Testes decreasing in size
  • Low sperm count or infertility
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue
  • Memory issues
  • Mental fogginess
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Decrease muscle mass and strength
  • Increase body fat & waist size

Our balanced TRT program minimizes side effects while giving you the most benefit from restored testosterone levels you’ve once had.  For more information see our post here.  You can also make an appointment below

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241 Three Springs Dr. Weirton, WV 26062 (304) 914-3112

Now Offering Hormone (HRT) / Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

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If you’ve come in and spoken with us about any of our programs, you undoubtedly remember hearing about how important it is to use your diet and exercise to maintain an appropriate balance of hormones. Starting in our 30s, our bodies begin to slow down production of hormones such as Testosterone and HGH, which in turn results in an unfortunate accumulation of body fat and a regular decline in muscle mass and natural energy levels.

In order to be sure and help as many people as possible reach their fitness goals, we here at Elevation Medical Weight Loss is now offering both male and female hormone replacement therapies (HRT). We use bio-identical hormones for men (testosterone) and women (estrogen and or progesterone).  In order to begin, Dr. Cooper will send you for some blood work testing to determine if such therapy would be of benefit to you.

There is an unfortunate stigma commonly associated with hormone supplementation, especially when the treatment involves testosterone replacement therapy (TRT); however this is mostly the result of abuse. By properly monitoring and treating low hormone levels, you can safely and quickly regain much of the energy and confidence that we tend to lose as we age.

The benefits of hormone therapy are far reaching and impact everything from baseline energy and exercise endurance, to increasing muscle mass and sexual performance. When paired with our recommended exercise and diet plans, you can see changes in your fitness and general well being that far exceed what you could achieve with standard diet and exercise techniques alone.

We’ve put together some information to answer commonly asked questions regarding hormone replacement (HRT) or testosterone replacement therapy (TRT):

How safe is hormone replacement?
We use bio-identical testosterone therapy for men, and estrogen and or progesterone for women.  These hormones are naturally produced in your body.  Based on your blood work, which is the most accurate form of testing for hormonal imbalances, Dr. Cooper will design a dose that you will feel your best in within 1-2 week with minimal side effects.

What is the difference between hormone replacement for men vs women in your program?
Generally, men will need testosterone to help them feel like they’re in their 20s or 30s again.  Women’s hormone replacement may consist of estrogen and or progesterone to minimize of perimenopausal, menopausal, and age related symptoms.

What kind of work-up do I need?
Blood work provides the most accurate and best indicator of how your body is operating.  Both men and women will need a very comprehensive hormone panel before starting.  We test for: full blood count (CBC), metabolic panel with liver profile (CMP), Free & Total Testosterone, LH, FSH, Estradiol (sensitive assay), TSH, DHEA-S.  We will need prostate level (PSA) for men over 40 year old, and then an annual PSA.  We do not use saliva testing.

Do I need to fast before obtaining blood work?
No, fasting is not necessary.  Evidence as demonstrated by the Journal of American Medical Association, JAMA, see article here.

Where can I go for blood testing?
At any LabCorp nationwide.  The closest LabCorp to our Pittsburgh/Green Tree location is off exit 67 on I-376.  You may use the same LabCorp if you live in Weirton.  The closest location to our Weirton clinic is either in East Liverpool, OH, or Candiz, OH.  For more locations visit this link here. No appointments needed.

How long do I need to be on this treatment program?
As long as you want to be.  Similar to eating healthier and leading a more active lifestyle, if you feel your best on hormone or testosterone replacement therapy and your lab work shows positive results, we can continue you on the program.

Who would consider a consult for treatment?
Men who are between the ages of 30-65 who do no longer have the energy or workout recovery that they had in their prime and wish to regain them.

What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?
Erectile dysfunction (ED), reduced sex drive & spontaneous morning erections, increased joint/muscle pain, teste decreasing in size, low sperm count or infertility, night sweats, fatigue, memory issues, mental fogginess, difficulty concentrating, decrease muscle mass and strength, increase body fat & waist size.

What about treatment for women? Who would benefit from hormone replacement therapy?
If you are between the ages of 40-65 or younger who had a hysterectomy, oopherectomy (removal of ovaries), or suffering from perimenopausal or menopausal symptoms.  

What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?
Symptoms of hormone deficiency or imbalance includes: weight gain, hot flashes, irregular menses, dry hair/skin, hair loss, night sweats, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, fluid retention, headaches, depression/anxiety/mood swings, fatigue, forgetfulness, and more.

How much does hormone replacement or testosterone therapy cost?
Initial consult questionnaire by phone, email, or in person is of no charge.  If you are a candidate for either hormone or testosterone replacement therapy, you can call us or send us payment information for the initial lab work.  Within the same business day, you will receive an order requisition to go to a local LabCorp for testing.  

      • Summary of all pricing:
        • Initial Consult/Blood Work testing $250.  
        • 12-week Testosterone Replacement Program for men $875, which includes all supplies, medications, physical exam, and follow-up labs 8-10 weeks into the program.
        • 12-week Hormone Replacement Program for women $650, which includes medications, physical exam, and follow-up labs 8-10 weeks into the program.
      • There are no hidden fees or contracts. Though you can consider the $250 necessary to obtain a comprehensive hormone panel to be your one time “start-up fee”.

What kind of treatment or regimen can I expect on testosterone replacement (TRT) or hormone replacement (HRT)?

    • We prescribe testosterone injections and generally 2 other medications.  The treatment consist of:
      • Testosterone 40 mg – 100 mg injected under the skin (SQ) twice a week
      • HCG 25-50 units (250-500 IU) twice a week during the first week of the month (week 1, week 3, week 5, week 8, week 11)
      • Anastrazole (Amiridex) 0.25 mg – 1 mg twice a week.
        • All dosing above can be done during the same day, twice a week.
    • For women, we prescribe an estrogen and or progesterone cream, gel, or tablet. 

Pricing for Hormone & Testosterone Replacement Therapy
*no hidden fees, no contracts agreements*

Male testosterone initial consult/lab work order  $250 Female HRT initial consult/lab work order $250
12-week testosterone program $875 

(includes all medications, supplies, and follow-up blood work panels at 10 weeks)

12-week hormone program $650

(includes all medications and follow-up blood work panels at 10 weeks)

How do I get started on hormone therapy?
You can either call us at 412-304-2016 for both Weirton and Pittsburgh (Green Tree) location to answer a few questions regarding symptoms and your goals of therapy, or contact us here. You should receive a response on the same business day.

Send us questions and we will frequently update our website with more information.