Sports Endocrine and Metabolism

Weight gain? Fatigue? Decreased sex drive? These are all issues related to your endocrine system and metabolism. The way your body produces certain hormones and uses nutrients can greatly affect your athletic performance and your quality of life. Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute has a team of medical experts on staff to help identify why you’re not operating at peak performance, including tests to identify issues with muscle mass, hormones, lung and heart function. We will develop a plan to get you back to optimal health and performance, so you can start living your best life.

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Mature Male Athlete Program

The aging athlete is an important and popular patient profile that Dr. David Carfagno treats.

It all started back at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation during Dr. Carfagno’s residency and fellowship. At the time, there wasn’t much literature about supplementing the aging athlete with testosterone, but he had a hunch that it made sense. As studies came out showing the effectiveness of “low T” treatment, Dr. Carfagno began including it in his patients with great success.

He then created the Mature Male Athlete program to provide tools and treatment plans to keep the aging athlete at the top of their game. This includes evaluating the spectrum of biometric data that decline with age, including Testosterone, Aerobic Capacity (VO2 Max), Muscle Mass (DEXA Body Composition), Pulmonary Function and Renal Function.

Mature Female Athlete Program

Ladies, getting older doesn’t mean you have to sit on the sidelines. In fact, you can still be as active as you were in your 20s.

As we age, hormones decrease causing loss of bone and muscle mass and decreased endurance, but the good news is there are ways to help women with age-related deficiencies.

At Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute, Dr. Kristina Blohm will assess every aspect of your physical performance from body mass index scanning to pulmonary and metabolic indicators in the Mature Female Athlete Program.

She will work to get you back to peak performance and help achieve any goals from being able to hike, run, walk or play a sport no matter your age.

Female Sexual Medicine

Dr. Kristina Blohm takes a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to sexual medicine with patients at Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute.

If you’re a woman experiencing sexual symptoms, it’s important to realize that you are not alone.

This high prevalence is partially due to the hormone fluctuations that women undergo, but there are many other factors that can impact sexual health. This includes chronic illnesses like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and even certain medications. 

Let Dr. Blohm help you identify the source of your symptoms and then put you on an individualized care plan with your specific needs in mind.

Medical Metabolic Program

The Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute Metabolic program is designed for patients seeking to lose or gain weight. Our team offers medical guidance, monitoring, and accountability in your journey to get healthy.

This includes using cutting-edge metabolic testing equipment and weekly check-ins to hold patients accountable with their food and exercise goals.

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Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)

A 10-minute breath test to determine the amount of calories your body burns in a day at rest.  You simply sit back, relax and breathe.  During the test, the air (O2/CO2)  you breathe in and out is analyzed to determine how much oxygen your body uses to maintain basic life functions.

Once completed, we use your resting metabolic rate calories to provide a foundation for your calories burned during a day. We then add calories burned during activities of daily living and exercise calories to get a total calorie expenditure for the day.

Anyone who is interested in losing weight, gaining weight or knowing their true metabolic rate.

Download the Pre-Test Instructions to prepare for your Resting Metabolic Rate test.

DEXA Body Composition-Bone Density Scan

DEXA stands for Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry. This painless, non-invasive procedure scans your body as you lie on a table and only requires a few specific pre-test conditions to ensure the highest accuracy and repeatability of subsequent testing.

The DEXA Body Composition and Bone Density Scans take about 30 minutes and are commonly used to measure bone mineral density for detecting low bone density or osteoporosis. It is also the gold standard of estimating body composition, including your muscle mass and body fat percentage.

Download the Pre-Test Instructions to prepare for your DEXA Body Composition Scan.

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