At a historic estate in Cannondale, circa 1740, Dr. David Marks and his associates have launched a cutting-edge medical practice — InBalance Health.
“We specialize in age management medicine, which is a proactive, science-based, medical approach focused on nutrition, fitness and, when clinically indicated, hormone replacement therapy,” said Dr. Marks, InBalance Health’s chief medical officer. “Taken together, these programs decrease the risk of age-related diseases and improve energy, sexual desire and performance, mental abilities, and the body’s composition of muscle and fat.”
In other words, said Dr. Marks, at InBalance Health’s Wilton location, the Retreat at Split Rock at 539 Danbury Road, “it helps you get your mojo back.” Along with the landmark Wilton colonial with the hand-hewn beams, wide-plank floors and stone fireplaces — where George Washington reportedly once stayed — InBalance health also has locations in Greenwich, Hartsdale and Manhattan.
Age-management medicine is “an emerging field,” said Dr. Marks, a Weston resident who was chief medical officer at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, and also served as a medical journalist for WNBC and WCBS-TV in New York. He lives in Weston with his wife, Laura, a pediatrician, and their three children.
“Many men suffer needlessly from symptoms related to low testosterone levels, and many women in menopause transition and menopause get minimal symptom relief,” he said. “This is unfortunate, because appropriate treatment can make people feel better and can have potential health benefits.”
According to Dr. Marks, a graduate of Yale University’s School of Medicine, hormone imbalance often goes unrecognized and undiagnosed — because the “normal” bell curve is so broad, and what falls within this normal curve may not be normal for the patient.
“For men, testosterone begins to decrease after age 30,” said Dr. Marks. “In women, their levels decline by about half from age 20 to age 40. Then estrogen levels become variable during menopause.”
According to the InBalance Health website, “Based strictly on blood levels of testosterone in men at least 45 years old, it is estimated that more than 22 million men visiting a primary care doctor in the U.S. may have low testosterone.”
Women are affected because “testosterone is an important building block for normal function,” the website said. “Every cell in your body that has estrogen receptors — including those in your brain, bones, breasts, fat and sexual organs — takes testosterone your body makes naturally and circulates it in your blood and converts it into a strong form of estrogen. An appropriate balance between estrogen and testosterone is therefore crucial for your body’s organs and tissues.”
When the body is out of balance in this way, “thinking abilities, mood, energy level, libido” and other functions are affected that add up to “decreased quality of life,” he said.