Low testosterone is an increasingly common condition among aging men. It’s been estimated that over 13 million men suffer from low testosterone (Low T), and most of them don’t even know it.
Testosterone levels gradually decrease with age because the body is no longer producing the hormone at the same levels which are seen in younger men. Over time, hormone production slows down. The change in male hormone levels, as a natural result of aging, is known as andropause.
What does Testosterone do?
Testosterone has several important functions in the male body:
- Improves Mood and Intellectual function
- Regulates sexual function
- Improves Cardiovascular Health
- Stimulates sperm production
- Increases muscle mass
- Decreased Body fat
- Maintains bone strength and density
What Is Andropause?
Similar to menopause, andropause is a series of hormonal changes that occur in men as they age. Andropause, however, begins much earlier in life than menopause, and continues into old age. Hormones affected in this way include not only testosterone but also the thyroid hormones, human growth hormone (HGH), progesterone and DHEA.
The process of andropause often brings about weight gain (especially around the abdomen), reduced muscle tone, decreased heart and lung capacity, and diminished sexual function. Andropause may also contribute to feelings of depression, fatigue, and irritability.
Is It Low T?
There are many symptoms relating to Low T:
- Reduced sex drive or sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction
- Low energy, fatigue, or depression
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Decrease in bone density
- Reduced muscle mass
If the above symptoms sound familiar, you may be suffering from Low Testosterone. The BEST way to truly know if your Testosterone levels are low is to get tested. Once your test results are in, our experts can discuss whether male hormone replacement therapy can help alleviate your symptoms.
Treatment through the use of medically supervised testosterone replacement can return hormones to their optimal levels and restore vitality. Our hormone replacement therapy doctors administer testosterone in one of two ways: either through topical cream which is applied to the skin, or by injection.
What Are Bio-Identical Hormones?
Our experts use Bio-identical hormones. That means that the hormones we use are the exact same molecules that are currently in your body today. Using these natural hormones ensures that the hormones are used by your entire body in a healthy way. For example, an artificial form of testosterone may give you a lean or muscular build like bioidentical Testosterone.
However, it may also provide negative side effects on your cholesterol and/or heart health. Bio-identical testosterone is the same as the testosterone your body has been using your entire life. In fact, side effects are none to minimal when dosed and monitored properly.
Testosterone levels are decreasing at an alarming rate. Several studies have shown that average levels of Testosterone have been dropping over the last several decades. Our current world is more inundated with heavy metals, pesticides and plastics than ever before. These exposures are believed to be responsible for our low testosterone (and other hormone) levels as well as the resultant changes in libido, energy, and weight gain (to name a few).
Our experts provide a balanced approach to hormone replacement. We do not only prescribe testosterone. However, we aim to balance DHEA, progesterone, pregnenolone, Thyroid hormone, Vitamin D and Growth Hormone as part of the care we provide.