Testosterone for Men
The androgen group of hormones includes any substance that assists in the development and manages the appearance of male characteristics. The principal hormone in this group is testosterone, an anabolic steroid. Testosterone boosts libido, increases muscle mass, sharpens memory, and can give a large bump up energy. Most men lose testosterone with age as a reported 20 to 40 percent of older men have a medical condition called andropause (male menopause) and are in need of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Andropause and Testosterone
Andropause (male menopause) is basically caused by a decrease in the body’s production of testosterone. As men get older, their overall testosterone production declines by about 2% a year resulting in a shortage. This shortage combined with increasing levels of the Sex Binding Hormone Globulin (SHBG) which reduces a substantial portion of remaining testosterone from working, causes the andropause symptoms (i.e. erectile problems, hair loss, weight gain, low sexual drive). Hair loss in particular is caused by a hormone created from testosterone, dihydrotestosterone or DHT, which when bound to a particular receptor in male hair follicles, causes thinning hair or hair loss.
Low Testosterone: In Need of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
As mentioned, andropause is the end all effect of diminished testosterone levels in the male body. It is responsible for those symptoms of andropause and can actually cause:
• Loss of Body and Facial Hair
• Loss of Muscle Mass
• Hot Flashes
• Brittle Bones
• Increased Breast Size
Testosterone Replacement therapy (TRT) can safely return the male body to manufacturing typical testosterone levels.
Finding the Right Dose
While uncommon, there is such a thing as men possessing too much testosterone in the body. This type of thing is mostly seen in steroid use among athletes, where athletes are taking up to ten times the normal recommended dosage that a doctor may prescribe to correct the symptoms of andropause. Symptoms of high testosterone comprise but are not restricted to:
- Low Sperm Count
- Liver Disease
- Aggressive Behavior
- Shrinking Testicles
- Heart Muscle Damage
It can take time to find the right dosage for improving the symptoms of low T. You’ll have to work with your doctor to find the right dosage. However, State-of-the-art blood and urine testing performed at TrimCare can inform you if you possess too much or too little testosterone, and that point, a TrimCare hormone doctor will prescribe a treatment plan to correct and adjust your testosterone levels.
The Solution: Natural Testosterone Replacement (TRT)
The TrimCare anti-aging process always begins with a simple but detailed set of testing that will be used to identify not only the levels of testosterone in your body but also the levels of other vital hormones other hormones be the result of other related symptoms and problems.
If you are low on testosterone or other hormones, your TrimCare affiliated physician will prescribe the proper Testosterone Replacement Program for you! Common treatments include:
- Testosterone creams
- Under the skin pellets
In addition to that, an individualized nutrition, supplement and fitness program will be recommended to help you maintain your new hormone balance with the end goal of bringing your hormone levels back to the normal range without the need of any replacement therapy. We all know that you cannot turn back the clock but how you age and your quality of life can dramatically improve. Hair loss, low sex drive, erectile problems and a loss of muscle mass can most likely be avoided with the aid of Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy from TrimCare.
Possible Testosterone Replacement Therapy Side Effects
When used properly testosterone replacement therapy is safe when under a competent doctor’s supervision. Though, like any medication or medical therapy, side effects may occur. Side effects of testosterone therapy include:
- Acne and/or oily skin
- Mild fluid retention
- Breast enlargement (gynecomastia)
- Decreased testicular size
- Decreased sperm count
- Elevated red blood cell count
Testosterone replacement therapy has also been found to stimulate growth of the prostate. Therefore, men who have or have been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer should not undergo testosterone therapy without first consulting with their physician. However, all of the possible symptoms above should not be an issue if kept under the watchful eye of a qualified anti-aging physician and we at TrimCare have been treating patients with Low Testosterone for over 20 years.