Low T – Testosterone Replacement TherapyWest Palm Beach, FL
As our society has progressed, the life expectancy for men has greatly increased. The combination of advancements in medicine, nutrition, and an increased focus on exercise has all contributed to men living longer and more active lives. Research has shown that a key advancement in medicine, allowing men to live longer, fuller, healthier lives, is the development of male hormone therapy. Our team of experienced medical professionals at Simply’s Men’s Health specializes in regimental hormone therapy treatments, under the supervision of knowledgeable physicians. At Simply Men’s Health our mission is to improve our patient’s health and virility, while warding off the effects of Father Time.
Andropause – Male Menopause?
Just as women experience symptoms of menopause, men also go through a “male menopause” known as ANDROPAUSE (Irritable Male Syndrome). But unlike women whose hormone levels drop suddenly around age 50, men’s testosterone levels gradually start declining as early as age 20.
What Causes Low Testosterone?
Once men enter their thirties, their body’s level of testosterone decreases at a rate of nearly 1% per year. This normal occurrence of decreasing testosterone is referred to as “Andropause.” Additional factors that may lead to decreasing testosterone levels include obesity, some medications, chronic health issues, alcohol abuse, and stress.
Symptoms that may Indicate you are Suffering from Low Testosterone:
As a result of this gradual decline in testosterone levels, as early as mid 30’s to 50’s men can begin experiencing physical and emotional symptoms of andropause:
- Decreased Energy Level
- Decreased Motivation
- Weight Gain – Increased Fat Storage especially around the abdomen
- Insulin resistance and blood sugar elevation
- Metabolic syndrome
- Depression, Irritability and Mood Swings
- Sleep Disturbance
- Memory Loss – Feeling “Foggy” or Lacking Mental Clarity
- Poor Concentration and Short-term Memory Loss
- Decrease in job performance
- Loss of libido – Decrease Sex Drive
- Decrease or cessation of morning erections
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Muscle Loss, Decrease Muscle Tone
- Fatigue, Weak and Tired
- Decreased Sense of Physical Well-being
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) typically involves the administration of testosterone, either by injection or by use of testosterone skin creams or gels. Testosterone is the hormone in men responsible for the development of male reproductive tissues, sexual characteristics and function, bone and muscle mass, providing a sense of wellness and virility. It also helps promote ideal levels of sperm production and protects against bone loss and heart disease.
Simply Men’s Health bio-identical therapeutic Testosterone replacement therapy will help you feel stronger and healthier, increase your energy and motivation, perform better at work improving your memory, focus and clarity of thought, and restore your stamina and sexual vitality!
Does Testosterone Therapy increase risk of Cancer, Heart Disease and stroke? – NO!
Testosterone is more than just a “sex hormone.” Normal physiological levels of testosterone are essential to longevity, a feeling of well-being, and your sexual vitality!
Physiological levels of testosterone are essential to maintain your cardiovascular health, prostate health, mental clarity, and sexual vitality. Numerous medical studies have shown that there is NO association between normal physiological levels of testosterone and prostate cancer or heart disease or strokes. Actually to the contrary, prostate cancer becomes more prevalent at the time in a man’s life when testosterone levels decline.
So how did the commonly held beliefs, even widespread in the medical profession, that Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is associated with increased risk for prostate cancer, heart disease and stroke get started and propagated?
A little science:
Testosterone is converted in your body to estrogens by Aromatase enzymes and to DHT in the prostate by Alpha-reductase enzymes. The association of TRT and cancer, stroke, heart disease first took hold because doctors were frequently overdosing patients and their testosterone levels peaked way above physiological levels. Men ONLY make about 5 – 10 mg daily, which averages to 50 – 70 mg a week of testosterone, but often men are prescribed creams, gels, patches or injections that result in their peak testosterone levels way above physiological levels. When injecting testosterone once every two weeks or weekly, super physiological levels of testosterone are reached within 24 hours after the testosterone injection. This peak is followed by a rapid decline to low hypogonadal levels resulting in peaks and valleys often accompanied by mood swings. The EXCESS testosterone is then metabolized by the body by aromatase enzymes to estrogens, and in men, the activity of aromatase enzymes increases with age. Also, in the prostate the excess testosterone is converted by reductase enzymes to DHT.
The “side effects” of testosterone therapy, that one often reads about, are NOT associated with bio-identical, physiological Testosterone Replacement Therapy, but rather are the SIDE EFFECTS due to the ESTROGEN and DHT metabolites of EXCESS testosterone:
- DHT is an extremely potent androgen and excess is associated with male pattern hair loss, prostate cell proliferation, BPH and prostate cancer.
- EXCESS estrogens in men are associated with gynecomastia, increase risk of stroke, increase heart attacks, arteriosclerosis, insulin resistance, BPH and prostate cancer
So Testosterone Replacement Therapy has really gotten a “bad rap” because too many doctors are overdosing patients and the bad side effects are associated with the increased metabolites, not with Testosterone. Normal physiological levels of Testosterone are essential for good health and prevention of high cholesterol, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer.
Bassit et al “The benefits and risks of testosterone replacement therapy: a review, “Therapeutics & Clinical Risk Management 2009:5 427-448 Gould DC, Kirby RS “Testosterone replacement therapy for late onset hypogonadism: What is the risk of inducing prostate cancer?” Prostate Cancer Prostatic Disc. 2006: 9(1): 14-18. Morgentaler A, “Testosterone therapy and prostate risks: where’s the beef?” Can J Urol. 2006 Feb;13 Supple 1:40-43
How can the Physicians of Simply Men’s Health Help?
Are you experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above? If so, testosterone replacement therapy may be the remedy that restores your energy, mental acuteness, and virility. Our physicians and medical staff offer a variety of treatment options customized and formatted to meet the specific needs of each individual patient. At Simply Men’s Health we use bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and restore you to optimal physiological levels with intensive monitoring. The friendly team of health care professionals at Simply Men’s Health specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of low testosterone. Our treatments to replace your lost testosterone can help you feel energetic, stronger, more alert, and healthy again. Our team of experts has several diagnostic and treatment options available. Our physicians will prescribe the proper course of treatment to fit your needs and return you to your vibrant self.
How will Testosterone Replacement Therapy Effect Me?
While not all individuals react the same or respond to treatments, the vast majority of our patients experience the following:
- Increased energy and mental clarity
- Increased muscle tone and a reduction in fat
- Improved sexual performance and fuller erections
- Increased sex drive
- Lower cholesterol levels and reduced risk for heart
- An increased feeling of healthiness and motivation
Undergoing TRT requires regular consultation and office visits with your physician. Routine lab work and tests are essential to ensure your levels of testosterone are optimal.
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