Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

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Men can greatly improve their health with Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. While men do not suffer from such a drastic decline of hormones as women, they do experience a more gradual loss of hormones. Starting around age 30, men begin to have a decline in testosterone production, and when a man reaches his mid to late forties or early fifties, he may experience a steep drop in hormonal production. When this occurs, men can begin to notice a series of unwanted changes, such as balding, weight gain, or sexual dysfunction.

 

This dramatic drop in hormones is known as Andropause. Male hormones are responsible for sexual and reproductive function, metabolic activities, bone density, and emotional health, and when they are not produced in adequate amounts, men may notice they have mood swings that can consist of increased anxiety, depression, anger, or nervousness and that they have put on a ring of body fat around the middle. Workouts may not yield the same results as they used to, and men can notice they have an overall lack of motivation or passion for life. Libido may also decrease, which can have a negative impact on personal relationships, and erectile dysfunction may be another symptom that men experience during this time.

 

While most men assume these symptoms are all a part of getting older, they are really caused from hormonal deficiencies, which can impact numerous bodily functions. When Andropause sets in and these symptoms occur Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can successfully reduce many of the effects of hormone decline. Bio-identical hormone replacement can produce some of the following benefits:

  • Healthy Emotions

    Hormones affect brain chemistry, and when they are out of balance, moods such as anger, resentment, irritability, anxiety, or nervousness can occur. Hormones also affect the heart, which can cause mood related heart palpitations and anxiety. Balanced hormones can put an end to mood roller coasters.
  • Regular Sleep

    Imbalanced hormones can cause the hypothalamus, which is responsible for setting the body’s sleep cycles, to become confused and set irregular sleeping patterns. Men can experience trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up multiple times at night, and waking up early in the morning and being unable to fall back asleep. Bio-identical hormones can rectify hormone deficiencies and regulate sleeping patterns.
  • Decreased Libido

    Testosterone is responsible for maintaining libido and sexual function, and when it is deficient, libido can reduce. When this first begins to happen, men may notice a lack of desire or interest, and after time, all of the sex drive can disappear. Bio-identical testosterone can improve libido and reignite sexual passion.
  • Erectile Dysfunction

    Sexual function is directly related to healthy amounts of testosterone, and when it is deficient, erectile dysfunction can occur. Men may notice that they no longer experience involuntary morning erections, and then, they can become unable to become aroused. Bio-identical hormones may help to reduce instances of erectile dysfunction.
  • Decreased Muscle Mass

    Muscle atrophy can result from a decrease of testosterone, due to the hormone’s role in building muscle. During andropause, most men lose around 12-15 pounds of muscle mass. This is because testosterone helps the red blood cells to produce and build muscle tissue, and when it is deficient, the body cannot adequately build muscle. Bio-identical hormones can restore hormones and increase muscle mass.
  • Increased Body Fat

    Extra body fat can begin to accumulate around the middle as a result of hormonal decline. This can occur because decreased muscle mass, burns away less fat and reduces metabolism. When the body’s metabolic processes slow down, the body burns energy more slowly, which can cause the body to accumulate more fat. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help men going through andropause and the symptoms of hormone decline to experience positive changes. Some men report that they feel as good as they did in the 20’s and 30’s due to bio-identical hormone supplementation. Bio-identical hormones can greatly improve health and wellness in men experiencing hormone related issues.

TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT

Testosterone Production With Age

Understanding Testosterone

In order to understand testosterone deficiencies and the potential health risks caused by low testosterone, it is important to understand what role testosterone plays in your body. Testosterone is the most important male sex hormone that causes changes during puberty. Primarily produced in testes, the adrenal glands also produce a small amount of testosterone. Though testosterone is more abundant in men, and therefore, men are more likely to suffer from testosterone deficiencies, women also have and need testosterone. As men produce testosterone in their testes, women produce testosterone in their ovaries. Also like men, women produce increased amounts of testosterone during puberty, though women will reach a peak of testosterone levels during their early twenties.

Why is testosterone important?

Other than the obvious impacts of testosterone during puberty such as the production of adult features, testosterone plays other crucial roles. If you have a reduced sex drive, suffer from depression, or are battling fatigue, you may be suffering from a testosterone deficiency and may require testosterone replacement in order to rid yourselves of your symptoms.

Other symptoms may include, increased breast size, increased irritability, the inability to concentrate, erectile dysfunction, and a lowered sperm count. If you find yourself suffering from any of these issues, it would be a good idea to contact the professionals at Renewus.

What can be done?

After tests conducted by a medical professional confirm that you have a testosterone deficiency, you will have several options for treatment. Testosterone replacement therapy – available as a cream, gel patch, or pill – can increase a person’s sex drive, reduce depression, maintain mail traits, increase muscle mass, and produce more frequent erections. Similarly, another option, hormone replacement therapy, can be available through gel, pills and patches in addition to implantable pellets.

Testosterone Replacement for Men

It is no secret that humans have a built-in-biological clock that causes our bodies to slowly deplete our hormone supplies. What some people fail to understand, however, is that in today’s world filled with pollutants and convenient luxuries that can result in poor nutrition habits are speeding up that process. Studies have proved that the average levels of testosterone in males have been declining at a faster rate than what natural aging should cause. The lack of testosterone can cause numerous issues with men – such as weight gain, inability to gain or keep lean muscle, a low sexual drive, and depression. While such symptoms are often attributed to the lack of proper nutrition and exercise, or a natural part of aging, it is common for these issues to be a result of low testosterone levels, an issue that should not be untreated if a person wants to re-establish the quality of life they once enjoyed.

Signs of Low TestosteroneSigns of Low Testosterone

  • Fatigue
  • Unexplainable weight gain
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • Low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • The inability to maintain or gain lean muscle

 

What Can Be Done?

Medical professionals have verified through numerous studies that establishing optimum levels of testosterone can not only address the symptoms of low testosterone, but it can even extend a person’s life, help fight heart disease, and improve memory and other mental functions. A study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that men with low testosterone levels are 88 percent more likely to die than those men with optimum levels. As recommended for anytime a person notices any dramatic change with their bodies, it is strongly urged that a person noticing any signs of low testosterone seeks medical attention. Our team at Renewus can properly identify if your symptoms are signs of low testosterone levels and have the necessary knowledge that it takes to determine what means of restoring your testosterone levels would be best for you.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Testosterone replacement therapy increases cardiovascular risk?

  • False.
  • A meta-study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association [November 13th, 2013] looked at over 100 testosterone studies and they determined that it’s actually low testosterone levels that are associated with heart health.
  • In fact, the journal reported that low testosterone was associated with a host of possible conditions:
    • Higher risk of cardiovascular disease
    • Narrowing of carotid arteries
    • Abnormal EKG
    • More frequent congestive heart failure
    • Increased incidence of angina
    • Increased body mass index
    • Type II diabetes
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Insulin resistance
    • More belly fat

Higher death rate from all causes, including cardiac mortality. Clearly, the suggestion that testosterone therapy can cause heart problems is a complete myth.

Testosterone replacement causes prostate cancer?

  • False.
  • Amazingly, this myth is largely based on a report from 1941 — a report based on a single patient!
  • Let’s consider a recent study that involved a larger group of men instead of an ancient one that involved only one. Researchers in the United Kingdom looked at 1400 men who had received testosterone replacement therapy for up to 20 years and they found only 14 cases of prostate cancer over the course of the study.
  • This prompted the co-author of the study, Dr. Malcolm Carruthers, medical director at the Center for Men’s Health in London, to state, “This myth about testosterone replacement therapy being linked to prostate cancer has been rooted deep in medical consciousness for over 60 years,”
  • “But this paper says no,” added Carruthers, “testosterone treatment is actually good for the prostate, not bad.”
  • The study was published online June 6, 2012, in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Testosterone replacement causes angry and aggressive behavior?

  • False.
  • Paradoxically, it’s often men with low testosterone levels that are moody, depressed, and even angry, while men with normal or high testosterone levels are generally sociable and gregarious.
  • That being said, improper usage (very high doses) of testosterone could elicit aggressive tendencies in men that might be predisposed to such behavior.
  • As such, it’s important to work with a physician experienced in testosterone replacement therapy to ensure proper dosages.

Women don't need testosterone?

  • False.
  • Generally, the only hormone people associate with women is estrogen, but the testosterone level of a healthy woman is about ten times greater than her estrogen levels.
  • Testosterone actually plays a huge role in women’s health, psyche, and libido, just as it does in men.
  • And, just as in men, low testosterone levels in females can lead to problems, including a decrease in bone and muscle mass, a gain in body fat, and decreases in sexual desire and energy.
  • However, it’s imperative for women to work with a physician skilled in testosterone replacement. Over time, higher-than-desired doses could lead to unwanted side effects such as the growth of body hair or growth of the clitoris.

You don't have low testosterone because your doctor would have told you during your yearly physicals?

  • False. Or probably false.
  • The fact is, most doctors don’t routinely check testosterone levels, regardless of the patient’s age. For one thing, it’s generally not covered by insurance, and secondly, doctors generally don’t know that much about the hormone.
  • Ask almost any doctor and he’ll tell you that medical schools devote a total of about 15 minutes to discussing testosterone; hardly enough to give the average physician comprehensive knowledge of the hormone.
  • Lastly, even if your doctor was savvy enough to test your levels, the “normal” range for testosterone is extremely broad — around 200 to 1100 nanograms per deciliter — depending on the laboratory used.
  • Your test might indicate a level of 350, which, while “normal,” is quite low. You might have poor energy, depression, and a non-existent libido, but because your test indicated a “normal” level, your traditional doctor wouldn’t even bother to bring it up.

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