Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Signs of testosterone deficiency
- Lack of motivation and drive
- Mood changes
- Less interest in hobbies and activities
- Increased need for sleep
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased libido
- Less excitement for life
- Muscle weakness/decreased mass
- Weight gain
- Joint Stiffness
- Memory decline,
- “Brain fog” and poor concentration
- “I just don’t feel like myself anymore”
Low testosterone in aging males is far more common than previously believed, and the effects can greatly affect a male’s quality of life. Everything from energy, mood, sexual function and other health complications can be negatively effected as a result of low testosterone.
Men will reach their highest testosterone level around the age of 18, followed by a slow 1% decline each year on average. However, some men have a significantly lower peak level at 18 than others, which will result in some individuals becoming deficient at a much younger age. Other factors may also cause a quicker drop in testosterone levels such as certain medications, genetics, lifestyle, obesity, and chronic diseases. In fact, diabetics have far higher rates of low testosterone than non-diabetics. Interestingly, when diabetics receive testosterone replacement, improved sugar control is a pleasant result.
Low testosterone symptoms can vary greatly from man to man. Some men will exhibit nearly all of the typical symptoms and some may only be experience a few such as fatigue or depression. If you are experiencing any of these troubling symptoms, it is a good idea to have your levels checked.
Health Issues Related to Low ‘T’…
Studies have shown low testosterone levels to be associated with increased risk of numerous health issues such as:
- Heart disease
- Increased inflammation
- Alzheimers and dementia
- Increased cancer risk
- Muscle loss, frailty
- All cause mortality
Benefits of testosterone replacement
- Increased energy
- Improved mood and attitude
- Increased mental focus and sharpness
- Increased strength and muscle function
- Improved libido and erections
- Weight loss
- Improved cholesterol
- Improved blood pressure control
- Improved control of blood sugars
- Decreased inflammation
- Decreased risk of osteoporosis
- Large improvement to quality of life
Working with a practitioner that is experienced and knowledgeable in testosterone replacement is essential to achieving maximum results and avoiding unwanted side effects. Testosterone replacement is not as simple as checking a testosterone level and administering testosterone. Hormonal balance is always the goal of replacement. In fact, there are other hormones besides testosterone that require proper attention and balance to achieve optimal results.
There are different methods of administering testosterone, and one size certainly does not fit all. Some men respond very well to one particular method, while others may not. By working with someone experienced in hormone replacement, it can be determined which method would be best suited for you.
Different modalities of testosterone replacement
- Topical gels and creams (daily)
- Injections (weekly)
- Pellets (every 3-4 months)
Low testosterone can be devastating to a man’s quality of life and long-term health. Any man interested in restoring or maintaining health, happiness, and vitality should have their levels checked. If replacement is needed, we recommend working with a practitioner that has extensive experience in hormone replacement such as ours here at QUICKCARE?.