Each hormone in your body acts as an essential messenger molecule that travels through the bloodstream to reach targeted cells and regulate most bodily functions. While testosterone is a hormone present in both men and women, it is often considered to be the sex hormone responsible for what makes men, men. It works to distinguish male physical characteristics from females, contributing to facial and body hair growth, larger muscles and a deeper voice. As the male sex hormone, it is also responsible for healthy sperm production, fueling the libido and contributing to normal erections. It can even influence certain behaviors and moods in men.
If testosterone levels start to drop; however, all of these functions the hormone helps to regulate can begin to suffer. Testosterone levels for men peak as they reach sexual maturity during adolescence and early adulthood. But over time, the production of testosterone gradually becomes less efficient. It is estimated that between the age of 30 and 40, the levels of testosterone in your body will drop as much as one percent each year. When your testosterone levels are optimal, they help to sustain a handful of important systems in your body, such as:
- Overall sexual function
- Lean muscle mass and strength
- Bone density
- Sleep quality
- Sense of well-being
By the time men reach their midlife, this gradual decline in testosterone can begin to cause subtle but unwanted physical or psychological changes that result in many feeling as though their masculinity has been compromised. At Body Symmetry MD, we understand how detrimental the effects of low testosterone levels can be to men who are getting older. Testosterone replacement therapy, however, can help to restore your masculinity, health and a better quality of life.
What to Know About Low Testosterone
Low testosterone can significantly disrupt many different aspects of your life. A testosterone deficiency can lead to a considerably lower sex drive or erectile dysfunction, chronic fatigue, declining muscle mass and strength or even more body fat. The presence of multiple of these symptoms along with low testosterone levels in the blood indicates a condition known as hypogonadism, or “Low T ”. It is estimated that anywhere from two to six million men in the United States struggle with the effects of low testosterone, but it is a highly undiagnosed condition. In fact, only about five percent of men who are experiencing these symptoms will seek treatments to restore their hormone levels.
Fortunately, clinical studies have shown that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can offer a wide range of benefits to those who are living with a testosterone deficiency. As its name suggests, TRT works to replace low levels of testosterone with synthetic testosterone and restore your levels to a normal range. At Body Symmetry MD, we offer testosterone therapy to help men lessen the unpleasant symptoms of low T and improve their overall health and well-being.
What Concerns Can Testosterone Replacement Therapy Address?
Low testosterone production in aging men can lead to a wide range of physical, psychological and sexual problems. Generally speaking, the lower your testosterone levels the more health problems you may encounter. If you are experiencing any of the following signs of low testosterone, TRT may be able to help:
- Cognitive difficulties
- Depression or anxiety
- Dry skin and brittle nails
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Insomnia or changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of libido
- Loss or thinning of hair
- A lowered sense of well-being
- Reduced muscle mass and definition
- Weight gain
Left untreated, low levels of testosterone may also put you at risk for more severe health conditions, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Men are often embarrassed by the sensitive nature of these symptoms, which may be why so few are likely to seek out a solution. If you are coping with any of the following concerns, TRT at Body Symmetry MD may be able to help you achieve balanced hormone levels and reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Who is TRT For?
At Body Symmetry MD, TRT is prescribed to lessen or delay the onset of male aging and declining testosterone levels. This treatment is only given to men who have one or more of the symptoms associated with low T, and who have confirmed a testosterone deficiency with a simple blood test. Young men who are already within a healthy range of testosterone will not experience many benefits from TRT, so it is crucial you have a qualified healthcare provider confirm your hormone levels are not in a healthy range before deciding to supplement them.
The most common concern that leads men to seek TRT is experiencing a drop in their libido. While testosterone is not the only hormone that fuels the sex drive, low levels of it can contribute to less satisfaction with sex, along with a lower sex drive and less frequent erections. A low libido does not necessarily mean you have low testosterone, however. Some men with low levels of testosterone can maintain their sexual desire, while others with normal levels of testosterone may experience a low libido due to other causes like sleep deprivation, stress or depression. It’s essential you undergo a blood test to confirm low T is the source of your issue.
TRT can also be beneficial for men who are unable to build muscle or lose weight with age. A testosterone deficiency is known to suppress muscle growth and strength, but also promotes weight gain and body fat— especially on the stomach. A lack of muscle, which burns more calories than fat, puts men with low testosterone at a higher risk for heart disease or obesity. Obese men are estimated to have up to 30 percent less testosterone than those who are within a healthy weight range. TRT leads to weight loss by promoting muscle growth and in turn increases the number of calories the body can burn. It can also boost energy levels and reduce fatigue, which can enhance motivation and promote greater physical activity to improve results further. Paired with a comprehensive medical weight loss plan like those offered at Body Symmetry MD can drastically optimize your results.
Adequate testosterone levels are a sign of good health, but even a slight drop can take a toll on many of your bodily functions. If you are interested in learning more about what testosterone replacement therapy can do for you, contact Body Symmetry MD at 833-789-2639 today to schedule your free consultation.