While the phrase “40 is the new 30” can come off as cliche, it could not be more correct. Today, Men have a variety of different options to help battle Father time and keep themselves feeling and looking like they did in their physically prime. At the center of this period of male rejuvenation is advances in low testosterone treatment.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone found primarily in males. Often associated with a man’s sex drive, testosterone also plays a major role in bone and hair growth. Testosterone in males is primarily produced in the testicles while females produce a mild amount of the hormone in their ovaries.
Primary Functions of Testosterone in Males
Often associated with a man’s sex drive, testosterone also plays a major role in bone and hair growth. Other functions of testosterone include:
- Sperm Production
- Moods and Behavior
- Muscle Growth
- Fat Storage
- Red Blood Cell Production
Maintaining Proper Testosterone Levels
Most men experience a natural dip in their testosterone levels in their late 30’s to early 40’s. Along with low testosterone levels come a variety of different symptoms that are associated with the stereotypical aging male. As men enter this stage in life, it is important to monitor your testosterone levels and know your options for low testosterone treatment.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Men who possess low levels of testosterone experience a wide spectrum of symptoms. Symptoms of Low T include:
- A Decreased Sex Drive
- Weight Gain
- Symptoms Associated with Depression
- Mood Swings
- Hair Loss
- Lethargic or Lack of Energy
- Decrease in Muscle Mass and Strength
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Decreased Libido
Low Testosterone Treatment Options
If you have experienced symptoms associated with low testosterone, and would like to take the next step in exploring treatment, you have a variety of different low testosterone treatment options. A certified physician that specializes in treating low testosterone can perform blood work and provide a comprehensive consultation on which solution specifically works best for you.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Working with a professional clinic that specializes in testosterone replacement therapy should always be the first option. Many doctors now specialize in testosterone replacement therapy, and can provide you customized solutions that fit your current levels. It is important to note that when exploring ways on how to increase testosterone, you need to have a professional analyze how much testosterone your body is currently producing on it’s own. This allows a physician to accurately diagnose how much testosterone your body needs to feel normal again.
Testosterone Supplements and Boosters
The internet and supplement store shelves are full of over the counter testosterone boosters claiming to provide quick solutions for low testosterone. But do these testosterone supplements really work or are they too good to be true? While there are many reputable products on the market, we encourage our clients to take the time to research these boosters before taking them on a regular basis. Because almost all testosterone products are all natural, you will find a lot of companies trying to position these testosterone pills as an organic alternative to testosterone replacement therapy, but in reality all testosterone treatment options are organic by nature.
Over the last couple of years, a number of testosterone gels have hit the market with the most popular being AndroGel. Some are available over the counter, while others require a prescription from a certified physician. Similar to testosterone boosters, gels and creams can provide a quick fix for men battling mild symptoms, but may not provide a full scale solution to those experiencing extreme low T levels. A study on testosterone therapy performed by the New England Journal of Medicine found moderate improvements to mood and sex drive among men experiencing low T levels after using a testosterone gel for a year.
Is Low Testosterone Treatment Right For You?
This is a question we our asked by patients at our clinic all the time. Our goal is to provide you with analysis on where your T levels currently are, and discuss solutions on how we can raise them. As more medical research is being compiled, many of the old stigmas of low testosterone treatment are quickly fading away. When implemented correctly, there are virtually cons to TRT. At Restorative Health, we are dedicated to making men and women get back to feeling younger and better by using cutting edge medical solutions. To learn more about if testosterone therapy is right for you, feel free to take our sexual health quiz for men or call us at (314) 300-9199 to set up a free consultation with a medical professional.