Every hormone in your body acts as an essential messenger molecule in the bloodstream that reaches targeted cells and helps 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 and female physical characteristics, 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.
When testosterone levels are optimal, it supports:
- Body fat distribution
- Bone density
- Lean muscle mass and strength
- Overall sexual function
- Sense of well-being
- Sleep quality
If testosterone levels start to drop, all of the functions testosterone 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 decreases. It is estimated that between the age of 30 and 40 the levels of testosterone in your body will drop as much as 1% each year.
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 BodySymmetry MD, we understand how detrimental the effects of low testosterone levels can be to men. However, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) 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, erectile dysfunction, chronic fatigue, declining muscle mass and strength or even an increase of 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, about only 5% of men who are experiencing these symptoms will seek treatment to restore their hormone levels.
Fortunately, clinical studies have shown that TRT can offer a wide range of benefits to those who are living with a testosterone deficiency. As the name suggests, TRT works to replace low levels of testosterone with synthetic testosterone to restore your levels to a normal range.
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 are, the more health problems you may encounter.
If you are experiencing any of the following signs of Low-T, 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
- Irritability or loss of libido
- Loss or thinning of hair
- Lowered sense of well-being
- Reduced muscle mass and definition
- Weight gain
If 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 treatment. If you are coping with any of the following concerns, TRT at BodySymmetry MD may be able to help you achieve balanced hormone levels and reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Signs of Low-T can contribute to:
- Cardiovascular problems
- Heart disease
- Increased body fat
- Premature aging
WHO IS TRT FOR?
At BodySymmetry 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 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 T can contribute to less satisfaction with sex, along with a lower sex drive and less frequent erections. However, low libido does not necessarily mean you have low testosterone. 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% 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 BodySymmetry MD, we 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 BodySymmetry MD at 470-396-0600 today to schedule your free consultation.