Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone Therapy

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to feel old. As men get older, it is prevalent to experience weight gain, loss of muscle mass, sexual problems, feelings of depression, a loss of mental sharpness, and even a loss of height. Those symptoms can start as early as between the ages of 30-55.

If you have sought treatment for any of these symptoms, more than likely, your doctor may have prescribed a pill to “fix” the symptoms. But the regular conventional doctor will not treat the root/reasons that cause the above symptoms/problems. Low testosterone is one of the main reasons for the symptoms/problems. If you haven’t seen a doctor yet, don’t worry, you’re not unusual. Most men don’t seek out medical treatment for these symptoms, chalking them up to a normal part of aging. However, your options are not limited to feeling like this every day or taking a daily pill for the rest of your life; Texas Anti-Aging Medicine Institute Testosterone Therapy Programs treat the root causes of these issues.

What Is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone helps maintain

  •  Energy level
  • Muscle strength and mass
  • Sex drive
  • Bone density
  • Sperm production
  • Fat distribution
  • Mental clarity
  • Motivation
  • Red blood cell production

Testosterone is a steroid hormone, is the primary sex hormone in males. Testosterone plays a crucial role in maintaining physical and mental health in both females and males. Testosterone has been shown to enhance the cardiac benefits of exercise, builds lean muscle mass, sharpen your memory, increases libido, decrease excess body fat, improve your energy level, along with an overall sense of well-being. It helps maintain bone density, fat distribution, red blood cell production, and sperm production.

Just like your cholesterol or blood pressure, there is a numerical range of testosterone levels (also known as T levels) that are considered normal. The brain and the testicles work together to keep testosterone in this range. When levels of testosterone are below average, the brain signals the testicles to make more. When testosterone levels reach an intermediate level, the brain signals the testicles to make less.

What Happens To Your Testosterone Levels With Age?

Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines — typically about 1 percent a year after age 30.

How Does It Work?

Do you feel as if your youth slipped from right under you? Are you constantly fatigued and never in the mood for romance? These are all signs of low testosterone and may be treated with our patient-tailored Testosterone Therapy program. Here is the breakdown of  our testosterone Therapy Program:

  • A comprehensive review of symptoms, medical, family, and personal history
  • Testing – blood laboratory analysis
  • Intramuscular injections
  • Detoxification program
  • Nutritional support with the highest quality supplements
  • Fitness program
  • Ongoing evaluations

Instead of having to call different automated numbers for blood results, or playing phone tag with doctors, or phoning other pharmacies, Texas Anti-Aging Medicine Institute is your one point of contact.

The Texas Anti-Aging Medicine Institute program starts with a detailed health questionnaire, a body scan that will detail your body composition, and a customized initial treatment plan. At your first in-person appointment, you will have your blood drawn for an initial diagnosis and to set baseline levels.

What’s The Texas Anti-Aging Medicine Institute Testosterone Therapy Difference?

Typically, suppose a man goes to his primary care physician with thoughts of depression, or a decreased libido, or fatigue. In that case, the doctor writes a prescription to treat the issue, never really addressing the real cause of the symptom. Texas Anti-Aging Medicine Institute focuses on treating the hormonal imbalance that could be causing the following:

  • Loss of energy
  • Decline in libido
  • Weight gain/Increase in body fat
  • Loss of muscle mass and size
  • Poor sense of well-being
  • Loss of interest in career goals
  • Depression
  • Loss of physical agility
  • Mental fatigue
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Panic and anxiety attacks
  • Insomnia and restless sleep
  • Night sweats
  • Infertility

How to Find Out If You Have Low Testosterone?

The only accurate way to detect the condition is to have Texas Anti-Aging Medicine Institute measure the amount of testosterone in your blood.  Texas Anti-Aging Medicine Institute prefers, if possible, to test levels early in the morning since this is when testosterone levels are at their highest.

Benefits of Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone increases muscle mass, especially when combined with a resistance or training exercise program. More muscle mass and strength means better metabolism and higher quality of life. Most men report better recovery from their workouts and find that they can work out more intensely once started on testosterone replacement therapy.

The increased metabolism resulting from increased muscle reduces fat and improves overall body composition. By reducing fat, the risks of diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and heart disease go down.

A high concentration of testosterone receptors exists in the brain. Testosterone is essential for healthy brain function and can improve mood swings and irritability that many men experience and depression. Men sometimes display indecisiveness and loss of confidence with aging, both of which can be improved with testosterone therapy.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy has many cardiovascular benefits too. The highest concentration of testosterone receptors is in the heart. This makes sense since the heart is a muscle contracting roughly every second. testosterone improves blood flow by acting as a vasodilator and helps repair damaged endothelium or inner lining of blood vessels. Testosterone can help lower blood pressure.

A higher level of well-being and a life brimming with more energy is commonly seen after testosterone replacement therapy.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

  • Low sex drive (libido)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue and poor energy level
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Low sense of well-being

If any of these describes you, then you are a possible candidate for Testosterone Therapy.

Your Health and Low Testosterone

Researchers are unlocking the mysteries of how low testosterone is related to men’s overall health. Along the way, they’re uncovering connections between low testosterone and other health conditions.

Diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and high blood pressure have all been linked to testosterone deficiency. Low testosterone isn’t known to cause these health problems, and replacing testosterone isn’t the cure. Still, the associations between low testosterone and other medical conditions are interesting and worth a look.

Diabetes and Low Testosterone
A link between diabetes and low testosterone is well established. Men with diabetes are more likely to have low testosterone. And men with low testosterone are more likely to develop diabetes later. Testosterone helps the body’s tissues take up more blood sugar in response to insulin. Men with low testosterone more often have insulin resistance: they need to produce more insulin to keep blood sugar regular.

Obesity and Low Testosterone
Obesity and low testosterone are tightly linked. Obese men are more likely to have low testosterone. Men with deficient testosterone are also more likely to become obese.
Fat cells metabolize testosterone to estrogen, lowering testosterone levels. Also, obesity reduces sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) levels, a protein that carries testosterone in the blood. Less SHBG means less testosterone.

Losing weight through exercise can increase testosterone levels. Testosterone supplements in men with low testosterone can also reduce obesity slightly.

Health and Low Testosterone

Metabolic Syndrome and Low Testosterone Metabolic syndrome is the name for a condition that includes abnormal cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, waistline obesity, and high blood sugar. Metabolic syndrome increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes. Studies show that men with low testosterone are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome. In short-term studies, testosterone replacement improved blood sugar levels and obesity in men with low testosterone. The long-range benefits and risks are still unknown. Testosterone and Heart Disease Testosterone has mixed effects on the arteries. Many experts believe testosterone contributes to the higher rates of heart disease and high blood pressure that tend to affect men at younger ages. By this reasoning, high testosterone might be bad for the heart. But testosterone deficiency is connected to insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes. Each of these problems increases cardiovascular risk. Men with diabetes and low testosterone also have higher rates of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. A certain amount of testosterone may be necessary for healthy arteries because it’s converted into estrogen, which protects arteries from damage. As yet, no studies show that testosterone replacement protects the heart or prevents heart attacks.

Testosterone and Other Conditions
Low testosterone often exists with other medical conditions:
Depression: In a study of almost 4,000 men older than 70, those with the lowest testosterone levels were more than twice as likely to be depressed. This link remained even after allowing for age, general health, obesity, and other variables.

Erectile dysfunction (ED): Problems with erections are among the most common symptoms of low testosterone. Most ED is caused by atherosclerosis. Men with risk factors for atherosclerosis — diabetes, metabolic syndrome, or obesity — often have low testosterone, too.

High blood pressure: The effects of testosterone on blood pressure are many and complex. Men with high blood pressure may be almost twice as likely to have low testosterone as men with normal blood pressure. On the other hand, too much testosterone can increase blood pressure. Testosterone acts in multiple ways on blood vessels, so this may account for the varying effects.