Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men
If you could turn back time…
Wake up one morning, maybe look in the mirror, and realize that you’re not as young as you were. It’s just not the same any more. You haven’t got the energy. You don’t want to do stuff like you used to. You reflect on how you’ve maybe put on a few pounds, got a little more grouchy as the years go by, don’t feel as strong and fit as you once did. You’re not even interested in sex much any more.
And then think what on earth you can do about it? Nothing you say? Wrong! Big time!
Things such as reduced libido, low energy levels, poor memory and hair loss are all symptoms of hormone imbalance, and can strike at any time in your life from about 20 onwards. Naturally, you lose hormones as you grow older, at the rate of around 1% a year on average, and that’s why the symptoms of hormone loss are confused with aging per se.
Conditions such as andropause or male menopause, adrenal fatigue, and overactive or underactive thyroids are all related to hormonal imbalance. Correct this imbalance with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and you can rediscover the youthful energy and health that you used to enjoy.
Low T and Andropause
What you’re encountering are symptoms of ‘andropause’, also known as ‘male menopause’ or even ‘manopause’. No doubt you’ve heard of female menopause. Well, believe it or not, guys have their very own version. The name comes from the fact that the hormone testosterone is an androgen or fertility hormone. Testosterone controls many male characteristics, but declines with age. It is this decline that is causing the symptoms. Reverse the decline and open the door to reversing the symptoms.
The key ingredient Building protein for a muscular physique. Fuelling your sex drive. Helping you get an erection. And a host of non-sex related stuff, such as building strong bones, enabling your prostate gland and liver to function, plus protecting against heart disease and bone loss. In truth, testosterone is crucial to your well-being as a man.
Of course, factors such as having a good exercise regime, following a healthy diet and not exposing yourself to environmental toxins come into the equation. However, testosterone remains a massive piece in the puzzle.
At what age does andropause start? Once you reach your early 30’s, a very gradual decline in your testosterone levels sets in. Usually, it’s just one or two per cent a year. However, these things build up so by the time you’re in your early 40’s you’ve lost ten per cent. By the time you reach your 70’s, you’re down to around 10% of the levels you had in your mid-20’s.
Now, this is all assuming you don’t act. Most men consider such decline is an inevitable part of aging and just put up with it. Often, they’ve not even heard of the term andropause, still less understand it. Nor are they helped by the fact that there’s little done to promote the concept, which frequently goes undiagnosed by doctors.
Yet, we can assure you that you don’t have to put up with these symptoms at all. Lombard Illinois Bioidentical Hormone Specialist, Selma Rashid, M.D. have accurate tests for determining your testosterone levels and diagnosing andropause.
What symptoms should you look for? There are a range of symptoms of andropause, which are most likely to become evident between your early 40’s and mid-50’s. They include:
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Aches and pains
- Bone weakness
- Heart attacks
Balance your hormones. Balance your life
Losing your hair. Losing your muscles. Difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection. Getting depressed about the whole thing. The symptoms of hormone imbalance for men are no joke. However, correct the imbalance and you correct the problems it causes. Which goes whether they’re associated with andropause, the thyroid or adrenal glands.
As ever, though, make sure your treatment is based on bioidentical hormones that exactly match those made by your body. The synthetic hormones used in mainstream medicine are ineffective and can cause serious side effects. Your body simply does not recognise them in the same way.
As many plans as there are patients. It’s also essential to realize how complex your body is. Hormone systems are inter-related, and just treating one in isolation will have a knock-on effect on others. This must be appreciated by the physician. It’s also vital to test to establish your true hormone levels before any treatment starts. Your plan must be based on this, and your unique individual needs. It will also include nutrition and exercise, again based on your individual requirements. In truth, there are as many BHRT plans as there are BHRT patients.
However, each one will include a comprehensive review of your symptoms and medical history, plus full testing. We will then monitor you on an on-going basis, to make sure your treatment is as effective as it can be.
You may have thought that hormone replacement therapy was for women. Not true! Men have just as much to gain from BHRT.
The loss of hormones like testosterone can be corrected, resulting in a dramatic boost to your overall health and vitality. Yet as every man’s needs are different, so is every treatment. With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, together with a considered approach to improving your nutrition and exercise regime, we can put back what age is trying to take away.