Just as estrogen replacement therapy can help women who are going through menopause, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been shown to be highly effective and very beneficial for men experiencing Andropause, commonly referred to as male menopause.
Serum testosterone levels decline progressively as men age, with often resulting negative pathophysiological changes.
Starting in a man’s 30’s, ( complaining usually starts at around 35), hormones begin to decline at a rate of around ~1-5% each year, and by the time most men reach their 40’s or 50’s, hormone production can begin to take an even faster drop.
Because the onset of andropause is gradual and many of its symptoms mirror those associated with medications or disease states common with aging, a clinical diagnosis can be difficult to make, in fact, it is more easy to miss.
In fact a large number of patients will hear, “…well, you are getting older, you know?”, from their physicians, instead of being offered a solution to their problems!
Testosterone replacement therapy may be a good solution for many men who are experiencing symptoms that affect their mood, physical condition, sexual activity/performance and overall enjoyment of life.
As men, we often hop on the ‘excuse’ band-wagon of “Well I am just getting old ” or “ What do you want from me, I’m pushing 50?” these excuses are just nonsense and can be in the way to a more healthy and fulfilling life and greater Healthspan.
There have been multiple large clinical studies that have shown that Low total and bioavailable testosterone are associated with increased all-cause mortality in elderly men, this basically means, if you have a low testosterone level, you could have an increased risk of death from all major diseases.
This increase in mortality risk ( increase in death), is also observed for men suffering from testosterone deficiency as compared with those with normal or high physiological levels of testosterone.
The lower your level, the higher the chance of aging and disease.
What could I expect from testosterone replacement?
Very positive responses to testosterone have been reported for men with low testosterone in various clinical studies.
- Improvement in mood and sense of well-being
- Increased mental and physical energy
- Decreased anger, irritability, sadness, tiredness, nervousness
- Improved quality of sleep
- Improved libido and sexual performance
- A decline in biochemical markers of bone degradation and an increase in bone density
- An increase in lean body mass, a decline in fat mass
- An increase in muscle strength (hand grip, upper and lower extremities)
- Potentially, a decrease in the risk of heart disease
- Potentially, a decrease in death from all major causes.
Testosterone therapy can help improve attitude, reinforce self-esteem, boost performance at work and increase overall energy.
Most men will feel more vigorous, experience improvement in energy levels, mood, concentration, cognition, libido, sexual performance and overall sense of well-being. These effects usually become noticeable about 4 to 6 weeks after treatment is started. Other potential benefits include maintenance or improvement in bone density, improved muscle mass and muscle strength, as well as improvement in visual-spatial skills. These results are common and any therapy you decide to utilize, should only be done under the supervision of an expert in the field.
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Or are you just going to accept the common approach, which is that you are just getting old?