Facts about Testosterone & TRT
- As men age, their bodies naturally begin making less testosterone.
- Low testosterone is often associated with insulin resistance, causing blood sugar and fat levels to rise.
- Testosterone is good for your blood. The hormone plays a key role in the production of red blood cells.
- Testosterone works to maintain bone density.
- Testosterone plays a vital role in mental health and helps to maintain energy and a sense of well-being.
- Men with lower testosterone are prone excess weight around the belly. However, men who are overweight have lower testosterone than men who are thinner.
- Men with sleep apnea have lower levels of testosterone.
- Too much testosterone can cause health problems.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) for Men
Hormone changes not only occur in women, but occurs in men as well. As men age they experience a gradual loss of hormones, mainly testosterone. This result is andropause, also known as “male menopause.” Andropause can feel like an uphill battle as changes occur in hormone levels. As men are living a longer, more active life, finding relief for hormonal imbalances can be found in Hormone Replacement Therapy.
Hormone Imbalances in Men
In men, the symptoms of aging are often the result of a growth hormone and testosterone decline. After age 20, a man's growth hormone falls about 14 percent every 10 years. By the time he reaches 40, he's lost almost half the growth hormones he had at 20 years old and by the time he reaches 80, men are left with just 5 percent of their original growth hormones. Testosterone starts to decline at age 40 and falls about 2-3% every year.
Some of the most common hormonal imbalances in men include:
· Andropause. Also known as the male menopause, andropause occurs as men grow older and their testosterone levels decline.
· Adrenal fatigue. If your stress levels remain high for a prolonged period of time, your adrenal glands can't produce enough of the stress hormone cortisol.
· Hypothyroidism. When your thyroid gland is underactive, it's not producing enough thyroid hormones.
· Hyperthyroidism. An overactive thyroid gland results in high levels of thyroid hormones and an increased metabolism.
Signs and Symptoms of Male Hormone Imbalance
Many of the symptoms of male hormonal imbalances come on very gradually. You may not notice them at first, but as more symptoms appear and become worse over time, they do become apparent. These symptoms of male hormone imbalance are some of the most common:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Low libido
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Night sweats or hot flashes
- Memory loss
- Mood swings or irritability
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle loss or weakness
- Depression or anxiety
- Constipation or increased bowel movements
- Increased body fat
- Gynecomastia (development of breasts in men)
Signs of Low Testosterone Levels
- Weight Gain
- Muscle Loss
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Sleep Problems
- Day Time Sleepiness
- Lower Sex Drive
- Erectile Dysfunction