They say that wisdom comes with age. Unfortunately, there are a few other things that come with age too, like low testosterone levels in men. Unlike wisdom, lower testosterone is not a good thing.
Testosterone is responsible for man’s masculine characteristics, like facial hair, deeper voice, and muscle mass, for instance. And as we get older, our bodies produce less of this hormone than was produced in our earlier years. As a result, symptoms of low testosterone begin to develop.
These symptoms can include changes in sleep patterns, sexual changes that include reduced passion, fatigue. Emotional changes like moodiness and anxiety, and other changes in our bodies are also symptoms of Low-T. Other problems that can arise include reduced bone density, which can lead to osteoporosis if left untreated. The good news is that help is available.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
For men with Low-T, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) may help. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, talk to your doctor. A simple blood test is all it takes to determine if you have Low-T. If test results show that you do have low levels of testosterone, it’s time to discuss treatment. That’s because boosting your levels can bring you many health benefits.
Healthier Heart: First up is a healthier heart, because Low-T is linked to many different cardiovascular risks. One study of more than 83,000 men who underwent testosterone therapy were 24% less likely to have a heart attack, and 36% less likely to have a stroke.
Increased Muscle Mass: You’ll also gain a lot more muscle mass, both in size and in strength. You’ll need to do your part with exercise and weight lifting, but the testosterone boost may help you to regain your strength.
Enhanced Bone Density: Another key benefit of testosterone replacement therapy is that your bone density will increase. There were clinical trials that showed an increase in bone density in the spine and hip after testosterone therapy. Stronger bones may help to lower your risk of fractures, as you grow older.
Improved Memory: You’ll also gain back your memory, which is impacted when your testosterone levels drop. Your mood will improve as well, as men who experience low testosterone levels face a lower quality of life. When their well-being and quality of life improved, their mood improved as well.
Increased Passion: Men who have undergone testosterone therapy rate this high on their list of improvements. The therapy helped them regain their sex drive, as well as their ability to achieve and sustain an erection. Just be sure your doctor rules out other physical conditions that can also lead to erectile dysfunction before undergoing testosterone therapy.
What About Risks with Testosterone Therapy?
As with just about any type of medical procedure, there are a few risks associated with hormone therapy. The treatment is typically given through injections in deep muscle tissue over a period of time. There are some treatments available using gels, implants and patches, but your doctor will determine the best course of treatment for you.
Before you undergo testosterone replacement therapy, be sure to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. This will help to minimize any side effects and help with increased muscle mass if muscle loss is one of your symptoms.
Risks and side effects are minimal. These may include increased acne, breast enlargement, fluid retention and increased urination. Your doctor or healthcare provider will review the risks and benefits involved in the therapy. The main thing to remember is to use a physician who is experienced in testosterone therapy. When administered and monitored by an experience professional the procedure is both safe and effective.
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