What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy “TRT” or “Low T” Treatments for Men all About?
As the male body ages, it begins to decrease production of the primary male hormone testosterone. The symptoms of testosterone deficiency are often attributed to aging and therefore not considered by many to be a treatable condition. Testosterone deficiency is treatable with Bio-identical Testosterone (structurally identical to the testosterone the body already produces). Once the condition of testosterone depletion is treated most if of the negative side effects can be managed.
Testosterone replacement can be highly effective for men who have the signs of andropause “male menopause” which begins as early as 30 in some. Every patients’ starting hormone levels and symptoms are unique, as well as, their response to treatment. As a result, our medical staff works closely with patients’ to provide unique treatment plans and make appropriate adjustments to optimize the patients blood chemistry.
Hormone Treatment Centers employs a philosophy of aggressive empathy in patient care. We understand the negative impact of aging and our work is to reverse as much of those unnecessary and negative age-related issues. Our first focus is to restore hormonal deficiency that occurs with aging. Then we then address the symptoms of hormonal depletion. There is a broad array of symptoms that are alleviated, and many times symptoms are not even associated with hormonal depletion. Our patients report resolution of negative issues in unanticipated areas. Our patients are far more emphatic respecting the connections of symptom resolution to our treatment than we are. We are thrilled to restore vital living and healthfully managing the aging process for our wonderful patients.
What Are the Medical Benefits of Low T / Male Hormone Therapy?
Effects Of Testosterone
Male Sex Organs
Growth, development, maintenance of secondary sex characteristics, sperm production, erections and prostatic function
Improved libido, mood, memory and energy
Linear growth, closure of the epiophyses, increases bone mineral density
Body and abdominal fat reduction
Anabolic, increases muscle mass and strength
Stimulates production of serum protiens
Stimulates erythropoietin production which increases blood counts
Dilates blood vessels in the heart
Suppression of clotting factors (II,V,VII), low HDL-cholestrol
Stimulates stem cell production
Influences body hair growth, especially facial hair
What Are the Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency During Andropause or “Male Menopause”?
Low energy / chronic fatigue
Loss of optimism, low-grade apathy and lack of drive
Irritability: Depressed mood
Increase in body fat, especially visceral belly fat
Decrease in lean muscle mass and strength
Loss of bone density (osteoporosis)
Joint pain and backache
Mental fatigue and inability to maintain focus
What Are the Benefits of Bio-identical Testosterone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for Men?
Elevated mood and sense of well being
Restore and enhance libido as well as ability to achieve and maintain erection
“Loss of testosterone causes loss of libido, energy, strength, sexual function, memory, cognition, muscle and bone. Testosterone replacement, as far as quality of life is concerned, is tremendous.” Medical Crossfire 2001Jan;Vol.3 No.1:17-18
Increase lean muscle mass
Reduces inflammation; Decrease joint stiffness and join pain
Reduce body fat; especially visceral (belly) fat
Restore vitality and zest for life, elevate mood
Increase energy as well as mental and physical stamina
Reduce insulin resistance
“Low testosterone levels are associated with higher cardiovascular risk. Testosterone supplementation reduces abdominal fat and improves insulin sensitivity. Testosterone lowers cholesterol also.” Diabetes Metab 2004 Feb;30(1):29-34
Restore memory and improve concentration
“Higher testosterone levels increase cognition and memory.” Neurology 2005 Mar. 8; 64-5:866-71.
Reverse metabolic syndrome
Protect against heart disease (decrease in total cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides)
“Testosterone decreases cholesterol and raises HDL.” Atherosclerosis 1996 Mar;121(1): 35-43.
Increase bone density (increase calcium retention)
Common Misconceptions of Testosterone Therapy Treatment!
Many Doctors are not specialist in the area of hormone replacement therapy and follow a consistent “One Treatment for All” approach. All patients are different and react individually to dosages. A customized treatment program is needed from a specialist and often changes over time.
Many Doctors prescribe dosages to ensure the patient is over the lowest levels on a serum test or blood panel and ignore patient symptoms. Our practitioners review blood panels with great care. Our practitioners also treat the patients and their symptoms. Our objective is to restore the deficiency with the result that the symptoms of deficiency are alleviated.
At physiologic treatment levels there is no evidence of any increase risk of prostate cancer. Serum tests of PSA are conducted prior to treatment and at periodic intervals through the treatment cycle.
NIA Research on Male Hormone Treatments with Testosterone
The NIA conducted a study on testosterone in the body where the levels of 108 male patients were raised from 370 to 640 ng/dl for 36 months. Each man, on average, lost six pounds of fat and increased five pounds of lean muscle over that period. Additionally, there was improvement in bone density. This study demonstrated that a man’s body composition could improve, even if the starting testosterone level (at 370 ng/dl) was above the low-normal range for males.
How Much Does it Cost to Start Testosterone?
TRT is a treatment that is customized to meet your needs. This causes the total cost to vary, and in some cases, you may be able to use your insurance to cover the expenses. At your consultation with the team at Hormone Treatment Centers, we will help you determine the expected cost of your TRT based on your needs. Typical male patients on basic treatment average costs around $150.00-$200 per month.
Is TRT the Same as Steroids?
No, TRT differs from anabolic steroids based on the amount of testosterone used. TRT is used to treat the symptoms of low T, whereas anabolic steroids are used in much higher doses to help achieve muscle building faster and more efficiently.
What Are Normal Testosterone Levels?
Your testosterone levels are measured through blood testing. Many doctors agree that normal testosterone levels fall anywhere between 300 – 1,200 nanograms per deciliter.
How Do I Start Taking TRT?
TRT is administered through an injection weekly or through pellet insertions every 90 days.
Does TRT Shorten Your Life?
TRT does not shorten your lifespan. TRT may actually lengthen your lifespan by reducing coronary artery disease, reducing the risk of Type II diabetes, and helping to reduce visceral fat. TRT can also boost your quality of life by increasing your energy, boosting your sex drive, and helping you achieve and maintain erections.
How Long Does TRT Last For?
TRT injections will last around 7 days when testosterone cypionate.
Does Low Testosterone Cause ED?
Low Testosterone can cause ED. With TRT, you may restore your ability to have healthy erections.
Can Testosterone Replacement Therapy Improve My Sex Drive?
Testosterone is a hormone that fuels your sex drive. As you age, you may notice a drop in your T levels, affecting your sex drive. Boosting your testosterone levels with TRT can improve your sex drive.
Can Testosterone Replacement Therapy Help Me Feel More Energetic?
Chronic fatigue is a common symptom of low T. If you are struggling with fatigue, TRT can help you increase your energy.
How Do I Know If I Have Low Testosterone Levels?
The most accurate way to diagnose low T is to complete blood testing, which is why we will complete lab panels that will check your hormone levels and your general health. Some symptoms of Low T include:
Low energy levels
Low sex drive/lack of sexual stamina
Extra fat, especially in the gut/weight gain
Issues focusing or concentrating
Can I Be Too Old For TRT?
TRT has no age limit and can be used for clients of all ages.
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