Testosterone Therapy for Men
Testosterone is most popularly known for its influence on a person’s sex drive, but it is also responsible for so much more. In men, it can affect fat distribution, muscle growth, bone density, and the production of red blood cells and sperm, among other things.
Testosterone levels gradually decline as we age. For men, this hormone peaks in the body at about age 20. After that, testosterone decreases by approximately 1 percent each year. The average testosterone level in men is 679 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter), although any number within a range of about 300 to 1000 ng/dL may be considered normal.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Low T
Low testosterone levels (Low-T) can also be caused by problems with the testicles (such as hypogonadism) or the pituitary gland, which controls hormone production. Having HIV/AIDS or undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may also increase your risk of developing Low-T.
If testosterone levels dip lower than they should, you may experience any number of symptoms and bodily changes. In men, this is called andropause, which is similar to menopause in women.
Signs and symptoms of Low-T may be subtle and can include:
- Muscle loss
- Sleep problems
- Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts)
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Lower sex drive
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Erectile dysfunction
- Urinary problems
- Memory loss
- Poor concentration
Men who are experiencing one or more of these symptoms should consider being checked by a doctor to assess their hormone levels. Men often assume that these symptoms are due to stress, but these are often actually due to low testosterone.
Low testosterone levels can affect a man's quality of life and can be a danger to his health, so it is best to seek treatment and begin feeling better while improving overall health. Plus, studies have consistently found that adequate testosterone levels are linked to reduced risk of certain diseases like cardiovascular events.
Recent research suggests that as many as one in four men over the age of 30 have Low-T. If you have Low-T and your symptoms are disrupting your life, testosterone replacement therapy may be the answer. Testosterone therapy can help to:
- Improve energy and vitality
- Restore sexual function and desire
- Reduce body fat
- Increase muscle mass and strength
- Improve mood and well-being
- Restore healthy sleep
Patients who have had testosterone therapy report higher energy levels, increased sex drive, and overall well-being after treatment. At DFW Anti-Aging and Wellness Centers, we treat Low-T with a bioidentical hormone treatment called Pure-T pellets. These hormone pellets help to restore optimal testosterone levels for men who are suffering from symptoms of andropause.
The size of a grain of rice, a single pellet is implanted by a doctor underneath the skin in the hip area, and it continually releases testosterone into the body for four to six months.
During this time, the body slowly absorbs the pellet, and a new one will need to be implanted every four to six months. Prior to starting pellet therapy and throughout the course of your treatment, we will check your testosterone levels to ensure they are ideal for you.
When to Seek Hormone Therapy
Men as young as age 30 can experience age-related hormonal imbalances. The symptoms may start to be quickly noticeable, or they may develop slowly over a number of years. If you are noticing symptoms including weight gain, depression, sexual dysfunction, irregular sleep patterns, and fatigue, hormone therapy may be your simple solution.
Regain your enthusiasm and passion for life today with testosterone therapy. Men with low testosterone levels (Low-T) need not suffer in silence. Contact Dr. Rani Anbarasu at DFW Anti-Aging and Wellness Centers to find out how our treatment regimen can help you. Call (469) 389-5251 to schedule your appointment in our Denton or Frisco, Texas office or request one online.