The Background on Testosterone Deficiency
Aging men often suffer drastic physical consequences of having low testosterone, sometimes dubbed “male menopause” or “andropause.” Energy, sex drive, muscle mass all may dramatically decrease while sufferers of low testosterone can also experience mood changes, loss of drive, difficulty sleeping, erectile dysfunction, an increase in fat mass, chronic pain, slower healing time and more frequent need for naps throughout the day. Low testosterone may also predispose men for developing a slew of chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
Testosterone in the Brain
An often overlooked role that testosterone plays in the human body is it’s ability to keep the brain healthy and functioning optimally. While very much understudied in the research at this point, testosterone undoubtedly has positive effects on many areas of the brain. For instance, testosterone plays a role in the parietal cortex, helping men with vision and spatial processing, the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex where memories are stored and the amygdala that assists in emotional modulation. Testosterone also has profound effects on mood too. A study in 2014 examined depression in 944 men with low testosterone and showed significant improvements in both minor and major depression following administration of testosterone replacement therapy. Clinically, testosterone has also been shown to markedly improve anxiety, memory, mental stamina and sleep quality.
Brain Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement therapy affords men the opportunity to get their mental edge back again and recapture the brain-power and stamina that they once knew. Who doesn’t want to stay youthful and mentally sharp through the aging process? Testosterone replacement therapy can help with recall of precious memories, processing and retention of information, performing better in the workplace (and keeping up with younger co-workers) and keeping the physical and cognitive life-drive alive and well. We have also seen testosterone dramatically improve “brain-fog” or not being able to think clearly or the feeling of walking through life in a “cloud.”
How is Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy Done?
To determine if men are candidates for receiving testosterone replacement therapy, they meet with one of the doctors at Conscious Human Medicine to evaluate hormone levels and other parameters of health. We take a holistic view of hormonal health, recognizing the importance of the interplay between the major hormone centers prior to starting on hormone replacement. This is important because there is often cross-over in symptoms between different hormones in the body. For example, fatigue could be a symptom of low testosterone, hypothyroid or adrenal fatigue, so it’s necessary to determine which of or how many of the hormone centers could be contributing to the problem.
If testosterone is indeed found to be suboptimal, we recommend either transdermal (on the skin) or injectable applications of testosterone. Both options have their pros and cons but in our experience, we have found injectable testosterone to be far superior in its efficacy compared to testosterone creams. We recognize that not everyone prefers or has the time to come to the office for regular injections or the desire to self-inject so we work with our patients in determining the best route of administration for them. Additionally, we only prescribe bioidentical hormones in our office. The term bioidentical, if new to you, means that these hormones (often made in a compounding pharmacy) are identical to those found in the body. Unlike synthetic versions of hormones, there is no processing or re-synthesizing required and the body can rapidly utilize them, without or with minimal side effects.
Recent Testosterone Replacement Therapy Success Story
We recently had a patient who came to us with many physical signs of low testosterone, namely erectile dysfunction and a very difficult time putting on muscle when working out in the gym. At 58, his work performance had been slipping over the last 2 years and he felt that he could just not keep up with the mental demands in his role as a CEO of a very successful company. He had lost his (as he called it) “umph” and wanted to perform better, physically and cognitively. After running blood tests on this patient, it was determined he had low testosterone. He chose to start on injectable testosterone, coming to our office to receive weekly injections. After just 1 month on therapy, his sex drive had bounced back and felt that he was, again, running circles around most of his co-workers at the office. He was also feeling stronger at the gym and able to lift more for longer periods of time. He had similar and improved results at his 3 month and 6 month follow-ups.
Get Started on Testosterone Replacement Therapy Today!
If you are feeling depleted, have lost the “pep in your step” and not where you would like to be physically, mentally or emotionally, maybe it’s time to get your hormones evaluated. Testosterone replacement therapy and other hormones may just be the thing that gives you your life back. We have heard this before from many other very happy patients and we look forward to hearing it from you too!
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