Testosterone Replacement Therapy

What is Low T?

 

Low T, or Hypogonadism, is a deficiency in natural testosterone production. After the age of 30, men lose approximately 1 to 2 percent of their testosterone production every year. More than 15 million men in the U.S. suffer are believed to suffer from hypogonadism, and the rate seems to be increasing.  

 

 

 

 

Many man hesitate to seek help. Often, they assume that their symptoms are merely a result of getting older. Many men don’t seek medical care for common symptoms such as fatigue, depression, diminished libido or trouble with erectile function. If a man does seek care with his primary care provider, often the provider will only treat the symptoms, such as prescribing an anti-depressant for depression or Viagra for erectile dysfunction (ED).  In some of these cases, the actual cause of the symptoms is low testosterone levels.

 

Common Symptoms of Low Testosterone

 

Fatigue

Reduced Sex Drive

Reduced Erections

Depressed Mood

Increased Body Fat

Reduced Muscle Mass

Reduced Strength

Decreased Bone Density

Loss of Hair

Decreased Stamina

Decreased Endurance

Decreased Mental Sharpness

 

 

Common Causes of Low Testosterone

 

Obesity

Chronic Diseases

Emotional Stress

Physical Stress

Poor Nutrition

Natural Aging

Opioid Use

Medications

Testicular Injury

Pituitary Gland Tumor

Genetic

High Carb Diet

Xenoestrogens

Alcohol Consumption

Genetically Modified Organism

Infections

 

 

Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

 

Improved Energy

Improved Libido

Increased Lean Muscle

Increased Strength

Improved Mood

Increased Metabolism

Improved Bone Density

Improved Mental Function

Decreased Risk of Heart Disease

Improved Quality of Life

Improved Body Composition

Improved Joint Function

 

 

Possible Risks of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

 

Erthrocytosis (increase blood cells)

Fluid Retention

BPH

Acne

Gynocomastia (enlarged best tissue)

Infertility

Prostate Cancer*

Elevated Estrogen Level**

 

 

The above side effects are normally dose-related, and careful monitoring of each TRT patients ensures that doses can be adjusted correctly in the event of a side effect. 

 

* A rapidly growing number of studies have challenged the long-standing belief that testosterone increases the likelihood of prostate cancer.  Recent studies suggest the opposite and show a potential beneficial role in a decrease development of high grade prostate dysplasia.  Additional studies need to be completed to confirm these new found findings.

 

** Elevated estrogen is easily controlled with prescription anti-estrogen medication, which is commonly prescribed at the Weight Loss and Vitality Clinic.