How do you know you have low testosterone (Low T)?
Do you experience the following signs?
• Difficulty losing body fat despite diets and exercise
• Difficulty keeping weight off
• Increased abdominal size
• Loss of muscle mass even with exercising
• Feeling tired even after a good night’s sleep
• Lack of energy
• Changes in memory and concentration
• Changes in libido
• Difficulty sleeping
• Obesity associated with familiar risk factors (diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, to name a few)
If you are a man, you may be suffering from low testosterone (low-T) syndrome. Women experience similar symptoms in the perimenopause stage.
Testosterone levels play an important role in aging factor of men and women
Although testosterone is the primary male hormone, women also benefit from having adequate levels of this hormone. Despite blood levels 20-30 times lower than the ones found in men, this hormone plays a significant role in both sexes. Testosterone levels begin to decline at age 30, but the decrease occurs earlier and initially at a greater rate in men, women experience significant testosterone decrease during menopause. By age 50, in both men and women testosterone levels can be decreased by as much as fifty percent compared with levels at age 20.
Many of the symptoms and diseases associated with aging are improved with testosterone supplementation. Blood tests are taken to assess if you have low T. If hormone supplementation is recommended, blood tests are repeated while you are in the program to monitor your response to the treatment. Testosterone can be administered in a variety of forms to accommodate patient compliance: injection, cream, pellets. But testosterone is not the only hormone that decreases with age, so other hormones in men and women are also supplemented in our hormone replacement program.
The role of testosterone goes beyond the association as a sex hormone, Testosterone benefits include:
1) Protection of the cardiovascular system: makes the heart beat stronger, causes vasodilatation with increase in the coronary blood supply and reduction in blood pressure, reduces cholesterol and atherosclerosis (lowers the LDL –bad cholesterol-, and increases HDL –good cholesterol-), and lowers the risk of blood clotting.
2) Enhancement of sex drive and sexual sensitivity, including orgasm and erectile function.
3) Protects against obesity and diabetes by reducing fat mass and increasing lean muscle mass, and by increasing the efficacy of insulin.
4) Improves the mood and memory, and reduces anxiety.
5) Increases energy levels
6) It supports the brain and nerves by increasing blood supply. Protects the brain against the protein deposits that lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
7) It sustains the bones (density and strength), the muscles (mass and strength) and the skin texture.
Contraindication for bio identical testosterone supplementation is a recent diagnosis of prostate or breast cancer. There is no clinical study that proves that testosterone causes prostate cancer.
As with any bio identical hormone treatment, it is very important to monitor the changes after treatment has started, repeat blood work and adjust the dose accordingly. Side effects may occur and is very important to discuss any new symptom with your physician. For more information about low testosterone treatment please call our Southhampton office located in “The Hamptons” on Long Island: AgeFocus 631-243-3628.