Why is testosterone important for men?
Testosterone makes sure we have the energy and desire to succeed in work, life, and relationships. Without it, we lose our zest for life. When we are young, our natural hormone production is high – especially testosterone. This kept us mentally sharp, energized, and strong. As we age, however, our natural hormone production declines. Yet modern life doesn’t slow down for anyone. If you start to notice the typical signs of aging – increased fatigue, mental fogginess, mood changes, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, decreased bone strength, weight gain, and loss of muscle mass – it’s possible you are experiencing a testosterone deficiency. So guys, in order to maintain your health physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually, maintaining optimal testosterone levels is imperative.
Why Do Men Get Low T Levels?
By age 30, we lose at least 1% of our natural testosterone production each year – sometimes more. With this diminished supply of testosterone in our body, we may experience the symptoms of Low-T.
What Does TRT Replacement Help Correct?
Feelings of depression
Lowered energy levels
Disruptive sleep patterns and diminished sleep quality.
Loss of muscle mass
Lack of mental clarity, drive, and focus
Drop in strength and endurance
Fogginess and indecision
The Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Given the importance of testosterone and the role it plays in making men “men,” TRT can serve as an effective option for men suffering from Low T. Though results may vary for each man, by optimizing testosterone to healthy levels the body can be replenished of this crucial hormone so that life can once again be lived with passion and purpose. If you are suffering from a testosterone deficiency, you may experience the following benefits of TRT:
- Improved sexual desire, drive, frequency, and overall sexual performance
- Lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) levels
- Increased muscle mass and strength
- Decreased body fat
- Increased confidence and a more positive mood
- Increased energy levels throughout the day
- A better night’s sleep
- Improved ability to handle stress
- Improved brain function and concentration
How Low-T Treatment Works
Within our program, we use three different types of medication to ensure that every patient achieves success. These medications include the following:
Testosterone is used to increase and optimize testosterone levels. The dosage varies and is determined by the prescribing physician. The patients’ medical history, lab results, and physical are all factored in during diagnosis.
HCG is used to prevent testicular shrinkage and maintain natural production of testosterone within the testes.
An Estrogen Blocker is used to control the levels of estrogen within the body. Yes, men have estrogen as well, and some men have high levels naturally. Other men may see an increase after being placed on the program. Elevated estrogen levels can cause unwanted belly fat, breast fat, mood swings and loss of libido. Estrogen has a tendency to work against the male hormone. Level Up Testosterone Replacement closely monitors estrogen levels to ensure they are kept low in our patients.
Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Safe?
Most of the stuff you may have heard about testosterone causing heart attacks or anything else bad is horribly, horribly wrong. If anything, men with low testosterone levels are much more prone to a host of maladies, including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and pretty much everything else usually associated with old age, death, or decrepitude in males.
TRT causes very few negative side effects. There are a couple of things that can happen when on TRT. One is only an issue in men with existing prostate cancer. Note that there’s absolutely no evidence – even after researchers have compiled thousands of studies and patient histories – that TRT can cause prostate cancer. However, TRT can make prostate cancer worse. That’s why it’s important to have digital rectal exams (DREs) every year while continuing to monitor prostate specific antigens (PSA).
TRT can also cause a condition called polycythemia, which simply means that the testosterone therapy has caused your body to produce too many red blood cells. Instead of freely flowing through your veins, your blood gets thick and spurts along like the stuff that comes out of the Dairy Queen soft serve machine and it can understandably cause heart attacks and strokes when it clogs up your plumbing. That’s why it is important for Dr. Newsome to monitor your hemoglobin. The solution is simple! If hemoglobin exceeds 18.0, or hematocrit exceeds approximately 50.0, you may need to donate some blood to the Red Cross, or submit yourself for what’s called therapeutic phlebotomy (a simple blood draw in a doctor’s office).
What About Gynecomastia and Hair Loss?
The much-dreaded gynecomastia is almost unheard of in males receiving TRT. Gynecomastia, or the growth of male breast tissue, is seen almost exclusively in men taking pro-bodybuilder levels of testosterone (1,000 to 3,000 mg. a week) which we would not prescribe at Level Up.
Hair loss is a possibility, but if you’ve made it to your 30’s without losing your hair, it’s highly doubtful that TRT will make things any worse.
Our Safe Approach TRT
Nearly all concerns of safety for testosterone replacement therapy, can be addressed by receiving appropriate initial testing and supervision by a board certified physician. That’s why testing is always the first step in our process to ensure that not only are patients receiving the appropriate dose of TRT, but that only qualified patients with a real testosterone deficiency are being treated.
We also take patient safety to the next level by being a 100% bioidentical hormone facility. What this means is that we utilize hormones that are molecularly identical to what our body already produces. Our bioidentical hormone replacement program provides an environment for your body to put the hormone to work in a natural and consistent way.