At Legacy Pain and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Trace Alexander rejects the notion that you are doomed to feeling tired and like a worn version of yourself as you age. Declining levels of testosterone are a normal part of aging, but if you have symptoms that disrupt your life, we have a treatment that may help.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a common treatment for women who have decreasing levels of estrogen because of menopause. Men may experience a similar phenomenon, called andropause, which causes lowered production of testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can be helpful in relieving symptoms such as erectile dysfunction (ED) among many others that are a result of andropause.
You may be surprised to learn that women’s bodies produce testosterone, because it’s sometimes described as “the male hormone.” During adolescence, men’s bodies begin to produce substantially more testosterone, and as adults, men have substantially higher levels than women.
As the hormone messenger that triggers male physiology and function, testosterone plays a significant role by:
Testosterone continues to regulate your sexual function and physical condition throughout your life. This important hormone even plays a role in keeping your heart healthy because it helps your body produce red blood cells.
After about the age of 30, testosterone levels begin to decline at the rate of roughly 1% per year, frequently leading to a lower libido, decline in physical condition, and other negative effects.
The loss of 1% of your testosterone each year means that you may not notice any changes for a long time, but once your production reaches a certain point, you may begin to notice effects on your health and wellbeing. When you see Dr. Alexander, he first rules out other potential underlying causes of your issue.
If Dr. Alexander thinks your problem may be low testosterone, a blood test can confirm it. Some symptoms include:
Some of these symptoms can impact and worsen others. For example, when you lose muscle mass, you may see an increase in body fat because your body doesn’t burn calories as efficiently.
Once Dr. Alexander has determined that low testosterone is causing your symptoms, he may recommend TRT. Five improvements you’re likely to see include:
Rather than fatigue and listlessness, you’re likely to feel invigorated and witness your energy level increasing along with your endurance.
If you’ve felt the effects of lower testosterone in the bedroom, you may find that your libido returns with TRT.
If your efforts at the gym weren’t providing the expected results, TRT may help. Weight and resistance exercises produce better results when your testosterone levels are balanced. As a bonus, TRT helps boost your metabolism.
More muscle mass, increased energy levels, and a boost to your metabolism combine to make it easier to lose excess weight — especially the so-called “spare tire” that may have accumulated around your waist.
Once you begin TRT and your hormone levels reach a more optimal balance, you may find that you can think more clearly. You may also enjoy a more stabilized mood and better sleep!
You don’t have to live with flagging energy and a diminishing muscle mass. Book an appointment with Dr. Alexander, and find out if you’re a good candidate for TRT. You can schedule an appointment online, or you can call the location that’s most convenient for you, and we’ll be glad to help.