It’s not uncommon for men around the age of forty to start to see disagreeable changes in their body. These can include decreased sex drive, weight gain, lack of concentration, lower energy, and depression. Sadly, many men believe these changes to just be a normal part of aging, something they’re powerless to change. This is not true. In many cases, these symptoms are actually the result of the body stopping production of crucial hormones, particularly testosterone. By restoring the male sex hormone to optimum levels, middle-aged men can reverse the negative effects of hormone imbalance.
Most people already know about menopause, which is the time when women’s bodies stop producing sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone. The analogous male process is andropause: a decline in sex hormones, specifically testosterone.
The slow decline in male hormones during andropause is different from the relatively quick changes of menopause. Where decline is sudden in menopause, andropause gradually involves a slow drop in testosterone, by only a few percentage points a year. It can begin as early as the age of thirty. By age forty-five, however, up to 40% of all men will suffer from testosterone deficiency.
This leads to slow, hard-to-measure changes. Energy and vitality are lost, while the risk of contracting a serious lifestyle disease rises. Unlike menopause, andropause really can’t be dated to a specific point, and many men don’t know when they began undergoing it. They can, however, remember they way they felt when they were younger and see the difference in their health and vigor.
What makes andropause even harder to fight is the related conditions that come along with it. The drop of hormones creates additional health problems with a whole host of other complicating symptoms, including low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), adrenal fatigue, low levels of DHEA and growth hormone, and vitamin D deficiency.
Andropause can be fought. By rectifying the hormone deficiencies that cause unpleasant symptoms, it’s possible to alleviate or even reverse the effects of hormone imbalance. This allows patients to feel the vigor of their youth again, restoring hormone levels to the optimum balance the body achieves at its physical peak.
The answer is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), a health approach designed to bring hormone levels back to normal. A program of BHRT evaluates the patient’s hormone levels and then prescribes specific doses of hormones that perform the functions of those lost to age. First, your hormone levels will be gauged, including testosterone, DHEA, estrogen, pregnenalone, growth hormone, and thyroid hormone.
Then, a doctor will prescribe calibrated doses of bioidentical hormones in order to bring your endocrine system into perfect balance.
Testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, is especially important. All secondary sex characteristics result from testosterone, which spikes during puberty and then jumpstarts the process of turning into a mature adult. It’s so important that a reduction in testosterone levels during andropause is often the single biggest cause of symptoms, and bringing testosterone levels back to normal can have dramatic results.
There are also many reasons beyond age that testosterone levels could drop. These include:
If you suffer from low testosterone (“low T”), a testosterone replacement program could be helpful. If testosterone replacement therapy is implemented correctly by a trained and experienced physician, it can have acute and lasting effects on men.
Genemedics employs physicians who have created programs of testosterone replacement for thousands of men, and the benefits of testosterone replacement can set in almost immediately after treatment begins. These benefits include:
These short-term effects are complemented by an array of powerful long-term health benefits testosterone therapy can cause, including:
With all of testosterone replacement’s benefits, you may wonder why your physician hasn’t already recommended it. The sad fact, though, is that many mainstream doctors are not experienced with hormone replacement therapy, and not qualified to administer it. It is not yet taught in most medical schools, so doctors learn about it from the general media, which too often paints testosterone boosting as unnatural.
To many media outlets, hormone replacement is associated with the abuse of testosterone boosters by athletes and bodybuilders looking to artificially boost performance. This is very different from safe testosterone therapy aimed at bringing the body back into balance. Legitimate testosterone replacement programs don’t raise testosterone above its natural limit: instead, they aim to bring testosterone to normal physiological levels. Unlike steroid abuse, legitimate testosterone therapy is already supported by dozens of studies.
Genemedics is at the forefront of male hormone replacement therapy in America, and our multiple clinics in California have demonstrated success in helping California men restore hormone levels, lowering chances of disease and returning youthful energy. If you’re ready to see if testosterone replacement therapy can work for you, call our clinic in California to set up an appointment.
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