As many men approach and pass their fortieth birthdays, they begin to notice unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms can include everything from decreased sex drive and libido to weight gain, lack of concentration, lower energy, and the onset of depression. Unfortunately, too many men are told these symptoms are just “part of aging” and there’s nothing that can be done about it. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in many cases, these symptoms are caused by an age-related hormone imbalance and decreasing levels of the male hormone testosterone. And here’s the good news: there is something you can do.
You’re probably familiar with menopause, or the period in a woman’s life when she stops naturally producing sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone. What many men don’t know is that men go through a similar decline in hormones. It’s called andropause. Andropause is marked by the gradual decline in male hormones, specifically testosterone. Unlike with women, where the hormone decline is relatively abrupt, andropause is a gradual process, with testosterone production declining by 1% or 2% a year, after about age 30. By age 45, as many as 40% of all men will have low testosterone levels. The effect is insidious: symptoms creep up gradually, and the risk of contracting a serious disease like heart disease slowly rises. Most men can’t point to the single moment they began andropause, but they can look back a decade earlier and realize how much less energy they have or how much their health status has deteriorated. To complicate matters, andropause is often accompanied by other hormone-related conditions that mask its symptoms and create additional health problems. These include low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), adrenal fatigue, low levels of DHEA and growth hormone, and even deficiency in vitamin D.
The good news is that you don’t have to quietly suffer the effects of andropause and hormone imbalance. In fact, through the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, it’s possible to fully restore your hormone profile to the levels you enjoyed in your twenties and thirties. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, is a comprehensive approach to hormone imbalance in men. In essence, BHRT is science of using bioidentical hormones to replace or restore hormones lost to aging or disease. A comprehensive BHRT program will evaluate your total hormone status, including levels of testosterone, DHEA, estrogen, pregnenolone, growth hormone, and thyroid hormone. Based on these test results, a doctor will prescribe exact doses of bioidentical hormones to restore your hormone levels back to the levels you enjoyed in your twenties and thirties.
Testosterone deserves special mention because it’s the primary male sex hormone. Testosterone is responsible for creating your secondary sex characteristics during puberty and bestowing vibrant good health throughout your adult life. For many men, the age-related reduction in testosterone that begins in your thirties (e.g., andropause) is the primary culprit behind their symptoms, and it’s easy to understand why:
Besides age, there are various reasons testosterone levels may be low. These include:
For many men, the answer to low testosterone levels (or “low T”) is a comprehensive testosterone replacement program. Testosterone replacement should always be done after a thorough evaluation by an expert physician and under careful supervision. Under these circumstances, the effect of testosterone replacement therapy in men can be profound. Our doctors at Genemedics have designed testosterone replacement programs for thousands of men. In many cases, our grateful patients report almost immediate results from their testosterone replacement program. These benefits include:
Beyond these outward effects, clinical studies have also shown
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