Around the age of forty, many men begin to experience unpleasant symptoms without a clear cause. These symptoms include decreased energy and sex drive, low energy, and mental health problems like depression. In the past, these changes were believed to be a normal and unavoidable part of aging, but now we understand in many cases they’re actually the result of age-related hormone deficiency. The good news, however, is that these deficiencies can be fixed.
Most people are already familiar with menopause, the process in which aging women stop naturally producing adequate levels of estrogen. Andropause is the male analog, the decline of hormone production that occurs as men age. The key hormone that drops in andropause is testosterone, which commonly ebbs from the body as men mature. One important feature of andropause is that its effects are subtle and gradual. While menopause happens quickly and has undeniable effects, andropause is a slow decline of hormone levels that can be hard to detect. Often, testosterone production drops by about one to two percent a year. But this adds up to a huge effect: as many as 40% of men will have low hormone levels by the time they are 45 years old. Since it happens so slowly, andropause can be hard to fight. The symptoms happen a little more each day, while the risk of contracting serious lifestyle diseases slowly rises. Though it’s rare for men to be able to point to when andropause began, they can think back to how they felt ten years earlier and note how much things have changed. Andropause is also often accompanied by hormone-related problems like hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, DHEA deficiency, and vitamin D deficiency. The existence of these problems can obscure the effects of andropause, making it even harder to detect and fight.
Fortunately, Oregon men aren’t fated to simply sit back and watch as andropause saps their bodies of youthful energy. With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, it’s possible to restore your hormones to peak levels, reversing or mitigating the negative effects of hormone decline. The science behind BHRT is advanced and well-established. Hormone replacement therapy involves the use of bioidentical hormones to mirror the effects of the hormones your body naturally would produce. First, a physician gauges your hormone profile through a series of simple tests, then based on those levels they will prescribe precise and specified doses of bioidentical hormones that will bring you back to the levels of your physiological peak. Each program of BHRT is completely personalized.
Testosterone is extremely important to healthy male function. It produces your secondary sex characteristics, like body hair, during puberty, and is responsible for much of your health during your adult life. Therefore, it is the decline in testosterone production in adult men that most commonly causes negative effects.
Testosterone levels can drop for many reasons beyond age, as well. These include:
Low testosterone levels (“low T”) can be fought with an extensive testosterone replacement program. Under the careful eye of a trained doctor, you can take doses of bioidentical hormones that replace the testosterone you’ve lost to age, which will create positive changes in your body. Genemedics physicians are experienced at created testosterone replacement programs, and many patients note results very soon after beginning their hormone replacement therapy. Benefits of testosterone replacement include:
Moreover, scientific research has demonstrated many other long-term benefits of testosterone therapy, which include:
In mainstream medicine, it’s common for doctors to simply not understand hormone replacement therapy. Anti-aging medicine is not yet commonly taught in medical schools, so students don’t get the necessary training to perform hormone supplementation. Since it isn’t taught, doctors get their information about testosterone replacement from an unreliable source: the general media. The media often misrepresents testosterone replacement therapy. In many cases, legitimate hormone replacement is conflated with steroid abuse by athletes and bodybuilders who hope to boost their hormones levels to unnatural heights. These are tow very different uses of supplemental hormones. When performed by an honest physician, hormone replacement therapy simply involves bringing the hormone profile back to what it naturally should be, not boosting it artificially high to improve performance. Testosterone therapy that simply hopes to bring hormones to normal levels is supported by many studies.
Genemedics is at the cutting edge of anti-aging medicine. We operate several clinics in Oregon, and thousands of Oregonians have already worked with Genemedics physicians to boost their testosterone and bring their bodies back to health. If you want to bring back your youthful vitality with testosterone replacement therapy, schedule a free appointment with any Genemedics clinic and find out if hormone supplementation is right for you.
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