Men around the age of forty—or in some cases, even men in their thirties—often begin to detect a host of unpleasant age-related symptoms, including low sex drive, weight gain, energy loss, mood swings, and depression. Many of these men, unfortunately, are told that these symptoms are just an inevitable part of aging, something beyond their control. That is not actually the case. Instead, these problems are caused by age-related decline in hormone production, specifically testosterone. With the right medical attention, hormone deficiency can be fixed.
Andropause is the male equivalent to menopause, the process in which the female body stops producing crucial hormones. Andropause works the same way: the male body ceases creation of hormones necessary for function. Unlike menopause, however, andropause takes place extremely gradually and its effects can be subtle. Rather than a sudden drop in hormone levels, andropause consists of a slow decline of testosterone production, perhaps one or two percent a year, for years and years beginning around the age of thirty. Its effects are insidious and widespread. By age 45, as many as 40% of all men suffer from low testosterone levels. Energy levels slowly drop, while the risk of contracting serious lifestyle diseases like heart disease and cancer rises. For most men, it’s hard to point out the specific moment that andropause began, but they can remember the way they felt ten years earlier and see how different things have become. Making its effects even harder to detect, andropause is often accompanied by unrelated hormone-related conditions like hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, low levels of DHEA and vitamin D deficiencies. These conditions can mask the onset of andropause and make it even more difficult to effectively treat.
Fortunately, today’s men aren’t powerless before the effects of andropause. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can help you restore your hormones to ideal levels, giving you a comparable hormone profile to that of your youth. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a whole-body approach to fixing hormone imbalance in men. The process involves the use of bioidentical hormones to replace the hormones lost to age, bringing the body back into a perfect balance. Good BHRT programs begin by first gauging the patient’s hormone levels, then prescribing precise doses of hormones designed to fix any deficiencies. BHRT is overseen by a trained doctor, and each program is custom-designed for the patient. Your regimen of hormone therapy will be made for you, based on your body alone.
Testosterone is extremely important to healthy male function. In puberty, the rise of testosterone precipitates the development of secondary sex characteristics like body hair, and as you mature testosterone will help maintain your overall health. Therefore, it’s the loss of testosterone, starting around the mid-thirties during the onset of andropause, that most commonly causes hormone-related symptoms in men.
Testosterone levels can drop for many reasons beyond age-related decline, as well, including:
Low testosterone levels (“low T”) can have terrible effects on the male body, but the good news is that a thorough testosterone replacement program can fix them. If an experienced physician diagnoses you with a testosterone deficiency, you’re eligible for programs of hormone therapy that will boost your testosterone levels in order to restore you to healthy function. Doctors employed by Genemedics have already helped thousands of men regain their vitality and youthful strength. In many of these cases, men following custom-designed testosterone replacement programs report results very quickly after the programs were begun. The benefits of testosterone replacement include:
Beyond its immediate effects, testosterone replacement therapy has powerful long-term health benefits, which include:
It’s a sad fact, however, that many doctors in the mainstream medical community simply don’t understand the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormone replacement is not yet taught in most medical schools, and doctors simply aren’t trained to administer it. Therefore, they’re forced to get their information about hormone replacement from the general media. The media, however, routinely misrepresents testosterone therapy. It’s often mistakenly conflated with steroid abuse by bodybuilders and professional athletes looking to gain an edge; true bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, however, is quite different. BHRT aims only to bring the levels of deficient hormones back into balance, while steroid abusers seek to boost their systems to unnatural heights to help performance. At Genemedics, our doctors work to raise testosterone to naturally optimal levels, not any higher. This kind of safe, reasonable hormone therapy is supported by dozens of studies.
Genemedics is among the nation’s prominent clinics of hormone replacement therapy. We operate several different clinics in Texas and have already helped thousands of Texan men bring their bodies back to peak performance while reducing the long-term risk of disease. If you think testosterone replacement therapy could be right for you, call any Genemedics clinic to schedule your free evaluation today.
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