Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone therapy has been the center of controversy for many years now, with many scientists and physicians weighing in on the pros and cons. This often misunderstood course of treatment has shown to be very effective at treating the symptoms of hypogonadism or male menopause in otherwise healthy individuals.
Let’s explore the benefits of testosterone therapy, discuss which individuals for which TRT is best suited, and what treatment options are available through The New You Doctor.
What is testosterone treatment?
Testosterone treatment, also known as testosterone replacement therapy, is a catch-all term for hormone therapy that consists of injections or other forms of supplemental testosterone. TRT is a medical treatment used to help eliminate symptoms in males (and some females) who have lower than average T-serum levels.
Physicians prescribe TRT to reverse the symptoms associated low energy, increased fat deposits, loss of muscle tone, and brittle bones.
It can also be prescribed as a treatment for andropause, a hormone imbalance that occurs in older men (sometimes called “male menopause”).
TRT doesn’t only supplement testosterone, but when given at the correct dosage it can also trigger the gonads to produce more T naturally.
Who is a good candidate for testosterone treatment?
TRT can be a beneficial treatment for andropause in otherwise healthy men over 30 years of age. Research has shown that men begin to experience dips in testosterone levels around age 30.
The gradual reduction in hormone production goes unnoticed by some, but others may begin to feel the unpleasant side effects that accompany low T.
TRT is not recommended for men who have a history of heart attacks, heart problems, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, or those at risk of developing prostate cancer.
Dr. Hansel completes a full physical assessment before hormone therapy is considered to make sure each patient is healthy enough for TRT.
What kind of testosterone treatments do you offer?
Typically we administer Testosterone therapy via intramuscular injection because it’s more efficient and allows us to monitor dosage more easily. In some circumstances, we can prescribe topical gels and creams, but these are usually only recommended for men who need low dose TRT.
For patients who only need a smaller or more incremental testosterone supplementation plan, we at The New You Doctor are also able to provide low-dose TRT plans. When it comes to dosage, we take care to create a customized testosterone replacement therapy regimen individualized to each patient.
What kind of results can I expect?
Testosterone has a widespread effect on almost every organ system in the body. Men report higher energy levels, enhanced mood, better concentration, and increased muscle mass just to name a few.
TRT has been shown to have cosmetic benefits as well, including the promotion of hair growth, particularly in the beard area, weight loss, and an increase in muscle tone. Interestingly, studies have shown the weight lost by men receiving TRT is almost exclusively fat and that men taking TRT lost on average nearly six more pounds than those who relied on diet and exercise alone.
Some of the most significant improvements that are documented with TRT can’t be seen by the naked eye. Bone mineral density, for instance, has been shown to be increased when TRT is given to aging men.
Increased bone density can drastically improve conditions such as osteoporosis and the fractures and bone breaks that often come with the disorder.
How do I get started?
Dr. Hansel is committed to helping men reclaim their health. The New You Doctor staff are passionate about the treatment and maintenance of hormonal imbalances.
Dr. Hansel believes in treating the root of the problem rather than merely administering hormone therapy every few weeks because we understand that wellness is far more than just receiving medication.
Dr. Hansel will work with you to create a one-of-a-kind lifestyle plan tailored to each patient’s specific nutritional, physical and mental needs.
If you feel that you are experiencing the side effects of hormone deficit, please schedule a consultation to get you back on track to feeling your best.
Andropause is also linked to osteoporosis, as well as Alzheimer’s Disease. Due to testosterone being primarily responsible for the health of the prostate, lower testosterone levels also put men at higher risk of prostate cancer.
By undergoing hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, you can increase your testosterone levels and correct the other aspects of your health as you reach an age of maturity. This will reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and prostate cancer while simultaneously giving you a renewed vigor in life. Within a matter of weeks from the start of therap most report greater and faster brain responsiveness, reduced fat, a healthier heart and an overall renewed body.
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