Testosterone Replacement Therapy Will Make You Feel Young Again
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Nashville, TN Will Make You Feel Young Again
Do you find that you increasingly tire easily, you’re putting on weight, your body is losing its shape and getting soft (no matter how much you exercise), your mind has slowed down, you’ve lost your sex drive, and nothing excites you much any more?
“Yes, I do,” you say, “but what do you expect? I’m ageing?”
No doubt. We all are. But suppose that all this deterioration can be reversed? Suppose that there is a solution – a treatment that ensures that you begin to feel better and look better within a few months?
The good news is: Yes, there is a solution.
First, though, what exactly is the problem?
If you’re feeling all those things listed above, the problem is that your testosterone levels are gradually declining. Because the process happens gradually, you’ve got used to the decline and accept it as inevitable.
Here is a quick guide to the problem and the solution:
What is testosterone? Testosterone is a steroid hormone of the androgen group, more generally known as the male sex hormone.
When do testosterone levels start declining? When you turn 30 or 40.
What exactly are the symptoms? You feel less energetic and may regularly feel fatigued. Your sex drive, erections and orgasms have weakened. Your mental sharpness has declined. Your bones have weakened, your muscles have ‘shrunk’, you’ve put on fat and you’re losing your hair. You feel less enthusiastic or have lost your motivation and zest. You may be turning into a ‘grumpy old man’ because you often feel irritable. As well, you are at greater risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity, anxiety, depression, diabetes and early Alzheimer’s disease.
OK, that’s quite a list – but what exactly is the solution? The most common treatment is testosterone replacement by means of injections, implants, patches, gels, capsules, and pills. Your testosterone levels will be measured every two weeks or so, to check your progress and – since people respond differently to diferent treatments – to verify that you are getting the right type of treatment for you.
How long will the treatment take to work? It varies from person to person. According to Harvard Medical School, the level of testosterone in most men will increase within two or three weeks. However, it takes longer – sometimes up to three months – before the benefits are experienced.
What are the benefits? A reversal of the symptoms listed above – so it’s worth the wait. In brief, you’ll feel more alive, stronger (both mentally and physically), healthier, younger, and sexier – more like you felt when you were in the prime of life.
Are there any side-effects? Most treatments have side-effects but those of testosterone replacement therapy are uncommon and minor – especially when contrasted with the benefits. They may include oily skin and acne, an increase in red blood cells, a slight enlargement of the breasts, and the precipitation or worsening of sleep apnea (pauses in breathing).
However, if you are one of the rare people who experiences a side-effect, changing the treatment method may be all that is required to get rid of it. The specialist who monitors your progress will watch out for any side-effects and adjust accordingly.
Is testosterone replacement therapy officially approved? A question like that means it’s time to bring in the big guns:
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, which is a medical professional community, says: “Previously, age-related decreases in free testosterone were once accepted as normal. Currently, they are not considered normal. Patients with low-normal to subnormal range testosterone levels warrant a clinical trial of testosterone.”
(‘American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists medical guidelines for clinical practice for the evaluation and treatment of male sexual dysfunction: a couple’s problem – 2003 update.’ Endocr Pract 9 (1): 77–95. PMID 12917096)
The American Society of Andrology, a non-profit organization which seeks to advance the knowledge of male reproductive biology and medicine, says that “testosterone replacement therapy in ageing men is indicated when both clinical symptoms and signs suggestive of androgen deficiency and decreased testosterone levels are present.”
(‘Testosterone replacement therapy for male aging: ASA position statement.’ J. Androl. 27 (2): 133–4. 2006. PMID 16474019)
Thirdly, to answer any fears that people might have about the safety of the treatment, Michael K Brawer, MD, of the Northwest Prostate Institute, Northwest Hospital, Seattle, WA, says: “A number of clinical studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of testosterone replacement; in all studies reported, the administration of supplemental testosterone has been safe.”
(‘Testosterone Replacement in Men with Andropause: An Overview.’ Rev Urol. 2004; 6 (Suppl 6): S9–S15, PMCID: PMC1472881)
What do other scientific studies show? Director of scientific affairs Farid Saad, Bayer Schering Pharma, Berlin, says: “The goal of testosterone treatment is to keep the levels within normal range.” In research studies, Saad and colleagues found that testosterone replacement therapy reduced the risk factors for abnormal cholesterol and high blood pressure, which raise the risk of stroke, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
In one study, within a year of treatment, the men tested had lost three to four inches off the waist and their cholesterol level had dropped by up to one-third. In highly visible and everyday terms, they had lost their pot bellies.
In another study, Robin Haring, a researcher with the Institute for Community Medicine, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Germany, found that men with low testosterone were two times more likely to die of cancer and cardiovascular disease during the follow-up period of a study of 2,000 men.
Mmm, all very impressive, but why not just grin and bear it? Why not? After all, the deterioration and health risks caused by low levels of testosterone have only become a problem because most men now live well beyond their 40s. Maybe we should humbly accept the consequences.
On the other hand, we can take advantage of the extraordinary advances in science and medicine, put our physical and mental decline into sharp reverse, and feel on top of the world.
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