Age-related hormonal fluctuations aren’t just “women’s issues.” Many of the most bothersome symptoms of aging in men are also related to hormones, especially the gradual decline in the production of growth hormones and testosterone (low T). In fact, a man’s growth hormone production decreases by 14% for each decade after age 20. It’s no wonder you might feel your libido slowing down or see your belly expanding.
Testosterone levels decline as men age, and other hormones often fall out of optimal balance too. Restoring youthful levels of testosterone and other hormones may help support overall wellbeing and good health.
Most men know that testosterone is important for health and performance, but many do not know that maintaining healthy levels of other hormones, like estrogen and DHEA, is also important.
Supplementation with zinc and chrysin may help men maintain healthy hormone balance, while a blend of pomegranate and cacao seed extracts supports healthy free and total testosterone levels.
This protocol will help you learn about comprehensive hormone restoration and how it can support your health when combined with proper medical care, a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and plenty of exercise.
9 Signs of Low Testosterone (“Low T”)
Low testosterone is often an age-related hormonal imbalance. Sometimes referred to as “low T,” it can zap your energy, affect your sex life, cause weight fluctuations, and bring about other unwanted changes. While it’s a big issue for many men, it’s not one you have to live with. With BHRT (Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy) you can get back to feeling like your best self again.
Here are a few signs you may be ready for testosterone replacement therapy.
Low Sex Drive & Erectile Dysfunction
One of the most common signs of low testosterone is sexual dysfunction, including low libido, erectile difficulties, and low semen volume.
While hair loss on the head naturally occurs with age, testosterone-related hair loss also happens across the body, including the chest, arms, legs, and face.
Fatigue is very prevalent in people with low T and can be extreme. If you feel tired all the time and struggle to find the energy to do the things you love, it’s a good sign your testosterone levels are off.
Loss of Muscle Mass
Are you finding it harder and harder to maintain your gains at the gym? Testosterone may be to blame. The hormone plays a role in building muscle, and without enough, your body struggles to maintain muscle mass.
Increased Body Fat
On top of affecting your muscle mass, low T also makes your body more likely to store excess fat, especially in the chest and midsection. It’s one of the many reasons people struggle to lose weight despite their best efforts—learn more about this in our related blog post.
Many men with low T experience gynecomastia, or an excess of male breast tissue, which may be caused by an imbalance of testosterone and estrogen.
Loss of Bone Mass
Testosterone builds and maintains bone mass. Without enough of it, you’re more likely to experience osteoporosis or potential bone fractures.
Do you notice yourself snapping at seemingly small things? Men with low testosterone tend to be more irritable. You may also find you feel down without really knowing why, as depression is another common symptom.
Many men experience decreased memory and cognitive function with age. However, low testosterone amplifies this issue and can make it especially difficult for you to focus or recall information quickly.
WHAT IS HORMONE THERAPY FOR MEN?
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement (BHRT) can be used to correct hormone imbalances or hormone decreases in the male body.
The way this works is that BHRT can use hormones that are identical in their molecular structure to the hormones that are produced naturally in the body. These identical hormones will help to treat and relieve symptoms of hormonal imbalances.
Many men choose to try BHRT to treat Andropause, also known as Male Menopause. BHRT for men is a safe treatment that will naturally metabolize Bioidentical Hormones and treat low testosterone levels.
This treatment is normally prescribed by a physician for patients who have seen a steady decline in their testosterone levels. This is common for men beginning in their 30s and seen most often in their 40s and 50s. Many men will experience emotional and physical changes as these testosterone levels decline and hormones begin to change.
Testosterone is a hormone that is essential for the development of male sexual characteristics and strong muscles, in addition to keeping red blood cells and bone density at a healthy level. Testosterone also ensures proper sexual and reproductive performance.
Other benefits of BHRT for men include:
Balancing of hormones in the body
Improvement in energy levels
More production of lean muscle mass
A toned body
Better concentration and memory
A higher production of sperm
Allows men to burn fat easier
Better sleep at night
Treatment for depression, hypogonadism and andropause
Fights against heart disease
If you want to learn about your testosterone levels and whether or not BHRT is right for you, contact us to set up an appointment with Dra. Andreia de Almeida.
Low testosterone levels can take a major toll on the way you feel, but you don’t have to live that way. HRT can balance your levels so you feel like your usual vital and vibrant self again.