Benefits of Low Testosterone Therapy
Testosterone is a naturally-occurring hormone found in both men and women, but levels are significantly higher in the male species and are responsible for many of the changes that boys go through during puberty. This includes growth of hair on the body, deepening voice and sperm production.
What is a normal testosterone level?
The range considered ‘normal’ for male testosterone is between 300 and 800 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL).However, after the age of 30, testosterone production begins to slow and continues to drop at a rate of around 1% per year. This is completely normal and a natural part of the aging process. However, when it happens, it can cause some men to experience a range of unpleasant physical and emotional effects.
The effects of low testosterone
As testosterone production slows, the patient may start to experience some of the following:
- Disturbed sleep
- Low sex drive
- Reduced sperm production
- Mood changes
- Reduced muscle bulk
- Loss of bone density, increasing the likelihood of fractures
- Increased body fat
- Decreasing body hair
- Swelling of the breast tissue
- Hot flashes
- Effects on cholesterol metabolism (meaning that cholesterol levels may rise)
Other causes of low testosterone
While aging is the primary cause of low testosterone levels, sometimes other factors may also be to blame. The following have all been linked to lower than normal testosterone readings:
- Chronic liver or kidney disease
- Hormone disorders
- Type 2 diabetes
- Testicular cancer or treatment for testicular cancer
Treatment for low testosterone levels
As reducing testosterone levels are a natural part of the aging process, treatment is only usually recommended if a patient is part of a couple trying for a baby, or if the patient is having a difficult time living with the symptoms of decreasing testosterone.
In most cases, testosterone replacement therapy is recommended, and these are administered via injections into the muscle, or with patches or gels containing testosterone which are applied to the skin.
Recent developments in the field have also led to the creation of testosterone pellets, which are inserted under the skin of the buttocks, where they provide a slow release of the hormone.
Benefits of low testosterone therapy
Studies have reported a range of benefits associated with the use of therapy for low testosterone levels. These include:
Greater sex drive. Loss of libido is a common side effect of reducing testosterone levels, and this could put a strain on your personal relationship. By opting for testosterone therapy, you could put the spark back into your bedroom activities.
Greater muscle mass. It is testosterone that is primarily responsible for increased muscle mass, which helps men to feel strong and healthy. More muscle also means that there is a good chance that there is less visceral fat around your organs, which poses a real threat to our health.
Stronger bones. Loss of bone density is a major side effect of lower testosterone levels, and this could put you at greater risk of fractures. Testosterone therapy you restore you with strong bones, which means a strong body.
Improved red blood cell production. This can help provide muscles and organs with the energy needed to be at optimum health and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
If you are suffering from some of the symptoms associated with low testosterone levels, or if you have already been diagnosed, you may be feeling physically or emotionally vulnerable. Whatever effects it is having on your life, you don’t have to live with them. Testosterone therapy is suitable for many patients, and it could be the solution that you are looking for. To schedule a confidential consultation with one of our experienced team members, please contact our discreet and friendly team at 602-362-7900.