Do you have Low Testosterone (Low T)?
When we see a male patient entering the “andropause” or male “change of life” in their late 30′s to early 50′s, we typically see a male patient who complains of:
1. lack of sex drive and or erectile dysfunction
2. Muscle weakness or loss of strength
3. Belly fat, obesity
4. Depression, mood swings
5. Or, they just don’t “feel the same.”
These are classic symptoms of low testosterone levels or more commonly referred to “Low T.” Men can suffer from sex hormone deficiency just as women do, and be treated for this deficiency in the same manner as women that is with prescribed hormonal replacement or supplementation. The difference of course is in the primary hormone; Estrogen for women, Testosterone for men.
So when these male patients’ testosterone levels are checked and many find that their levels are below normal or at the bottom reaches of the “normal level,” the first thing they want to know is “what can you do for me?”
When we reply, “What would be the benefit you would want the most from low-T treatment?” They respond a chance for a more youthful, masculine appearance.
In a soon to be published medical paper in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), researchers found that higher levels of testosterone were indeed associated with reduced loss of lean muscle mass in older men, especially in those who were losing weight. In these men, higher testosterone levels were also associated with less loss of lower body strength.
In other words, in the right program under a physician’s supervision, a more youthful, masculine appearance is possible.
Is Testosterone replacement therapy right for you?
This is a question best answered after an office visit, some testing, and evaluation of you present health. Call our office 856-424-8222 or email us email@example.com.
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Low levels of testosterone may be related to reduced cognitive ability
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Low testosterone levels are associated with coronary artery disease
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