Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men
It is a common misconception that women are the only ones who need hormone replacement therapy as they age.
Many men are often led to believe by their physicians that feeling constantly tired, having the inability to gain muscle mass and lose fat, decreased libido and foggy thinking is all a part of growing older. Accepting these symptoms as a part of aging can negatively impact your ability to perform at work, relationship with friends and family and most importantly, how you enjoy your life.
You’d be amazed at how impactful hormones and hormone replacement therapy for men are to your well-being. And when they’re out of balance, so is everything else in your life.
Every man experiences a gradual decline in hormone production as he gets older. Beginning at age 30, his body starts to manufacture less and less testosterone, losing roughly one to three percent per year. Then, sometime between 40 and 55, testosterone levels drop dramatically and signal the onset of Andropause or Low Testosterone, the medical term for the male equivalent of menopause. After this happens, a man finds himself deficient in sexual desire, gaining weight, losing muscle mass and not feeling motivated, depressed and moody. Most men who don’t have hormone replacement therapy believe they have to live through these symptoms as part of “ageing”. Nothing could be further from the truth! SottoPelle® hormone replacement therapy can bring back your vitality.
Andropause is the male version of menopause and can be treated with hormone replacement therapy. It is caused by a decline in hormone production. Surprisingly, every man begins a gradual drop in hormone production around age 30. He loses approximately one to two percent a year until sometime between 40 and 55 years of age, his testosterone levels fall sharply and signify the beginning of andropause.
When this happens, he often finds himself lacking in sexual drive, putting on weight, losing muscle mass and feeling sluggish, depressed and irritable. Yet most men believe they have to tough out these symptoms as part of “getting older.”
The symptoms of andropause if not treated with hormone replacement therapy are very much like those of menopause. Men frequently experience anxiety, depression, mood swings, loss of eagerness and enthusiasm for daily life, decreased mental quickness and sharpness. With hormonal imbalance they also suffer from loss of libido, decreased sexual function and/or sensitivity, loss of mental focus, sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, decreased energy, strength and endurance, prolonged recovery from exercise, no improvement with exercise, less desire for activity and exercise. Without pellet hormone therapy even more dangerous issues like an increase in body fat, weight gain, osteoporosis, loss of cardiac protection, lower good cholesterol and higher bad cholesterol can arise.
Each man’s symptoms vary, as does the age at which those symptoms for hormone replacement therapy occur. Physicians are becoming more and more aware of andropause and beginning to scientifically diagnose it instead of simply offering a prescription that doesn’t address the basic problem
WHAT IS LOW TESTOSTERONE (OR LOW T) IN MEN?
Medically speaking, low testosterone in men (hypogonadism) is the decreased production of hormone by the testes. This normally happens as a man ages. Andropause occurs when testosterone levels take a dramatic dip. This usually takes place somewhere between the ages of 40 and 55.
Researchers estimate that 1 in 4 men past the age of 30 have low testosterone. That amounts to millions of men. Even so, not every man shows symptoms of deficiency. In fact, low testosterone is perhaps one of the most under-diagnosed conditions in men.
TESTOSTERONE—A MAN’S MOST IMPORTANT HORMONE
Testosterone is indeed a man’s most vital hormone. Take it away and his well-being goes with it. It defines him as a man, just as estrogen defines a woman. Testosterone is also central to good health. It provides the foundation for many of important body functions. At healthy levels, among other things, it supports:
- Sex drive & function
- Muscle mass and strength
- Fat distribution
- Production of red blood cells
- Normal lipid profile
- Sperm production
- Bone mass
- Cardiovascular health
- Prostate health
- Cognitive function
- Mood stability
- Energy levels
- Motivation & drive
- Skin vascularity
- Metabolism of salts
- Fluid balance
No wonder Low T can land such a devastating blow.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE LOW TESTOSTERONE?
Everyone goes through physical, mental and emotional changes as they age. Sometimes these changes mean you are hormone deficient. They often happen so gradually, many men don’t really notice. There may be issues with sleep patterns, increased body fat, sexual changes, depression, irritability or a general lack of motivation or interest in life. You feel like you just don’t have the vitality you once did. These can all be signs of testosterone deficiency.
However, there could also be other underlying issues. The only way to know for sure is through proper testing and analysis. For this, you need a physician who looks at all of the possibilities. This should be someone who likewise understands the importance of maintaining healthy hormone levels into old age.
Another thing to `keep in mind: there are plenty of men who have low T but do not show signs. That makes it a good idea to keep track of levels by testing them periodically.
Benefits to Treatment
- Enhancement of libido plus an increased sexual drive
- An increase in lean body mass and a decrease in body fat
- An increase in muscle weight, size and strength
- Greater capacity for getting in shape
- Consistency in moods, reduction in anger, nervousness and irritability
- Increased energy, mental focus, clarity of thought and concentration is easier to maintain
- Improvement of memory
- Increased sense of overall well being
Since 1992, SottoPelle® Therapy has helped thousands of men achieve the natural healthy balance of hormones their bodies need to maintain optimum well-being. Our natural hormonal therapy patients report that they feel fantastic once again!
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