Physician HRT Training: The COVID-19 & Testosterone Connection
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light several critical aspects of human health and immunity. Among these, the potential link between testosterone deficiency and increased mortality in male COVID-19 patients has garnered significant attention.
As a physician or medical professional, it is vital to explore this connection and consider Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as a possible solution. In this article, our physician HRT training specialists will delve into the natural decline of testosterone in men, the gender-based mortality differences in COVID-19, the association between low testosterone and COVID-19 mortality, and the importance of physician HRT training to help provides address this issue.
Natural Testosterone Decline in Men
Testosterone, a vital hormone in men, plays a crucial role in various aspects of health, including maintaining muscle mass, bone density, mood regulation, and sexual function. However, testosterone levels naturally decline with age, typically starting around the age of 30.
The rate of testosterone decline in men can vary, but on average it is estimated that men lose about 1-2% of their total testosterone levels each year after the age of 30. This gradual decline in testosterone is a natural and normal part of the aging process and is often referred to as andropause. However, severe, or significant testosterone decline can result in a condition known as hypogonadism, characterized by abnormally low testosterone levels.
Contributing Factors to Testosterone Decline in Men
In addition to aging, causes of primary hypogonadism (when the testes do not produce enough testosterone) may include testicular injuries, mumps, chemotherapy, radiation, and genetic conditions such as Klinefelter syndrome. Causes of secondary hypogonadism – a problem with the pituitary gland or hypothalamus in the brain that leads to reduced testosterone production – include pituitary tumors, head injuries, obesity, and certain medications.
Some medications, including corticosteroids and opioids, can affect testosterone production. And lifestyle factors like excessive alcohol consumption, drug use, and chronic stress can contribute to low testosterone levels.
However, it has long been known that certain chronic medical conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and HIV/AIDS, can also lead to low testosterone levels. So, the link between COVID-19, testosterone levels and increased mortality comes as no surprise to many physicians.
Men Have Higher Mortality than Women from COVID-19
One of the striking observations made during the COVID-19 pandemic by physicians and researchers was the difference in mortality rates between men and women. Studies worldwide consistently report that men have a higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.
According to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine1, the male mortality rate from COVID-19 was 2.4 times higher than the female mortality rate. This gender-based difference in susceptibility to the virus has led physicians and researchers to investigate the potential factors contributing to this imbalance.
Low Testosterone May Account for Higher COVID Mortality in Men
As is well-known to medical providers, COVID-19 can cause a number of health problems, including inflammation, respiratory distress, and organ failure. It now appears that testosterone deficiency can worsen these problems and increase the risk of death in male patients.
A study conducted by the University of Mersin and the Mersin City Education and Research Hospital in Turkey, published in The Aging Male journal, sheds light on the possible role of testosterone deficiency in the higher mortality rate of male COVID-19 patients. The study found that men with severe COVID-19 symptoms had significantly lower testosterone levels compared to those with milder symptoms.
That study found that men with testosterone levels below 200 ng/dL were more likely to die from COVID-19 than men with testosterone levels above 300 ng/dL.
While further research is needed, these findings suggest a significant link between low testosterone and the severity of COVID-19.
Physician HRT Training for Low Testosterone
Whether a man’s ‘Low T’ levels were cause by COVID – or preexisting ‘Low T’ levels were merely exacerbating COVID – addressing testosterone deficiency in men may be an excellent for reducing male mortality due to COVID-19.
SottoPelle Method HRT is a bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that is customized to each individual patient’s needs. Physicians trained in SottoPelle Method HRT are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to recognize, assess, diagnose, and provide tailored HRT solutions for their male patients experiencing low testosterone.
While many doctors only look for low testosterone levels in aging patients, SottoPelle Method HRT physicians are trained to identify and treat testosterone deficiency in men of all ages. This is crucial with the established link between COVID-19 deaths and adult men of every age.
Comprehensive SottoPelle Method HRT physician training covers the intricate aspects of hormone replacement, ensuring that healthcare providers can offer the best care and improved outcomes for male patients affected by testosterone deficiency during the time of COVID.
SottoPelle Method Physician HRT Training
Understanding the potential link between testosterone deficiency and COVID-19 mortality in men is vital for medical professionals. As physicians navigate the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, it’s essential for them to consider HRT as a potential solution for addressing low testosterone in affected individuals and potentially reducing the risk of mortality.
SottoPelle Method Physician HRT Training equips physician and healthcare providers with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver effective and safe testosterone replacement therapy, contributing to better patient outcomes and overall well-being. With hormone replacement therapy training, physicians can also grow their list of clinical offerings, while their patients can experience optimal wellness. If you are a physician and are interested in learning more about SottoPelle Method Physician HRT Training, call us today!
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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: This article is provided as general information only and is not intended to be used as medical advice. While the benefits of hormone replacement are well documented through clinical research, we are not representing that hormone therapy is a “cure” for any disease. Only your treating physician can determine if hormone replacement may be a beneficial part of your healthcare regimen, based on your age, overall health, risk factors, and lifestyle.