Hormone Replacement Therapy

Risks from Low Testosterone

  • Increase risk of Alzheimers

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Increased fat tissue

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Low libido

  • Osteoporosis

  • Depression

Benefits from Testosterone

  • Sharper mind

  • Increased sense of wellbeing with confidence and happy mood

  • Increased muscle mass

  • Healthy heart

  • Strong erections and Healthy libido

  • Strong bones

  • Energy

Symptoms of Low Testosterone Levels

  • Difficulty achieving or maintaining erections

  • Hair loss

  • Reduced bone mass

  • Reduction in testicle size

  • Reduced semen production

  • Sleeping difficulties

  • Diminishing sex drive

  • Muscle mass loss

  • Hot flashes

  • Low energy levels

  • Increased body fat

  • Changes in mood such as depression, focus, and irritability

Testosterone plays an important role in regulating insulin, glucose and fat metabolism.  As your T levels decrease your body’s ability to regulate insulin and metabolize fat also decreases.  This leads to an accumulation of adipose tissue.  In other words you start to multiply fat cells.  When your adipose tissue, (fat cells) increases then your body actually starts decreasing the level of testosterone even more because it starts to convert the T into estrogen.  So it’s a vicious cycle of decline. 

Testosterone increases muscle protein synthesis. Protein synthesis is when a cell makes a protein.  About 20% of our body is made up of proteins.  Some proteins provide structure for our bodies, like collagen in cartilage and tendons.  Other proteins provide transportation of nutrients to parts of the body they are needed.  Enzymes are proteins that help break up and digest food so it can be used efficiently.  Each cell in our body uses proteins to perform specific functions.  Having optimal levels of testosterone helps ensure our cells are producing proteins for maximum body function. Increasing muscle protein synthesis specifically will create bigger stronger muscles.  

Recent studies have shown that below normal T levels can increase your risk for heart problems.  The latest studies have shown that optimal testosterone levels can help prevent cardio vascular disease.  It’s not the hormone that helps strengthen your cardiovascular system but the benefits that come from having proper testosterone levels. 

Testosterone can also strengthen your bones.  It increases your bone mineralization which increases bone density.  It also help decrease bone resorption which will keep your bones dense and strong.

Erectile dysfunction and low libido are some of the most common symptoms men notice when their testosterone levels have declined.  Having optimal levels of T will improve your erections and boost the sex drive.  

There is years of research linking low T levels to cognitive decline, memory loss, concentration, brain fog, and Alzheimers.  Scientist believe that maintaining proper T levels into old age can prevent Alzheimers. Research also showed that increasing T levels slowed the progression of the disease.  The strong correlations between testosterone and brain function have led researchers to believe that maintaining optimal levels at a young age can help you prevent brain decay and keep your thinking sharp into old age.  

So now we know testosterone affects your bodily functions, muscle growth, metabolism, recovery, sleep, bone density, sex drive, and brain performance.  It also plays an important role in your emotional wellbeing.  There have been links found between low T levels and depression.  Healthy T levels have shown increase competitiveness, desire for power, motivation, and confidence.  It helps create that desire to win. There are studies on men in performance based situations and the correlation of dominance and competitive spirit. 

Production of testosterone ramps up before an intense situation producing effects on muscle mass, reaction times, visual acuity and endurance.  A specific study showed that T levels predicted behavior after a loss. If the levels were low the competitor didn’t go back for another round or another game.  Competitors with optimal levels of T were ready for another round and kept their motivation to win.  The researchers concluded that healthy test levels increased the desire to win. 

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