Testosterone is a male reproductive hormone known for its effect on overall health and quality of life because it is closely linked to so many of the body’s functions. As both men and women age, typically between the ages of 30-40, testosterone production starts to decline at a rate of 1-3% percent a year. In addition to natural aging, testosterone may be diminished due to a medical condition called hypogonadism. Whatever the cause, the unpleasant symptoms of low testosterone or “Low T” can drastically impact your day to day life, state of mind and overall wellbeing.
Symptoms of Low T:
- Low energy or fatigue
- Decreased sex drive
- Impaired sexual function
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low motivation
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hair loss
- Increased body fat
- Loss of lean muscle
- Mood swings
- Impaired cognitive function
What is Andropause?
Andropause, also known as “male menopause” typically occurs around middle age, when the life-impacting symptoms of lowered testosterone levels are impossible to ignore. Most men will start to experience some of the negative effects of Low T like low energy, fatigue, weight gain, muscle loss, poor sleep and sexual dysfunction. While these symptoms can be extremely frustrating and impact your daily life and self confidence, low testosterone can also have a serious effect on your overall health. Low or imbalanced testosterone levels can increase your risk of osteoporosis and diabetes, and your mortality rate. Recent studies have shown that having balanced and optimal testosterone levels throughout life can improve quality of life and even increase a man’s life expectancy.
Proven, Effective and Safe Testosterone Therapy
Reversing Low T, restoring your hormones and improving your quality of life starts with a comprehensive hormone test, like the Optimal Wellness Blood Panel at Begin Anew. A proper testosterone test should measure total and free testosterone, estrogen, DHEA, SHBG, vitamin D, HGH, IGF-1, and estradiol in order to get a full picture of your hormone health. Your bloodwork should be reviewed by a physician who is also an expert in functional medicine and hormones, and who can recommend a personalized treatment plan to optimize your levels. Many of the sex hormones are interconnected, so your hormone replacement therapy treatment plan may include more than one solution. At Begin Anew, we offer several types of bioidentical testosterone therapy including pellet therapy, testosterone injections and testosterone cream. While you are on testosterone therapy, it’s important to keep a close eye on your symptoms and how you are feeling, and also to get retested as often as recommended to ensure your levels remain optimal.
The Importance of Bioidentical Hormones
Bioidentical hormones are an exact replica of the hormones produced by your own body. Made from plants, these are much safer than risky synthetic hormones. The beauty of bioidentical hormone therapy is that it can be customized just for you. Based on your bloodwork and your body’s response to treatment, we can continue to customize your mix of bioidentical hormones and the dosages until your symptoms are alleviated, your levels are balanced and optimized, and you look and feel your absolute best.
Want to learn more about bioidentical Testosterone Therapy? Contact Begin Anew Med today to speak with one of our functional medicine experts.