Testosterone is an absolutely necessary hormone for men. That being said, there has definitely been a boom in what we understand about testosterone in recent years. Futhermore, we also know that after about age 30, men’s testosterone can decline up to 2% every single year. This is also known as andropause. Unfortunately, there has recently been a new layer to why our hormones deplete. This layer fall under the category of ENVIRONMENTAL factors.
Some environmental factors we need to start being more aware of are pesticides, BPAs, hormones, pollutants, “dirty electricity” (WiFi/Bluetooth) and more. We know that in the last two decades our endocrine systems have been completely assaulted, and hormone therapy has become a need for the masses. Now that we have found a way to replace the hormones that we have lost, we can now not only increase our life-spans, but also increase the quality of life. With more optimal testosterone levels, the anti-aging process can take its course allowing the body to heal and recover faster.
The Almost Crazy-Enormous Benefits of Bio-Identical Testosterone in MEN. We now know that two of the best predictors for longevity and vitality are our maximum strength and muscle mass. Things like strength training prevents loss of muscle cells (sarcopenia) and loss of strength and speed (dinopenia). The problem lies in the fact that as we age testosterone decreases. This makes it harder and harder to keep our lean muscle and stay strong. However, with the help of science, we can now combat this loss. There are WAY too many benefits to go over here, but here are some of the big ones:
…and this is just the TIP OF THE ICEBERG!
Spot treat troublesome fat areas with the science behind the hCG weight loss diet
Lose up to a pound per day
Raise your resting metabolic rate
Reduce food cravings that can derail your weight loss efforts
Burn fat and retain lean muscle
Fights bad cholesterol
There are three main methods of administering testosterone and what is most important is the preference for the patient. Many of our men prefer a pellet to be inserted over other methods for the convenience it offers. This easy outpatient procedure only needs to be done 3 x per year as opposed to routine applications of creams and frequent injections.
Our male patients have reported dramatic improvement to complete resolution of their low t symptoms. If the results aren’t great then chances are there is a deficiency in your thyroid as well. Our doctors will help locate that issue and tweak your HRT program accordingly.
Luteinizing hormone is one of the hormones your brain produces to tell the testicles to produce testosterone and sperm. It is normal for the production of LH to diminish severely when on external testosterone. First, the brain says, “we are good and don’t need to produce any more testosterone.” As a result, LH levels drop dramatically. HCG is an analog to LH meaning it functions like LH and administration of it can keep the testicles working and keep the natural production going.
There is much controversy that exists whether one needs to keep natural production going. We have yet to see one case of a man that was unable to recover his natural production after stopping testosterone therapy. It’s our opinion that is is unnecessary in most cases but this will be discussed between the patients and the clinicians. Even is a man plans on having kids there are plenty of methods of getting his sperm count to the level necessary to impregnate.
This is completely dependent on how the individual reacts. Having prolonged levels of too much estrogen in a man increases the incidence of cardiovascular events. The use of a medication like Arimidex to bring the levels down to ideal levels may be warranted. This is a case by case situation that is evaluated closely as too low levels of estrogen can also be very problematic for a man.
Being on testosterone will shut down the production of hormones that are necessary for keeping a healthy sperm count. If nothing is done about this then impregnation can be very difficult. There are many medications that can aid in recovery the ability to produce sperm again. We have yet to see a case where a man was permanently damaged and unable to conceive from being on Testosterone.