Hormone Replacement Therapy for Andropause and Low Testosterone
Pasadena Andropause Doctor, Tamika Henry, M.D. has helped many men to overcome the challenges that can arise with age related hormone decline. Andropause is a critical time in a man’s life where his hormone levels are beginning to decline rapidly, as his body makes changes and ages dramatically. Similar to the natural decrease in female sex hormones experienced during menopause in women, men also undergo a decrease in the male sex hormone, testosterone during andropause. Typically, energy levels dwindle, strength subsides, fertility and sexual drive diminish, thinking begins to become fuzzier, memory fades, and increased stress levels, irritability, and even depression become more frequent. Impotence among other penile dysfunction are incredibly common during andropause, as are cardiac, weight, digestive, respiratory, bone, and mental disorders.
Hormones are paramount in the body’s maintenance of homeostasis. These chemical messengers permeate throughout the bloodstream and are foundational in the integration of the various systems that comprise the human body, such as the brain and nervous system, the organs and tissues, digestion, and removal of waste to name but a few. As the efficiency of the male body begins to decrease in the production and utilization of the 100+ hormones that exist, the many signs and symptoms associated with aging begin to become more and more apparent.
Men as young as 35 may notice a seemingly unexplainable fatigue, decline in mental clarity or sexual dysfunctions. This condition, known as andropause, is caused by low testosterone.
Other common symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Decreased Libido
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Loss of Muscle Strength
- Memory Loss
- Increased Belly Fat
- Weight Gain
- Irritable Male Syndrome
Many of these symptoms are easily alleviated. Testosterone replacement in men utilizing Hormone Replacement Therapy in physiologic doses is not only safe, but also protective. This is well supported in the medical literature. Testosterone has been shown to increase muscle strength and lean body mass, improve sexual response, prevent osteoporosis, protect against cardiovascular disease, increase energy, fight impotence, and improve mood and sense of well-being. A recent published study showed that men with higher testosterone levels live longer.
Luckily for men experiencing Andropause, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has provided the relief needed to embrace change in life with ease and comfort. By measuring and regulating the body’s hormone levels, Pasadena Andropause Doctor, Tamika Henry, M.D. uses BHRT to provide the balance needed to prolong the aging process as well as treat diseases both preventatively and curatively.
What can Hormone Replacement Therapy do for you?
Increase Lean Muscle and Decrease Body Fat
As men age, muscle tone begins to fade along with testosterone levels. This is because one of the many functions of testosterone is the maintenance of muscle tone and integrity. By replenishing the body with ample amounts of depleted testosterone, muscle tone increases providing a leaner look and also decreases the amount of body fat that tends to increase with old age. BHRT not only allows men to maintain healthy and active lifestyles throughout old age, but look and feel younger and happier too.
Strengthen Bones and Keep the Joints Flexible
Hormones not only affect the growth and development of bone and cartilage via the pituitary gland, but also the reconstruction and maintenance of these vital connective tissues. Osteoporosis is an incredibly common bone disease that affects a large number of men later on in life, as well as prevents active and healthy lifestyle. By maintaining hormone levels, BHRT helps the body strengthen the bones and cartilage, thus allowing the body to stay mobile, active, and flexible.
Promote Cardiovascular Health
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the number one cause of mortality in both men and women worldwide. Hormones not only improve the elasticity of arterial walls, but also regulate cholesterol levels within the blood as well. Hormones can also help to increase red blood cell (RBC) count, not only improving blood-deficient conditions such as anemia but also improving the circulation of oxygen throughout the body as well. Hormone Replacement Therapy provides preventative and curative means of treating the many CVD’s in correlation to aging and imbalanced hormone levels such as heart attack, ischemic stroke, arrhythmia, heart failure, as well as valve prolapse.
Enhance your Sex Life and Prolong Impotence and Infertility
Just because the male sex drive peaks in his teens and twenties doesn’t mean that it has to end completely. As the body decreases production of the male sex hormone, testosterone, sexual health begins to subside over time. This can lead to penile dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, lower libido, impotence, and even infertility. Don’t let age stop you from having an incredibly healthy sex life. Keep the passion in your life with BHRT and restore the hormonal balance needed to enhance your sex life and health.
Sharpen Memory and Focus
Hormones are not only involved in the activities of the organs, but also the brain and nervous system as well. Neurotransmitters function similarly to hormones, they aid in the cellular communication required to integrate the various systems throughout the body, mostly in the brain and nervous system. Hormones regulate the production of neurotransmitters, and so indirectly are responsible for mental and emotional health. By balancing your hormone levels with BHRT, men have the ability to keep their minds and wits sharp, improve their short and long-term memory and focus, as well as maintain low stress levels while alleviating depression throughout andropause and old age.
The benefits associated with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) are prevalent in the medical community. Now that you understand testosterone is beneficial, let’s get started with optimizing your hormone levels now. To learn more about how HRT can improve your health and life, talk to Pasadena Andropause Doctor, Tamika Henry, M.D. have your hormone levels checked today!