About Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone deficiency or hypogonadism is the absence or reduction of testosterone hormone in the body. Hypogonadism may occur at any age and may be due to multiple causes, including normal aging, obesity, medications, cancer history, among others. As men age, the serum concentration of testosterone in the body decreases.
Hypogonadism affects an estimated 4 to 5 million men in the United States. Studies suggest that hypogonadism in adult men is often underdiagnosed and under-treated. This may be because the symptoms are easily attributed to aging or other medical causes, or ignored by patients and physicians. In fact, only about 5% of hypogonadal men receive testosterone replacement. This is why we need to reevaluate normal testosterone levels and lower the diagnostic cutoff for treatment.
Hypogonadism is evaluated with a series of blood tests ordered by your doctor.
What are the benefits of testosterone replacement?
Low levels of testosterone can cause a wide range of issues that make men feel less like themselves. This is because testosterone is necessary for energy, libido, and overall well-being. Patients with low testosterone turn to Bella Mia Medical Aesthetics and Laser Institute for the following reasons:
- Safe treatment: All treatments to replace testosterone is administered by an experienced and certified professional.
- Personable and attentive staff: We take the time to get to know each patient and their specific needs.
- Improved quality of life: Testosterone replacement can improve your mood, sleep, sex drive, and overall energy levels.
- Natural results: We use the latest techniques and technology to ensure that each patient feels their best at all times.
SOME OF THE EFFECTS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE LEVELS ARE:
- Sexual dysfunction, decreased libido, loss of morning erections
- Decrease in bone density and increased risk of bone fractures
- Decrease in muscle mass and strength
- Deposit of unwanted fat in the abdominal area
- Anemia or low blood cell counts
- Increased fatigue
- Depression or irritability
When patients are evaluated for testosterone replacement therapy they have to make sure that a knowledgeable and experienced physician, who understands the risks associated with overdosing, is in charge of their care. The goal is to balance all the hormones with the least amount of side effects.
Risks of inappropriate testosterone replacement are:
- Stroke, heart attack or blood clots
- Worsening sleep apnea
- Prostate enlargement
- Damage to the liver
- Cholesterol abnormalities
There are multiple forms of testosterone replacement therapy and every patient is different and requires a full evaluation to determine which form is appropriate for them.
What may seem like a “normal” blood work, may not be the appropriate hormone level for your age. Call us today so we can perform a complete evaluation and make sure your testosterone levels are optimal, so you can get the full benefits of this important but often neglected hormone in your body.
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