Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone secreted by the testicles and adrenal glands. Testosterone is responsible for male sexual development and is critical in maintaining erectile function, libido, normal energy levels and mood and building muscles and burning fat. It is responsible for supporting immune function, bone density and skin tone. As men get older, testosterone levels decline from their peak at around 30 years old. Total testosterone drops as we age, but more importantly the bio-active form, free T, drops dramatically with age. In addition to age, increased estrogen levels and insulin resistance in men can also cause a drop in free testosterone levels. Body fat is a source of aromatase that converts testosterone to estrogen in men, so being overweight increases the likelihood of low T.
Andropause is the male equivalent of female menopause and is the result of diminished levels of T in the body along with a relative increase in estrogen. Symptoms present slowly, and decreased levels of testosterone can lead to physical changes including the following:
increased body fat, decreased strength/mass of muscles
fragile bones and decreased body hair
swelling/tenderness in the breast tissue with hot flashes
lower energy levels, insomnia and other changes in your sleep patterns.
feelings of sadness or depression, trouble with memory and concentration and lowered motivation and self-confidence
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Testosterone deficiency also has negative health consequences as it is a necessary hormone for our overall health and longevity. Common conditions associated with low T are:
heart disease and hypertension
elevated cholesterol and LDL
cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease
What you can do about low T
We will start our focus on stress reduction as elevated cortisol (the stress hormone) can limit testosterone production and increase hormone binding, so it is not available. Getting the proper amount of sleep can also help boost testosterone levels and help with weight loss. Nutrition is paramount and we can help guide you to healthier food choices so that you are not blocking your testosterone or creating inflammation that lowers its potency. Finally, we will come up with an exercise plan that will help you boost muscle mass and reduce adipose (fat) that is converting your T into estrogen! In addition, we offer supplements to help your body produce more T, and supplements that can protect your prostate and convert less T into estrogen.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone replacement is easy, and Dr. Jay is highly trained in offering you treatment options. Each client has his replacement therapy targeted to their particular needs and desires. Dr Jay offers prescriptions for creams and shots so that after a discussion, you can choose the method that works best for you!