Customized Hormone Therapy for Men

What is andropause?

Many changes are associated with the age related decline in the hormone testosterone. This is referred to as andropause, or “male menopause.” Andropause is a very common and treatable condition but it often goes under diagnosed and under treated. 

Some men may go through a rather sudden change in testosterone levels that might correlate with the hormonal changes that women experience at menopause. However, most men have a slower more subtle hormone decline experiencing symptoms over a period of time.

When hormones are replaced or restored back to levels considered normal for younger males, men may experience a dramatic reversal of many of these changes.

Signs and symptoms of low testosterone may include:

  • weakness
  • fatigue
  • disturbed sleep
  • reduced libido
  • inability to achieve an erection
  • reduced muscle mass
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • reduced cognitive function

  • slow wound healing
  • enlarged prostate
  • irritability
  • low sperm counts
  • memory loss
  • osteoporosis
  • heart disease
  • atherosclerosis
  • impaired blood cell formation

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Did you know?

On average, a man’s testosterone level begins to decline at a rate of 1% per year after age 30.

It is estimated that 20% of men aged 60-80 years have levels of testosterone below the lower limit of normal.

The diagnosis of low testosterone, also known as “low T” is based on signs and symptoms but must be confirmed by a blood test.

Following testosterone replacement therapy, proper monitoring of lab values are critical to achieve optimal testosterone replacement.

Compounding Testosterone

Testosterone is well absorbed when compounded in the topical form and made into creams and gels. Testosterone should not be compounded to take orally, because it has been shown to be rendered ineffective.
When hormones are replaced or restored back to levels considered normal for younger males, men may experience a dramatic reversal of many of these changes.

Benefits of hormone replacement therapy

Men with low testosterone may experience benefits after starting an appropriate replacement therapy. Some of these include:

  • Improved sexual drive
  • Improved ability to achieve and maintain an erection
  • Increased muscle mass and body composition
  • Increased strength

In addition to the benefits that make you feel better, testosterone replacement can improve:

Osteoporosis

loss of testosterone is one of the major causes of osteoporosis in elderly men. Several studies have reported the beneficial effects of testosterone therapy on bone in older men, showing an increase in bone mineral density and slowing of bone degeneration.

Depression

its the most common symptom when bioavailable levels of testosterone are low, perhaps because an associated decrease in sexual function results in depression, irritability, and mood swings. In a study that examined the association between levels of sex hormones and depressed moods in 856 men ages 50-89, bioavailable testosterone levels were 17% lower in depressed men. The results suggest that testosterone treatment may elevate depressed moods in older men who have lower levels of bioavailable testosterone.

Cardiovascular Disease

studies have demonstrated that testosterone minimizes several important risk factors for a heart attack, including:

  • reducing cholesterol and triglycerides
  • reducing blood glucose levels
  • decreasing visceral fat mass
  • regulating blood clotting

Diabetes

low testosterone is associated with an increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.

Lifestyle

A healthier lifestyle aids in higher hormone levels, and higher hormone levels induce a more active, healthier lifestyle. When hormone levels decline, we become less active and can gain weight. As weight is gained, hormones are stored in fat and become unavailable to be used by the body. Lack of exercise, excessive alcohol use, smoking, and a poor diet can all have effects on reducing hormone levels.

For the best results, hormone restoration does not only include testosterone supplementation, but a lifestyle change that combines exercise, proper diet, and the proper use of vitamins and natural supplements. If you think you are experiencing signs and symptoms of “Low T” or need recommendations on changing your lifestyle, our Pharmacists are here to help you with questions that you may have.

Risk of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Men who supplement with testosterone can experience health risks. It is very important to discuss the risks versus benefits of testosterone therapy with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any testosterone or hormone supplementation therapy. One of the most common risks associated with testosterone therapy is the possible risk of heart attack and stroke.

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