We all know the age-old question, “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”. This is a question that many people ask about testosterone levels. Do healthy people have healthy testosterone levels or do healthy testosterone levels make a person healthy? The answer is both. Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid, and promotes increased sexual stamina, sexual desire, muscle and bone mass, growth of body hair, fights depression, improves erections, and strengthens your heart. The Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine Experts at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic can help you optimize your testosterone level.
For both men and women, testosterone plays a critical role in your:
- Muscle mass
- Body fat
- Bone density
- Sex drive
- Energy level
- Cognitive function
- Cardiovascular function
- Quality of life
Testosterone is one hormone that, in conjunction with your other hormones, plays a role in the total overall health of our body. As you increase your overall health and strength your testosterone levels will increase and if your health suffers than so will your testosterone level.
Muscle, Fat and Bone. Testosterone increases neurotransmitters that encourage tissue growth and interacts with nuclear receptors that encourage protein synthesis, increasing muscle mass.
It also helps regulate insulin, glucose and fat metabolism. Individuals with high body fat percentages experience a decrease in testosterone production.
Testosterone tells bone marrow to manufacture red blood cells. Individuals with low levels of testosterone will have lower bone mass density and are more likely to experience breaks and fractures.
Sex drive. Men with low levels of testosterone may experience erectile dysfunction and women with low levels can experience reduced sexual desire. Testosterone has been shown to increase sexual desire in both men and women and can strengthen erections in men.
Sexual stimulation and activity can increase testosterone levels and long periods of low sexual activity can cause a decrease in testosterone production.
Competitiveness and Self-Esteem. Testosterone can help you at work and at play by increasing feelings of competitiveness and boosting your self-esteem.
Depression. If you are suffering from depression you may also have low levels of testosterone. Researchers have found increasing testosterone levels can improve mood and increase energy levels in people suffering from depression.
Lower levels of testosterone have been associated with feelings of depression, fatigue and irritability.
Cognitive function. Several studies have linked low levels of testosterone to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and researchers at the University of Southern California reported increasing testosterone levels in mice with Alzheimer’s disease, slowed the progression of the disease.
Research has also shown a strong correlation between testosterone levels and verbal memory, spatial memory and processing speed.
Heart health. Results evaluating testosterones effect on cardiovascular risk factors are mixed, but recent studies have shown men with low levels of testosterone are at higher risk of heart disease. A study of more than 83,000 men found that men had testosterone levels returned to normal range were 24 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack and 36 percent less likely to suffer a stroke.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic
The experts at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic will help you develop a health plan that will optimize your physical health, slow the signs of aging and reduce the risk of chronic, age related diseases such as; heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Do not purchase testosterone replacement treatments without seeking guidance from a physician board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone pellets are placed under the skin by the physician. The pellet provides a consistent level of testosterone for up to 5 months. Because of the consistent blood levels, testosterone pellets are the preferred method of bio-identical testosterone replacement therapy. The Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic is one of the few clinics in the region that provide this beneficial therapy.
Testosterone topical gel or cream is compounded by an authorized pharmacy and applied under the arm, on the abdomen, or in some cases it is applied to the genital area. This type of bioidentical testosterone therapy is perfect for individuals that want to avoid using a needle.
Testosterone injections are a once a week intramuscular injection given by the patient.
During your initial, open-ended consultation at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic, one of our physicians will conduct a comprehensive lab analysis, discuss your medical history, nutrition, exercise plan, lifestyle and personal goals and then develop a health plan tailored to your individual needs. A healthy diet and regular exercise routine will help optimize the effectiveness of your treatment. Contact us today at the Anti-Aging and Wellness Clinic to learn more about testosterone and bio-identical hormone therapy.