Testosterone therapy promises to help men recapture their vitality, decrease body fat, and enhance libido. While hormone treatment can be medically necessary for some men, it is not meant to be a fountain of youth if your levels fall within the normal range. Most doctors have varying opinions on testosterone therapy and agree that more research is needed. If you think you may have low levels of testosterone, make an appointment with your doctor. A simple blood test can determine if you need testosterone therapy or have any underlying conditions.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a hormone that is produced primarily in the testicles for men and the ovaries for women, who have much smaller amounts than men. This hormone is essential for male development and plays a key role in bone density, muscle mass, hair growth, sex drive, mood, and thinking ability. Testosterone levels usually peak during adolescence and early adulthood. As you age, levels begin to gradually decline about 1% a year after age 30.
Benefits Of Testosterone Therapy
Testosterone therapy has several anti-aging benefits. Primarily, it increases red blood cell production, promoting a healthy heart and providing the blood with the oxygen it needs. Testosterone is responsible for increased muscle mass, resulting in a leaner body and more energy. It can also increase bone density with a high dose, supporting muscles, internal organs, and boosting athletic performance. Testosterone therapy can benefit your sexual health and performance. Lower testosterone levels are often associated with a poorer quality of life. Therapy can improve your mood and reduce fatigue and irritability.
Risks Associated with Testosterone Therapy
Although there are plenty of benefits associated with testosterone therapy, there are also various risks. Among these risks are blood clots, sleep apnea, acne, increased prostate growth, enlarged breasts, shrinking testicles, and decreased sperm count. If you are concerned about low testosterone, see your doctor. Because it is normal to have low levels as you age, some symptoms may be the sign of another underlying condition.
If you think you may be experiencing low levels of testosterone, it is important that you talk with your doctor to discuss potential benefits and risks before starting any treatment. Although testosterone therapy can help boost energy, vitality, mood, and physical/sexual performance, it also carries several risks. Contact Calvine Medical Aesthetics today and schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate for Testosterone Therapy.