Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
It’s hard to pin down an exact number for exactly how common testosterone deficiency is among men. The condition becomes drastically more common as men age, and it’s estimated that as many as 40% of older men have low testosterone. Research has shown that men’s Testosterone Levels taken 20 years ago are at least 15-20% higher than those nowadays in most men. Testosterone is a natural hormone responsible for the normal growth and development of certain male organs and for maintenance of other masculine traits. In men, testosterone is produced in the testes (the reproductive glands that also produce sperm) and regulated by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.
While a decrease in testosterone levels is to be expected as men age, other factors can also contribute to low T, including chronic health issues such as diabetes or obesity, medications such as corticosteroids and trauma. Many men, especially younger men, are nervous to seek treatment for low testosterone but waiting to seek help can lead to the late detection and worsening of these progressive conditions. While symptoms differ from person to person, our Comprehensive Health Assessment tests for low Testosterone levels as well as a multitude of other related issues and can be treated with customized, Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) treatment plans. Some of these symptoms include:
Low testosterone can result in a lack of energy. If you find that you’re feeling sleepy for much of the day, even after you’ve had a good night of rest, there’s a high chance that a hormonal imbalance is to blame. Many patients find that their energy levels soar after they begin testosterone therapy.
Weight Gain (particularly around the belly)
Testosterone encourages muscle growth. When men do not have enough testosterone, it can inhibit muscle growth. Muscle tissue burns calories at a higher rate than fat tissue. When men have low testosterone, it can result in fat gain, and for most men, that gain happens around the belly and hips. At times, the imbalance of testosterone and estrogen can cause men to hold onto more body fat than they would otherwise.
Loss of Mental Clarity and Difficulty Concentrating
Studies have shown that men who take testosterone tend to experience an increase in memory. Testosterone affects many physical processes in the body and focus/clarity/memory are no exception.
Loss of Libido
While most men experience a decrease in interest and libido as they age, low testosterone causes a steeper drop-off than what is normal for most men. Low testosterone can cause a variety of health issues (such as Hair Loss and Erectile Dysfunction) that may also inhibit certain desires.
Depression, Irritability or Anxiety
Low testosterone can result in a number of mood changes. Hormonal imbalances are often to blame for depression, anxiety, and other mood issues. Fatigue caused by low testosterone can also add to these issues.
Loss of Muscle Mass
Since testosterone is key for building muscle in the body, low testosterone can cause loss of muscle mass. This loss of mass can also add to fat gain.
Increased Hair Loss
Some men begin to lose hair as they age, and low testosterone can also play a role, especially if the balding occurs suddenly.
How Treatment Works for Low Testosterone
By knowing your testosterone numbers, our medical professionals can provide quality treatment for low T and other underlying conditions with TRT. Your path to vitality happens with four steps:
1. Health Assessment
During your initial visit, one of our medical professionals will conduct a comprehensive health assessment, including a simple blood test. All of your lab results, the responses to our health questionnaire and your medical history will be discussed with our Board Certified Physician during your next office visit.
2. Personalized Plan
Based on your health assessment, lab results and medical history, your provider will create your personalized testosterone replacement therapy treatment plan, if testosterone therapy is appropriate.
3. Treatment Regimen
Your treatment regimen is based on your personalized plan. If your numbers indicate low T, we will discuss testosterone replacement treatment options using testosterone replacement injections, which are administered by our Board Certified Physician in our office typically every seven to 10 days,
4. Optimization and Prevention
Once your testosterone replacement therapy regimen is underway to address symptoms of low testosterone (or other underlying health conditions), our Board Certified Physician will optimize your treatments to maximize your health and wellness and continue to monitor your testosterone levels every 30-45 days.
At Airport Plaza Spine & Wellness, we focus on treating your symptoms of low testosterone levels, so you can rediscover the best version of yourself. Our second-to-none protocol monitors all the levels surrounding testosterone that are relevant to your well-being. We use injections, not transdermal pellets or topical creams. This way, our double Board Certified Clinician can control your dosage with dynamic precision (whereas pellets are fixed) with no fear of cross-contamination (gels and creams can rub off on your friends, family, or loved ones).
Once your doctor establishes the appropriate dosage for you, some of the benefits of TRT you may experience include:
• Increased lean muscle mass
• Decreased belly fat
• Increased energy
• Increased libido
• Positive mood and ambition
• Increased metabolism
• improved concentration and focus
• Increased bone mineral density
• Thickened body hair and skin
• Improved cognitive function
• Improved sexual function
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with a hormone imbalance, TRT could benefit you. Reach out to the skilled Physicians at Airport Plaza Spine & Wellness to learn more about this highly-effective treatment. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!