What is it?
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) utilizes the administration of Testosterone – a sex hormone which is important for developing all the characteristics associated with regulating sexual reproduction, strength, energy, lean body mass, well being, and the processes of puberty.
Hormone Replacement Therapy isn’t only for men, but can also be beneficial and even a necessity for women. Women and men can both experience similar symptoms of low testosterone which may lead to an overall reduction of well being and a quality of life.
Some symptoms of Low Testosterone are:
Reduced sex drive
Loss of muscle mass and decreased strength
Depression, irritability, and inability to concentrate
Bones becoming prone to fracture
Fatigue and decreased energy levels
Approximately one out of four men over the age of 30 have low testosterone.
Testosterone is measured in ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter), where low testosterone can be defined as 300ng/dL of total testosterone and the upper normal limit is approximately 1000-1200ng/dL.
In the normal developing male, testosterone levels will peak during early adulthood. Once you reach age 30, testosterone levels will slowly decline by approximately 1% a year. This is considered normal in the process of aging.
How we can Help:
If you have symptoms that resemble low testosterone, we do a comprehensive blood test which is covered under most insurance plans. This will help us determine if you have low testosterone, but it will also tell us if there are any additional health concerns that could be causing your symptoms. From there, treatment options include:
Testosterone replacement therapy which gives specific doses of testosterone typically via injection in order to replace the testosterone that your body is not producing.
Assist you with a recommended diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation plan in order to assist your body in producing and utilizing its own testosterone more efficiently.