Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men
Hormones in men can decline for a number of reasons at any point during a man’s life. While the main cause of male hormone decline is aging, stress is the second most common reason for hormone imbalances. Other factors can include poor lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, excessive alcohol intake, smoking, lack of exercise, environmental factors, and poor eating habits. These factors can cause several imbalances, but despite the cause of an imbalance, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help men to regain balance and improve their quality of life.
Andropause is the phase that most men experience hormone decline, and it occurs during the mid to late forties or early fifties when the testicles stop producing sufficient amounts of testosterone. Some of the symptoms that can arise during this time include mood changes, fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, low libido, erectile dysfunction, and high blood pressure. During this phase, several male hormones that are needed for maintaining balance can become insufficient, and unpleasant symptoms can begin to occur due to an imbalance in testosterone, DHEA, Cortisol, or Thyroid Hormone.
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and it is made in the testicles and in the adrenal glands. This hormone is required for the development of male sex characteristics, such as a deeper voice, facial and body hair, and increased muscle mass. This hormone governs sexual function and reproduction and helping men to maintain masculine characteristics. It also helps to balance moods and body cycles. A lack of testosterone can cause men to experience balding, low libido, erectile dysfunction, increased abdominal fat, depression, lack of motivation, poor workout performances, reduced stamina and endurance, and insomnia.
DHEA is a building block for testosterone, and it is made in the adrenal glands. During a man’s twenties and thirties, this hormone is abundant, but after the age of thirty, it can steadily decline each year. During andropause, men may notice the symptoms that can be related to low levels of DHEA. This hormone may also be metabolized during stress, and the adrenal glands may steal it, break it down, and convert it into cortisol to counteract the effects of stress on the body. A lack of DHEA can also lead to lower immune function, and increased inflammation, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and allergic reactions.
Cortisol is one of the only hormones known to increase with aging, and it is released in response to high levels of stress. Excessive amounts of cortisol can eat away at important vitamins and minerals, and it can suppress the actions of testosterone. In men, the cortisol to testosterone ratio must be balanced in order for men to experience optimal health. Excessive cortisol release can burn out the adrenal glands and cause a deficiency of this hormone. Deficient cortisol can lead to symptoms that include allergies, digestive issues, fatigue, increased inflammation, intolerance to stress, hypoglycemia, low thyroid function, general malaise, and light sensitivity.
Thyroid hormone work to balance several aspects of metabolism, and aging men can be susceptible to thyroid hormone imbalances. This hormone works to regulate hormone excretion, cellular repair, metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, and energy and heat production. A lack of thyroid hormone can cause men to experience sudden weight gain, profuse hair loss, cold extremities, low libido, dry hair, dizziness, and panic attacks. Excess thyroid hormone can lead to hyperthyroidism, which can cause excessive sweating, increased bowel movements, drastic weight loss, insomnia, weak muscles, intolerance to heat, fatigue, shortness of breath, and a faster heart rate.
Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy can help men to balance these important hormones and increase overall health and wellness. Men have been able to live healthier and increase their youthful vitality.