Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men
Men experience changes with hormones as they age, it is not just women. Of course, the changes may not be as dramatic and thus often get ignored. Changes in hormone levels are normal and often expected, but what isn’t always expected are the litany of side effects, including changes to mood, weight and overall health.
For men, dips and fluctuations in androgens (hormones) such as testosterone can produce significant and frustrating effects. Most men will experience a condition known as andropause during middle age, but men of any age may experience low testosterone or other hormone imbalances. Toronto Testosterone Replacement Doctor, Cara Flamer, M.D. successfully treats men suffering from imbalanced hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.
A Natural Hormone Solution
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, also known as BHRT, is a treatment option that can be used by men to safely restore testosterone levels, as well as those of other declining hormones. It uses hormones derived from natural sources that are chemically identical to the hormones produced in your own body. Toronto Testosterone Replacement Doctor, Cara Flamer, M.D., will review your symptoms, request blood work and put you back on the path to wellness with BHRT.
Symptoms of Declining Testosterone
There are many tale-tell signs of hormone decline in men. If you feel that you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, speak with your BHRT doctor, Cara Flamer, M.D., in Toronto to determine whether you are experiencing andropause, low-T or another hormone-related condition.
You likely already know that if you aren’t getting enough sleep, exercise and nutrition then your body is going to feel fatigued. However, if you’re doing your best to live a healthy lifestyle and you still have low energy and feel both physically and mentally exhausted, low testosterone or another hormone imbalance may be to blame.
- Hair Loss
It’s easy to chalk a loss of hair up to normal aging, but if you’re experiencing sudden hair loss in greater amounts than usual, your hormones may at the root of the problem. While there are numerous topical options to treat hair loss, if your hair loss is caused by hormone decline then you are likely wasting time, money and energy on these topical solutions.
- Sexual Dysfunction
While erectile dysfunction is often the result of stress or anxiety, an inability to consistently achieve an erection or a lack of interest in sex may be caused by a decline in testosterone. Persisting erectile dysfunction, inability to climax and other forms of sexual dysfunction can have a debilitating effect on your mood and outlook, so it’s worth investigating whether your hormones are causing your issues.
- Loss of Muscle Mass
- Anyone who hits the gym knows that testosterone levels play a critical role in repairing muscle tissue in both men and women. Without proper testosterone levels, not only will you have more trouble gaining muscles, but you may find yourself losing the muscle mass that you once sustained easily. This tends to affect men who are experiencing andropause and suddenly find that they are unable to lift as much and perform as athletically as they used to.
- Weight Gain
- In addition to causing a loss of muscle mass, hormone imbalances frequently cause added weight gain. This means that while the scale may read the same, over time you may notice added fat in your belly while other muscles tend to be shrinking. Testosterone plays an important role in making sure that the energy you’ve gained from your diet is used efficiently. As testosterone levels decline, that energy begins to be stored as fat rather than used for bodily functions and providing you energy.
- Mood Changes
If you’re dealing with any of the symptoms listed above, that’s probably going to be enough to make you feel a little grumpy. But beneath the surface, there may be even more going on. Testosterone plays a crucial role in regulating moods, so imbalanced or low testosterone can make you feel sad, angry, confused and even depressed. Drastic mood shifts not only affects you, but your relationships and those around you.
A combination of the right naturopathic supplements and BHRT can help to improve these symptoms.
Here is a quick summary of each of these hormones:
Testosterone is an important hormone for sexual function and libido. When levels decline with age, this may result in a drop in libido, erectile dysfunction, reduced energy, stamina, endurance, and loss of muscle. Emotionally, people may feel like they’ve lost their “edge,” and lack a healthy level of assertiveness.
There is also research indicating that testosterone plays a role in maintaining cardiovascular health, as there are testosterone receptors in the heart. Testosterone builds strong bone and is an important treatment for osteoporosis.
Known as the “fountain of youth hormone,” DHEA is important for balancing stress and the effects of cortisol in the body. It is important for repair and maintenance of tissue and helps restore balance after periods of stress.
When levels are low, people may feel tired during the day yet wired at night. They may wake up many times throughout the night with or without an accompanying night sweat. They may gain weight in the abdomen, and they may develop impaired insulin sensitivity (pre-diabetes or diabetes).
Restoring levels can lead to an enhanced sense of well-being, improved sleep, mood and energy, and improved insulin sensitivity.
- Growth Hormone
Growth hormone is important for long life expectancy, energy and vitality. It is an important aspect of pro-active aging. It declines with age, and symptoms of deficiency could be noticeable when the level declines. Symptoms of deficiency include: fatigue, weakness, decreased muscle mass, increase in body fat (specifically abdominal), and insulin resistance (pre-diabetes or diabetes).
It is important to assess growth hormone levels by blood testing in order to distinguish between a true deficiency (which could require actual growth hormone replacement) and a level that is low-normal. Low-normal levels are frequently associated with symptoms because they represent a decline compared to one’s “usual” level.
We can enhance growth hormone production easily and naturally. using specific lifestyle measures and natural supplements (and thus avoid the need for actual growth hormone replacement). Higher growth hormone levels can lead to improved mood and cognitive function, improved blood flow and cardiac output, reduction in body fat (especially abdominal), improved bone density, improved maintenance of muscle, increased exercise capacity, increased immune system function, improved cholesterol levels, and improved inflammation.
Find Help with Testosterone Therapy in Toronto
If you’re experiencing any combination of the above symptoms and you believe your hormones may to be blame, it’s time to consult with a doctor. Testosterone Replacement Doctor, Cara Flamer, M.D. is trained in helping men who are suffering with andropause or low testosterone and can determine whether supplementing the hormones your body produces with natural bioidentical hormones will be a safe and effective treatment option for you.
Bioidentical Hormone Therapy is a natural hormone replacement therapy that has helped countless men in the Greater Toronto Area raise their testosterone back to healthy levels. If you are interested in learning more, speak Dr. Flamer who is trained in helping men with low testosterone and men going through andropause.