Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help Men Suffering From Andropause
In men, hormone imbalances leading to andropause can be treated with testosterone replacement.
When you hear the words “being hormonal” or having a “hormonal balance,” chances are you think of women. But the truth is men can and do suffer from hormone imbalances as well.
Just as in women, they can affect a man’s physical as well as emotional well-being. And, just as hormonal changes lead to menopause in women, hormone imbalances create a condition known as “andropause” in men.
While a decline in other hormones, such as human growth hormone, contributes, the driving force behind the symptoms of andropause is age-related testosterone loss.
Often the first thing a man entering andropause notices is a subtle downward shift in strength and energy as hormone levels taper off. Muscle tone and stamina are the first to go, and he starts to gain weight, particularly around the middle.
Then the next issue is almost always sexual health problems like erectile dysfunction, followed soon after by emotional issues such as mood swings, irritability, depression, and anxiety.
In fact, most of the conditions that we think of growing older are really all related to the hormone imbalances caused by andropause.
The 2006 HIM Study found that nearly 40% of US males over 45 years old had low testosterone levels.
However, the majority of men in the study did not recognize that the weight gain, sore muscles, lack of libido, insomnia, and burnout they were experiencing could have something to do with andropause and hormone imbalance – instead, they put their symptoms down to “just getting old.”
A hormonal imbalance occurs when your body produces too much or too little of the important hormones in your bloodstream.
Although an occasional irregularity is not harmful, a major imbalance, such as that happens with andropause, a condition also known as “hypogonadism,” can have severe consequences on your health.
Men can naturally try to keep their hormones in balance by doing the following:
Add enough protein to your meals – Proteins provide essential amino acids in your body that help maintain muscle, skin, and bone health.
Indulge in regular physical exercise – Physical exercise helps reduce insulin levels in your body and is beneficial to hormone regulation.
Skip the refined sugar and carbs – Keep your sugar and carb levels in check to avoid developing diabetes, obesity, and other diseases.
Manage stress effectively – Try to allocate some time in your day to do things that help reduce your stress levels.
Consume healthy fats – Include high-quality natural fats like fatty fish, avocados, dark chocolate, eggs, and nuts. This may help reduce insulin resistance and appetite and keep your hormones in check.
However, if you are already feeling the symptoms of andropause or hormonal imbalance, you may be a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.
What Every Man Needs to Know Testosterone Replacement and Andropause
Andropause is a collection of symptoms, the root cause of which is low testosterone.
Just as menopause is a part of life for women, age-related testosterone loss resulting in andropause may be unavoidable for most men.
It is a simple biological fact that once you reach about the age of 30, you can expect your testosterone level to drop by as much as 2% per year.
That’s why most men between the ages of 45 and 65 will likely be experiencing the symptoms of low testosterone to some degree. The good news is that doctors can treat andropause and age-related testosterone deficiency with testosterone replacement therapy.
Prescription testosterone replacement therapy for men is available via injection, topical creams or gels, skin patches, subdermal pellets, or oral medication. Most doctors agree that testosterone injections are the safest and most effective form of testosterone therapy.
For men experiencing the many debilitating symptoms of andropause, testosterone replacement therapy has been shown to:
- Improve libido and treat erectile dysfunction
- Increase energy and stamina
- Aid in weight loss
- Help you build lean muscle
- Improve sleep
- Improve cognition
- Improve exercise capacity
- Decrease feelings of anxiety and depression
Testosterone replacement therapy is only available with a doctor’s prescription. You cannot buy testosterone online or anywhere without a doctor’s prescription.
While any doctor can write you a prescription for testosterone replacement therapy, when you are seeing andropause treatments, you should work with a clinic like the NuLife Institute that specializes in age-related hormone decline.
At NuLife, we realize that not all men with low testosterone have the same set of symptoms or the same health and wellness goals. We will tailor your program of testosterone therapy to your unique needs and lifestyle to maximize your benefits and optimize your results.
Our medical director, Dr. Luis Dominguez, has used his unique, customized approach to help thousands of patients reverse the clock on aging and enjoy a whole new lease on life.
Dr. Luis Dominguez has applied his inquisitive mind and passion for evidence-based Integrative Medicine to focus on utilizing a whole-body approach that provides life-changing results.
“I always thought ‘menopause’ was a woman’s thing. To tell you the truth I never really heard of ‘andropause’ till the doctors at NuLife told me that was why I was tired and felt miserable most of the time. Since starting on testosterone replacement at NuLife, I feel and look great. My moods are better, I am stronger, fitter. I just feel full that my whole outlook on life has changed!
– Owen B. Miami, Fl.
If you would like to learn a little bit more about the many life-changing benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, please contact us today by calling (305) 400-0005.