Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is changing the paradigm of normal aging.
Healthy, aging men will have a predictable decline in the male sex hormone, testosterone, leading to decreased energy and fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, and loss of sex drive or erectile function. They will also have increasing risk for heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and dementia.
Have heart, men, for there is something you can do about it! Men can supplement their hormones, just like women. The decline in male hormones is called andropause, with a decline in hormones similar to menopause in women, but it occurs over 10-15 years instead of the few years it takes for menopause.
When replacing testosterone directly, we use only bioidentical hormones, which simply means they are 100% identical to our biology – that is, the molecular structure is exactly the same as that found in our body. Simply taking a pill that one swallows does not work and we recommend either a tablet that melts under the tongue or a cream that is absorbed through the skin. Some men prefer a weekly injection or subcutaneous pellets.
Improved mood, energy, sleep, sex drive and general outlook will usually start within a few weeks of TRT. It may take a few months to fully appreciate the improved stamina, muscle building, fat burning and erectile function effects.
Testosterone replacement therapy prevents disease and helps maintain quality of life, and like other age management strategies, it is changing the paradigm of normal aging!