Testosterone Therapy for Men: Do You Qualify?
You hear about it on the radio, see ads in magazines, and probably know at least one other person who receives testosterone therapy for men. Now, you wonder if you qualify for this medication.
Here is what you need to know about testosterone replacement therapy for men: it only benefits people with low testosterone levels. If you are thinking about getting testosterone because you want to bulk up your muscles and increase your strength, think again. Not only is that illegal, but you are also risking your health, fertility, and freedom (buying testosterone without a prescription is illegal in the US and can result in jail time).
Testosterone therapy has significant benefits for those who need it. The production of testosterone begins to decrease long before most men leave their twenties behind. After twenty to thirty years of a one to two percent decrease in testosterone production, a male may have as little as 40% the testosterone in his body at age sixty that he did at age thirty.
The problem with the decrease is that the body’s androgen receptors still need testosterone. Without enough testosterone to go around, these cells sit idle, unable to carry out their functions. In the brain, testosterone promotes focus, learning, and memory. It supports neurogenesis and critical neurotransmitters that balance mood and emotions. Testosterone receptors help to keep the bones and muscles strong.
Testosterone therapy for men takes over when testosterone levels decline to the point that Low T symptoms occur.
What Does Testosterone Therapy Do for Men?
Our doctors here at Greenberg Health prescribe testosterone therapy for men with Low T to improve and reduce unwanted symptoms. These changes associated with a decline in testosterone can include fatigue, weight gain, joint pains, forgetfulness, muscle loss, low libido, and erectile dysfunction.
Testosterone plays a critical role in the following functions:
- Metabolism and fat distribution
- Red blood cell production
- Cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood pressure normalization
- Insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake by the tissues
- Muscle protein anabolism
- Bone remodeling and bone cell production
- Hair growth
- Focus, learning, spatial processing, and memory
- Emotional balance
- Keeping cortisol levels low
- Sperm production
- Heart health
- Sexual desire, arousal, performance, and orgasm intensity
Testosterone therapy for older men is beneficial when Low T increases the risk of conditions such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic heart failure
- Type 2 diabetes
The only thing testosterone therapy cannot do for men is to improve fertility. Since exogenous testosterone cannot enter the testes, men who receive treatment may experience a decrease in sperm count. Those concerned about fertility should discuss this fact with the prescribing hormone specialist before starting testosterone therapy. Other medications can help increase testicular testosterone production to improve fertility.
Who Can Benefit from Testosterone Therapy for Men?
If you are wondering if you can benefit from low testosterone therapy for men, ask yourself these qualifying questions:
- Are you frequently tired or lethargic?
- Do you have trouble sleeping, or do you get less than 7 hours of sleep each night?
- Have you gained any abdominal weight, or are you overweight?
- Has your sex drive decreased, or do you suffer from any form of erectile dysfunction?
- Have your workouts stopped producing the desired results – or are you too tired to exercise?
- Do you have muscle stiffness or joint pains?
- Have you noticed a loss of muscle mass, or has your once-toned body turned flabby?
- Are you moody, stressed, depressed, irritable, or anxious?
- Have you noticed an increase in breast tenderness or size?
- Are you losing your hair, or noticing any changes in body, facial, or scalp hair growth?
- Have you been diagnosed with any of the following?
- Cardiovascular disease
- Chronic heart failure
- Elevated blood pressure
- Heart attack
- High cholesterol or triglyceride levels
- Insulin resistance
- Metabolic syndrome
- Type 2 diabetes
If you answered yes to two or more questions above, you might qualify for testosterone therapy for men. One phone call to Greenberg Health can provide more information and clarification.
Is Testosterone Therapy Safe?
Many people tend to associate testosterone with “roid rage,” aggression, and bulky muscles. These occurrences happen when testosterone levels get too high in the body – typically from illegal use. That has nothing to do with the safety of testosterone replacement therapy.
Is testosterone therapy for men safe no matter their age?
Yes, age has nothing to do with testosterone therapy for men safe usage. It is all about testosterone levels and symptoms. That is how we determine who is a candidate for treatment.
As long as testosterone therapy is used under the prescribing supervision of a qualified and experienced hormone specialist, and the medication comes from a licensed US pharmacy, testosterone therapy is safe for most men.
Certain medical conditions, such as active cancer, are contraindicated for use until in remission.
What Is the Best Testosterone Therapy for Men with Low T?
Our doctors have years of experience treating men with Low T. Through considerable research, reviews, and results, they have determined that the best testosterone therapy for men is injectable testosterone. Our clients receive either testosterone enanthate, testosterone cypionate, or a combination of the two. The actual prescription depends on what the doctor deems the best option.
Testosterone therapy is a personalized treatment. Under no circumstances should it be prescribed as a one-size-fits-all treatment.
How Do I Know How Much Testosterone Therapy I Need?
During the diagnostic process that determines the need for testosterone therapy for men, our doctors gather a significant amount of information. Included in that are the following factors that go into determining the testosterone therapy dosage for men:
- Serum testosterone levels as shown in blood test results
- Body composition – including height and weight
- Health status
- Symptoms and their severity
- Medication and supplement use
The doctor will use this information to determine how much testosterone to prescribe.
How Do I Begin Testosterone Therapy?
The desire to receive testosterone treatment begins with a medical consultation with a hormone specialist. Rather than time-consuming and expensive office visits, Greenberg Health offers confidential consultations with our experienced medical advisors over the phone at no charge. That is right; you can speak to someone about your symptoms, concerns, and get answers to all your questions without it costing a penny.
Then, if it seems that your symptoms do align with a potential hormonal imbalance, we can arrange for low-cost blood testing at a laboratory near you. We will also provide the required physical examination form for any doctor of your choosing to complete. You can access and fill out our medical questionnaire online.
Upon receipt of the results, a hormone doctor at our clinic will determine if you qualify for testosterone therapy for men. If so, we can then proceed with treatment. Please contact us today for additional information on how testosterone therapy can improve your life.