Testosterone. It’s what makes men, men. It’s the hormone associated with libido and masculinity, yet it has many other benefits that are lost as hormone levels decline and contrary to popular thinking, women benefit from testosterone replacement as well. Adequate testosterone levels in both men and women can ward off many age related declines and relieve symptoms of andropause and menopause as well as perimenopause. Hormone replacement therapy to optimal levels can alleviate symptoms associated with testosterone deficiency.
As we age, our body composition changes. We can be the same weight, yet have a higher fat and lower muscle mass. Aging, lack of muscle mass and decreased activity causes bone loss and osteoporosis and our metabolism changes. Mood changes and lack of deep, restorative sleep and poor libido decreases the quality of life. Can you relate to any of these symptoms?
Testosterone improves bone density, restores lean body mass, reduces fat mass, improves mood, sleep, energy, clarity and sex drive among other things. It can enhance your sense of well-being and personal power and confidence. In men, it enhances sperm production and women in menopause can find relief from mild depression, hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
Hormone replacement therapy is not a panacea for all of these symptoms. It is important to have your levels checked and to be sure there are no contraindications to its use as well as to look for other causes of these symptoms. Levels must be monitored along with surveillance for side effects such as aggressive behavior, acne, facial hair, elevated red blood cell count and cancer. Studies show that testosterone does not cause cancer, however a cancer that is present can grow in the presence of hormones so be sure to have cancer screenings. Hormone replacement therapy, done responsibly, can dramatically improve the quality of life and health. Consult an anti-aging specialist to determine if you can benefit.