Testosterone Replacement Myths & Facts
Testosterone is the predominant male sex hormone and is most often associated with sexual performance and secondary sex characteristics, but this hormone also offers a broad range of physical, emotional and health benefits for men.
The many benefits of testosterone include improved sexual performance, improved fertility, increased energy, better strength and endurance. In terms of general health, normal testosterone levels help to develop lean muscle mass and regulate cholesterol and body fat. Testosterone is also important for focus, concentration and brain function and healthy testosterone levels lower a man’s risk for heart disease.
When hormones are out of balance, a variety of symptoms can result. Low testosterone can result in mood swings and depression, decreased libido, lack of concentration and weight gain. When testosterone levels are out of balance, decreased sex drive can become erectile dysfunction.Low testosterone levels also result in an increase in the signs of aging, including everything from muscle aches to wrinkles.
At Danville Holistic Medical Center, we have treatment programs for low testosterone levels. Our treatment begins with comprehensive laboratory testing to determine the state of the hormone levels in your body. An exam and discussions allow our trained anti-aging physician to prepare a customized treatment and hormone replacement therapy plan that is tailored to your specific needs and desired outcomes.
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TESTOSTERONE IS MORE THAN A MALE HORMONE
The word testosterone usually conjures up images of aggressive behavior. There is a correlation at least in competitive situations. However, there appears to be a subtler connection between testosterone and behavior in other types of situations in both genders.
BEING IN LOVE CHANGES TESTOSTERONE LEVELS
According to an Italian study, for a few months after a relationship begins, women in love have higher testosterone than women who are single or in long-term relationships.
For men it testosterone levels decrease for those who are newly in love than for single me or those in long-term relationships.
The changes don’t last. When researchers retested the study participants again one to two years later, the differences had disappeared.
TESTOSTERONE THERAPY CAN SHRINK YOUR BELLY
Most studies indicate that men with low testosterone levels may lose weight when treated with hormone replacement therapy. However, testosterone therapy is generally recommended for men with symptoms such as fatigue, muscle and bone-mass loss or sexual dysfunction.
MAKING MONEY AFFECTS IT
British researchers reported a correlation between testosterone spikes in futures traders on days when they made an above-average profit. They also found that higher than normal testosterone levels in the morning often resulted in above-average profits in the afternoons compared to days with lower morning testosterone levels.
An even stronger cause-and-effect relationship was true in more experienced traders.
TOO MUCH TESTOSTERONE CAN SHRIVEL TESTICLES
Taking steroid hormones such as testosterone as performance boosters can cause testicles to shrink and breasts to grow in men. For women, it can cause a deeper voice, an enlarged clitoris, hair loss from the head, and hair growth on the body and face.
Men working with an experienced doctor to treat low testosterone or women taking small amounts of testosterone under medical supervision are unlikely to have testosterone-overdose symptoms.
SPORTS FANS GET A WINNER’S BOOST
Studies have shown that prior to a competition, a man’s testosterone level rises. The winner’s testosterone will increase even more. Fans’ hormone levels seem to mirror those of their athletic teams – fans of winning teams experienced testosterone increases, fans of losing teams decreased in testosterone levels.
FAT CAN LOWER TESTOSTERONE
Obese men tend to have lower testosterone than thinner men. It’s not clear why, although one possible reason is that obesity promotes a state of widespread inflammation in the body. These inflammatory factors have been associated with suppression of testosterone synthesis.
HANDS REVEAL HORMONE SECRETS
In men and boys, the right pointer finger is shorter in relation to their right ring finger than it is in girls. This has even been found in other five-fingered creatures, such as rats. Scientists have found that the difference is a clear marker for fetal exposure to testosterone. The higher your testosterone level before birth, the lower your pointer-finger-to-ring-finger ratio.
Men with the lowest ratios made the most money and stayed in business for the longest time, according to the U.K. study of traders and testosterone.
IT’S HARD TO MEASURE TESTOSTERONE LEVELS ACCURATELY
Men are often diagnosed with low testosterone after a single test. This can lead to inaccurate results and diagnosis. Testosterone levels should be check more than once and the test should be completed in the morning when testosterone levels are highest.
TESTOSTERONE THERAPY IS NOT THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
It would be great if an aging man’s vigor, muscle power, and sex drive could be restored with testosterone. But it is not clear whether therapy will do anything for the 75% to 80% of men over 65 who have normal levels of testosterone.
Men with below-normal levels, however, may get a boost in libido, sexual function, and bone mass from supplemental testosterone. And it may help diabetic men with low testosterone build lean muscle mass.
TAKING IT DOESN’T CAUSE PROSTATE CANCER
Testosterone treatment can boost levels of prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, a nonspecific marker for prostate cancer, which may lead to more prostate biopsies and more prostate-cancer diagnoses. There are now major questions about whether it’s worthwhile to treat—or even diagnose—prostate cancers in older men, given that they’re common and often slow-growing.
LOW LEVELS ARE LINKED TO SLEEP APNEA
Men with sleep apnea are more likely to have low testosterone, and treating sleep apnea can help return it to normal. But if a man with sleep apnea is diagnosed with low testosterone alone, taking the supplemental hormone can worsen sleep apnea. That’s why it’s crucial for men with low testosterone to get a thorough workup by an endocrinologist so underlying conditions that can cause low testosterone, such as sleep apnea or pituitary-gland tumors, don’t go undiagnosed.
TESTOSTERONE MAY HURT MEN’S HEARTS
In 2010, researchers halted a study of testosterone therapy in older men because of a higher rate of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack in the group taking testosterone instead of placebo.
Although the reason was not identified, caution should be taken by older men in poor health before undertaking a testosterone therapy plan.
TOO MUCH TESTOSTERONE MAY KILL BRAIN CELLS
Yale researchers showed that nerve cells exposed to high levels of testosterone in a petri dish were more likely to self-destruct. The hormone boosted a “cell suicide” mechanism known as apoptosis, which, under normal circumstances, is supposed to help the body wipe out cancerous or otherwise abnormal cells. Exposure to low levels of testosterone, however, had no effect on the cells.
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