Understanding Testosterone Replacement Therapy
According to the CDC, men's life expectancy has
increased by 65% over the last 100 years.
Consequently, men have been continually redefining
what it means to be 50, 60, 70 years, or even
older. With age comes a natural drop in
testosterone levels. Testosterone is a hormone
essential for maintaining bone density, muscle
bulk, red blood cells, and sexual and reproductive
Testosterone replacement therapy, also known as androgen replacement therapy or TRT, is a type of hormone therapy used to treat low testosterone levels. Patients may have low testosterone levels due to age or a separate medical condition. Recently, testosterone replacement therapy has also been gaining traction for helping patients achieve higher energy levels, build muscle mass, and enhance sexual performance.
How PDO Thread Lifts Work
There are three types of PDO threads: PDO mono
threads, PDO cog threads, and PDO screw threads.
PDO mono threads are smooth sutures that stimulate
collagen production, thereby rejuvenating the
skin. In contrast, PDO cog threads lift parts of
the face through barbs that latch into the skin.
Finally, PDO screw threads comprise one or two
intertwined threads to restore volume.
According to a 2017 study, PDO thread lifts primarily help skin appear tighter and more structured, with effects lasting for around a year, at which point the sutures begin to dissolve. However, a secondary rejuvenation effect may last for at least three years after the procedure.
Hypogonadism (Low Testosterone Levels)
Hypogonadism is a condition in which the male body
fails to produce adequate amounts of testosterone.
It is often caused by issues in the hypothalamus,
pituitary gland, or testicles. Men who have had an
injury to the testicles, have HIV/AIDS, have
undergone chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or
had undescended testicles as an infant are all
considered at risk for this condition.
Adult men with hypogonadism may experience the following symptoms:
- Decreased beard and body hair growth
- Decreased muscle mass
- Decreased sex drive
- Development of breast tissue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Erectile dysfunction
Andropause (Male “Menopause”)
It has long been well-known that women deal with a
decrease in estrogen as they get older. This
change of life is often treated by estrogen
replacement therapy. However, in recent years,
some doctors have theorized that aging men
experience many of the same symptoms that women
experience during perimenopause and menopause.
This phenomenon of declining testosterone levels is known as andropause or, more simply, low testosterone. Symptoms include:
- Sexual problems
Ways of Supplementing Testosterone
There are several available ways of supplementing
testosterone. These include skin patches
(transdermal), gels, mouth patches, injections,
and implants. Skin patches must be applied on the
arm or upper body once a day, while gels must also
be applied once a day.
Mouth patches are applied twice a day and continually release testosterone into the blood through the oral tissues. Finally, injections may be injected directly into the muscles or implanted as pellets in the soft tissues. These methods allow the testosterone to bypass the liver and get directly into the blood.
Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Since each individual is so different, it is
difficult to predict the benefits of
testosterone replacement therapy. However,
several patients have reported improvement in
energy level, quality of erections, and sex
drive. Many men also experience increased bone
density, muscle mass, and insulin sensitivity
due to testosterone replacement therapy.
Furthermore, men also frequently report an overall improvement in mood from testosterone replacement therapy — though, again, just how noticeable this improvement is highly dependent on the individual. In general, most men have positive responses to testosterone replacement therapy.
Call Us Today
Call Us Today Testosterone replacement therapy can help counter the effects of low testosterone and hormonal imbalance. We at Nuceria Health can help. Call us today at (786) 933-9918 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.