As men age, a decline in testicular production of testosterone are seen, as well as an increase in sex hormone binding globulin, both of which act to decrease bioavailable testosterone. With this gradual decline, the beneficial effects of testosterone could be diminished and negatively affect physical and emotional well-being.
Male hypogonadism is a condition in which the body does not produce enough of the testosterone hormone; the hormone that plays a key role in masculine growth and development during puberty. Hypogonadism can significantly reduce the quality of life and has resulted in the loss of livelihood and separation of couples, leading to divorce. It is also important for doctors to recognize that testosterone is not just a sex hormone. There is an important research being published to demonstrate that testosterone may have key actions on metabolism, on the vasculature, and on brain function, in addition to its well-known effects on bone and body composition.
The symptoms of low testosterone are sometimes obvious, but they also can be subtle. Testosterone levels decline naturally in men as they age over decades. But certain conditions can also lead to an abnormally low level. Symptoms of low testosterone include:
* Erectile dysfunction
* Decrease in beard and body hair growth
* 8Decrease in muscle mass
* Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
* Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)
Hypogonadism can also cause mental and emotional changes. As testosterone decreases, some men may experience symptoms similar to those of menopause in women. These may include:
* Low sense of well-being
* Fatigue and poor energy level
* Difficulty concentrating
* Low sex drive (libido)
* Hot flashes
Testosterone replacement therapy is the primary treatment option for hypogonadism. Testosterone intramuscular (IM) injections have been available since the 1940s for hormone replacement in hypogonadal men.
Topical gels. Clear testosterone gels work on a similar principle to the patches, as patients administer a dose of the gel by rubbing it into their skin once a day.
Intramuscular Injections It is also possible (and most effective) to inject testosterone directly into the muscles themselves.
* Increased libido
* Reduced fat
* Improved sexual performance
* Helps with cholesterol/cardioprotective effects
* Beneficial effects on bone density
Helps with diabetes
* Sharpens mind
* Improves mood
* Improves skin tone and elasticity
* increases energy and stamina
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