Testosterone replacement is vitality for the aging man.
Healthy, aging men will have a predictable decline in the male sex hormone, testosterone, leading to decreased energy, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, and decreased sex drive or erectile function. They will also have an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and dementia.
Luckily, there is something that can be done about it! Men can supplement their hormones, just like women. The decline in male hormones is called andropause, with the decline in hormones similar to menopause in women, but it typically occurs over 10-15 years instead of the few years it takes for menopause.
When replacing testosterone directly, we use only bioidentical hormones, which simply means they are identical to the hormones we make. The best routes for testosterone replacement are injectable an occasionally topical. Oral testosterone does not work as well and is very hard on the liver.
Improved mood, energy, sleep, sex drive and muscle recovery time will usually start in a few weeks of testosterone replacement. It may take a few months to fully appreciate the improved stamina, muscle building, fat burning and erectile function effects of testosterone.
Testosterone replacement prevents disease and helps maintain the quality of life, and like other age management strategies, it I changing the paradigm of normal aging.