Here at Apex Health, we pride our selves on our knowledge and ability to help men normalize their hormone levels providing a foundation on which we can help them build optimal health. As men age, their bodies often undergo a process of slowed metabolism and reduced testosterone production. While this is normal to the aging process many of our modern ways of life speed it up to an unhealthy rate. Eating a typical western diet, being sleep deprived and being under stress can all reduce your bodies ability to produce testosterone, a hormone that is vital to long-term health.
Many men are living every day dealing with fat gain, loss of motivation and energy, as well as developing a host of chronic medical conditions which they believe are just a part of aging. Research has shown that low testosterone (low T) can cause a wide range of negative health effects. In one study there was strong evidence that low T levels in aging men led to sexual dysfunction, low mood, and reduced ability to concentrate1. Another study supported this showing that low T levels led to a reduced desire for sex, erectile dysfunction, depression, fatigue, cognitive impairment and loss of muscle tissue and strength2. Multiple studies have shown living with low T increases your risk of dying from all causes3,4 as well as increasing the risk of developing coronary artery disease or having a stroke5,6. And that’s just skimming the surface of the literature.
Low T not only makes you feel bad it makes you look bad as well. As you age and your testosterone declines, it results in decreased metabolism leading to weight gain. It also reduces endurance, stamina, and strength making it harder to perform in the gym and keep the weight off. Muscle loss is also an indirect result of this as well as a direct result of low T2,7. This gain of fat tissue and loss of muscle results in overall metabolic dysfunction often leading to metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.
Not only are you up against low T as you age but often you undergo an increase in estrogen as well. Increased estrogen can have its own host of negative effects on our health. It often leads to depression8. Elevated estrogen also seems to play a role in increasing your hearts need of oxygen leading to increased chance of a heart attack9. It also adds to that unwanted look talked about above. As estrogen increases so does fluid retention causing a rounder puffier look that no man wants. Again, that’s just scratching the surface.
Low T is truly something that you don’t want to live with every day and the great news is you don’t have too. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is becoming more and more popular amongst physician because of its wide range of benefits. Evidence indicates that TRT is both safe and effective. It has been shown to lead to a reduction in dying from all causes and a reduction in cardiovascular risk10. TRT can provide all-around symptom relief and improve your quality of life.
TRT is achieved by applying a gel to your body daily or injecting testosterone into the muscle twice weekly. Injections are the preferred route and when done properly they are simple, easy, and painless. TRT will increase and maintain your testosterone levels in the upper end of normal.
For those men serious about optimizing their health TRT is something we take very seriously here at Apex Health. Our goal is always to meet men where they are at and do a thorough investigation into their health. This includes talking with you and truly understanding how you feel and what your health goals are. For men with low T, one of the important steps in meeting their health goals is TRT.
At Apex Health this is our passion and specialty. We take TRT very serious and have advanced protocols to correct testosterone, estrogen, and other necessary hormones. If wanted, we prescribe testosterone to be applied or injected at home so very few visits to our office are required. We also treat all around men’s health issues. If TRT does not completely correct your low desire for sex or your erectile dysfunction we have advanced protocols to treat that as well.
In the pursuit of optimal health, TRT can provide a solid foundation on which to build from.
If you have any questions please reach out to us.
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