Bioidentical Hormone Replacement for Men
Hormone replacement in men primarily refers to Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), although other hormones may require replacement or optimization for optimal functioning of both body and mind. Bioindentical hormones refer to the exact hormones found in your body already. These are very different from the drugs produced by pharmaceutical companies used many times to treat hormone deficiencies. Although they may have similar effects as the natural hormones, they many times have side effects not found in the Bioidentical hormones.
As we age, all hormone levels tend to decline. This is true for both men & women alike. This occurs with many undesirable effects including decrease muscle mass and bone strength, increase fat deposition, increase insulin resistance (pre-diabetic state) and "mental slowing" to name a few. By correcting or optimizing key hormones, such as testosterone, these "undesirable effects" can be slowed down or even reversed. Hormone optimization, in general terms, means increasing levels to those found at the 75th percentile of a 25 year old man.
Testosterone optimization results in increased muscle strength and lean body mass, improved sexual response, reversal of impotence, and improved body composition. Testosterone has also been shown to protect against cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis and degenerative joint change. It improves the sense of well-being and depressed mood that are frequently seen in andropause (male menopause). It has also been shown to improve memory. Men who receive testosterone optimization consequently report that they feel sexier, stronger and healthier. They state that it makes them feel as they did when they were in their prime.
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