As men get older, their testosterone level gradually declines, causing a decrease in stamina, strength, sexuality and energy. In fact, declining hormone levels are largely responsible for the unwelcome “effects of aging” as it they experienced by most men. The steady decline in testosterone levels starts much earlier than is widely recognized – beginning in the late twenties and reaching an evident depletion of testosterone around mid-life. In most cases it drops about 1% a year. This depletion of testosterone is also referred to as Andropause, and is characterized by a long list of uncomfortable symptoms that can affect the quality of life such as weight gain, muscle loss, mood swings and irritability, fatigue, insomnia and erectile dysfunction.
The great news is that the low testosterone and its symptoms can be treated. Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a rapidly emerging field of medicine that is creating an incredibly positive impact on aging men. You do not give up a great, active lifestyle simply because of your declining hormone levels.
At RevitalizeMaui our Testosterone Therapy Programs are overseen by our Medical Director, Dr. Emeka Okwuje, a specialist in anesthesiology, longevity and functional medicine with more than 20 years of experience. You can be confident that all of our treatments and programs are safe and designed with your entire body in mind. All of our Testosterone Therapy Programs and treatments include consistent follow-up testing and monitoring. The benefits of a comprehensive hands-on treatment plan for hormone/testosterone balance extends well beyond addressing symptoms. Our goal is to help you get your body and mind back in balance and reclaim your overall health and quality of life.
The first step in any TRT program is to determine if you indeed have low testosterone levels. This can only truly be confirmed by diagnostic testing, but there are several common symptoms that can let you know that you may have low T, and should pursue testing for possible treatment. Symptoms that can signal that a man may have low testosterone include:
A lot of the time men think that low testosterone is something that they can or should just live with, but it can be more than experiencing some disturbed sleep patterns and moodiness—it can affect your entire quality of life, and it is something that significantly impacts your health. Research has shown that low or declining levels testosterone have been linked to an increased risk of disease, including osteoporosis and diabetes, and have also been associated with increased mortality risk.
Increased energy – Testosterone can play a large role in sustaining energy levels, and who doesn’t want more energy? It also helps by building and maintaining muscle mass, which gives the body fuel to perform longer and stronger throughout the day. Research has even shown that having adequate levels of testosterone contributes to better recovery between workouts.
Improved libido – Testosterone is usually considered to be the “manly hormone,” but it is also the “hormone of desire.” When a man’s testosterone levels decline, his libido does also. Men can revive their sexual desire with a carefully administered testosterone replacement therapy plan. In addition to this increased sexual desire, many men will also see other sexual benefits, such as increased stamina and improved orgasms.
Balanced mood – Many men will experience mood swings, depression and irritability around mid-life, which are commonly linked to low testosterone. testosterone therapy restores these levels and and in turn stabilizes mood swings.
Protected cardiovascular system – Adequate levels of testosterone support the heart and ensure well-functioning blood vessels that transport oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Studies have shown that there is also a connection between adequate levels of testosterone and healthy blood cholesterol levels and that testosterone therapy can help to minimize the plaque build-up associated with high cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Testosterone replacement therapy and the corresponding treatment plans are designed to suit the lifestyle of each individual. The options for the delivery and administration of testosterone therapy include:
You don’t have to live with the symptoms of low testosterone. Contact us RevitalizeMaui to get started with your complete treatment plan made to fit your lifestyle and individual health needs by an expert physician specializing in hormone therapy or fill out the form at the top of this page to receive more information.