Men experience an annual decline in their hormone levels beginning in their mid twenties. Andropause, often referred to as male menopause, is a result of low testosterone levels throughout the body. In a 2007 study, nearly 40% of men over age 45 had low testosterone levels when tested at their doctor’s office. Many doctors still do not routinely test testosterone levels. The depleted testosterone levels cause a number of symptoms which look similar to what women experience during menopause, and which occur slowly instead of suddenly as in women.
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A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2012 demonstrated a 39% decrease in mortality of men treated with testosterone compared to men not treated. Low testosterone levels can increase the risks of:
Many professionals agree that andropause (male menopause) is under diagnosed, which can cause serious consequences for mentally affected patients with depression symptoms. Early detection and treatment can help avoid serious consequences for men suffering with depression.
” I had normal levels of testosterone for a male my age. But normal for my age is not good enough for me. I don’t want to decline as I get older. After the injection, I remembered what it was like when I was younger. I am gaining muscle, which has been measured on a metabolic scale. I also desire my wife much more frequently than before. It used to be just a few times a month. Now it is a few times a week, and it is much stronger. The hormones have restored me to where I was before, and my wife and I love it. ” Patient 02470, age 56.
Bio-identical hormones are easily accepted by the body because their chemical structure is the same as naturally occurring testosterone. They replenish missing hormone quantities to stop the andropause symptoms, and in certain areas, will reverse the damage. Bio-identical hormones are at the forefront of regenerative and restorative medicine.
Studies in which healthy men were treated with large doses of bio-identical testosterone up to many times the “normal” blood level for their age, have shown no ill effects.
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With testosterone therapy, most men will initially notice improvements in exercise tolerance, mood and energy. A significant change in body composition with decreased body fat and increased muscle mass, mental clarity, mood consistency, and enhanced libido, may take multiple months and several treatments. Improvements continue for a year or longer until the optimum level is reached. A healthy diet and regular exercise will further enhance the results.