Our Approach to Male Hormone Health
Wellness is most easily achieved when hormones are balanced. This is true for both women and men, and at RevitaLife, we have helped countless patients optimize their hormone health and subsequently enjoy a greater quality of life. Testosterone is a key hormone for men’s health, and when production begins to slow with age, problems can ensue. Fortunately, keeping men’s hormones balanced naturally—not conventionally—is one of our specialties.
Understanding Testosterone’s Role in Men’s Health
Testosterone is the major sex hormone in males that regulates sexual development, muscle mass, bone mass, fat distribution and red blood cell production. Signals sent from the brain to the pituitary gland at the base of the brain control the production of testosterone in men. The pituitary gland then relays signals to the testes to produce testosterone. Testosterone production surges during adolescence and peaks in the late teens or early 20s. After age 30, testosterone levels naturally begin to drop by about one percent each year. If testosterone levels drop too low, a loss of confidence and lack of motivation can result. Low testosterone can also lower a man’s ability to concentrate or cause feelings of sadness.
Implications of Low Testosterone
Low testosterone can have serious implications. In addition to causing low energy and depression, low testosterone can result in:
- Low sex drive
- Poor erections
- Low sperm count
- Loss of strength or agility
- Enlarged or tender breasts
- Low fertility or infertility
- Weight gain
- Excessive sweating
- Decreased bone strength
Left untreated, men whose testosterone levels have declined are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, prostate cancer, arthritis, muscle loss, Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis, as well as an increased risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Implications of High Testosterone
High testosterone can be a serious issue for boys, potentially causing puberty to start too early. In men, high testosterone can be caused by excessive exercise, malnutrition, synthetic steroid abuse and hormonal imbalances in the pituitary gland. Men with very high testosterone levels may experience:
- Aggressive or risky behaviors
- Excessive body hair
- High sex drive
- Low sperm count
- Swelling of the legs and feet
- Unexplained weight gain
Excessively high testosterone can also contribute to heart or liver problems, high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, mood swings and prostate enlargement, which could cause difficulty passing urine.
Our Approach to Balancing Male Hormones
Testosterone replacement therapy is an effective treatment for men who are experiencing bothersome symptoms of low testosterone. Rather than using conventional synthetic hormones to alleviate symptoms, which can lead to serious side effects, Revitalife treats male hormone imbalances with bioidentical hormones. Treatment with bioidentical hormones is preferred over synthetic hormones because bioidentical hormones are identical to the hormones naturally produced by the body. These hormones are derived from plants, whereas synthetic hormones are created using inorganic chemical compounds. When bioidentical hormone therapy is used to replace missing testosterone, it has been shown to:
- Improve physical, emotional and mental energy
- Increase sexual performance and libido
- Improve sleep patterns
- Lower the potential risk of heart disease
- Alleviate depression, fatigue, anxiety and irritability
- Improve mood and heighten a sense of wellbeing
- Decrease fat mass
- Improve body mass and muscle performance
How to Assess Your Testosterone Levels
A blood, saliva or urine test is the best way to assess your testosterone levels and will help us determine the exact amount of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy you need. Every patient is unique, meaning that no two treatment protocols will be alike. In addition to prescribing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, patients of RevitaLife may also be counseled on proper eating habits, sleeping habits and other lifestyle factors.
Our goal is to help our patients achieve their highest possible quality of life as naturally as possible. To schedule a consultation to assess your hormone health, call us today at 850.436.4444.