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Ever wonder if testosterone therapy is right for you?

If you’re a man age 40 or older, here’s a simple self assessment.

  • Do you feel tired and fatigued often?
  • Do you feel depressed or irritable?
  • Are you losing hair and lean muscle mass?
  • Do you have erectile dysfunction or low sex drive?
  • Are you overweight or obese?

If you answered “Yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have low testosterone levels.

  • Beginning around age 40, testosterone levels in men drop 1 to 2% per year, which can lead to hair loss, fatigue, changes in weight and body composition, depression, and more.(1)

Experiencing any of the above symptoms? Instead of calling it a mid-life crisis and doing something wild, get your testosterone levels tested. The symptoms of low testosterone levels (also called hypogonadism), can often be treated by testosterone replacement therapy.2

Start with a check-up

See your doctor or specialist to get your testosterone levels tested to:

  • Assess your hormone levels
  • Discuss your symptoms
  • Evaluate your lifestyle habits
  • Determine if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you

5 Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Research shows testosterone replacement therapy can help older men in a variety of ways, including: (3)

Higher energy levels: Many men with low testosterone complain of persistent fatigue and low energy levels. Testosterone replacement therapy can help alleviate these symptoms, leading to increased vitality and motivation.

Increased muscle mass & strength: Testosterone plays a crucial role in promoting muscle growth and strength. Men on testosterone replacement therapy may notice an increase in muscle mass and improved physical performance.

Better mood & well-being: Testosterone is known to have a significant impact on mood and cognitive function. Research shows that men undergoing testosterone replacement therapy may experience reduced irritability, improved mood, and better mental clarity.

Improved sexual function: One of the most noticeable benefits of testosterone therapy is an improvement in libido and sexual function.

Stronger bones: Testosterone contributes to bone density, and its decline can lead to a higher risk of osteoporosis. Testosterone replacement therapy can help maintain and even improve bone health, reducing the risk of fractures and bone-related issues.

Risks associated with testosterone replacement therapy

Did you know an estimated 3 to 4% of men age 40 and older get testosterone replacement therapy?(4)

While more men are being treated for low testosterone levels, there are some risks with this drug therapy, including: (5)

  • Short-term risks for testosterone replacement therapy include acne, sleep apnea, swollen or tender breasts, swelling in the ankles.
  • Long-term risks associated with testosterone replacement therapy include increased risks for heart attack, stroke, prostate cancer.

Is testosterone therapy right for you? Ask your doctor. When administered under proper medical supervision, testosterone therapy can help men regain their vitality and improve their quality of life, making it an essential option for those affected by hormonal imbalances.

References

  1. LeWine, H.E. (2023). Testosterone: What it is and how it affects your health. From: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/testosterone–what-it-does-and-doesnt-do
  2. National Library of Medicine. (2022). Hypogonadism. From: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/001195.htm
  3. Dos Santos, M.R., et al. (2020). Benefits and risks of testosterone treatment in men with age-related decline in testosterone. Annual Review of Medicine, 27(72): 75-91. From: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33217248/
  4. Kovac, J.R., et al. (2015). Patient satisfaction with testosterone replacement therapies: the reasons behind the choices. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(2): 553-562. From: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3946859/
  5. Harvard University. (2020). Is testosterone therapy safe? Take a breath before you take the plunge. Harvard Health Publishing. From: https://www.health.harvard.edu/mens-health/is-testosterone-therapy-safe-take-a-breath-before-you-take-the-plunge

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