Getting older isn’t fun, but we don’t have to be menopausal to experience symptoms of hormone deficiency. Hormones aren’t just for women either! It may surprise you to know both men and women benefit from testosterone therapy. Men just require a lot more than women. I truly believe both members in a relationship should be treated with hormones if needed. You’ll understand why after reading the benefits I describe in the rest of this blog.
Testosterone is a hormone that has many functions in the body, and many times, the deficiency of testosterone becomes apparent in our mid-30s. It’s a hormone that affects our brain function, so if you begin to feel mental fog, decreased mental clarity and difficulty focusing…lack of adequate testosterone could be the culprit. Other symptoms include memory loss (Where did I park my car? Where are my keys? Why did I come in this room?), mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, fatigue (especially in the afternoon around 3-4 o’clock), and sleep disturbances.
What do we do when we have these symptoms? We seek help from our primary practitioners and are given a “Band-Aid” of antidepressants, sleeping pills, and anxiety medicines. They come with a host of side effects including: weight gain, zombie like state, dependency for sleep, decreased sex drive, and feeling more tired. They do not address the root problem. Most of the time, this problem is actually a testosterone deficiency that can easily be remedied with replacement of this hormone with testosterone that is chemically the same as our body makes (bio-identical).
Testosterone will not only relieve symptoms, but it is known and proven to protect the body from diseases of aging such as heart disease (still the number one cause of death in men and women), Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
One out of every 3 deaths in the U.S. is attributed to heart disease, accounting for 2,200 deaths per day. Testosterone therapy can help lower cholesterol between 50 and 100 points in both men and women. Men over age 55 with higher levels of testosterone have a significantly lower risk of heart attack. Men and women with low testosterone are 3 times more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s dementia. Testosterone supplementation in adequate levels promotes an increase in bone density of 8.3% per year, preventing or reversing osteopenia and osteoporosis. Testosterone decreases mid-abdominal fat, decreases incidence of insulin resistance, and can actually reverse early type two diabetes if the pancreas is healthy.
My answer? Don’t give in to aging. You don’t have to feel this way or take synthetic medications to treat these diseases if you prevent them from happening with bio-identical testosterone. Simply replacing testosterone can give you the energy, vitality, motivation, mood enhancement, and the sex drive you deserve while preventing diseases of aging. You will truly feel like you have your life back and it can save relationships as well.
Give me a call to find out how you can improve both your health and quality of life forever. (402) 578-5353
Joleen Lake APRN