Testosterone for Men

Why Men Need Testosterone

Testosterone is the male sex hormone: while women do require some amount of testosterone, it is a far more important hormone in men than.  Testosterone is primarily responsible for physical body functions, such as retaining proteins, building muscle mass, and increasing bone strength and density.

Bicep closeupThe Importance of Testosterone in Men

While responsible for many physical traits, testosterone is still the male sex hormone.  It is the hormone that allows the body to develop sexual traits and controls sex drive.  Secondary sexual characteristics such as deepening of the voice and facial and body hair growth are influenced heavily by testosterone, but sperm production and the ability to develop or maintain an erection are also controlled by this hormone. However, testosterone is also responsible for more than just sexual characteristics.  It also aids your liver in efficient functioning, helps your body to increase the size of muscle, and also directly influences endurance and strength potential.

Too Little Testosterone in Men

Having low testosterone is common in men, especially as they grow older.  As men age, their body produces less of this hormone, losing a total of approximately 1-2% testosterone every year past 30.  As testosterone is so important for men, not having enough can have many detrimental effects all throughout the body, and any one or combination of the following symptoms could be a sign of having low testosterone:Depressed Man

  • Depression or irritability
  • Development of breasts
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Frail bones
  • Hot flashes
  • Loss of hair, body or facial
  • Night sweats
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Sleep apnea
  • Urinary complications
  • Weight gain

Some of these symptoms are not directly caused by low testosterone, but are the result of andropause – a condition similar to menopause in women.   Andropause is caused by low testosterone, though, so any symptom of this condition can generally be directly linked to having low testosterone.

Too Much Testosterone in Men

While much less common than too little testosterone, it is possible for some men to have too much testosterone.  This is most commonly caused by misuse of testosterone supplementation, but may still occur in other ways.  Some symptoms of too much testosterone include:

  • Aggression
  • Heart complications
  • Impotence
  • Insomnia
  • Liver disease
  • Reduced testicle size
  • Reduction in sperm count

Thumbs UpTreating Testosterone Imbalance

If you suspect you have any hormonal imbalance, the first step should always be to make sure that such a condition is actually present.  Many of the symptoms of testosterone imbalance are not exclusive to fluctuating testosterone levels, so being tested is the only way to ensure that your hormone levels are actually the problem. Luckily, testosterone levels are addressable through various methods, and hormone replacement therapy may be highly effective in rebalancing the levels of testosterone in your body.  Additionally, exercise plans and dieting can have a large influence on your body’s natural testosterone production, so these methods may also be recommended to supplement hormone replacement therapy, and can be a good way to address low testosterone levels prior to starting therapy. If you believe that you may have a testosterone imbalance, then contact us today to get started on the path to having this condition addressed.  We can provide the necessary tests to identify whether such an imbalance exists, as well as offering several options for treatment.