Testosterone levels in men peak at age 25 and gradually decline with age. Noticeable symptoms of these low levels usually start into the forties. Symptom onset is usually subtle and is commonly accompanied by weight gain. Added weight only increases male estrogen production and makes the symptoms of low testosterone that much worse
Signs/Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency in Men
- low libido
- poor memory
- muscle weakness/atrophy
- persistent fatigue
- poor mental function
- abdominal obesity
- heart palpitations
- aging face with poor tone
- receding hair line
- low motivation
Testosterone protects the cardiovascular health by reducing bad cholesterol, inflammation and atherosclerosis. It also protects the body from obesity and diabetes by maintaining insulin sensitivity. Testosterone is brain protective and actually acts to grow and repair damaged brain tissue. At True Balance we prescribe physiologic (within normal limits) doses of Testosterone to eliminate undesirable symptoms.
Directions for Use:
Testosterone Cream comes in simple to use dispensers for easy application of your daily hormone dose.
- Wipe the cream from the top of the dispenser directly onto the skin
- Rub the cream in with another body area such as the inside arm (if using your hands ensure you wash afterwards to avoid contamination)
- Apply to areas where there is little body hair as this can increase your conversion to Estrogen
- Apply to inner, upper forearm with excess cream being rubbed onto the side of the chest/flanks
- Apply cream in the morning AFTER showering
- Keep the cream in a visible location to ensure consistent daily applications (ex. bathroom)
- Apply to stomach region if there is excess abdominal fat as it is converted into other hormones such as estrogen.
- Apply to regions with too much body hair as it does NOT absorb well
- Store in direct sunlight
Testosterone Injections are the next option for those men that do not absorb cream well through the skin. This gives more consistent, guaranteed levels. The pharmacy will show you methods for injections.
- Intramuscular injection (the injection of a substance directly into a muscle) — done every 1-2 weeks, depending on patient preference.
- Subcutaneous injection (applied under the skin in the fat layer) — done 2 times per week.
HCG Injections are typically prescribed to younger males requiring testosterone treatment. Subcutaneous injection done 3 times per week.
- Stimulates the body to produce its own testosterone in the testes
- HCG can prevent shrinkage of the testes that can occur with TRT
- HCG can reduce the effects of TRT on sperm count and motility
Reduction in Risk of Heart Disease and Testosterone Treatment
There are many misconceptions about Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and heart disease. Studies are accumulating that show that TRT actually reduces the incidence of heart disease!
A large study including 80,000 men was published in the European Heart Journal in August 2015 taking a closer look at testosterone treatment. A comparison was made between men not being treated, and those on testosterone treatment. Testosterone treatment was associated with:
- 24% reduction in heart attack
- 36% reduction in stroke
- 56% reduction in risk of death
Click Here for a journal article re: Testosterone and improved LifeSpan
Click here for a journal article re: Testosterone and the Cardiovascular System
Lowered Risk of Prostate Cancer and Testosterone Treatment
Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of death in men and commonly affects men as they age. Indeed, the incidence of prostate cancer has been quoted to be 60% in men who reach the age of 80. Although, only 1 in 7 men diagnosed with prostate cancer will actually die of the disease, these numbers are still significant enough to cause concern.
- Improves quality of life
- Increases life span
- Reduces risk of prostate cancer
We highly recommend any man considering TRT read Dr. Abraham Morgentaler’s book titled Testosterone For Life. In his 2009 blockbuster he turned the medical literature upside down using prostate biopsies to show:
- LOW testosterone is a main risk factors for prostate cancer
- Testosterone treatment LOWERS the risk of prostate cancer
- Men can actually improve their vitality AND lower the risk of prostate cancer. That’s what we call ‘killing 2 birds with one stone’!
What about men who already have prostate cancer and are considering TRT for improved quality of life?
The developing research in this area is lending support to the notion that testosterone treatment does not increase the risk of prostate cancer progression. Dr. Morgentaler’s and our experience in this area is similar in that we do NOT see an increase in the rate of progression of the cancer with TRT. This is a complicated area and the use of testosterone treatment in men with prostate cancer remains controversial. Here at True Balance we take your care very seriously, and so only a full and informed discussion with your physician would allow consideration of TRT in this area.
Click Here for a link to a journal article re: Testosterone and Prostate Cancer