Testosterone In Men: An Overview
Testosterone truly is the life source for the male body. It’s what makes a man a man. Produced primarily in the testes by specialized cells called Leydig cells, testosterone travels through the body via your bloodstream, and binds to receptor sites on target tissues.
There are male testosterone receptors throughout your body, but the largest concentration is in the heart and brain. When testosterone levels in men dip with age, your receptor sites can’t absorb sufficient amounts of testosterone, which leads to fatigue, sexual dysfunction, low sex drive, muscle loss, and many more symptoms. What we’re talking about here is male menopause, also know as andropause.
Testosterone begins to diminish when men are in their late 20s, with symptoms generally beginning to emerge in the late 30s. The good news is that low testosterone (or low T) can be fixed, easily and safely. However, it’s critical that treatment be done correctly.
Some Facts About Testosterone In Men
- The hormone testosterone is an anabolic steroid. “Steroid” is a word that engenders negative connotations with those who follow sports; but the bodies of both men and women produce the anabolic steroid testosterone naturally. Men, however, require it to live. The negative connotation associated with anabolic steroids comes from the many athletes and body builders who use/abuse combinations of synthetic testosterone for performance enhancement—a practice called “stacking.” Our doctors do not use synthetic testosterone in our client’s treatment plans, and they do not stack testosterone in men. Our doctors only use bioidentical hormones—which means they are exactly the same as what your body would produce naturally. Further, our doctors will only replace your testosterone to healthy levels—not beyond.
- If done correctly, there are no side effects from hormone therapy. Hormone replacement therapy is safe, and more importantly, it’s healthy. In fact, restoring testosterone to pre-andropause levels is vital to a man’s health, and improves his chances for avoiding illness and disease as he ages.
- Testosterone does not cause prostate cancer. Excess estrogen increases prostate cancer risk. Please see our page on estrogen for more details.
- Replacing testosterone should be done in conjunction with balancing other hormones, particularly thyroid. Please see our page on hormone balance for more details.
- Testosterone is the feel good, sex drive hormone for men. With male hormone therapy, you should begin to feel better in 1 to 2 weeks; and providing you have good lifestyle habits (e.g. a healthy diet, sufficient physical activity, and stress reduction), you will feel like a new man in 4-6 weeks after your hormones have balanced.
- The symptoms of andropause and the symptoms of low testosterone are very similar. This is because the symptoms of andropause are caused by the imbalance of several hormones, but the most important is testosterone.
- Testosterone levels are declining at an accelerated rate in recent years due to pollutants and petrochemicals in the environment. Though highly unusual 10 years ago, we are now commonly treating men in their 30s who are presenting with testosterone levels typical of a 60 year old man (not receiving treatment).
Symptoms Of Low Testosterone In Men
The symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Memory Loss
- Weight Gain
- Muscle Loss
- Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
- Hair Loss
- Sleep Apnea
- Prostate Problems
- Low Sex Drive
- Sexual Dysfunction
How Testosterone Works In Men
Testosterone in men is produced in the Leydig cells within the testicles in response to a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH). LH is produced in the pituitary gland, which acts like a hormone thermostat. As the pituitary senses the body’s need for testosterone, it releases LH, which stimulates the testicles to produce testosterone.
Low testosterone occurs as a result of 1) the aging of the Leydig cells in the testicles, and 2) a decline in the pituitary gland’s ability to produce LH. This decline begins around the age of 27 or 28, and its effects are usually noticeable by the age of 35. If you are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to get tested for low testosterone.
Treatment For Low Testosterone
At Renew Man, we can help you with your low t symptoms, and restore your hormones to healthy levels. Our knowledgeable staff is here to answer any of your questions. We want you to know that male testosterone replacement and male testosterone therapy is safe and effective if you work with a trained physician and a quality program. We’ve been doing hormone replacement for men for over 14 years, and quality is what we’re all about.
Please give us a call at 800-859-7511 for more information. Or you can request a consultation through our contact form. We look forward to talking with you.