LET’S TALK TESTOSTERONE FIRST
In simple terms, testosterone is the primary sex hormone in men. Healthy testosterone levels are integral to practically every physical aspect of your body, from muscle and bone strength to memory and heart health, even penis size. In men, the testicles primarily make testosterone. However, sometimes, women’s ovaries also make testosterone, though in smaller amounts.
CAUTION: DWINDLING TESTOSTERONE
As you age, your testosterone levels generally decline—typically about 1% a year after age 30 or 40. Studies show that current generations of men have lower testosterone levels than previous generations. For older men, it’s important to determine if a low testosterone level is due to normal aging or if it is due to a disease such as hypogonadism, a condition in which the testicles don’t produce enough of the hormone.
LOW T; IT MAKES YOUR BODY VERY UNHAPPY
What could go wrong when your testosterone levels go awry? Let’s count some of the ways:
- Loss of libido
- Increasing weight gain
- Shrinking testicles
- Enlarged male breast tissue (yes, man boobs!)
- Smaller penis size and more infrequent erections. (Hard to keep it up when you can manage rising to attention).
- Easy-to-hate love handles
- Receding hairline
- Ever growing fatigue
- Whew! Sorry, it doesn’t stop there…
- Low or zero sperm count which causes male infertility
- Brain fog
- Memory loss
- Feeling moody or depressed
- Loss of lean muscle mass
- Sleep issues
- Osteoporosis (no, it’s not just a female thing)
- You can even be at risk for cardiovascular disease
- Quality of life? (Need we ask?)
OTC TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS BOOST NOTHING
Some men are OTM (over-the-moon) over the fact that there are over-the-counter (OTC) testosterone boosters that will supposedly buoy up the body that low testosterone has left them with. Spoiler alert: none of the OTC testosterone boosters that claim to boost testosterone levels include testosterone. It’s all promises, promises, promises. Yet they’ve grown into a full-scale industry that attracts men of all ages. And want what’s in their wallets. No matter what they claim, you can never really be sure what’s in them– vitamins, herbs, and who knows what else that can do who knows what (and not always good) to your body. Genuine testosterone boosters are only available from medical professionals who can determine your testosterone levels with blood tests and then prescribe what’s best for your body.
BHRT; THE REAL THING
BHRT stands for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Bioidentical hormones are designed so your body uses them in the same way as it does your own hormones. These hormones are chemically identical to the ones your body makes so that you can absorb them easily and safely. Bioidentical hormones come in injections (testosterone boosters) and pellets. With these options, which is right for you? T boosters are shorter acting and have more flexible dosing than pellets, which allows your doctor to easily adjust them according to how your body reacts to them. This type of treatment is applied every 2-4 weeks, and the duration will depend on the severity of the diagnosis. These injections will span out to approximately once every 10 weeks. Unlike injections, pellet therapy allows you to experience the benefits of consistent testosterone supplementation for up to four months without having to constantly remember to take a dose of hormones. One of the more appealing aspects of T pellets is that the duration they last means less frequent visits to your healthcare provider, which makes them more convenient.
TESTOSTERONE BOOSTERS; TO SAY THEY WORK WONDERS IS UNDERSTATEMENT
T boosters put a lot of oomph in your overall health. Testosterone boosters or T pellets let you crank up your sex drive. They help with red blood cell production. They increase your sperm production giving conception a swimming chance. They improve sleep. Help you remember things better. You’ll experience less anxiety and fight aging. BHRT with testosterone helps put some muscle back into everything you do. You’ll feel sharp and feel the energy to do whatever you want. You won’t have to worry about weak bones or hair loss. Need we say more?
CAN’T REPLACE THRIVE HEALTH SOLUTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
Without question, Thrive Health Solutions is the best place to get your testosterone boost whether it’s t boosters (injections) or t pellets. Low testosterone is nothing to be embarrassed about, but for some men, the symptoms of the condition (like penis size or not getting erections) can feel awkward to discuss. Not so with the caring professionals at Thrive. Their specialists undergo extensive training to accurately diagnose hormone imbalances and provide you with the best treatment possible. They’ll discuss the options that best fit your needs and work best with your lifestyle. With their insight and support, you can take meaningful steps toward feeling fantastic and living the life you want. Call Thrive Health Solutions for an appointment now.