Testosterone is a hormone found in both sexes, although it is the main sex hormone found in men. Often associated with sex drives, it plays a vital role in sperm production, bone and muscle mass, how fat is stored in the body and even red blood cell production. Testosterone can affect mood, weight gain and diminished libido.
Men’s testosterone production peaks during 20 years of age and dips after 30. As a result of this slow, progressive decline, some men will have levels below the normal total testosterone range (300 – 1050 ng/dL). It’s important to understand how testosterone works and how Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) can restore your body’s balance back to normal.
If you’re experiencing a low sex drive, hair loss or lack of energy, you may be suffering from low testosterone levels. Get back to feeling better than ever with natural and proper testosterone treatments at Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center.
Why Testosterone is Important
Testosterone is as important to men as estrogen is to women. It is vital in maintaining a balance in your body that keeps everything functioning properly and effectively. Testosterone is necessary so that the body can repair itself when injured and also helps the body build various proteins that play key roles in every function, including building muscle, fighting depression, strengthening bones and decreasing the chances of Alzheimer’s disease.
The 3 Sub-Types
When breaking down testosterone, there are three sub-types:
- Free testosterone – The most organic of the three sub-types. It enters your body’s cells and activates receptors to keep you healthy, fit, and virile. Unfortunately it only makes up 2-3% of your total testosterone.
- Testosterone-binding – A protein that binds together with testosterone molecules. Comprising between 40 – 50% of your total testosterone, it is produced in the liver and regulates the amount of free testosterone.
- Albumin-bound testosterone – Is bound to a protein called albumin. Protein produced in the liver, its job is to stabilize extra-cellular fluid volumes.
Working together, these sub-types allow you to feel more alive, focused and healthy.
Causes of Low Testosterone
Although testosterone levels lower as men age, other factors can cause a drop as well, including Type 2 diabetes, chronic liver disease, kidney disease, injury to the testicles, AIDS, alcoholism, cirrhosis of the liver and lung disease. Genetics and stress can also play parts in having low testosterone. If you have low testosterone, or Hypogonadism, there are numerous warning signs to look for, including:
- Low sex drive
- Low semen volume
- Difficulty having an erection
- Hair loss
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Weak bones/back pain or osteoporosis
- Loss of muscle mass
- Increased body fat
- Decreased bone mass
- Skin conditions
- Mood changes
Consult with us about all-natural options that can help restore your body to the level of vitality you had in your youth.
When trying to improve your testosterone levels, dieting and exercising regularly play major roles. Having and maintaining a healthy level of cholesterol with eggs, cheese and meats is one of the building blocks to testosterone maintenance. Vitamin D, found in raisins and milk is also an essential nutrient that also helps in maintaining healthy bones, a longer life and testosterone production.
With healthy eating choices, a balance of exercising is also crucial. Weightlifting and high-intensity interval training has shown to increase testosterone production. Manage your stress as well and get ample sleep. If for some reason your testosterone levels are low, TRT is also a viable option that has proven to be successful for many.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is the best all-natural hormone treatment option for men to even their body’s testosterone levels and has gained widespread interest and acceptance from the medical community. With minimal side effects, more and more men are looking to TRT for help with low testosterone levels.
When considering TRT, the most important factor is consistency with treatment and how well your care is managed. Treating low testosterone can be tricky and requires an experienced provider. If you have any questions, our trained experts can help you get your testosterone levels back up.
Revitalizing Your Wellness
At Uptown Medical Wellness & Anti-Aging Center, we are committed to helping you look and feel your very best. Whether you suffer from low testosterone, deep sunspots and wrinkles, or are looking for the perfect way to provide your body with the advantages it needs, we have what you’re looking for.
We will answer any questions about our Testosterone Replacement Therapy procedure or other treatment methods. Give us a call at 956.672.4056 today to get started on the process of making you look and feel better than you’ve ever been!