What is Testosterone Therapy?
Testosterone is the dominant sex hormone in men, and it is also a steroid. Testosterone is essential for the reproduction in men, and it also is responsible for body hair, bone mass, and muscle tone in men. Unfortunately, testosterone naturally decreases as men age, particularly once they hit the age of 60. This means that older men may experience the loss of muscle mass and bone density, which could lead to a host of other problems.
Less common is testosterone reductions in men younger than 60 — but it can happen. Perhaps the man is dealing with a testicle injury, testicular cancer and/or treatment for it, an infection, type 2 diabetes, or obesity — all of which have the potential to affect the production of testosterone.
Testosterone Therapy Basics
For a man of any age dealing with low testosterone, testosterone therapy may be beneficial to assisting the body in reproduction and boosting muscle or bone mass. There are a variety of ways to get testosterone in the body. But first, it’s important to work with a naturopathic doctor to determine if there is indeed a reduction in testosterone in the body, and then a specialized plan will be developed to boost testosterone levels. In fact, not all men with low testosterone are good candidates for testosterone therapy, for a variety of reasons. Again, a homeopathic doctor can assist you in determining the right course of action.
Testosterone therapy is used to increase the amount of testosterone in the body. It can be administered in a variety of ways, depending on the patient’s needs. These administrations include:
- Mouth patch
- Skin patch
- Soft tissue implants
Oral testosterone is available, but not widely used due to the adverse side effect it has on the liver.
After testosterone therapy is introduced, many men report feeling an improvement in their low testosterone symptoms. The duration of the therapy will be recommended by a naturopathic doctor based on the patient’s individual needs.
Are You a Candidate for Testosterone Therapy?
Men who report the following symptoms should have their testosterone levels tested to determine if low testosterone is the culprit for these symptoms:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of hair — both on the head and over the body
- Low energy
- High fat and low muscle mass
- Inability to focus
Any male of any age who is facing these symptoms should make an appointment with a naturopathic doctor at KOI Wellbeing for a full blood workup and evaluation. After the specialty lab testing, the homeopathic doctor will work with you to determine the best course of action based on the results and your symptoms. Call today at 858-257-2808 to make an appointment.