Hormone Therapy for Men
Nearly one out of three men between 60 and 70 and seven out of ten men who are over 70 have low levels of bioavailable hormones. Hormone therapy for men may not be the fountain of youth, but it can provide men with relief from the numerous symptoms that are associated with low testosterone.
Testosterone is produced by the testicles and helps maintain bone density levels, muscle mass, fat distribution, red blood cell production, sperm production and sex drive. When a man’s body is unable to produce enough testosterone or is producing insufficient amounts of bioavailable testosterone, he may have hypogonadism. He may be more likely to suffer decreased muscle mass, reduced sex drive, sleep difficulties, increased body fat and moodiness or depression. Some of these symptoms may be normal signs of aging while others can be triggered by low testosterone levels or other factors. Testing is the only way to determine the root cause of the problem.
Hypogonadism can have serious side effects. Low testosterone levels are largely responsible for osteoporosis in elderly men, and more than 10 percent of men over the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis-related fractures. Men with low testosterone are also more prone to weight-related health problems, a lack of energy and depression.
Testosterone therapy and hormone replacement may be beneficial for men who have low serum testosterone levels. Hormone replacement therapy for men is designed to restore natural levels of testosterone and combat the symptoms of hypogonadism. Some studies have shown that men who undergo testosterone therapy tend to have increased muscle mass, decreased fat mass and greater bone density than men who do not.
While hormone therapy can be a good choice for many men who are suffering from hypogonadism and the side effects of low testosterone, it may not be right for all men. If you have a history of prostate or breast cancer, your health care provider may make other recommendations. Lifestyle changes may be recommended along with nutritional supplements and other medications.
Men with heart disease, high red blood cell counts, kidney disease or liver disease may need to be more closely monitored during treatment. Side effects of hormone therapy for men tend to be mild but can include acne, mood swings, infertility and breast enlargement.
The benefits of hormone replacement therapy may be enhanced by healthy lifestyle choices. Exercise and appropriate nutrition can boost your natural hormone levels while limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding tobacco can reduce your risk of other health problems.
If you are a candidate for male hormone replacement therapy, you have a variety of treatment options. We can compound specific medications to meet your needs and can provide you with easy-to-use dosage forms that include transdermal lotions, creams and gels. We can compound more than one medication to simplify the treatment process and even provide you with forms that limit exposure to your loved ones. Contact us today to learn more about specially compounded hormone can help restore your natural vitality.