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What is Low Testosterone (Male Hypogonadism) and How to Treat It?
Low testosterone (aka Male Hypogonadism) is a common health condition that can cause a variety of unwanted health symptoms. Hormone therapy can be used to help balance testosterone levels, reducing (or eliminating) symptoms.
The popular belief is that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a female treatment. In reality, researchers first isolated the testosterone hormone in 1935. Nearly 20 years later, in 1953, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its first treatment for low testosterone patients. It wasn’t until the 1960s that HRT was used to help postmenopausal women cope with the unwanted side effects of menopause.
1-in-4 Men Over 30 Have Low Testosterone
It is commonly believed that just 2% of men have Low Testosterone. However, new research conducted by New England Research Institutes in Watertown, Mass. suggests that 1 in every 4 men over 30 has Low Testosterone. Commonly referred to as ‘Low T’ — the unwanted symptoms can range from nagging to debilitating.
Low Testosterone Symptoms and Side Effects
Because the common misconception is that hormone imbalances only plague women, men often brush off unwanted symptoms and ‘man up.’ But male hormone imbalances can have a wide range of effects, which lift untreated can lead to long-term health concerns. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Weight gain
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased sexual performance
- Erectile dysfunction
- Inability to maintain muscle mass
- Heart disease
- Short- and long-term memory loss
- Decreased motivation
- Prostate cancer
Hire Testosterone Could Signal Lower Mortality Rates
A research study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism compared the mortality rates of men treated with testosterone and those who weren’t. In the study, the mortality rate of men treated for testosterone was 3.4% compared to 5.7% among the men not treated.
Testosterone Helps Maintain & Increase Strength
The body naturally produces hormones. These hormones are used to send critical messages to organs and tissue throughout the body. Scientists have identified more than 50 different hormones in the male body.
Treating Low Testosterone Naturally
Suffering from Low T doesn’t make a man weak. Hormone imbalances occur with aging. They are completely normal and they are treatable. Natural hormone treatment can help men regain their youth and vitality — while still enjoying the benefit of wisdom gained throughout a lifetime.
Conventional testosterone treatment often take a one-size-fits-all approach that uses a synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Unfortunately, this mass-treatment approach doesn’t address the underlying cause of the symptoms. Nor does it use a hormone replacement the body will accept.
Premier Integrative’s naturopathic doctors take a personalized approach to hormone replacement therapy. We run a full diagnostic laboratory assessment that allows us to address any additional factors which could be impacting your health. Additionally, we utilize bioidenctial hormones to offer fast and natural hormone balancing.
Bioidentical hormones are created to match your body’s existing hormones, such as testosterone. Because the body doesn’t recognize them as a foreign hormone, it’s much less likely to reject them.