The latest research on testosterone has confirmed that once daily low-dose testosterone therapy is a safe and effective treatment for men dealing with reduced sex drive.
More and more men are becoming aware of the issues relating to low testosterone or “Low T.” As men become better informed, more are also reaping the benefits of testosterone therapy.
Yet, despite the growing research that indicates the many positive benefits of testosterone therapy, there are men who shy away from it, fearing it is harmful or unsafe. Researchers with the University of Western Ontario in London, set out to calm these fears. The results of their study, which was published in the November issue of the peer-reviewed medical publication, The Journal of Urology, concluded that once-daily testosterone in a 2% solution, can safely improve the sex drive and increase energy in men with low testosterone, also known as low T.
Details of this Latest Testosterone Study
The researchers, led by Gerald Brock, M.D., followed 275 men who in previous studies had been in a placebo group, and 283 men who continued taking the 2% testosterone solution (T-sol) daily after participating in the previous study.
The participants on T-sol showed “improvement in sexual arousal, interest, and drive,” without any significant difference in safety concerns or health problems reported in relation to the placebo group.
As the name implies, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, is designed to replace what time and aging takes away.
Testosterone therapy can be given to you in a number of ways, including: pellets, injections, skin- patches, creams, lozenges, or any combination thereof. You and your doctor will decide together which delivery method is best for your needs and lifestyle.
How Do I Know if I Have Low Testosterone?
When it comes to the production of testosterone, most men hit their peak around the age of 17. Levels will hover pretty close to that maximum through your 20s, and then slowly start to drop-off in the 30s and 40s. By the time you are in your 80s, you can expect that your testosterone level will be as much as 50% less than what it was when you were in your 20s.
Some guys can handle declining testosterone very well, and the drop in production does not impact their lives too greatly. But, for most men, as you hit your 50s, 60s and older, you may start to feel the impact of the decrease. It may not be noticeable at first, you may think that feeling a little low, or more tired, or depressed, is just a sign of “getting older.”
But in reality, what you are experiencing could be low testosterone or “Low T.”
Symptoms of Low T include:
- An overall sense of loss of drive, or vitality
- Mood swings
- Erectile dysfunction and other sexual issues
- Loss of energy
- Loss of muscle tone and increased belly fat
- Memory and other cognitive issues
If you are a man over 40, and you are experiencing any of these, you may have low testosterone. However, the only way to truly determine if you have an imbalance of one or more hormones related to your vitality, is with proper diagnosis and analysis.
The most accurate way to evaluate your hormone levels is with a blood test. Although saliva swab tests are used by some healthcare providers, blood tests provide a much more accurate result, and are the best way to determine whether Testosterone Therapy is medically indicated.
Once your blood is drawn, sophisticated laboratory testing is then used to accurately determine whether your hormone levels are normal or have become deficient.
Remember, what is normal for you, may be different for someone else, and that is why we use the latest in diagnostic tools, and our years of expert analysis to determine the course of action that is most appropriate for your individual needs.
Only then will we be able to asses if testosterone therapy, or some combination of other hormone replacement therapy, such as growth hormone therapy, is right for you.
You can find out a lot more about hormone therapy, and many other ways to age better, stronger and healthier by contacting HealthGAINS.