Historically, symptoms like decreased sex drive, lowered competitive drive, lack of energy, decreased muscle mass, and just less enjoyment of life in general in aging men have been simply lumped in as the result of the aging body. However, recent discoveries have linked these changes in men to the body's decreasing ability to produce testosterone as it ages.
Fortunately, the testosterone imbalance that age causes is easily treatable using natural hormone replacement. If you think you may be suffering from a testosterone imbalance, please contact the office of Dr. Gorens to schedule a hormone consultation.
For women, menopause has become a well-known and well-documented issue and women now properly seek treatment for it as it arises. However, in men there is a very similar issue that has only come to light more recently. It's called andropause, and is the result of an imbalance in the body's testosterone levels due to the body's decreased production as it ages.
If you have noticed any of the following symptoms, please contact Dr. Gorens to set up a consultation:
- Decreased Energy Levels
- Decrease in Muscle Tone
- Lower Sex Drive
- Weight Gain, Including "Beer Belly"
- Mood Swings and Irritability
- Enlarged Male Breasts
- Erectile Dysfunction
Because of the link between testosterone levels, sex drive, and erectile dysfunction, older men who are experiencing any form of erectile dysfunction should have their testosterone levels checked, and consider natural hormone replacement therapy if their levels are shown to be low.
Often, restoring the body's natural testosterone balance will eliminate or reduce erectile dysfunction, while also increasing sex drive.
Low Energy Levels
Hormonal imbalances in men, such as andropause, contribute to many factors that affect energy levels. Restoring youthful testosterone levels can eliminate or greatly decrease these factors, restoring a more youthful energy level.
Mood Swings and Irritability
Just as menopause is known for creating mood swings in women, the same is true of andropause and testosterone deficiency in men. If you've noticed that you are more irritable, or if you just don't feel as calm as you used to, natural hormone replacement can help restore your mood.
As the body ages and testosterone levels decline, the fiber size of muscle cells also drops, resulting in lowered muscle mass and longer recovery time from exercise. Increasing testosterone levels with natural hormone replacement can often work to reverse this, increasing lean muscle mass and decreasing recovery time.
Along with decreased muscle mass, men will frequently begin to gain weight as their testosterone levels decrease. This trend has also shown to reverse as the body's testosterone level is returned to its natural balance through hormone therapy.
Loss of concentration levels, or mental fogginess, is yet another result of the body's hormonal balance being thrown off by decreasing testosterone production. As testosterone levels drop, studies have shown that the quality and amount of sleep that a man gets also drops. As sleep levels drop, generally so do concentration levels. Natural hormone replacement can help you restore a proper sleep cycle, and regain mental acuity.