Many men accept that lower libido, less muscle tone, more weight gain and more erectile dysfunction are simply the consequences of aging. But, they don’t have to be.
With age management, you can get back to looking and feeling your best at any age while cutting your risk for age-related conditions.
What Is Age Management?
As the male body ages, it produces less testosterone. That, in turn, leads to a lower sex drive, sexual problems, mental health issues like irritability and even depression, muscle loss (known as age-related sarcopenia), weight gain and more.
Age management attempts to soften these degenerative effects of aging by treating them using hormone replacement therapy, or HRT. In men, the hormone in question is testosterone, so the treatment is commonly referred to as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Are You a Candidate for Age Management?
Learn to recognize the signs of low testosterone (also called low-T). Any single symptom on its own is not necessarily indicative of low-T, but a number of them together may signal declining testosterone production.
- Concentration problems
- Decline in muscle mass
- Difficulty keeping an erection
- Fewer erections
- Hot flashes
- Low libido
- Weight gain
Symptoms and the low testosterone levels as shown by the test usually must both be present to be prescribed TRT. Many men with low levels of testosterone as per the blood test do not have symptoms and therefore do not need TRT.
However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us for an assessment to see if TRT is right for you.
How Hormone Replacement Therapy Works
Testosterone is an androgen and is often thought of as the “male” hormone, though women do have varying small amounts in their bodies. It is produced in the testicles and is important for:
- Bone production
- Facial and body hair
- Muscle mass
- Red blood cell production
- Sex drive
- Sperm production
Starting at about age 30, testosterone production begins to decline by roughly one percent per year. To counteract this, doctors can prescribe artificial testosterone to get the levels back up. Testosterone can come in multiple forms, such as:
- Pellet implants
- Skin patches
- Topical gels
Oral testosterone is sometimes prescribed for TRT as an off-label use, which means it is not a use approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In January 2018, the FDA declined to approve a testosterone pill for TRT, not because it was ineffective but because officials were concerned about possible negative effects on the heart (specifically blood pressure).
Benefits of Age Management
Age management is not the mythical Fountain of Youth—you won’t magically become your 20-year-old self again. However, it can elevate your sex drive and energy levels, help you lose weight and even keep you competitive in the weight room or the basketball court (provided you recognize your limits).
Advanced Surgeons is a leader in age management treatments. If you’re ready to talk about hormone replacement therapy, contact us today.