The first hormone that comes to mind for males is Testosterone. Low Testosterone or “Low T” is a lower-than-normal level of the male hormone testosterone that can affect men in a variety of ways. It can also have a number of potential causes, including:
- Advancing Age (Most common)
- Testicular injury
- Chronic disease
- Disorders of the pituitary gland
- Radiation or chemotherapy treatment
Advanced age is the most common reason for Low T. Most men begin to experience a decline in testosterone, even a gradual one, after age 30. Low T can sneak up on some men as they gradually decline and then they accept their current health, performance, and stamina instead of demanding the same vitality that they had in their 20s.
What are some problems & conditions caused by Low T?
Low T can cause or contribute to a number of conditions that disrupt men’s lives and can affect their productivity, relationships and sense of worth or self-identity. These include:
- Decreased libido or loss of interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Poor sleep
- Lack of motivation
- Muscle weakness or loss of muscle mass
- Memory or concentration problems
- Weight gain
- High cholesterol
How do we treat Low T?
At Ageless Rx, we use testosterone replacement therapy, supplements, nutrition and lifestyle changes to increase testosterone levels. We customize the treatment and dose to each man’s individual needs based on lab results and symptoms. We only use bioidentical testosterone delivered via injections, creams, or pellets.
What other hormones do we evaluate in men?
DHEA is a hormone secreted by nerve tissue and the adrenal glands. It is an endocrine precursor to other hormones (Testosterone, Progesterone, and Estrogen). This is one of our stress hormones and is a backup to the cortisol production in our bodies. DHEA levels fall with age but maintaining an optimal level supports the immune system and cardiovascular health and improves mood, sleep, and libido.
Pregnenolone is a steroid hormone synthesized from cholesterol and naturally found in the brain, gonads, and adrenal gland. It is the precursor to DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Pregnenolone is an imperative “brain-supporting” hormone that often decreases with age, leading to memory decline, mood changes, stress and anxiety. Replenishing Pregnenolone levels can lead to improved stress, balanced mood, memory function, better sleep and less anxiety
Maintaining a proper ratio of Estrogen to Testosterone is important for both desired effects of Testosterone replacement and cardiovascular health.
What to expect
The first visit will include an appointment with our hormone specialist to discuss your symptoms and goals. Following the visit, a thorough bloodwork panel is drawn. Because we take a holistic approach to your hormones, we check any labs necessary to ensure our treatment plan is optimizing your overall health.
Lab reviews are scheduled 7-10 days following the blood draw at which time at treatment plan will be discussed and initiated as appropriate.
Before your visit
Please bring a list of names and doses for all prescription medications and supplements, especially if you are currently prescribed testosterone.
If you are currently on testosterone replacement, please schedule your appointment/blood draw for 4- 9 hours after application of testosterone cream, any day other than the day of your testosterone injection. If you previously received testosterone pellets, please know the date and dose of the pellets placed.