As men get older, their testosterone and hormone levels start to decline. This causes significant changes in the body, including low energy, weight gain, difficulty sleeping, and loss of libido. Some men may become moody and lose their zest for life; others experience a decrease in muscle mass, stamina and erectile changes. Testosterone as well as other hormones help alleviate these symptoms and are felt to decrease the risk of many diseases associated with aging, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke and senility.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Male menopause can cause physical, sexual and psychological problems. They typically worsen as you get older.
- Low Energy
- Depression or Sadness
- Decreased Motivation
- Lowered Self-Confidence
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Insomnia or Difficulty Sleeping
- Increased Body Fat
- Reduced Muscle Mass
- Physical Weakness
- Enlarged Breasts
- Decreased Bone Density
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Reduced Libido
Effects of Testosterone Replacement
Testosterone hormone replacement therapy will not totally reverse aging. The goal of natural hormone therapy is to maintain sound levels of hormones to alleviate symptoms. The benefits of BHRT include increased energy, enhanced focus, mood and memory, weight loss, improved sleeping and rejuvenated libido, and erectile performance in most cases.
Dr. Burkenstock has undergone extensive training in diagnosing, treating, monitoring and adjusting hormone levels for both men and women. Hormone levels are tested, then testosterone, as well as other deficient sex hormones, are prescribed according to a client’s individual needs.
Effects include increased energy, weight loss, improved sleeping, enhanced libido, vitality and performance.
Safety of Bioidentical Hormone Cream versus Synthetic Hormone Prescriptions
Many of the commonly prescribed synthetic hormones introduce foreign substances that may produce toxic by-products which may prove to promote disease and cancers.
BHRT (natural hormones) are thought to be safer and free from many of the risks associated with older synthetic hormones, although studies and further research are needed. Bioidentical hormones may be safer and more effective because they are biologically identical to the molecular structure of the hormones naturally found in your body. More studies on compounded bioidentical hormones are forthcoming.
Types of Bioidentical Hormones
Below is a partial list of hormones typically tested and reviewed for bioidentical testosterone hormone replacement therapy :
- Testosterone and free testosterone
- Sex Hormone Binding Globulin
- Estrone, Estradiol and Estriol estrogens