Testosterone is a male hormone produced in the testicles. It helps men in many different ways. It maintains bone density, muscle mass and strength, fat distribution, body and facial hair, sex drive, red blood cells, and sperm production. Testosterone levels are at their peak at a younger age, mostly early adulthood and adolescence. After 30 or 40 years, the testosterone levels will start declining by 1% each year. If the decline of testosterone is not due to normal aging, it could be due to an illness called hypogonadism. It is a disease that disrupts the production of testosterone as it affects the testicles or the pituitary gland that controls the testicles. Testosterone replacement therapy Miami is gaining popularity in the treatment of such diseases to control and stabilize testosterone production. You can find more here about the details on the FDA’s tentative approval of testosterone replacement therapy.
A low level of testosterone may lead to symptoms of aging in men. The symptoms include a lot of changes in physical, emotional, and sexual function. Men will experience reduced sex drive, fewer erections, and infertility. Low testosterone levels can lead to an increase in body fat, reduction in muscle mass and strength, and reduced bone density. You will have tender or swollen breasts and loss of body hair. You will experience less energy than usual. It will also decrease your self-confidence and low motivation. Sadness, depression, trouble focusing, or remembering things are some of the other issues you will face with low testosterone. Conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, side effects of a medication, diabetes, thyroid, and depression can also cause low levels of testosterone.
Testosterone therapy can solve this issue caused by hypogonadism but it is yet to be proven on older men who are healthy. Men who have undergone this treatment testify that they do feel younger, better, and more vigorous. But there is little evidence to prove its efficacy in healthier older men. It may improve sexual function but it is yet to be proven about the physical changes that affect the energy and vitality. There are still a lot of misconceptions around the treatment though it sounds very promising. It might look like the ultimate anti-aging formula but there needs to be more research-backed data to prove its effectiveness.
There have been several side effects reported due to testosterone therapy. It has the potential to worsen sleep apnea. It is a serious sleep disorder that starts and stops breathing repeatedly. It causes skin allergies and acne. It stimulates the growth of noncancerous tissues on the prostate and worsens prostate cancer. The therapy is seen to shrink the testicle size, limit sperm production, and enlarge the breast. There are chances of increased stimulation of red blood cells, which will contribute to the risk of a blood clot. A clot can travel to the lungs which will block blood flow, causing a pulmonary embolism. Always feel free to consult your primary physician about the therapy to find if it is right for you.