Testosterone is the dominant male hormone that plays a key role in how men look, feel, and function. Men’s physical health, appearance, libido, erectile quality, mood, and energy are all greatly influenced by testosterone. As men age, testosterone production declines along with their quality of life and vitality. Beginning around age 30, testosterone levels start dropping by roughly 1% each year and men slowly begin noticing differences in their ability to maintain their muscle, weight, energy, and sexual function.
Studies have demonstrated that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can not only increase overall health and lifespan, but it can also greatly improve the quality of life in that lifespan.
Top 4 Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
- Improved Lean Muscle Mass and Reduced Body Fat
Testosterone increases protein synthesis. When stressing muscles through exercise along with optimal dietary protein intake, testosterone helps utilize that protein to increase muscle strength, size, and endurance. Muscle is very biologically active, which increases the basal metabolic rate and burns more calories while decreasing body fat. Additionally, external motivation to exercise more is increased when men see how much better their results are. There is nothing more demotivating than not seeing appropriate results from your efforts at the gym with low testosterone.
- Increased Energy, Motivation, and Cognition
Testosterone increases red blood cell (RBC) production in the bone marrow. Increased RBCs increase hemoglobin, which is an oxygen molecule on every RBC. This helps bring more oxygen to the brain and muscles for more energy and endurance. This not only increases sports performance, but overall energy and internal motivation. Men with optimum testosterone levels often feel like being more active, whereas men with low testosterone feel like they have to drag themselves to the gym. With more oxygen getting to the brain, fatigue and fogging thinking are greatly reduced and some studies have demonstrated a clear correlation with better memory and mental clarity. There are a number of studies that have also shown an association of higher testosterone with a reduced incidence of developing Alzheimer’s.
- Enhanced Mood and Sense of Well-Being
Many men with low testosterone experience depression, anxiety, and irritability. Testosterone is a feel good hormone. It increases a sense of well-being and men generally report feeling less depressed, moody, cranky, and anxious. Many men have been able to wean themselves off of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications after optimizing testosterone levels and treating the actual root cause.
- Restored Libido and Sexual Function
Sex drive and desire is greatly dictated by testosterone. As men age, their testosterone levels decline and sexual desire declines with it. Optimum testosterone levels significantly increase sex drive. Erectile quality also improves with higher libido and desire because during arousal, excitatory signals originate in the brain, the excitatory nerves in the penis respond by releasing pro-erectile neurotransmitters such as nitric oxide. That signals the smooth muscles of the penile arteries to relax and fill with blood, resulting in an erection. Better health and fitness from testosterone also improves overall circulation, providing better blood flow to the penis.
If you are interested in getting TRT, please contact us at (813) 279-2211 to schedule a consultation at Envizion Medical. Author: Steven Behmke, NP-C