Testosterone is often referred to as a male hormone. The truth is that men and women create this hormone. Medical research has shown that there is a clear link between a person’s energy level and their body’s ability to produce testosterone. The professionals at Rapid Slim by Bigenics offer hormone replacement therapy to help you get your energy levels back.
What is Testosterone?
Hormones control how the body functions. Most hormones are created in one part of the body and then transmitted via the circulatory system to other parts of the body. Other examples of hormones include the human growth hormone and estrogen.
The male hormone causes the body to take on characteristics that are traditionally associated with males. Men produce it in their testes and women in their ovaries. Men and women also produce small amounts of the hormone in their adrenal glands, which are situated above the kidneys.
Men produce the hormone at a higher level than women do. However, both men and women can experience an imbalance in their levels. This imbalance can lead to uncomfortable symptoms.
How Does the Body Use This Hormone?
The T-hormone is the force behind much of what happens in a man’s life throughout his life cycle. It causes a man’s organs to develop while he is a fetus. Included in these are reproductive organs, such as the testicles and the penis. Once a boy reaches puberty, this hormone is what causes growth spurts, a deeper voice, as well as the growth of hair on the face, underarms, and pubic region.
The hormone has an impact on emotions and behavior. For example, aggressive attitudes and sexual drive can be linked to its production. Without it, men are unable to make sperm or reproduce. Testosterone is an essential factor in a woman’s sex drive. It also helps the body create the hormones that are needed in a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Both men and women need the T-hormone to produce new red blood cells. Bone density, muscle strength, and fat distribution are all linked to the production of this hormone.
Is Low Testosterone to Blame for Your Constant Fatigue?
The majority of the testosterone you have in your bloodstream is attached to a protein that is also referred to as a sex hormone binding globulin. The remainder of the testosterone in your body is either attached to other proteins, or albumin. There is a minimal amount of it that flows free in the body. The free-flowing T-hormone is what your body has the most access to.
T-hormone levels are measured by doing a blood test. Pinpointing low levels of the hormone is not always a simple thing. Experts have a variety of opinions on what low levels are. Generally, low hormone levels are considered to be those that are less than 300 ng/daL.
It is not uncommon for men to start to experience declines in hormone levels once they hit their 40’s. They may experience another more drastic dip once they hit their 60’s. Women may also experience a lowering of their levels, but the effect is not as pronounced as it is in men.
Signs of low T levels include:
• Decrease in Sexual Drive: Erectile dysfunction, a reduction in spontaneous erections
• Reduced Cognitive Ability: Mental cloudiness, reduced concentration, depression
• Sleep Issues: Insomnia and restlessness.
• Body Issues: Increased body fat, hot flashes, bone mass reduction, loss of muscle, or tender or swollen breasts
Of course, these symptoms are also seen in individuals who are overweight, have poor health, and live a sedentary life. So on their own, they cannot be used as definitive proof of low hormone levels. However, if you are experiencing the above-mentioned issues while at the same time battling with a severe reduction in energy, it may be beneficial for you to talk to the professionals at Rapid Slim by Bigenics and see if hormone replacement therapy is a good option for you.
Why are Your Hormone Levels Low?
There are a number of factors that have been connected to low T. For example, if a person uses opioid pain relievers, including oxycodone and hydrocodone, or corticosteroid drugs, they may deal with low hormone levels.
Lifestyle choices, such as recreational drug abuse, the use of tobacco, and alcohol abuse, may affect your levels. Medical conditions, such as type II diabetes, sleep apnea, kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, and certain types of cancers, may affect your body’s ability to produce hormones at a stable level.
Should You Get Your Hormone Levels Tested?
Before we offer hormone replacement therapy, our team of medical professionals will help you rule out other potential causes of low testosterone, as well as other potential causes of your reduced energy. It could be that by losing weight, making lifestyle changes, and correcting some other underlying problems, you will see a boost in your energy and an improved quality of life.
We may recommend a blood test to determine your current hormone levels. T-hormone levels are the highest in the morning and then decline as you go through the day. So the most accurate test is typically one that is done early in the morning.
Additionally, your hormone levels will fluctuate throughout the day. Acute illnesses can lead to a lower than average level reading. If your levels are low, it is possible that we could recommend a follow-up test later to confirm that reading.
Our medical professionals will be interested in determining why you have low hormone levels. For men, the issue could originate in their testicles, in their pituitary gland, or even in the hypothalamus. It all depends on the unique case.
Why the Increased Interest in Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Over the years, there has been an increased interest in hormone replacement therapy, and for good reason. Part of this increased interest is due to an increased awareness on the part of men about the effects of low T.
It’s important to point out that some reduction in hormone production is normal as a person gets older. Hormone replacement therapy is not the fountain of youth. Instead, it is a medical treatment prescribed by a qualified medical expert to help individuals who are battling with abnormally low hormone levels.
At Rapid Slim by Bigenics, hormone replacement therapy is readily available for those who qualify for treatment. Hormone replacement therapy is designed to help men restore their hormone levels to a healthy point. In other words, it’s designed to counteract an imbalance that they are experiencing.
Am I a Good Candidate for Hormone Replacement Therapy?
You may be a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy at our office if some of the above-mentioned symptoms seem to apply to you. However, the only way to know for sure that you are dealing with lower than normal hormone levels is with a blood test and a medical examination.
Our team in Atlanta has the training, skills, and expertise to help you determine if hormone replacement therapy can work for you. Many men who are reaching a mature age, especially those experiencing andropause, could benefit from hormone replacement therapy.
In determining whether or not you are a good candidate for this treatment, our medical staff may recommend a screening for prostate cancer, measuring your hemoglobin level, scanning for obstructive sleep apnea, and a check of your hormone levels.
If you have a history of blood clots, if your prostate is enlarged, if you’re dealing with heart failure, or if you have an uncontrolled form of sleep apnea, our medical staff may explain how this could impact your candidacy for hormone replacement therapy.
A Bright Prospect Ahead
If it’s determined that hormone replacement therapy is right for you, you will likely undergo follow-up testing over the course of multiple months to make sure that your hormone levels are being adequately maintained. again, supplemental testosterone is not designed to be the elixir of youth. However, if you are a good candidate for the treatment, you will experience noticeable benefits.
If you feel that a hormone deficiency is impacting your ability to live a high quality of life and your energy levels, you don’t have to suffer any longer. We have seen many individuals improve their energy levels and start feeling better after getting hormone replacement therapy at our office.
If you’re battling with low testosterone, do not let frustration, embarrassment, or shame prevent you from getting the help you need. In the United States alone, more than five million men have low T, and fatigue is the most common and debilitating symptom. It’s likely that some of your friends and coworkers are already reaping the benefits of this treatment, and you could be too!
At Rapid Slim by Bigenics, we are eager to teach you about our treatments. If you’re interested in hormone replacement therapy, make sure to schedule an appointment with our qualified team in Atlanta, Georgia. Start your journey to restoring your body’s balance, increasing your body’s energy levels, and taking control of your overall well-being. Whether you are dealing with chronic fatigue, low libido, unexplained weight gain, or other issues associated with low hormone levels, our team can help you! Contact us today to book an appointment and learn more!