Testosterone is a critical hormone that helps men stay mentally and physically sharp. For men over 35, it is common to begin to feel the weight of aging begin to bear down on you. Injections, patches, and IGF-1 therapy are all viable options that can help get your testosterone levels to where they need to be in order to begin feeling young again.
Hormone replacement therapy is not exactly as it sounds, as men’s testosterone levels naturally begin to decrease as they get older. So, hormone therapy doesn’t replace anything that is naturally missing; it simply improves the natural production and presence of these hormones. HealthGAINS offers hormone therapy to make aging irrelevant and to help people accomplish more. Testosterone therapy is a popular option that has many benefits.
Testosterone is required for:
- Male sexual development
- Reproductive function
- Building muscle
- Maintaining red blood cell levels
- Maintaining bone density
Men typically begin to experience the natural signs of aging around the age of 35-40. During this period, they may show symptoms such as a lack of energy, sagging skin, decreased strength, and decreased libido. These symptoms can also be experienced by men under the age of 35 as well, which is not uncommon. This condition is called hypogonadism, and it causes a reduced testosterone output in the gonadal glands, resulting in less bioavailable testosterone to be used by the body for the many essential functions it affects.
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No matter your age, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of low testosterone, it is important to contact your doctor immediately.
Here are three examples of safe and effective testosterone treatments to introduce you to the options that may be recommended by your doctor.
1. Testosterone Injections
Normal testosterone levels are between 300 and 1,000 ng/dL. If a blood test shows that your levels are below this, your doctor may suggest testosterone injections. These injections are a form of treatment called testosterone replacement therapy. Testosterone injections are most often given by your doctor to the gluteal muscles in the buttocks. However, your doctor may allow you to self-administer the injections. In that case, your doctor will instruct you to inject the provided syringes into your thigh muscle. The purpose of testosterone injections is to help regulate male hormone levels to help address problems related to low testosterone and hypogonadism. For men with low testosterone, the benefits of these injections can include:
- Increased sex drive
- Improved symptoms of ED
- More energy
- Improved mood
- Increased sperm count
- Increased strength
- Increased bone density
Most safe and modern injections use what are known as bioidentical hormones, or hormones that will naturally match the testosterone your body produces.
2. Testosterone Patches
Testosterone transdermal patches are available as a brand-name drug called Androderm. Testosterone patches can come in a few different forms based on your doctor’s preferences, such as transdermal patches, topical gels, nasal gel, and buccal tablets. It also comes as an implant that a healthcare provider inserts under your skin. Testosterone patches are less invasive as compared to injections for those who prefer to steer clear of needles.
3. IGF-1 Therapy
When you speak to your doctor about the risks and benefits of human growth hormone therapy, you will learn about how being deficient in it comes at significant cost to our health and overall well-being, aside from merely growth. For those who are found to be deficient in growth hormone, there is a safe and viable alternative in IGF-1 therapy. IGF-1, or insulin-similar growth factor, is a hormone that function as a precursor to human growth hormone. Among the quite numerous benefits that are provided by IGF-1 are increased growth of muscle and regenerated tissues in the nervous system, as well as an improvement to protein transportation and their ability to become absorbed into particular cells. It also slows down the breakdown of proteins within the body. Tests in the laboratory also provide significant evidence that IGF-1 boosts the production of the white blood cells in the blood. Although IGF-1 is reliant upon human growth hormone for its support, studies have provided evidence that IGF-1 is far more efficient than human growth hormone at inspiring the cell synthesis of DNA, due to it being the key to its production in the body.
There is a natural blood test that measures the individual’s deficiency of IGF-1 and how it can answer the vital question of whether or not that person would benefit from the injection of Human Growth Hormone. If you are found to be within these ranges, IGF-1 therapy may be right for you.
The team of Wellness Advisors at HealthGAINS is ready to find the best option for you, your body, and your lifestyle. Call (866) 734-5771 now for a free consultation.