In the past, men accepted that they’d get grumpy as they got older, and their sex life wouldn’t be as robust as in their youth. You’d trade in your six-pack abs for a spare tire and forget about your get-and-and-go and settle for some got-up-and-went.
These days, men don’t take aging lying down. They’re ready to do what it takes to maintain their muscle mass, libido, and energy. That’s why testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has become so popular.
However, as with so much hype on the internet and television, misinformation about low testosterone and its treatments is common. At Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center in Allen, Texas, our men’s health specialists design a complete hormone replacement program individualized to your needs and modified as those needs change. Here’s how it works.
How much testosterone do you need?
When it comes to the hormone testosterone (T), what’s normal for the next man may be low for you. That’s why your hormone therapy program starts with a blood test and a comprehensive physical exam.
Your first testosterone test is free, and you get your results within about 20 minutes. Even if we discover that our T levels are within a range that’s “normally” considered “normal” (i.e., anywhere from 300-1000 ng/DL) we may prescribe a customized program to raise your T if you have symptoms such as:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Brain fog
- Hair loss
- Fat gain
- Muscle loss
- Bone loss
- Cognitive difficulties
We also test your thyroid levels. When your thyroid hormone is too low, you may have some of the symptoms of low T.
Your TRT is customized
We give you just the amount of T you need to restore your function and well-being. Your TRT may be custom-compounded in a pharmacy.
To be sure that your TRT meets your current needs, we recommend re-testing on a regular basis and then adjusting the dose as needed. During your TRT consultation, our team lets you know how often you should expect to be re-evaluated.
But it’s not just about TRT
Although we may recommend T replacement therapy (TRT) in a variety of forms — including injections or topical creams — we want you to produce more of your own T, too. That’s why our HRT programs aren’t just about the medications. They’re also about lifestyle adjustments.
What and how much you eat directly influences how much T you produce. A healthy diet cuts out processed and junk foods that are low in nutrients and high in chemicals and pro-inflammatory ingredients, such as trans fats.
You can start to produce more testosterone on your own simply by loading your diet with healthy foods that boost T production. Some examples include:
- Salmon and other fatty fish
- Dark, leafy green vegetables
- Dark cocoa and chocolate
- Cherries, berries, and pomegranates
We may also recommend pharmacy-grade supplements to ensure your body gets all of the nutrients it needs to thrive.
Weight-bearing exercises are essential if you want to increase T. That is because your muscles produce T, while your fatty tissue produces the “female” hormone estrogen.
Muscle mass also burns more energy than fatty tissue does. That means the more you build your muscles through exercise and TRT, the more easily you can shed extra fat and keep it off.
You produce your hormones when you sleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep, or if your sleep is poor quality, your hormone production suffers, too.
If you’re currently overweight, you may have a condition called sleep apnea that’s causing you to awaken multiple times a night. Low T itself can cause insomnia, too.
By addressing lifestyle factors that affect your levels of T and thyroid, as well as boosting your hormones with TRT, you start to feel like your old self again. Your energy returns, your libido grows stronger, and your body gains strength and vigor, too.
Don’t guess about your T levels and how to restore them. Instead, find out for certain with an in-depth evaluation, testing, and a customized hormone replacement program. Call our team at 469-912-2113 or use our online form to book an appointment today.