As we age Testosterone levels decrease. Although a natural process there tend to be a
variety of undesirable consequences including:
- Changes in sexual function, ED
- Lack of motivation, depression
- Changes in sleep patterns, fatigue
- Reduced muscle mass
- Increase in breast tissue
Present in-utero, testosterone is necessary for normal fetal development and controls
development of male reproductive systems. Controlled by the pituitary gland,
testosterone is responsible for: regulating fertility/sex drive, fat distribution, muscle mass
and red blood cell production. Increased or decreased levels can lead to dysfunction in
the body which hormones regulate.
Through adolescence testosterone levels peak. Most are familiar with the changes
experienced during this time including: voice deepening, increased muscle mass,
widened shoulders and a more masculine facial structure. In rare cases excessive
testosterone in men can lead to puberty beginning before age 9.
After age 30 testosterone levels can decrease by a surprising 1% per year!
The symptoms associated with low testosterone develop over time and may result in
loss of body hair, decreased strength and erectile dysfunction. Chronic testosterone
deficiency may lead to osteoporosis, mood swings, decreased energy and testicular
If you experience the symptoms above its worth a look at your numbers. A simple blood
test can determine if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you. Be sure to see a
provider who specializes in bio identical hormone replacement therapy. (BHRT)