Testosterone is the hormone most responsible for muscle development, growth, and rejuvenation. As we age, the levels tend to drop off. By age 45, many men have clinically low testosterone levels. By age 65, more than half will suffer from low levels. Testosterone isn’t just associated with muscle. It affects cognitive functioning, libido, and energy levels.
Chronic aches and pains, especially following strenuous workouts can be caused by a number of factors. It’s important that your medical team works to eliminate the possible reasons for your aches and pains. Testosterone deficiency is diagnosed through a series of tests and a complete review of your medical history. Once it is diagnosed, treatment is simple and effective.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is the most effective solution to clinically low testosterone levels. As the name implies, bioidentical hormones match those produced by the body down to the molecular level. There is no discernable difference between bioidentical hormones and those naturally produced by the body, so there is no worry of rejection or inefficient function in the body. The therapy replaces depleted hormone levels and provides what the body needs to function at optimum levels.
Bioidentical hormones come in the form of a tiny pellet, approximately the size of a grain of rice. The pellet is injected into the fatty tissue underneath the skin, usually in the waist, thigh, or buttock area. The pellet then releases the hormone slowly over time, mimicking the body’s natural production. The results include fewer muscle and joint aches, better cognitive function, a renewed sense of energy and purpose, and increased libido.
Testosterone does not exist in a vacuum. When partaking in low-t therapies, it will be necessary to balance the diet and include supplements to maximize the effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy. Magnesium and Vitamin D are important to the natural processing of testosterone in the body. Your doctor will discuss a complete treatment plan with you, that may include supplements and a diet and exercise plan.