Testosterone is one of 8 Super hormones in the body that can help to keep us youthful and energetic. Based on William Regelson, M.D’s research conducted in the 1990’s, as we age our hormones decline causing many age related symptoms like low libido, lack of energy, loss of muscle tone and weak bones. Testosterone replacement, as part of a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) programs, provides a way to reduce or eliminate many of these symptoms
Testosterone is one of 8 Super hormones in the body that can help to keep us youthful and energetic. Based on William Regelson, M.D’s research conducted in the 1990’s, as we age our hormones decline causing many age related symptoms like low libido, lack of energy, loss of muscle tone and weak bones. Testosterone replacement, as part of a Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) programs, provides a way to reduce or eliminate many of these symptoms. The benefits of testosterone:
Since the 1990’s the awareness and demand for testosterone supplements has increased substantially for both men and women. The advertisements and promises of recapturing your lost youth and vitality can be enticing.
For many men, increased libido is very important. Some Men come in the office and ask for Viagra instead of getting their hormones evaluated. But Viagra doesn’t do anything but fix the “plumbing”. It doesn’t help the testosterone levels. So what happens is they get the plumbing working but they don’t have the same passion. Sex becomes more mechanical. Then women have the complaint that it takes a 50 year old man and makes him act like a teenager, where all he is worried performance and not the relationship. But if you get the testosterone level balanced with the other hormones, it also helps the passion and the relationship. Then everything works together. This is the ecological approach to HRT.
For Women, the amount of testosterone needed is typically a very small amount compared to the dosage for men and it’s usually prescribed in addition to estrogen and progesterone as part of an overall HRT program. Keep in mind that more is not always better. Too much of any hormone or supplement can disrupt the appropriate signals in the body and cause unwanted side effects or risks, such as:
There is some good news regarding risks. A recent study shows that testosterone replacement therapy is not linked with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke in older male patients, as previous suggested. The study concluded that “Clinical trials examining testosterone therapy have been insufficiently powered to provide definitive evidence of adverse events, particularly cardiovascular outcomes.”
Bottom line, in order for both men and women to receive the full benefits of a better quality of life, testosterone replacement should be part of an inclusive Hormone Replacement Therapy program where all hormone levels are evaluated.
Integrative Longevity Institute “Relationships & Hormones” Lambert Titus Parker, MD, June 2014
National Institute of Health http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2701485/
Super Hormone Promise William Regelson, MD and Carol Colman 1996, Pocket Books, NY