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Testosterone

The “Man Hormone”

Known as the dominant male hormone, Testosterone is an anabolic steroid produced in the testes and derived from cholesterol. Testosterone contributes to muscle mass, bone density, bone strength and stimulates male puberty.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 4-5 million men have symptoms of low testosterone levels and only 5-10% seek treatment. Low testosterone is often associated with other chronic health conditions including chronic use of pain medication, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol).

Why We Need It...

Testosterone is widely known for its purpose in growth and development in men during puberty. This hormone assists the body in building protein and is needed for normal sex drive and producing erections. Testosterone also contributes to maintenance of muscle mass, bone formation, and production of blood cells. Low levels of testosterone, along with increased levels of Sex Binding Hormone Globulin (SHBG) are the primary causes of male menopause symptoms.

 Symptoms of low testosterone:

  • Decreased HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction
  • Weight gain and decline in muscle tone
  • Fatigue, decrease energy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Mild depression
  • Sleep apnea
  • Dry, thin skin, with poor elasticity
  • Thinning and dry hair
  • Irritable Male Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Hypersensitive, hyper-emotional states
  • Memory Loss
  • Hot Flashes/Night Sweats
  • Gynecomastia (male breasts)

According to Dr. Mohit Khera, Assistant Professor of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine, erections depend on serum testosterone levels. Studies show that 23-50% of men with low testosterone levels are non-responsive to erectile dysfunction drugs (like Viagra, Cialis or Levitra).