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    Testosterone Therapy for Men: The Fundamentals

      |  Apr 26, 2023

    Testosterone & Your Body

    Why is testosterone important?

    Testosterone, often known as the 'male hormone,' plays a vital role in a man's body. It's involved in numerous physiological functions, significantly contributing to muscle and bone strength, red blood cell production, fat metabolism, and even mental health. Its importance extends far beyond its role in male sexual function—it is integral for overall long-term health.

    Testosterone is often falsely associated with rage and aggression. It’s actually more related to calmness and confidence— intended to help us feel comfortable confronting challenges.

    What happens to testosterone as you age?

    As men age, testosterone levels naturally decline—a process sometimes referred to as 'andropause.' Similar to women's menopause, this is a normal part of aging. However, a significant decrease can lead to symptoms that might affect quality of life.

    Symptoms of low testosterone may include fatigue, depression, decreased sex drive, insomnia, cognitive difficulties, and a decrease in muscle mass. It's a progressive process, and symptoms can vary greatly between individuals.

    Testosterone Therapy

    The emphasis of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is not to excessively increase testosterone levels, but to restore them to an optimal, physiological state. The benefits of TRT typically begin to emerge within a few weeks of starting treatment, but it can take a few months to fully experience the effects.

    It's essential to communicate any side effects to your Modern Age clinician, as adjustments can be made to your treatment regimen to mitigate these issues.