For those of you considering Testosterone Replacement Therapy, TRT, there are lots of questions you may still have about the treatment. Before undergoing any treatment, it is a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into.
In most cases, those undergoing TRT are men who are noticing negative changes in their body ranging from increased body fat to decreased libido as they get older. Although, there are other medical and genetic issues that drop testosterone as well.
One way to treat the lowered testosterone in the body is by doing TRT. Here are some things you may not know about this type of therapy.
5 Facts about TRT
- There is No Wrong Age to Get TRT
“At sometime during his life a man will begin to experience a decline in testosterone levels, both free and total," said Steve Lasater, MD, FAAFP who is part of an Anti-Aging practice in Grand Rapids, MI. "It may be in his mid thirties, forties, or not until his fifties; eventually, however, it will drop to a lower level than when he was twenty. If it drops below 300 (assuming he is lucky enough to get his doctor to check it), then there is no controversy—it should be treated.”
- For Aging Men, It Doesn’t Need to be Below 300
There is a controversy in the medical field as to whether testosterone should be given to older men who are experiencing negative side effects from lower T-levels despite the fact it is still above 300. Many think TRT can help men avoid gaining weight that leads to the diseases like diabetes and stroke, so the benefits of the treatment may be worth the minor risks.
- The Cardiovascular Risk of TRT
Often cardiovascular disease is listed as a risk of TRT, but these suspicions may be unfounded. The line of reasoning goes that women have less strokes then men and women have less testosterone then men; therefore, increase the testosterone in men they’ll have even a higher risk of heart disease. Other evidence indicates TRT can actually prevent heart disease by decreasing bad cholesterol.
- Not All TRT Treatments are the Same
When getting TRT, it starts with a gel based cream that absorbs into your body. Over the next few appointments the doctors will adjust the dose based on how the medicine is impacting the body.
- TRT Treatments Includes more than Testosterone
In addition to testosterone, DHEA, thyroid hormones, melatonin and the Growth hormone may be added to the treatment. You should research each of these individually to read about their effects and benefits.
While TRT is not for everyone, it does help countless amounts of people live healthier and more fulfilling lives every year. If you are interested, consult with a doctor to if you may want to consider investing in TRT.
To find more information on Testosterone Replacement Therapy, find a doctor in your area and get a consultation to learn more about TRT or ask a doctor more questions.
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