Very low testosterone level by itself does not mean that you need treatment. Testosterone replacement therapy can have side effects, and the long-term risks and benefits are not entirely known. This therapy is prescribed only for men with symptoms of low testosterone and blood levels that confirm this as the cause of symptoms should consider testosterone replacement.
There exist so many ways in which testosterone hormone therapy can be administered into your body. The following is a brief overview of how this is done.
- Skin patch (also called transdermal): androderm is a skin patch worn on the arm or upper body. It is applied once a day.
- Gels: androgel and testim are sold in packets of clear testosterone gel. Testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin when you apply the gel once a day. Androgel, axiron, and fortesta also come in a pump that delivers the amount of testosterone prescribed by your doctor. Natesto is a gel applied inside the nose.
- Mouth patch: striant is a tablet that sticks to the upper gums above the incisor, the tooth just to the right or left of the two front teeth. Applied twice a day, it continuously releases testosterone into the blood through the oral tissues.
- Injections and implants: testosterone can also be injected directly into the muscles, or implanted as pellets in the soft tissues. Your body slowly absorbs the testosterone into the bloodstream.
Benefits of testosterone therapy
Testosterone therapy is carried out when the testes do not produce enough testosterone. Such conditions of insufficient testosterone occur due to some factors such as; disease, and injury. The benefits of carrying out this therapy to replace testosterone include the following;
- Increased libido
When you have decreased sexual desire, you will need to boost it by doing the testosterone therapy. When your sexual interest starts to diminishes, it is more do with the level of your testosterone. When your libido decreases, it has an impact on your vigor and energy. Research validates testosterone therapy as a way of improving your libido.
- Increased lean muscles
As testosterone With testosterone therapy, the level of testosterone increases and therefore increases the affinity for androgen receptors by the body. This affinity enables you to increase the lean mass. When undergoing the testosterone replacement therapy, you are sure that you will gain muscle.
While the therapy will help in gaining lean muscle mass, you will need to put in extra efforts for the most satisfying results. These include fulfilling your daily protein requirements and also maintaining clean carbohydrates. The increase in lean muscle mass is far much contributed by the glycogen storage capacity of testosterone and hence increased water weight.
- Minimal side effects
There are other ways of increasing testosterone level but therapy is among the best. This is because, testosterone therapy has very few side effects that would not bother you for a long time when compared to the benefits you get. The major side effect is back acne which is manageable. This acne is usually due to increase in production of oil by the sebaceous glands.
- Better recovery
Testosterone therapy improves the speed at which the body heals. This is more specifically in the case of soft tissue injuries. If you have muscle soreness especially after work outs, you realize that such soreness reduces with a boost of testosterone. Generally, testosterone therapy enhances quicker healing.
Testosterone like the other hormones enhances the healing process by playing a dynamic role in breaking in production of energy by the body and also enhancing breakdown of proteins. Testosterone works together with other hormones to promote healing.
- Increased assertiveness
Lower level of testosterone paralyzes you with indecision. These low levels also lead to doubt and hesitancy. What increased levels of testosterone through therapy do is that, at its optimal, your thinking is boosted.
- Improved gym performance
Testosterone therapy increases your stamina and you are able to perform better in the gym. This is because, with testosterone therapy, your testosterone level increases and hence you become stronger. In fact, you get an urge to work out more often.
- Healthy heart and blood
Through the bone marrow, testosterone aids in red blood cell production. The heart pumps blood to the rest of the body in order to provide organs and muscles with enough oxygen. This is necessary for the body’s peak performance.
When the testosterone levels are low, you are exposed to several cardiovascular risks. In the early 2000s, men who experienced heart diseases and underwent testosterone therapy experienced improvements such as widened healthy arteries. Some men were also able to increase their walking distance by 33%. Testosterone also reduces chances of heart attack and stroke.
- Stronger bones
Testosterone enhances bone mineral density. You will realize that your bone density decreases as men grow older. This is because their testosterone level decreases. When you undergo the therapy, you are able to avoid the risk of weak bones.
Adding testosterone thorough the therapy strengthens your bones and hence supporting internal organs and muscles. This is generally known to boost athletic performance. From research, it can be concluded that, with testosterone treatment, bone density increases. More specifically, there is increase in the hip and spinal bone density. Testosterone reduces fracture risk.
- Fighting depression
Research shows that men who suffer from depression have low testosterone levels. If you are among such men who are struggling hard to fight depression, you should try testosterone therapy in order to increase testosterone levels.
From preliminary research, improvement in mood and other depression factors of men has been noted upon increase in testosterone therapy.
- Improves competitiveness
The drive to win that is found in most men is mostly promoted by high testosterone levels. A study showed that the level of testosterone of a man after losing, for instance in a game, determined whether he would play the game again. Men who experience very small drop in the testosterone levels or no drop at all were reported to get back to play the game.
- Improves cognitive ability
Research shows that, with testosterone therapy, not only has a link been determined between Alzheimer’s and testosterone levels but also there is also a relationship between high testosterone levels and elderly men cognitive ability. This relationship shows that decay in brain tissue is prevented.
- Better spatial abilities and mathematical reasoning
Men with high levels of testosterone have high thinking abilities. This includes better verbal memory and high brain processing speed. Research shows that men aged 34 to 70 years’ experience improvement in spatial memory.
- Boosts your risk taking ability
With testosterone therapy, an increase in level of testosterone leads to an increase in confidence level. Research shows that, men who have undergone testosterone therapy are more confident with taking more risks. In the world today, you must be able to take risks in order to succeed. This is therefore one of the most important benefits of testosterone for any man who desires excellence through risk taking.
- Improved sleep
A group of men aged 65 years upon study showed that sleeplessness is associated with low testosterone. There’s increased chances of insomnia as testosterone levels reduce by age (see source site). The research therefore showed that optimal amount of testosterone enhances overall sleep quality. Something strange was also discovered that more sleep means more testosterone and more testosterone results to better sleep.
- Weight loss
Testosterone therapy helps in burning fats by increasing the testosterone levels. As men grow older, the testosterone level decreases. This therefore requires that you undergo testosterone therapy to boost the testosterone therapy. Low levels of testosterone lead to increased fat in the body. This is because, less testosterone results to high estrogen to testosterone ratios.
Scientifically, high amounts of estrogen encourage fat storage. This is especially on the belly region. Testosterone however helps in burning fats. When you wish to lose weight, your main aim is to burn fats.
- Less mortality level
Increase in testosterone level increases your number of days that you have to live. The reason behind this is actually a combination of the discussed benefits. These include; boosted brain capacity, a stronger heart, improved blood flow, and decrease in the cholesterol level.
- Gives men a chiseled look
High testosterone level gives men a sharp razor look. The main reason for this kind of look is actually the free flowing testosterone. As discussed earlier, high testosterone levels aid in growing your muscles stronger, bigger and harder.
- Makes you more energetic
More testosterone increases production of Red Blood Cells. The main function of red blood cells is to transport oxygen from the lung to the other body parts. Your body needs energy in order to transport blood throughout your body more efficiently.
- Low cholesterol levels
High testosterone converts cholesterol to testosterone lowering the level of cholesterol. When your testosterone level is low, your cholesterol levels are high. High cholesterol levels are a red flag to the state of your health. When you undergo testosterone therapy, you have increased levels of testosterone which then converts the extreme levels of cholesterol. Cholesterol is a building block of testosterone.
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