Are you experiencing hair loss, reduced energy and sexual function, decreased muscle mass, or weight gain? Hormones like testosterone and other sex hormones are all essential biochemical messengers that help regulate male bodily functions like sexuality, energy and metabolism. When production of testosterone and other male sex hormones begin to decline or become imbalanced, these telltale symptoms sometimes develop.
Many men don’t realize their symptoms can be treated. However, oftentimes, the issue is that men are hesitant to admit they are experiencing these symptoms. To schedule a confidential consultation with Water’s Edge Natural Medicine, complete the form below or call us at (206) 966-4522 today!
Low testosterone (sometimes referred to as hypogonadism) is the condition in which measurable blood levels of testosterone are lower than expected.
Men can experience a gradual decline in serum total testosterone, starting in their mid-30s. Low Testosterone levels affect 1 in every 4 men over the age of 30 and there are 13 million men in the United States impacted.
The breakdown by age among mature men is that about 20 percent of men older than 60, 30 percent older than 70 and 50 percent older than 80 experience Low Testosterone.
Most often, hormonal shifts like Low Testosterone in men are simply a natural result of aging. However, men can experience Low Testosterone at any age from causes raging from chronic disease to side effects of medication. Testicular injury can be a cause, as can cancer, chemotherapy or malfunction of the hypothalamus or pituitary glands. Low thyroid function, obesity, infections and various other disorders are often implicated in Low Testosterone.
There are a variety of risk factors that may not cause it but can definitely increase your chances of developing Low Testosterone, including:
There are a wide range of symptoms that could signal Low Testosterone, and each individual may experience a different array or combination of symptoms:
Low testosterone may also put you at increased risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.
Not all men experience the common symptoms of Low Testosterone - even when their levels are significantly reduced. Sometimes men attribute symptoms to aging or other medical conditions, and other medical conditions can, in fact, mimic the symptoms of Low Testosterone.
Certain symptoms associated with Low Testosterone can be caused by factors like:
It is important to understand your particular symptoms and their origin during the diagnosis stage of your treatment at Water’s Edge Natural Medicine. To properly diagnose your particular condition, we will conduct testing and a comprehensive medical evaluation.
At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine in Seattle, WA, we understand that your diagnosis is the first step in balancing your male hormones and restoring vitality and full function. At your initial consultation, we will take a complete medical history which will include a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms. We recommend that you prepare a list of your symptoms prior to your first consultation. In order to properly diagnose Low Testosterone, we may require specific types of hormone testing. We may also need to administer additional medical tests to rule out other conditions.
Low Testosterone in mature men is almost always simply a normal function of aging, but sometimes hormone irregularities like Low Testosterone signal the presence of illness or disease. That is why the diagnostic process is so important when treating Low Testosterone.
Addressing hormone deficiencies or imbalanced hormones – especially testosterone – can not only alleviate the troublesome symptoms of Low Testosterone but also help prevent bone loss and cardiovascular disease.
Since Low Testosterone symptoms manifest differently in each man, the course of treatment will vary with each individual patient. Some of our treatment options may include:
At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine in Seattle, WA, we use bioidentical hormones to treat hormone imbalances like those that occur naturally in men with Low Testosterone. A variety of bio-identical hormones have been approved by the FDA. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) for men has been in use for 45 years and has been a successful treatment option with few, if any, side effects.
Bioidentical hormones mimic the effect of the natural hormones and are molecularly identical. Typically derived from plant sources – soy or yams – bioidentical hormones are engineered to the same exact chemical structure of hormones already being produced naturally in your own body. BHRT is more readily accepted by the body. Given that these bioidentical hormones function almost identically to natural hormones, the result is:
BHRT delivery methods include oral medication or topical applications, depending on what is right for your body. At Water’s Edge, we make sure to always take your personal preferences into consideration.
For younger men who may be experiencing symptoms of Low Testosterone but still wish to have children, there is sometimes the concern that BHRT carries some risk of lowered sperm count or testicular shrinkage. Clomiphene citrate (CLOMID), an agent commonly used for female infertility that has been shown to improve testosterone levels, libido and fertility in some cases, is an option in these cases.
Hormones are complex and working with a doctor who understands the complexity of Low Testosterone in men is very important. At Water’s Edge Natural Medicine in Seattle, WA, we offer the most up-to-date treatment for Low Testosterone so you can return to full sexual function and the life you love.
If you are struggling with the symptoms of Low Testosterone and have questions, we invite you to reach out to us. We’re here for you, every step of the way, and happy to answer any questions you may have about your symptoms and our methods to restore balance and restore you to your life before Low Testosterone interrupted your health and vitality.
Water's Edge Natural Medicine
1000 2nd Ave, Suite 2920
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 966-4522
Fax: (206) 283-1924
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