Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
Las Vegas Andropause Specialist, Chris Pederson, M.D., is driven to educate patients on the importance of hormonal balance for men. Understanding what hormone therapy is and the benefits it can provide will help you decide if this therapy best addresses your health concerns.
Men can greatly improve their health with Hormone Replacement Therapy. While men do not suffer from such a drastic decline of hormones as women, they do experience a more gradual loss of hormones. Starting around age 30, men begin to have a decline in testosterone production, and when a man reaches his mid to late forties or early fifties, he may experience a steep drop in hormonal production. When this occurs, men can begin to notice a series of unwanted changes, such as balding, weight gain, or sexual dysfunction.
This dramatic drop in hormones is known as Andropause. Male hormones are responsible for sexual and reproductive function, metabolic activities, bone density, and emotional health, and when they are not produced in adequate amounts, men may notice they have mood swings that can consist of increased anxiety, depression, anger, or nervousness and that they have put on a ring of body fat around the middle. Workouts may not yield the same results as they used to, and men can notice they have an overall lack of motivation or passion for life. Libido may also decrease, which can have a negative impact on personal relationships, and erectile dysfunction may be another symptom that men experience during this time.
While most men assume these symptoms are all a part of getting older, they are really caused from hormonal deficiencies, which can impact numerous bodily functions. When Andropause sets in and these symptoms occur, Hormone Replacement Therapy can successfully reduce many of the effects of hormone decline. Las Vegas Andropause Specialist, Chris Pederson, M.D., has compiled a list of some of the benefits that Hormone Replacement Therapy can produce in his male patients:
Hormones affect brain chemistry, and when they are out of balance, moods such as anger, resentment, irritability, anxiety, or nervousness can occur. Hormones also affect the heart, which can cause mood-related heart palpitations and anxiety. Balanced hormones can put an end to mood roller coasters.
Imbalanced hormones can cause the hypothalamus, which is responsible for setting the body’s sleep cycles, to become confused and set irregular sleeping patterns. Men can experience trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up multiple times at night, and waking up early in the morning and being unable to fall back asleep. Hormone Replacement Therapy can rectify hormone deficiencies and regulate sleeping patterns.
Testosterone is responsible for maintaining libido and sexual function, and when it is deficient, libido can reduce. When this first begins to happen, men may notice a lack of desire or interest, and after time, all of the sex drive can disappear. Bio-identical testosterone can improve libido and reignite sexual passion.
Sexual function is directly related to healthy amounts of testosterone, and when it is deficient, erectile dysfunction can occur. Men may notice that they no longer experience involuntary morning erections, and then, they can become unable to become aroused. Hormone Replacement Therapy may help to reduce instances of erectile dysfunction.
Increased Muscle Mass
Muscle atrophy can result from a decrease of testosterone, due to the hormone’s role in building muscle. During andropause, most men lose around 12-15 pounds of muscle mass. This is because testosterone helps the red blood cells to produce and build muscle tissue, and when it is deficient, the body cannot adequately build muscle. Hormone Replacement Therapy can restore hormones and increase muscle mass.
Increased Body Fat
Extra body fat can begin to accumulate around the middle as a result of hormonal decline. This can occur because decreased muscle mass, burns away less fat and reduces metabolism. When the body’s metabolic processes slow down, the body burns energy more slowly, which can cause the body to accumulate more fat.
Hormone Replacement Therapy can help men going through andropause and the symptoms of hormone decline to experience positive changes. Some men report that they feel as good as they did in the 20’s and 30’s due to hormone supplementation. Hormone Replacement Therapy can greatly improve health and wellness in men experiencing hormone-related issues.
Las Vegas Andropause Specialist, Dr. Chris Pederson, is driven to educate patients on the importance of hormonal balance for men. Understanding what hormone therapy is will help you decide if this therapy best addresses your health concerns.