Here are some of the most common TRT mistakes that patients and even doctors make when following a testosterone therapy.
Many TRT doctors only prescribe the testosterone protocol they are comfortable or familiar with, whether it is gel, injection or even pills. However, not all protocols fit every person’s personalities or lifestyles. For instance, if you sweat a lot or do lots of workout, using transdermal patches or creams won’t be as effective as testosterone injection as the testosterone content of transdermal patches won’t be completely absorbed.
Another thing, if you are afraid of needles, testosterone injection will surely be the most uncomfortable situation. Say, you are fine with needles, but what if your doctor does not want to teach you how to inject on your own? Do you have time to drive to his office every week for your injection? Does it fit in with your schedule?
Look for a doctor who knows all TRT protocols and is diligent to ask you about your personality and lifestyle. Otherwise, you might end up discontinuing a TRT protocol because it didn’t suit your lifestyle, your work or your personality.
When you encounter a person who speaks that TRT didn’t work for him, it often has to do with the dosage. You have to understand that testosterone replacement therapy varies from patient to patient. A dosage that could increase a person’s total T to 700 may only bring your up to 400. In addition, a total testosterone level of 700 might be enough for one person, letting him enjoy all the benefits of TRT but for you, it might not be enough.
The dosage and its frequency have to be adjusted from time to time so you make the most you can out of TRT.
Maybe because of reading too much bodybuilding magazines, some patients assume that testosterone should be cycled. Cycling is only suitable for users of anabolic steroids whose main goal is to add more muscle mass or enhance performance. However, it is not appropriate for TRT.
Simply put, when you use TRT, your testes take a rest from manufacturing testosterone. If you just stop TRT immediately, you are left with nearly zero testosterone in your body, and at this point, everything goes south. Decreased libido, weight and depression set in. This means that all the benefits you enjoyed with TRT revert. If you decide to stop using testosterone for some reason, work with your doctor to ensure you’re doing it effectively and safely.
Nearly all possible TRT side effects can be managed easily, whether they include hair loss, acne, moodiness or an increase in hematocrit or PSA (prostate-specific antigen). It is important to manage these side effects effectively as it is necessary for the long-term success of your testosterone therapy.
Of course, no one wants to experience these side effects through TRT only to be replaced by another set of side effects. Oftentimes, it is only a question of dosage adjustment or the delivery system but they may sometimes require extra medications.
Smoking, being overweight, drinking in excess, not having enough sleep, avoiding exercise and taking blood sugar for granted are some of the biggest TRT mistakes that you should avoid. These shouldn’t be part of your lifestyle. Testosterone replacement therapy can create a 180 degree turn in your life. It can make you feel like in your 20s or 30s.
All those bad habits mentioned can greatly deplete your testosterone reserve and no amount of TRT can compensate to offset such kind of lifestyle. It’s best to practice as many healthy habits as possible to make your TRT experience better.
Testosterone therapy requires 100 percent commitment. Like any medication, if you forget to inject or rub cream after a morning shower, it’s not going to give you its expected results. Failing to administer or apply it and it will not work and the long-term outcome will be compromised and unsatisfying.
In addition, poor compliance to TRT has its own inherent consequences. When your T levels keep on fluctuating from highs to lows, you could experience possible swings in your performance, energy and functionality.
There are lots of ways to help you remember your application or injection schedule. You can mark your calendar beforehand, place notes on your fridge or use mobile apps. Find one that will work for you.
Today, more and more dentists now provide Botox injections, but that is definitely not part of their training and they are not more qualified, as far as education is concerned, to provide Botox more than a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. But many dentists see it as a way to augment their income.
On a similar note, many doctors have joined the TRT bandwagon. They do not have the expertise to give testosterone, but they simply do it as a way to increase their income. The problem is, there’s more to TRT than just giving a prescription. Testosterone therapy isn’t just simply elevating your T levels, it is helping your patients find their optimal T levels.
Further, you need one who is knowledgeable in managing any possible side effects of TRT, including other aspects of the TRT science such as the adjunctive therapies.
Finally, you need one who applies what he prescribes. In this case, a doctor who is under TRT himself, who lives a healthy lifestyle and exercises, has the firsthand knowledge into TRT compared to a conventional doctor who only prescribes TRT on the side.
Consider the possible costs before choosing a doctor as well. Do your own homework in finding the right doctor for you.
As mentioned in Number 2, the leading cause for having less stellar results with TRT is wrong dosage. The second most common problem among patients who say TRT didn’t work for them is the failure to keep track of their estrogen levels.
When the body metabolises testosterone, it turns into other chemicals such as DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) and estradiol. Estradiol is a metabolite of estrogen, the major hormone in women. Though men require a certain level of estrogen to maintain vascular health, excessive levels can cause gynecomastia, weight gain, extra body fat and subtle mental changes. Excessive estrogen can also hinder the benefits of TRT.
This problem can be very easy to control, but first, you have to find a capable TRT doctor to recognize and fix it.
Being a leading provider of low testosterone therapy solutions, we are always looking for newer ways to improve blood testosterone levels for our patients. We believe on improving testosterone levels with not only different testosterone treatment options that we offer, but also with diet, exercise, and therapeutic methods. Over the years, we have seen that our patients have greatly benefited from our Low-T therapy and treatment solutions, and our network of patients have grown across across all major cities of United States, including: Los Angeles, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Jersey City, and Seattle.
If you or a loved one is dealing with low blood testosterone levels, contact us today to get a free evaluation of your Low-T symptoms and see how our treatment options can help you with your low testosterone.
Saleamp Design January 20th, 2017
Posted In: Testosterone Therapy
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Do you keep noticing commercials about Low Testosterone symptoms, or Low T, and wonder what exactly they are talking about? Are you wondering if you have Low T? We have yet to meet anyone nearing 40, or older, who sees these commercials and can consistently say I never feel like that with the same pep I did when I was younger.
For healthy men, testosterone peaks at age 19 and goes down about 1-2% a year for the rest of your life. We are living 64% longer today than we were just one century ago and different parts of our body age faster than other. An unbalanced or depleted endocrine system has so many men are suffering from the Low Testosterone symptoms. . . but they don’t have to suffer from what so many people just write-off as normal aging.
Testosterone is a naturally occurring and very potent hormone produced in large amounts by all males (and in much smaller amounts in females). Production begins in the womb and then gradually increases for weeks from birth.
Initially, it fortifies the development of male genitalia, then gradually affects every vital physiological system (muscular, circulatory, skeletal, reproductive, etc.)
After reaching physical maturity, testosterone plays a major role in the healthy development of male sexuality. Testosterone levels drastically surge during the onset of puberty. Levels peak at 19, then level o and begin to drop by the mid-30s, by about 1% per year.
Except in cases of hypogonadism (medically low testosterone) when it occurs much earlier, most men begin to feel many of the symptoms of low testosterone by their 40s. It’s one reason why our physical and mental capabilities begin to diminish as we age, and it may even contribute to the following life and relationship altering conditions of Low T:
There is a syndrome called Irritable Male Syndrome, or IMS, that’s caused by low testosterone. It is not just having a low libido. This syndrome includes emotional withdrawal, lack of motivation, aggression, personality changes, and anxiety. Irritable Man Syndrome can also present in self-destructive activities including gambling, alcoholism and workaholism.
Sound like you? Low testosterone affects over 13.8 million men in the US. Many of these men are in their 30s and even 20s due to hypogonadism.
Low T effects go beyond sex drive and mood. Testosterone deficiency increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and bone fractures. Low testosterone increases mortality risk.
800 men were followed for 50 years and the men with the lowest testosterone levels had a 33% greater chance of death, from all causes, than the group with the highest testosterone levels. Another study showed that men with low testosterone had 88% higher mortality levels than men with normal testosterone.
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Saleamp Design September 30th, 2016
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What is testosterone replacement therapy? How does Estrogen effect my testosterone levels or how I feel? What is Estradiol or E2 and what do I need to know about estradiol monitoring? Why is it important to monitor estrogen level before getting TRT? What if my estrogen level is elevated, should I still be treated or not? What are the downsides of TRT? Is it dangerous?
These are some of the most common questions most men ask during testosterone replacement therapy. Read below to know more about this treatment.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a medical treatment that aims to restore hormone levels back to a normal range without any significant side effects or safety concerns. More importantly, it should alleviate the symptoms associated with the hormone deficiency.
The ultimate goal of TRT is to regain and maintain the highest quality of life, compress major illnesses and reduce disability; and add life to years.
As a Man’s testosterone level decreases, typically his estrogen levels are increasing. Testosterone replacement therapy can also lead to elevations in estrogen level in some men who convert a portion of their testosterone supplementation to Estradiol. In some cases, the level could be above the normal range. While TRT is not about jacking up a man’s testosterone, it should also not be about suppressing his Estrogen or Estradiol/E2.
When the estrogen levels increase, a person may develop breast or nipple tenderness (gynecomastia), which may call for the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) – a potent estradiol-suppressor that is primarily used as an adjuvant treatment for breast cancer by lowering estrogen and thereby reducing the stimulation of estrogen receptors in such disease.
Some doctors prefer stopping TRT first when symptoms of high estrogen levels are becoming apparent rather than managing it through AIs. Many doctors, and Broscience websites, promote the absolute use of aromatase inhibitors during TRT despite the absence of symptoms or signs of increase estrogen or Estradiol. They believe that keeping a relatively low estrogen concentrations can boost the effectiveness of TRT and improve male health. This approach, however, can cause other problems.
We at Hormone Therapeutics follows medical protocols and believe in treating the symptoms and the blood tests. The Total Testosterone:Estradiol ratio needs to be kept below 5%. We believe in monitoring and maintaining this level.
Estrogen levels in some men administered with aromatase inhibitors have levels that sink below 40pmol/L, which may pose increased risk on bone health, energy and emotional health.
Perhaps the only study that can compare the use of TRT with and without anastrazole were in men diagnosed with hypogonadism, hyposexuality and epilepsy. The first trial revealed a positive effect on the sexual interest with the addition of testolactone therapy.
On the second trial that involves men reported an increase in libido among men treated with anastrazole and testosterone alone. However, this trial didn’t attain statistical significance because some men from the T-alone group also reported increase in sexual interest despite an increase in their estrogen.
However, these studies must be taken with caution because it isn’t clear how the group compares with the bigger group with low-T. This group were also treated with antiseizure drugs which increases SHBG (Sex hormone-binding globulin) – a glycoprotein that attaches to the two sex hormones, estrogen and androgen.
Therefore, there is no solid evidence to support the claim that the use of aromatase inhibitor in conjunction with TRT provides benefits more than that provided by TRT alone.
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Hormone Therapeutics is the leading national company assisting men who want to get their lives back through Hormone Replacement and Testosterone Replacement therapy. Our local physicians are ready to treat you anywhere in the entire country. Hormone Therapeutics is pioneering an easier, cost efficient and more private way for you to work with our clinical advisors and physicians from the privacy of your home or office after your local physical exam confirms you have one of the symptoms of Low T.
Contact us today and our clinical advisors will work with you on a hormone therapy program that may include prescribed hormones, exercise, nutrition and sleep programs to reclaim your vitality.
Saleamp Design March 22nd, 2016
Posted In: Testosterone Therapy
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