Regardless of the genetic cards one is dealt, more and more men, and women as well, are realizing that something can be done to offset the negative effects of declining levels of testosterone. Most recognize that testosterone is THE male hormone, but it is also important in the females. Case in point: Dr. Knott’s education and understanding about age management medicine began as the result of treating a female with testosterone because of her reduced healing capacity. Unfortunately, most doctors are ill-equipped to treat this problem because they rely upon training programs that are typically inadequate.
There are a number of misconceptions based upon pseudoscience, rumors and myths, but many doctors adhere to those misconceptions rather than consider the real science that supports the judicial use of testosterone. As with any substance, one can take excessive amounts that can result in problems, but when one adheres to science based medicine, testosterone replacement can help restore a number of lost qualities and functions.
Low testosterone levels can result in a loss of muscle mass and strength with an increase in body fat. Low testosterone levels can also result in moodiness, depression and anxiety as well as a loss of energy and motivation. Testosterone has a protective effect on the heart and blood vessels and is known to reduce the incidence of heart attack and strokes. Restoring testosterone levels to optimal levels can also restore libido and sexual performance. In addition, testosterone reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
When tested, it is important to understand that normal levels do not typically reflect levels necessary for optimal health. A program must be tailored to meet the demands of each individual patient. In men, it is vitally important that one assesses levels of estradiol (estrogen) and SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin) as well. Regardless of the test results, the doctor must consider the symptom complex and adjust dosages accordingly. Above all, in order to get the optimum benefit, one must seek out a doctor knowledgeable about all aspects of this potentially life changing treatment method. Remember that it’s what your doctor doesn’t know that can hurt you!