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April 11, 2013By Dr. Averel Snyder. Co-Founder of AgeWell Men’s Institute
Following are the most frequently asked questions we receive at AgeWell Men’s Institute:
What is Testosterone?
Men's bodies produce the hormone testosterone in their testes. In men, testosterone helps maintain: Sex drive, Sperm production, Bone density, Muscle strength, Muscle mass, Fat distribution, and Red blood cell production.
How can Testosterone levels become low?
Testosterone can become naturally low in men over 40. If your levels are in the range of the lower one third of normal, you qualify for treatment.
What Health issues are associated with Testosterone deficiency?
Hypogonadism is a disorder resulting from a low testosterone level in the male body. Testosterone affects bone mass, fat distribution, and muscle development. In addition, Testosterone maintains energy levels, fertility, and sex drive.
Does a low Testosterone level cause the signs and symptoms of aging?
Testosterone deficiency can have several effects on the body which can be associated with symptoms of aging including decreased sexual function, decreased energy level, loss of bone density, loss of muscle mass, increase in fat mass, reduced muscle strength, memory loss, mood changes and depression.
Is Low Testosterone treatable?
Yes. Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) can supplement your bodies naturally occurring Testosterone with bio-identical Testosterone to bring levels to a high age-adjusted normal level.
How much does treatment cost?
If you have insurance we accept, the cost is usually the amount of your co-pay plus any unmet deductible.
Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy safe?
If done correctly, replacing Testosterone is safe. We use only FDA approved Testosterone Cypionate also known as bio-identical Testosterone. Patients undergoing treatment are closely monitored throughout the treatment program to measure Testosterone and keep them safely at a high age-adjusted normal level.
How do I qualify for Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
A simple blood test drawn in our office will reveal your levels. Results are given usually within 4 days.
What results are possible with TRT?
Results vary among patients from mild changes in energy and physical changes to dramatic changes with many patients experiencing significant decreases in body fat percentages and muscle mass increase as well as enhanced energy levels, better sleep patterns and increase sexual drive. We measure the BMI (Body Mass Index) for each patient when they first start the program and repeat this measurement each month to track changes in BMI which is the best way to document reductions in fat and increases in muscle mass and bone density.
How can I learn more or see if I have Low Testosterone?
Contact us at 770-559-5834 to schedule a consult with our Clinical Staff or visit our website at: www.agewellmensinstitute.com to learn more or take the self-assessment to see if you may have Low-Testosterone and schedule an appointment.
Dr. Snyder is a Board certified Cardiothoracic surgeon and Certified in Age Management Medicine. He Co-founded AgeWell Men’s Institute to help men better manage aging with bio-identical hormone replacement, exercise and diet. See their ad for more information or visit their website at www.agewellmensinstitute.com.