Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men

on Wednesday, 08 February 2012. Posted in Men's Wellbeing, Men's Health Written By: Shruti Gaddam

HRT for men and why they need it

Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men

Decrease in Testosterone levels is often seen in men largely due to age related factors and sometimes also due to certain other health conditions. Low levels of testosterone may cause several other health problems in men and therefore, replenishing them with hormone replacement therapy works as a good solution.

Hormones play a very important role in maintaining health. They are responsible for controlling the growth of cells and healthy functioning of internal organs. With age, as hormone levels reduce, body is exposed to several health risks, the major among them being cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular illnesses and osteoporosis.

In men, this age related decrease in hormones is called andropause. Often during this phase there is hormonal imbalance in the body and that is when Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for men comes into picture. However, it is difficult to identify a benchmark age when men need to test their hormonal activity for reduced function.

Role of testosterone in men

Testosterone Trivia

It is estimated that 13 million people in United States can be affected by low testosterone related problems

52% of men affected by low testosterone levels are either obese or overweight

Testosterone is the hormone responsible for male sexuality and physiological changes such as growth of body hair, the masculine voice, Adam’s Apple, male facial features and production of semen. This hormone plays a major role in the growth and development and also contributes to enhancing bone density, muscle mass and increased physical strength in men.

Symptoms of low testosterone

The symptoms of low testosterone levels are evident in several forms in the body. Although a blood test will reveal low hormonal levels, other behavioral changes are also indicative of this deficiency. Some of the most common symptoms are low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, trouble in achieving orgasm, inability to impregnate a woman, numbness in the genital region, constant fatigue, loss of muscle mass, moodiness and obesity.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

HRT for men helps in replenishing hormone levels especially testosterone, in the body. This can be a long drawn treatment. Hormones are replenished in the body through injections, pills, gels, patches and creams. Testosterone replenishment can also be implanted beneath the skin so that the body gets a constant supply of the hormone. The most effective ways of HRT are testosterone patches, intramuscular testosterone injections and gels. It has been found that testosterone pills are not only unsatisfactory in their performance, but also increase risk of bad cholesterol, cardiovascular ailments and liver dysfunctions.

However, it is very important to take carefully regulated doses of testosterone replenishments. A doctor’s advice is very essential. Excess testosterone in the body is as undesirable as low testosterone levels. Testosterone levels in the body can be maintained optimally by regular exercise and a robust diet. An active sex life also helps in maintaining optimum testosterone in the body.

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