Why Low Testosterone Causes Muscle Loss in Men
Muscle loss in men and other problems like lethargy, feeling depressed or weak, or experiencing erectile dysfunction are problems difficult to share with a doctor, but they are hard to live with. Why wait? Hormone replacement therapy for men, under the direct supervision of a licensed medical doctor, is a safe, effective way to address weight gain, depression, osteoporosis, anemia or the other conditions that low testosterone can cause.
A Low T count may indicate an androgen deficiency. This is known as andropause, a form of male menopause. This condition has been known to cause a low sex drive, erectile dysfunction or signs of early osteoporosis, depression, sleeplessness, fatigue, and other conditions.
Today, hundreds of men have said “No” to feeling ashamed, and “Yes” to fighting back. Working with Dr. Mikhail Berman, a hormone replacement specialist, they have recovered their youthful vigor and are facing the future with optimism and more important, optimal health.
Men may feel pressure to “live with,” these issues, even if it minimizes their quality of life. They might not seek medical help. However, it can be risky not to. As we age, our bodily systems can lose up to 60% of their normal functions before symptoms present themselves. That’s HUGE. And, it proves how important it is to treat a condition like low testosterone with hormone therapy before symptoms get the best of us.
The Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone
How Does Testosterone Therapy Affect Muscle Loss in Men?
Dr. Berman will assist you in ordering lab tests that will give you a comprehensive picture of your hormone health. The test must include, at a minimum, the measurement of “free” testosterone, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), thyroid function, the levels of thyroid hormones, estrogen, estradiol, progesterone, prolact PSA, SA , Complete Blood Count and Comprehensive Metabolic Profile.
The most comprehensive test is best when assessing whether you have levels of testosterone that are simply below normal, or significant levels that would benefit from testosterone therapy. The basic standard for “low” is anything below 245 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). However, Dr. Berman will take your overall health profile into account and may determine that your normal range is slightly different.
Basic factors such as your body mass index, patterns of weight gain, your height vs weight, areas of fatty tissue, sleep patterns and eating habits can all influence your t levels. These are all clues that can make up a final determination whether Dr. Berman’s low testosterone treatment would benefit you.
When above a single number of fasting glucose, you are diagnosed as being diabetic. The line drawn is very clear. Hormones don’t work that way. With testosterone especially, doctors work within recommendations made by the Endocrine Society about who would benefit from replacement therapy. While these are accepted standards, hormones, and the endocrine system are complex and interacting very differently in each person. It takes a qualified physician, like Dr. Berman with experience in hormone imbalances to help you make the right decision.
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How Does Dr. Berman Treat Muscle Loss in Men?
Your tissues, muscles, organs and circulatory and digestive systems only function at their peak if the correct hormonal balance exists. The medical community agrees that biological and biochemical functions in our bodies have a cause and effect relationship with hormones. Neither can live without the other working efficiently. Sadly, hormonal imbalance is too often overlooked as a potential culprit for a significant number of health concerns.
Dr. Berman is a hormone replacement specialist that has witnessed first hand the successful results of small amounts of hormone replacement for men. He has seen rejuvenation and renewal as men have regained their energy, strength, ability to have great sex, and more. These men had previously thought that fatigue, irritability, insomnia, weight gain, gynecomastia, and erectile dysfunction were all part of the aging process that they would have to accept. Not true!
For some, hormone replacement with testosterone injections helps them return to the younger, more vibrant self they remember. For others, it’s a completely new freedom from conditions they have long suffered from but never knew hormone imbalances could cause. They weigh less, eat better, sleep better, and they have a tremendous positive energy they never thought was possible.
Hormone replacement for men is not something to be decided without serious thought and reliable information. Dr. Berman is a great resource, an expert in the field with over 30 years as a medical practitioner. He can help you make a decision that is right for you.
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Dr. Berman believes in testosterone replacement therapy using testosterone injections because it gives you both complete control of the process. He will train you to administer small doses in the privacy of your own home, which is much easier than it sounds. Injections allow for more precise doses, designed to suit your specific and unique hormone profile, especially your levels that are deficient. Dr. Berman closely monitors your progress through regular visits. He will keep a close eye on your hormone levels, sleep cycles, your red blood cells, PSA and more.
Patients undergoing this therapy report that their interest in sex has returned, and that their episodes of erectile dysfunction are no longer a problem. They wake up in the morning energized and feeling capable of physical activity, such as exercise, sports, and hobbies. Those that participate in weight resistance training report even higher degrees of fitness and in some cases, weight loss.
Dr. Berman is also trained to keep an eye on symptoms of your dose being slightly too high. One should never experience extreme insomnia, tremors, or excessive irritability.
However, with the exact amount of hormone replacement patients can experience improvements they never imagined, including a happy, healthy life of eating and weighing less, participating fully in physical activities and sleeping soundly at night.
Call Dr. Berman’s office today at (561) 841-1837 to take that first step toward a healthier hormone balance and an improved quality of life.
In some cases, men experience muscle loss, as well as an increase in the amount of breast tissue that collects around their breast. You can read more about Gynecomastia and low t here.