‘The typical story is of a man in middle age who gradually loses his drive, strength, energy and enthusiasm for life and love’
The ageing process in men is accompanied by a significant decrease in available testosterone (male hormone) levels, probably as a result of decreased activity of androgen producing cells in the testes and a reduced blood supply in the testes.
Testosterone Deficiency (Low T)
Testosterone deficiency in men may lead to loss of strength and energy, a decrease in muscle mass, osteoporosis, a decrease in sexual activity, and, in some cases, changes in mood and cognitive function, This combination of factors often results in impaired quality of life in these men.
While the female menopause usually happens in the limited age range of about 45-55, the symptoms in men can start any time from 30 onwards, though they too tend to peak at 50. And unlike women who are willing to discuss their menopause with each other and with their medical advisers, men are remarkably reluctant to turn to either unless desperate.
Andropause is why the vitality and virility of millions of men go missing in middle age or later”. So, says Andrologist Dr. Malcolm Carruthers, ‘The typical story is of a man in middle age who gradually loses his drive, strength, energy and enthusiasm for life and love. An all-enveloping mental and physical tiredness descends on him, often for no apparent reason. He changes from being a positive, outgoing person who it is good to be around, to a negative, pessimistic, depressed bear with a sore head and it is increasingly difficult to live or work with him’.
Low T. most often occurs as a natural consequence of ageing, however there are also certain medical conditions, illnesses, or injuries that can result in diminished testosterone production.
Statistics show that only 5% of men suffering from Low T. receive treatment. Depending on the cause, your testosterone levels can be increased.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
Treatment with TRT is undertaken when men present with clinical symptoms of reduced testosterone, in conjunction with evidence that testosterone production is decreased or that is a result of reduced activity of the cells in the testes.
Before we will start you on therapy, a baseline assessment of your clinical and biochemical status is undertaken. This is done as a means to pick up irregularities as well as a baseline against which future comparisons can be made. A blood test may also be needed to test your PSA levels to rule our possible prostate issues.
What should you expect to experience?
- Improved feeling of well being
- More energy
- Increased strength
- Better sleeping pattern
- Improved libido
- Possible increased bone mineralisation and bone strength
Doctor360 can provide you with an effective testosterone replacement treatment plan incorporating bio-identical hormones.
* Please note that the doctor may not prescribe testosterone upon assessment as there is a chance that you do not meet the required criteria. In this case, the doctor will suggest a more suitable alternative to meet your needs.