Over the past several years Dr. Gavrila has been talking with more and more male patients about low testosterone. It seems that everywhere you look these days you can’t avoid it, a TV commercial, an ad in a magazine, a voice on the radio during your ride to work. The media and advertising campaigns have put the issues associated with Low T front and center and it appears that men all over the world are ready and willing to let down their guard and open up with questions, concerns, and hopes of recapturing the energy and stamina of their youth.
We at ProMD Health understand these concerns and we have the knowledge and experience to help. With that said, let’s roll up our sleeves and get down to business!
Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group made by the body. It is the principal male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. In men, testosterone plays a key role in promoting characteristics such as increased muscle and bone mass and is essential for health and well-being. Most of the testosterone in a man’s body is produced in the testes.
Testosterone deficiency syndrome (TDS), formerly termed andropause, is characterized by a deficiency in serum testosterone (T) levels with or without changes in receptor sensitivity to androgens. This syndrome is also variably referred to as Low T, hypogonadism, or late-onset hypogonadism (LOH).
This can be identified through a simple blood test ordered by Dr. Gavrila. This test is typically ordered in the morning hours when levels are highest, as levels can drop by as much as 13% during the day.
Testosterone therapy can raise a man’s red blood cell count. This can lead to a thickening of the blood, which may make a stroke and clotting more likely.
Uncommon side effects include sleep apnea, acne, and breast enlargement. All such side effects go away if treatment is stopped.
Men who use a testosterone gel should wash their hands thoroughly after applying a dose and make sure that no one else touches the spots where they medicate. If a woman or child comes into contact with testosterone gels, it can cause side effects in them, including hair growth and premature puberty. Although there is potential, a transference of testosterone creams or gels to women or children is very rare. Still, as a precaution, it is advised that men should avoid skin-to-skin contact with women or children for the first two to four hours after applying medication.
To continue to benefit, a man with low testosterone must remain on a regimented treatment plan. To learn more about the benefits and risks associated with Low T Therapy and to see if it’s right for you, contact us NOW and schedule a consultation.
We all know that we aren’t getting any younger, but with a boost from “Vitamin T” we can at least feel that way! Contact us today at ProMD Health and schedule a consultation at our Annapolis, Baltimore, or Arlington location!
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