Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men
Any problem with a man’s ability to achieve an erection can be a huge blow to his self-esteem. In fact, there may be nothing else that can make a man question his worth more. Feelings of shame and embarrassment often prevent men from opening up about this all-too-common problem. It is unfortunate that men aren’t more willing to talk about it, as it is a well-understood medical problem with many solutions.
This problem affects more men than people realize. Some studies show approximately 40 percent of men experience some degree of erectile problems by 40 years of age, with numbers increasing to 70 percent for men around age 70.
There are many reasons why a man might have a hard time achieving an erection. High blood pressure, diabetes, depression and anxiety are a few common factors. Another common cause is hormones; hormones play a significant role in a man’s ability to achieve an erection. Testosterone, a sex hormone in both men and women, is vital for the male sexual response. Testosterone is needed not only for sexual desire but also for the physical mechanics of triggering an erection.
Supplementing testosterone may be a relatively easy option for a man to regain his sexual craving, his ability to have an erection, and his ability to climax. Increasing a man’s testosterone level may not only stimulate his libido but also allow for more youthful attributes, like ample energy, increased mood and self-worth, improved memory, easier weight loss, and better muscle-building capabilities.
Supplementing testosterone levels can provide much more than just an erection. Many studies have shown the impact testosterone can have on heart health. Red blood cell production is influenced by testosterone; healthy blood equals a healthier body, which includes blood flow to the male genitalia. Low levels of testosterone have been linked to numerous cardiovascular risks. A 2015 study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found that men who had their testosterone levels returned to normal were 24 percent less likely to experience a heart attack and 36 percent less likely to suffer a stroke.
Testosterone replacement therapy begins with a comprehensive consultation with a hormone specialist. Assessing hormone levels will show exactly which ones are unbalanced and in need of treatment. Typically, bloodwork provides the most insight into several hormonal systems. Once results are reviewed, treatment can begin immediately. Most men will notice improvement within weeks. There are synthetic and natural options for everyone. Most naturopaths will encourage a bioidentical natural source for hormone replacement therapy. This course of treatment is more readily available for customization, and patients report few, if any, side effects. Treatment is easily adjusted as goals are met to maintain results.
Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/alternative/conventional treatments for each patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit DrStallone.com.