Introduction to Male Hormones
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy from Spartan Medical Associates
Testosterone in Men
Testosterone is the life source for the male body. It’s what makes a man a man. Without enough, you’ll feel like you don’t have enough gas in your tank. As men age, their testosterone levels can begin to decrease, making them feel the effects of aging. TRT can help in most cases.
There are plenty of myths about TRT out there in cyberspace and we will spend time educating you on the scientific data and rationale behind replacing testosterone to physiologic levels. We will discuss the benefits and potential side effects as well as the nuts and bolts of administration options. Our lab panel takes a deep dive into all your hormone levels so we can design a plan tailored to your situation.
We replace testosterone to physiologic levels that were normal for you as a younger man. We combine this with lifestyle modification, proper nutrition, exercise and evidence based supplements. The goal is to improve energy, cognition, mood, lean body mass, libido, sexual function and overall quality of life. This also improves long term health outcomes and staves off disease.
Estrogen in Men
Men need some estrogen for heart, bone, and brain health. Men will convert a small amount of their testosterone into estrogen. Without an optimized testosterone level this relationship gets out of balance.
Healthy levels of DHEA are a “strong predictor” for longevity and a lower incidence of disease. It’s also the most plentiful sex hormone in the body. While DHEA is an active hormone it is also the precursor molecule used to make the other sex hormones.
The thyroid gland and its many associated hormones regulates metabolism, and can be thought of as the “traffic center” for your endocrine system. There are two types of thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. T4 is an inactive hormone that is stored and converted to T3 when needed. T3 is the active hormone and helps to regulate the bodies metabolism.
Cortisol is the hormone responsible for releasing adrenaline when you’re under stress. In small doses, this is a good—but too much cortisol is toxic.
GH is responsible for cell growth and repair throughout the body. Every cell, organ, and system within your body is impacted by this important hormone.
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