Testosterone–in the news, widely discussed, championed and vilified–is not just about sex. Dr. Russel Spoke with Dr. Oz last fall and asked his opinion on testosterone treatment. The number one problem with this therapy, he said, was unscrupulous practitioners who treated patients without knowing if testosterone was even needed.
Dr. Russel’s Experience With Low Testosterone
I’ve personally experienced living with low testosterone. In my 40’s my lab work included a testosterone test. I was surprised to learn that my testosterone was so low it was undetectable. I decided to ignore the results. Fast forward 10 years, I was a mess. The low-testosterone symptoms had crept in so stealthily that I didn’t notice them until I was suffering with weight gain and a loss of, well, moxie. Since then I’ve corrected my problems with testosterone pellets.
The male testes, as well as the female ovaries, are vital sources of testosterone production. Testosterone levels in women can start to decrease, often rapidly, after the age of 30. T levels are suppressed in birth-control pill users of all ages. During menopause, many women experience critically low levels.
The Low T Muffin Top
The symptoms can be debilitating. but what is truly frightening are the changes that one attributes to other causes. “Muffin Top”, a nickname for stockpiles of visceral fat, is a common complaint in mid-life women and is much more than a cosmetic issue. It raises the risk of cardiovascular disease by increasing inflammatory cytokines.
Little surprise then that low testosterone level is commonly found in men and women with heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Our heart has more testosterone receptors than any other vessel or organ in our body. Testosterone is a vitally potent artery dilator assisting in the optimal blood flow and oxygen levels in our hearts and brains.
In the medical community, there is a lot of controversy over testosterone. As of right now, inhibited sexual desire is the only approved reason to prescribe it in women. Studies show that women with low testosterone have fewer sexual thoughts and more trouble achieving climax. Testosterone frequently fixes these problems. At the present time, there is no “FDA-approved” method of replacing testosterone in women.
I use and recommend bio-identical testosterone pellets. They provide the exact amount of T your body made in your prime, given to you in a way that bypasses the liver. These inserts, about the size of a grain of rice, are placed under the skin and release steady amounts of testosterone as they are absorbed over the next 4-6 months.
10 Low T Symptoms in Women:
- Low energy
- Night sweats
- Trouble concentrating
- Increased abdomen fat or “Muffin Top”
- Low sex drive
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Weakened bone and collagen
- Decreased muscle tone
- Trouble climaxing
5 Steps to Better Hormone Health
- Get tested and establish your hormone balance
- Schedule a full history and physical exam at Center for Wellness MD
- Get the facts about bio-identical hormone treatment
- Consider a trial of testosterone therapy–it only takes 5 days to start to see the benefits
Take Home Points:
Knowing what your Testosterone level is can be VITALLY important it is to your health and well being. Do you know what your testosterone number is? Optimizing it could save your life. During Heart Month we’re offering a 50% discount on Hormone Balance testing. Contact us at Center Wellness MD to schedule your blood work today at (303)-755- 0120.