New To Hormone Replacement Therapy?
If you are new to TRT, you should be pumped. We live in exciting times; we are among the first to be able to benefit from bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Welcome to a new generation of medical care.
For many, when you mention testosterone or hormone replacement therapy, alarm bells start to ring. We have all heard and read stories about how dangerous testosterone is and how bodybuilders and athletes abuse steroids for athletic gains. We hear how testosterone causes anger, heart attacks, and even cancer. Well, this could not be further from the truth. The true risk of BHRT is choosing not to do it.
“There is a growing change in how we practice medicine. People are beginning to realize that they no longer have to accept the fact that their health, appearance and function must deteriorate. They no longer want to accept growing frail and feeble. This new evolution is a culmination of research effort over years from some of the most distinguished medical and scientific research centres in the country.
Physicians have finally realized that science has now given them the tools to enhance the quality of life by preventing deterioration through hormone replacement. Science is creating a new paradigm of preventative medicine by allowing our bodies to remain strong, healthy and vigorous. For centuries man has been searching for the Fountain of Youth, that potion that would stop the aging process. Research has now shown that part of the answer exists within our endocrine system. Medical journals have well documented studies on the health benefits and feel-good benefits of HRT.”
What are the Main Health Benefits of BHRT?
The health benefits of Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) should be on the front page of every newspaper in the world. Testosterone is a wonder drug that can delay the negative symptoms of old age. Hormones, in particular, testosterone, are much maligned in the mainstream media and by those that don’t know the true potential of this powerful preventative medicine. Thankfully those who show faith in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can expect a longer, healthier, and more fulfilled life.
- Your sex drive jumps to a new level
- You’ll find it’s easier to build muscle
- Your energy levels can skyrocket
- Your mood can improve
- You will find it easier to lose weight
What are Biodentical Hormones?
What needs to be clear to new patients is the fundamental difference between synthetic and bioidentical hormones. Synthetic hormones carry a health risk, and your body does not recognize them in the same way natural hormones are and often cause unpleasant side effects. We only ever offer bioidentical hormone replacement, hormones that are structurally and chemically exactly the same as those naturally produced in your body. This is the good stuff, and the health benefits are unbelievable.
- Improved libido and sexual satisfaction
- Reduced bad cholesterol (LDL)
- Increased metabolism
- Improved cardiovascular
- Increased lean muscle mass and strength
- Decreased body fat (dangerous visceral fat)
- Increased confidence, positivity, memory, and brain function
- Reduced feelings of depression
- Increased energy levels
- Improved sleep
- More equipped to deal with stress
- Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and relief from insulin resistance
What Are the Side Effects?
It would make no sense for our bodies to produce hormones such as testosterone and estrogen if they were harmful to us. Our bodies produce them because we need them. If testosterone were so damaging, doctors would recommend men be castrated unless they want children to protect them from harm. As we all know, this does not happen.
If you consider reduced risk of diabetes, improved cardio health, the sex drive of a twenty-year-old, and a happy wife side effects, then yes, you should expect some side effects.
What do Hormones Do
Testosterone is a hormone that plays a hugely important role in the human body. Testosterone is considered the primary male hormone that provides many characteristics of being a man, such as libido, lean muscle and strength, stamina, confidence, and mental capabilities. Through its conversion to estrogen, testosterone affects bone health, including bone density. Testosterone increases bone density and bone formation at optimal levels, enhancing energy and sex drive, decreases body fat, increases muscle strength and size, lowers blood pressure, and positively affects LDL and HDL levels. Optimizing testosterone via subcutaneous injections or creams is a cost-efficient and effective tool in curbing the “midlife crisis.” With all of the life benefits testosterone offers, it’s a hormone both men and women should not venture into their forties without.
DHEA is a precursor to other essential hormones such as testosterone and estradiol. Because it is present in every cell in your body, this hormone’s effects are far-reaching. DHEA supports the immune system, protects you against cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, brittle bones (osteoporosis), heart disease, depression, regulates stress hormones, and is a potent anti-inflammatory. Clinical studies have revealed that DHEA profoundly affects the immune system, sex drive, metabolism, and one’s emotional stability. Its effect on the immune system via regulation of stress hormones and by its function as a powerful antioxidant illustrates one of its age resisting capabilities. Other health-related benefits
include its ability to alter cognitive decline, help the body cope with stress, and its beneficial influence over the heart through cholesterol modulation. Unfortunately, these benefits decline with age. Proven studies keep DHEA in the news and in the interest of people who strive to remain healthy in their later years.
Your thyroid hormones are critical to how other hormones in your body react. Without a balance of thyroid hormones along with testosterone, hormone optimization is not possible. This metabolic hormone secreted by the thyroid gland regulates temperature, energy, metabolism, and cerebral function. At optimal levels, it breaks down fat, resulting in weight loss and lower cholesterol—the thyroid hormone wards off heart disease and memory impairment. Insufficient thyroid levels result in fatigue, slowness in speech and action, depression, and immune dysfunction.
Now, strictly speaking, this is not a medication we ”give” to men; however, because it is a by-product of testosterone, the benefits are essential to point out. Many TRT clinics offer their patients aromatase inhibitors (AI’sAI’s) to block testosterone conversion into estradiol. As a new Male Excel patient, it’s essential to see that these clinics do not understand why estrogen is so important.
Estrogen is good for you; by blocking it, you run the risk of developing diseases and unwanted side effects such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer’sAlzheimer’s disease, erectile dysfunction, and heart disease.
Without estrogen, testosterone does not perform as effectively. Men who take testosterone purely to build muscle often take estrogen blockers thinking they will gain more. Ironically it is the estrogen that aids protein synthesis, creating muscle, so they are making things harder for themselves and risking their future health.
Our message is simple, do not take estrogen blockers.
Injections or Cream
Bioidentical testosterone is best given as a daily subcutaneous injection or applied as a cream twice a day. Both methods are self-administered easily at home. There are advantages and disadvantages to both; however, both are highly effective at optimizing your hormone levels.
- The injections use the same kind of tiny needle that people with diabetes use to inject insulin and cause very little pain. Usually, patients choose to inject themselves in the subcutaneous fat layer on the stomach or upper thigh.
- Application of the cream is to the groin area or the scrotum in the morning and just before bed. The cream is popular for those who don’t like the idea of injecting themselves.
How Long Until You See Results?
Testosterone replacement therapy is a long-term investment in yourself, and partnered with lifestyle improvements will change your life. BHRT should be offered to every man over 40 and then would completely change uninformed, negative opinion. If more widely available, TRT would undoubtedly reduce the burden of age-related disease on the health system and save millions of dollars spent each year treating diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and strokes. But how long does it take to see results?
One of the first benefits our patients tend to experience is a noticeable boost in energy levels in as little as a week. Effects on sexual interest usually appear after 3 to 6 weeks, including increased libido, increased pleasure, and improved erectile function, along with reduced symptoms of depression. Other benefits such as weight loss, strength, and muscle gain do take longer, accelerated significantly by exercise and a healthy diet, but studies suggest that noticeable effects start within 12-16 weeks.
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References And Studies
Hormone extracts from “How to Achieve Healthy Aging, Second Edition,” Neal Rouzier, M.D.
Holtorf K. The bioidentical hormone debate: are bioidentical hormones (estradiol, estriol, and progesterone) safer or more efficacious than commonly used synthetic versions in hormone replacement therapy? Postgrad Med. 2009 Jan;121(1):73-85. doi: 10.3810/pgm.2009.01.1949. PMID: 19179815.
 Saad F, Aversa A, Isidori AM, Zafalon L, Zitzmann M, Gooren L. Onset of effects of testosterone treatment and time span until maximum effects are achieved. Eur J Endocrinol. 2011;165(5):675-685. doi:10.1530/EJE-11-0221