Hormone Replacement Therapy in Los Angeles
Experts estimate that nearly forty percent of men over forty-five have a form of low T, yet only a fraction of those ever receive treatment. For a lot of men, finding qualified care is part of the reason.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Testosterone affects every organ system in a man’s body, so when levels fall out of range, it can cause a variety of side effects. The severity of symptoms often reflects how fast levels are falling and may also be indicative of co-existing disorders.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, low T is defined by abnormal blood levels and sexual dysfunction. Loss of sexual interest and erectile problems are just a small portion of the symptoms experienced by men with late-onset hypogonadism.
Physical changes like swelling of the breasts, central weight gain, and loss of muscle tone are common but tend to develop gradually over time. Men may notice they metabolize food more slowly and may gain weight without any substantial changes to their eating habits or activity levels. Often men will chalk these symptoms up to aging or a “plateau” in their weight loss when in actuality, they’re experiencing metabolic fluctuations caused by a decline inT.
Low T is also linked to cognitive problems like difficulty with information recall and problems concentrating. A study of patients receiving testosterone-blocking medications found that subjects had significantly lower test scores than people with normal T levels.
Abnormal androgen levels can also trigger skin changes, similar to those seen in menopausal women. Men may notice their skin is becoming thinner and flakier than normal–this may also be accompanied by itching and skin tears. Low T is also shown to exacerbate the symptoms of pre-existing skin conditions like psoriasis.
Data from two independent studies have found an association between low T and low hemoglobin levels in men. Low hemoglobin (also called anemia) causes less oxygen to transported to the brain, and in some cases may exacerbate the fatigue associated with low T.
The Importance of Hormone Replacement Therapy
The choice to take HRT often stems from a desire to combat fatigue and low libido, but the medicinal benefits of testosterone don’t end with symptomatic improvement.
Aging men with low T are statistically more likely to develop osteoporosis, but supplementing with T can prevent the breakdown of bone. Along with protecting bone integrity, TRT encourages growth and strengthen the muscles that protect the skeletal system. Increasing strength and muscle mass can correct balance issues and may even prevent injury in fall-prone individuals.
TRT is shown to restore sexual function by increasing blood flow to the penis, improving lipid profiles, and upping libido. For a lot of TRT patients, an increase in desire is noticed in the first month of therapy.
A Korean study found that TRT improved hemoglobin and hematocrit levels in men with both low T and anemia. Researchers also noted that study participants had lower cholesterol levels and higher red blood cell counts after treatment.
Since testosterone increases the metabolism of lipids in the body, research suggests that TRT may minimize the risk of cardiovascular problems and stroke. TRT patients generally have an easier time losing weight than their untreated peers, since T revs up metabolism and encourages muscle growth rather than fat deposits.
The neurological effects of testosterone often get overlooked, but it’s essential to mood and cognition. Males with low T are more likely to develop clinical depression, yet TRT patients generally report a greater sense of well-being and improved mental clarity.
Finding the Right Doctor in LA
Finding a doctor in a city of 250,000 businesses and four million people can seem like quite a chore. Below are a few things you should keep in mind when choosing a hormone therapy doctor.
Individualized Treatment Plans
Hormone deficiencies are not created equally. A well-educated doctor will take time to establish the cause and severity of your deficiency with a series of blood tests and continue these blood tests throughout therapy. They’ll also ask about your symptoms and take pre-existing conditions into consideration when devising a treatment plan.
They’ll Check-in Regularly
Like all new treatments and medications, the patient should be closely monitored for the duration of HRTof the process. A qualified physician will never write you a prescription, and that be the end of it. The treatment team should regularly contact you about your progress and schedule several check-in appointments during your medication cycles. Once you’ve completed your cycle, the physician should ask that you come in every few months to re-evaluate your levels.
They’ll Provide You With More Than Medication
Medication, while beneficial in the short-term, is only a small part of hormone optimization. A great doctor will give you tools such as recommendations for changes in your diet, exercise, and vitamin regimens to help you reawaken natural hormone production in the long run.
Visit Our LA Offices
Since it’s establishment in April 2017, Renew Vitality of LA has been the area’s leading experts in anti-aging medicine and hormone optimization. Yale-graduate Dr. Gary Kawesch leads our team of physicians at our LA office and has himself been a patient of testosterone therapy for several years. His decades of experience in both the professional and personal aspects of hormone therapy make him one of the leading experts in his field.
Dr. Kawesch, along with our team of concierge agents, are dedicated to helping our patients achieve their wellness goals and become the best version of themselves. Our office specializes in both testosterone therapy as well as sermorelin therapy for men with GH deficiencies.
Renew Vitality’s LA practice is located in the heart of Beverly Hills at the corner of North Rexford Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. Our office is easily accessible for patients with mobility issues and there’s convenient parking in the bottom level of our building. Our office hours are from 8 am to 6 pm excluding weekends and holidays.
You don’t have to live with the symptoms of low T. Schedule a consultation with our providers to see how we can help you overcome low levels.