26. January 2017 · Comments Off on Low Testosterone In Rhode Island · Categories: Uncategorized

Low Testosterone In Rhode Island

Testosterone is a hormone that is produced by the human body. It is mainly produced in the testicles in men. It stimulates sperm production and a man’s sex drive and also helps build muscle and bone mass.

Testosterone production typically decreases as men age. Men can experience a range of symptoms if it decreases more than it should. Low T is diagnosed when levels fall below a normal range (300- 1000 ng/dL, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration). A blood test (called serum testosterone level) is used to determine your level of circulating testosterone.

A range of symptoms can occur if testosterone production drastically drops. Signs of low T (also called hypogonadism) are often

subtle and can be mistaken for a natural part of aging.


26. January 2017 · Comments Off on Hair Loss Due Low Testosterone (Lowt T) · Categories: Uncategorized

Hair Loss Due Low Testosterone

Testosterone plays a role in several body functions, including hair production. Balding is a natural part of aging for many men. However, men with low T may experience a loss of body and facial hair.


Fatigue & Lack of Energy

Men with low T have reported extreme fatigue and a noticeable decrease in energy levels. You might be experiencing symptoms of low T if you are tired all of the time, despite getting plenty of sleep, or if you are finding it harder to get motivated to hit the gym or exercise.

Loss of Muscle Mass

Because testosterone plays a role in the building and strengthening of muscle, men with low T might notice a decrease in both muscle mass and strength, according to the Mayo Clinic. Those who try to reverse the muscle loss through weight training might find it difficult to build or rebuild muscle.

Increase In Body Fat

Men with low T may also experience increases in body fat. In particular, they sometimes develop “gynecomastia”, a condition in which they develop enlarged breasts. Although the reasons behind this are not entirely clear, research suggests that testosterone influences the way your body stores fat.

Decrease In Bone Mass

The thinning of bone mass (osteoporosis) is often thought of as a condition that women experience. However, men with low T can also experience bone loss because testosterone aids in the production and strengthening of bone. Men with low T — especially older men who have had low T for years — are more susceptible to bone fractures.

Mood Changes

Women often experience changes in mood during menopause, when their levels of estrogen drop. Men with low T can experience similar symptoms. Testosterone influences many physical processes in the body. It can also influence mood and mental capacity. Research suggests that men with low T are more likely to experience depression, irritability, or a lack of focus.

26. January 2017 · Comments Off on Many Rhode Island Men Are Asking What Is Andropause Or Low Testosterone · Categories: Uncategorized

What is Andropause?

Andropause is often considered the male version of menopause and in some respects that’s accurate. More specifically, both are age-related primary hormone declines, which if untreated can result in a variety of adverse symptoms. Andropause is the popular term for the condition associated with the physical and emotional changes men experience as they age, but it goes by several aliases including late onset hypogonadism, androgen decline in the aging male (ADAM), and male climacteric andropause. Although traditionally attributed to aging, many of the negative effects men start to experience as they get older are caused by a significant decrease in testosterone (the primary male hormone) production, which results in diminished hormone levels.

The primary difference between menopause and andropause is that of speed. Whereas menopause is a rather sudden, succinct and more defined change andropause isn’t. Its onset, and declining testosterone production, begins around age 30 and progresses (at a rate of approximately one percent per year). Researchers estimate the incidences of andropause in our society as follows: ages 40 to 49 at least 2% to 5% of men could be clinically diagnosed with the condition; ages 50 to 59 anywhere from 6% to 30%; ages 60 to 69 between 20% and 45%; ages 70 to 79 from 34% to 70% and; 80 plus at nearly 91%. These numbers unfortunately in reality are probably much higher in today’s society.

What Testosterone Does

Of course testosterone is present in both males and females; however, males produce approximately ten times more testosterone than their estrogen-based female counterparts. Testosterone is the male body’s primary natural hormone, and is integral to male development from birth onward with responsibilities which include: determining gender, moderating pubertal changes; maintaining male potency (libido & sexual functioning) and; the partitioning of bodily muscle and fat distribution. It is also a foundational to a male’s sense of well-being, and figures prominently in physiological, biological, and sexual health, while influencing sperm production, stress coping capacity, mental acuity (clarity, memory & recall, concentration & focus), bone density, red blood cell production, and immune system support. So it’s easy to see why so many elements of health begin to breakdown as andropause progresses.

Symptoms of Andropause

The symptoms of andropause syndrome are the same as those of non-age related testosterone deficiency, a.k.a. low testosterone, and are characterized by:

  • Low hemoglobin/hematocrit and possibly mild anemia

  • Lower energy levels, and reduced interest in usual activities

  • Increase in fat between and surrounding internal organs (visceral)

  • Loss of bone density which increases the risk of osteoporosis, fractures, and breaks

  • Declining strength, and reduced lean body mass

  • Atypical cholesterol and lipid values

  • Loss of hair (thickness and/or amount)

  • Mood swings, irritability, depression, anger and fatigue

  • Loss of sexual desire and erectile dysfunction

Testing for Andropause

Physicians use a simple blood test to measure testosterone levels including bound (that which is attached to Sex Hormone Binding Globulin – SHBG), and ‘free’ (unbound). Typically Testosterone deficiency is diagnosed when testing returns a total testosterone serum level is below 350 ng/dl. An educated practitioner knows how to accurately and correctly diagnose for low testosterone. First listening to the patients symptoms and a proper health history is taken into account first and foremost; then labs correctly interpreted by a skillful practitioner. The most important lab value is not the total testosterone level at all. It’s the free testosterone is what’s important here. Free testosterone is the unbound therefore “free” to circulate in the body building muscles, bones and giving us our mojo. Only makes since that this is the level to watch. Free testosterone only makes up 1-2% of total testosterone because the other 98% is bound up and occupied by proteins. Most men will start experiencing symptoms of declining testosterone when their free testosterone reaches 150 pg/dl or 15 pg/ml and symptoms intensify as levels continue to decline. The blood test should administered in the morning, prior to daily stressors which can influence testosterone production such as work, exercise, medication, etc. Men who are of age, and complain about symptoms directly related to andropause, may also require measurements and evaluations of LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone).

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Prescribed testosterone preparations, along with their prescribed dosages and frequency of treatment are customized into what is collectively known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), or as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

TRT is a highly effective treatment program for andropause, and numerous additional causes of low testosterone production, but it’s not the only remedy. There are times when certain pituitary problems require non-hormonal medication, radiation treatments, surgical removal of a pituitary tumor, or the replacement of other bodily hormones.

Testosterone Preparations

There are a multiple testosterone preparations available, and several reasons to select one over another. TRC only uses injectable since this is the most effective delivery of Testosterone.

Even though the word ‘injectable’ strikes fear in the hearts of some, injectables are the single most frequently used form of TRT. Testosterone injections are shot directly into the muscle, and then absorbed into the bloodstream via the capillaries. Intramuscular (IM) testosterone injections are not only popular because of their differing time release options, but also because they don’t disrupt liver functioning. IMs have esters have added to the preparation to control its speed of release and consequently, its rate of activity within the body.

Living With Andropause

So as you can see living with andropause isn’t a downhill spiral that it used be. Now that scientist better understand the syndrome, and physicians are equipped with the tools to combat its aversive symptoms, your golden years can be a lot more enjoyable. TRT has transformed a traditionally dreaded phase of life into one of verve, virility, and continued activeness.

Testosterone Replacement Center
49 Seekonk Street
Providence, RI