Low T (Testosterone):
While testosterone is best-known as the principal male hormone, it’s naturally produced in the bodies of both women and men. Controlling a range of functions related to sexuality and reproduction, relative levels of testosterone, often called simply T, must remain in balance for any person’s overall wellness. Dr. Catherine Kodama, MD, of BioAge Health in Eagan, Minnesota and the surrounding Twin Cities, reviews during your consultation, how low levels of T may be affecting your body and mood, and develops a personalized treatment plan. Call the office or request an appointment online to restore the vitality that low T may be affecting.
What is the role of T in my body?
Produced mostly in the testicles of men, testosterone sends signals to the body to control the progression into sexual maturity during puberty. Testosterone is also the overseer of sexual drive and the reproductive urge that’s essential to ensure the survival of our species, but also in turn to help you feel complete and well as a person.
T also drives metabolic functions, the ability to build and maintain muscle mass as well as how and where stores of body fat accumulate. Production of T peaks in a person’s teens and 20s, slowly falling off as you get older. Falling levels of testosterone aren’t a problem unless you become symptomatic, and these signs of lower production can’t be countered through diet and exercise, two key ways your body naturally maintains sufficient T stores.
What are the symptoms of low T?
When low T becomes a problem for men, they may feel decline in energy levels, motivation and vitality. They may also experience a decline in sex drive as well as possibly erectile difficulties. They may lose lean muscle mass and find increased amounts of body fat. There may be changes to sleep patterns such as insomnia, and mood may be affected, too. Irritability, depression, anxiety, brain fog or an inability to concentrate may each be connected to lower T levels.
How is low T treated?
Dr. Kodama uses SottoPelle pellet therapy, a subdermal hormone implant that delivers T in a steady, consistent way, much as your body does naturally. Make an appointment at BioAge Health to learn more about how pellet therapy may help your low T symptoms.
How does treating low T help?
- Increased energy and feeling of well-being
- Improvement of hormone-related sleep disruptions
- More effective work-outs, increased muscle mass, decreased fat
- Protects bone health, decreases osteoporosis
- Preserves heart health, improves carbohydrate and lipid metabolism
- Improved cognitive function
- Immune-modulating benefits
How does pellet therapy work?
Pellet therapy is a superior form of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy that helps to restore testosterone levels to optimized, normal ranges in men. Extracted from a botanical source, this natural hormone therapy comes in the form of a small pellet, about the size of a grain of rice. Implanted under your skin, the bioidentical pellets release the specific amount of hormone your body needs. As a result, the pellets safely and effectively resolve the symptoms associated with your low hormone levels.
Dr. Kodama determines the dosage you need to meet your specific needs. She can adjust the dosing as your body changes. She may recommend some men to eventually take an additional medication periodically for complete hormone balance. Hormone levels are checked periodically for safe monitoring.
To learn more about the benefits of HRT, call Dr. Kodama or schedule a consultation online.
- Testosterone pellets provide steady, consistent levels over 4-6 months for men
- Convenience in dosing (insertions involve a minor procedure and are done 2-4 times a year)
- Provides efficient, effective therapy with quick onset
- No messy creams or potential transfer of hormones to close family