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, can diagnose how low levels of T may be affecting your body and mood, as well as develop a personalized treatment plan. Call the office or request an appointment online to restore the vitality that low T may be affecting.
Produced mostly in the testicles of men and ovaries of women, T is also produced in the adrenal cortex of both genders. As well as sending signals to the body to control the progression into sexual maturity during puberty, T 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 T 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.
When low T becomes a problem for men, they may feel a decline in sex drive possibly connected with 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. Depression, lack of motivation, and an inability to concentrate may each be connected to lower T levels.
For women, low sex drive is also a common complaint. Inability to lose weight and loss of muscle mass may also affect you, and there’s evidence that low T may also play a role in the development of osteoporosis, which is typically attributed to falling estrogen levels. Fatigue, depression, and anxiety may each be a result of low T levels, too.
Hormone replacement therapy has been a treatment for both low T and low estrogen, but there’s been increasing concern about side effects, particularly with manufactured hormones. Though research is still underway, hormone treatment is moving toward bioidentical hormones, manufactured supplements that are chemically identical to those the body makes.
Supplemental T treatments can be administered through:
Dr. Kodama uses Sottopelle® pellets, 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 Sottopelle may help your low T symptoms.
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