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Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Low Testosterone | Male Menopause

A MedHealth 360 Program

Why Do Men Need Testosterone?

Testosterone is the primary sex hormone for men, and is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics including spermatogenesis, muscle development, and sexual arousal. Testosterone, along with other hormones including estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and thyroid hormone, assist in the regulation of blood circulation, glucose modulation, energy, and mood. 

As a man ages, circulating levels of testosterone, along with the other hormones begin to decrease.  This decrease begins in his 30’s and steadily declines with age. By the time a man reaches his 50’s many will notice a decrease in sexual energy and arousal, increased difficulty in maintaining muscle mass, and in increase in weight around the middle – otherwise known as the beer belly.  Additionally, the decrease in testosterone might also be responsible for a decrease in cognitive memory and cardiovascular disease.  

Testosterone is very closely linked to the idea of a muscled, six-packed man with plenty of time and energy to bed their ladies. So it is easy to understand that low testosterone levels could have severe impacts on how men view themselves and their self-confidence. Low testosterone (Low T) is a very real issue that shouldn’t be ignored or trivialized. Roughly 20 percent of men in their 60s suffer from it, rising to nearly 50 percent of men in their 80s.

Bioidentical Testosterone

Bioidentical Testosterone Can Help With:

  • Male menopause – Manopause
  • Low energy
  • Weight gain
  • Beer belly
  • Low Libido
  • Poor memory
  • Improved muscle mass

Take the Low Testosterone Questionnaire

So how do you know you should be seeking help for your low testosterone levels? Fortunately a questionnaire was created way back in 2000 at the Saint Louis University called the ‘Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male’ or ADAM for short questionnaire. It has been used extensively by medical practitioners to help screen for deficiencies. There are ten questions and the more a man answers yes to, the higher the chance of hormone imbalances which would then lead to a blood test.

Here are the questions:

  • Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
  • Do you have a lack of energy?
  • Do you have a decrease in strength, endurance, or both?
  • Have you lost height?
  • Have you noticed a decreased enjoyment of life?
  • Are you sad, grumpy, or both?
  • Are your erections less strong?
  • Have you noted a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
  • Are you falling asleep after dinner?
  • Have you seen a recent deterioration in your work performance?

FAQs about Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone is the primary sex hormone for men, and is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics including spermatogenesis, muscle development, and sexual arousal. Testosterone, along with other hormones including estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and thyroid hormone, assist in the regulation of blood circulation, glucose modulation, energy, and mood. 

As a man ages, circulating levels of testosterone, along with the other hormones begin to decrease.  This decrease begins in his 30’s and steadily declines with age. By the time a man reaches his 50’s many will notice a decrease in sexual energy and arousal, increased difficulty in maintaining muscle mass, and in increase in weight around the middle – otherwise known as the beer belly.  Additionally, the decrease in testosterone might also be responsible for a decrease in cognitive memory and cardiovascular disease.  

Testosterone is very closely linked to the idea of a muscled, six-packed man with plenty of time and energy to bed their ladies. So it is easy to understand that low testosterone levels could have severe impacts on how men view themselves and their self-confidence. Low testosterone (Low T) is a very real issue that shouldn’t be ignored or trivialized. Roughly 20 percent of men in their 60s suffer from it, rising to nearly 50 percent of men in their 80s.

  • Testosterone is responsible for male secondary sexual characteristics.
  • Testosterone is present in BOTH men and women. It is the ratio that is important.
  • Testosterone receptors are present in most cells of the body.
  • Testosterone levels will decrease with age beginning in his 30s in both men and women.
  • Manopause is the male equivalent of menopause.
  • Low testosterone is responsible for decrease in sexual energy and arousal, increased difficulty in maintaining muscle mass, and in increase in intra-abdominal fat (beer belly).
  • Low testosterone might also be responsible for increase cardiac disease, mental fog, and memory loss.
  • Most patients will see improvement of the symptoms of male menopause in as little as 2 weeks .

Low testosterone can potentially cause a myriad of medical physical conditions including low energy and fatigue, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, memory loss and forgetfulness and muscle loss.  Restoring normal levels of testosterone can restore many of the conditions.  Read more for a list of other potential conditions:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Sleep apnea
  • Irritability
  • Gynecomastia
  • Cardiovascular conditions
  • Hair loss

A simple blood test will help determine testosterone levels. We draw the blood from your arm and recommend a morning appointment because that is when the levels are at their peak. There is no preparation needed, is a very quick and easy blood draw and apart from possible bruising no after effects.

Testosterone replacement in many men can help restore a more satisfying sex life, improve energy, help build muscle mass, and improve your ability to lose weight and build strength. The hormone replacement treatment we prescribe uses bioidentical hormones which are synthetic hormones derived from plant estrogens which are chemically identical to the hormones found in the human body. These compounded hormones can be synthesized to specifically target the individuals needs.

Our system uses proprietary implantable testosterone slow-release pellets that are created specifically for you. The MedHealth 360 Prescription has a unique system for finding precisely the right dose of testosterone for you based on your symptoms and laboratory studies that can help you feel like you again. 

  • Identical to human hormones instead of just similar
  • Less side effects than traditional hormone therapy
  • Controlled and consistent release into your blood stream
  • Treatments once every 3-4 months instead of daily

Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Can Help

Safe | Reliable | Effective

What are Bioidentical Hormones?

All medically prescribed hormones are not created equally.  Traditionally prescribed hormones are actually NOT identical to human hormones produced by your body.  Traditionally prescribed estrogen, for example, is derived from horse urine, and is similar but NOT identical to human testosterone.  This is presumably why many men will complain of  side-effects as well as carry increased risk for heart disease.

Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are IDENTICAL to human hormones in every way; this means that they are chemically and functionally identical to human hormones.  They were identified in some fruits and vegetables including yams.  Because they are identical to human hormones, they appear to be more effective, carry less side effects

How Does The Program Work?

Complimentary Consultation

We start by asking you lots of questions about yourself and your symptoms. We can then tell you about  the benefits of bioidentical hormones and how they can help you.

Personalized Programs

We will take some blood and send it off for testing. A personalized program will be created for you based on your lab results and medical history.

Pellet Insertion and Supplements

Bioidentical hormones are inserted under the skin. The pellets take around 5 minutes to insert. The area will be numbed and there is no downtime. Once inserted you can go about your day!

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Your Complimentary Consultation
Getting to know you

Getting to know you is important to us. Your experience will begin with your consultation. We want to hear about your previous health experiences, your diet, nutrition, and exercise history as well as your thoughts on living a healthier and longer. Getting to know you is the most helpful way to create a treatment plan for you.

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Lab Work + Review of Results
Know the problem to identify the solution

Your body will often lose its ability to adequately control normal biologic levels of hormones and electrolytes as we age. Lab work is needed to check for these vital biological components to help us understand how you are aging. Labs can often be performed from or near your home.

Labs and Studies for Low Energy
  • Testosterone
  • Estrogen
  • Thyroid hormone
  • Vitamins and Electrolytes including B Complex, Vitamin D, and Vitamin C
  • Metabolic testing
  • Sleep study referrals
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Visit with your MedHealth Doctor
MedHealth 360 expertise

Dr. Chang or one of the MedHealth 360 practitioners will sit down and explain your results.  We welcome your questions and input. Our patients who are fully engaged and understand the reasons behind their treatment program usually get the best results. We want to work WITH you to get those results!

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Build Your MedHealth 360 Program Together
Nutritional Counseling | Individualized Fitness | Hormone Replacement

We believe in integrative medicine which involves coordinating health and nutrition, fitness, managing biological hormones and electrolytes and calming the soul. These are the elements that will be emphasized in the creation of your wellness prescription.

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Weekly Support and Buddy System
No man or woman should be an island

Our counselors and staff will help you stay on course with weekly or monthly support sessions where you will get feedback on your weight, metabolic tests, and evaluations on how you are progressing in the programs. 

Maintaining a healthy weight doesn’t come naturally to most patients. Healthy living is a combination of many lifestyle habits that many people never learned. Weekly check-ins are an integral part of establishing accountability and obtaining feedback for your new lifestyle habits.

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You begin seeing results
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Our goals are simple.  If you succeed, then we succeed.  Our goal is for you to adopt a healthy lifestyle that is reproducible and easy.  We know that if the program is too complicated, you won’t stay on it.

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Learn More About Bioidentical Hormones

Bioidentical hormone Replacement Therapy

Lose weight | Increase Energy | Mental Acuity

Although they are not naturally produced by the body, you body recognizes them as the same, and biochemically reacts to them with the same effect. The many symptoms of menopause can be alleviated with BHRT. You can say goodbye to hot flashes, mood swings, mental fog and more. Using our MedHealth360 program you can also control your weight, increase your energy levels and feel good both inside and out.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) has actually been used in the United States since 1938. Bio-identical Hormones are all natural plant based products made from yams and a small amount of soy. These hormones have the same molecular structure as the hormones produced within our own bodies. There are numerous studies worldwide that document the benefits and safety of BHRT. These studies also report a lower incidence of side effects when compared with prescription drugs. BHRT should not be confused with “synthetic hormones which are typically found in many creams, gels and injectables used for hormone replacement.

BHRT is a short, simple in-office procedure using local anesthesia. Your doctor will insert the pellets into the fatty layer just beneath your skin. In men and women, a small incision is made in the buttocks or in the lower abdomen. The process is painless and takes just a few minutes.

One of greatest advantages of pellet therapy is the low incidence of side effects. Although extremely rare, side effects may include: slight bruising, minor bleeding, infection or extrusion of the pellets.

Your doctor will interpret your blood tests and determine an appropriate dosage specifically designed for your body. Women who receive estrogen can feel significantly better in 24-36 hours. Men and women who receive testosterone will start to feel relief of symptoms in 10-14 days. After your pellet insertion, you should avoid vigorous exercise for a few days as directed by your physician. Your doctor will evaluate your hormone levels on an ongoing basis and monitor any future changes needed.

You can obtain BHRT Pellets by scheduling an appointment with a trained, certified physician who specializes in hormonal therapy. In order to obtain the correct dosage and proper placement of the pellets, the doctor should be knowledgeable and specifically trained in pellet therapy!

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