About Male BHRT
Optimal levels of the hormone testosterone are an important part of what helps a man feeling youthful, energetic, and masculine. When testosterone levels begin to dip, typically when a man reaches middle age, symptoms like weight gain, decreased desire, and tiredness begin to appear. In the past, this was generally accepted as a natural part of getting older, but with advances in modern medicine, some doctors are beginning to question if it needs to be. Having studied under Dr. Gino Tutera, a pioneer in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), Dr. Ian Levenson has a special interest in helping his male patients improve their health by balancing their hormone levels. If you have symptoms of a hormone imbalance or concerns about aging, schedule a consultation with Dr. Levenson at The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity in Greenwood Village.
A man’s testosterone usually peaks in his late twenties and will begin to decline slowly every year. Generally, by the time a man reaches his forties, he is experiencing various symptoms of low testosterone like:
- Decreased morning erections
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Increase weight, especially around the waist
- Loss of muscle mass
- Low sex drive
- Short-term memory loss
- Tiredness, fatigue
- Trouble recovering after exercise
Unfortunately, many times a man will have his symptoms dismissed just because his testosterone levels are not below a certain level. Dr. Levenson treats patients based on more than laboratory test values. His consultation will access your medical history and symptoms before he develops a plan that matches your needs and goals.
Testosterone can be supplemented in creams, gels, patches, injections, and subcutaneous pellets. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Gels and creams are often ineffective and can be unknowingly transferred to loved ones. Patches are also often ineffective and may cause a skin reaction. Shots cause an initial spike that decreases below desired levels before your next injection so you are only optimal only about one-third of the time. This is more likely to result in erythrocytosis (increased red blood cell count) and may negatively impact your cholesterol. This is the reason Dr. Levenson prefers using bio-identical hormone replacement pellets. Testosterone pellets are placed approximately every six months to provide a steady level of hormones.
A man's testosterone levels start to decline in his forties, leading to symptoms like erectile dysfunction (ED), increased weight, depression, and fatigue. Rather than accepting these symptoms as part of the aging process, schedule a consultation with Dr. Levenson at The Colorado Center for Health and Longevity to learn about balancing your hormone levels. With bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, you can optimize your testosterone levels and get back to feeling young and energetic.