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Are you experiencing decreased sex drive, low energy, abdominal weight gain, decreased strength, and night sweats? All these symptoms may be due to low testosterone, often referred to as “Low T,” which affects both men and women.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, call Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine at 858-876-1300 and schedule a consultation with Dr. James Fontaine.
Testosterone Q&A With James Fontaine, MD
Low T refers to low blood levels of testosterone, which is a hormone produced in both men and women. Men produce testosterone mainly from their testes and women produce testosterone from both their ovaries and adrenal glands.
Testosterone production decreases with age in both sexes. In fact, testosterone levels begin to decrease in women in their late 20s, about 20 years before menopause.
Each person will thrive at a different blood level of testosterone and thus a proper evaluation of testosterone level is based on a combination of symptoms and lab values. At the level of testosterone required to be considered “low” by insurance companies, most people feel horrible.
Many symptoms that are attributed as “part of normal aging” are related to decreasing hormone levels such as lower testosterone. Optimizing testosterone levels can improve the quality of life.
In fact, testosterone and thyroid are often referred to as the “feel good hormones.” Testosterone therapy may improve libido (sex drive), improve skin laxity, prevent osteoporosis (thin bones), prevent dementia, improve muscle strength, and help reduce abdominal weight gain and thus reduce the risk of diabetes.
As men age, testosterone levels naturally decrease. Restoring testosterone to more youthful levels may increase sex drive, muscle mass, strength, and endurance as well as an improved sense of well-being.
Testosterone therapy can help improve erectile function and decrease abdominal weight gain, which is associated with unhealthy visceral fat that leads to insulin resistance and diabetes. Testosterone therapy is associated with lower cholesterol and protection against cardiovascular disease. It also improves cognition and memory.
Yes. Women begin to produce less testosterone in their late 20s. By the time they are peri-menopausal, they will be suffering from low testosterone.
The symptoms of testosterone deficiency in women include fatigue, loss of energy, loss of skin tone, lower sex drive, and night sweats. Testosterone therapy can improve health, sense of wellness, strength, increase collagen and skin thickness, and increase bone density.
Testosterone therapy can also help decrease unhealthy visceral fat (abdominal fat) and night sweats.
Yes. There are multiple medical studies documenting both the safety and efficacy of testosterone therapy.
At Fontaine MD Aesthetics and Anti-Aging Medicine, we offer several different options depending on patient preference. Testosterone can be administered by a cream, injection, or pellet insertion.
Each method has its pros and cons and Dr. Fontaine will discuss the options and help you decide what is best for you when he discusses your personalized care plan.
*Individual results may vary.