Low Testosterone and Andropause Specialists in New York

What You Need to Know About Andropause & Low Testosterone

Low Testosterone Specialists in New York City New YorkAndropause is the stage of a man’s life that signifies male hormone decline. While many factors can affect a man’s ability to adequately supply his body with hormones, the two most common factors that affect a man’s hormonal balance are aging and stress, and testosterone is the hormone that is most affected during male hormone decline. While andropause is not as widely recognized as menopause, men in New York still suffer from the effects of hormonal transitions. Most men just assume that they are feeling the effects of aging, but New York testosterone replacement therapy can help men deal with the symptoms related to andropause.

Testosterone is one of the primary male hormones, and it governs sexual function, libido, and reproduction. When a man enters his 30’s, testosterone levels begin to decline, and they steadily drop until he reaches his mid 40’s to early 50’s. When the testicles stop producing adequate amounts of testosterone, the adrenal glands are supposed to make up for the testicles lack of hormone production; however, because most men live stressful and busy lives, the adrenal glands are usually burned out by the time a man reaches andropause. Because hormones work together to maintain balance and function, testosterone deficiencies can strain its relationships with other hormones and cause them to be thrown out of balance as well. Some of the primary signs of testosterone decline can include:

Weight Gain – Testosterone helps the body to metabolize proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, and when it is deficient, metabolism can drop and cause abdominal fat to accumulate.

Muscle Atrophy – Testosterone helps muscle growth, and when levels are insufficient, men can lose muscle mass.

Erectile Dysfunction – Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone, and when it declines, men can suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Mood Swings – Drops in testosterone can affect blood sugar, which can cause outbursts of anger, depression, irritability, and anxiety.

Low Libido – Because testosterone takes part in a healthy sex drive, decreased testosterone directly affects libido.

Testosterone and Cortisol have an interdependent relationship, and when testosterone drops, cortisol rises. Cortisol’s function is to regulate blood sugar and counteract the effects of stress. While cortisol is one of the only hormones known to increase with age, high levels of physical, mental, or emotional stress can cause a rise in cortisol levels. Maintaining higher levels of testosterone than levels of cortisol can actually be more important than the individual amounts of each hormone. When the cortisol to testosterone ratio is higher, the imbalances created can give birth to a number of unpleasant symptoms.

Fatigue – Increased cortisol can interrupt the way the body processes blood sugar, which can lead to feelings of lethargy or fatigue.

Higher Cholesterol – Too much cortisol can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream, which can negatively affect the heart.

Increased Abdominal Fat – High cortisol can cause the body to hang onto fat by disrupting metabolism, and this can cause excessive fat to accumulate around the middle.

Increased Diabetes Risk – When cortisol is in the blood for an extended period of time, the body begins to become resistant to it. When the body is no longer stimulated by cortisol, it cannot effectively regulate blood sugar. This can produce insulin resistance, which leads to diabetes.

Increased Risk of Heart Disease – Excess cortisol can cause high levels of triglycerides to stay in the bloodstream, which can lead to to clogged arteries and heart disease.

Progesterone is present in smaller amounts in men, and the testicles produce small amounts of it, while the adrenal glands are the primary source. As aging occurs, less progesterone is produced, and this progesterone deficiency can impair numerous functions. Some of the functions of progesterone include calming moods, raising metabolism, decreasing blood pressure, and reducing bad cholesterol. When progesterone is balanced, it can protect against prostate cancer, and because it helps to strengthen the immune system, it can reduce the risk of illness and other diseases.

When progesterone is deficient, men may experience symptoms that include:

Increased Risk of Metabolic Syndrome – Progesterone helps to regulate blood pressure, increase metabolism, and reduce cholesterol, which can reduce the risk for forming heart disease or diabetes.

Baldness – Progesterone inhibits the enzymes that change regular testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which is a form of testosterone that contributes to hair loss.

Osteoporosis – Progesterone helps to synthesize calcium, and when it is deficient, the body may begin to lose calcium from the bones, which can make the bones weak and cause osteoporosis.

Enlarged Prostate – Progesterone inhibits the transformation of testosterone into to another form of testosterone, or DHT, which promotes the enlargement of the prostate.

Overall, the delicate balance of testosterone, cortisol, and progesterone must be maintained in order for men to livevibrant and healthy lives in New York City. While the individual levels of each hormone affect the body, testosterone must be more abundant than cortisol for healthy functioning. Although progesterone is primarily a female hormone, it also has important functions in the male body. New York Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help supply these natural hormones to the body in order to help men regain wellness and vitality.

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