Just a few decades ago, low testosterone and its effects were considered to be a taboo conversation. Men did not talk about their low testosterone – or Low T as it’s commonly called – , they did not see their doctors for it and they essentially ignored the negative effects. However, in recent years, the media, television and advertising have tackled the taboo head on. Men now feel comfortable talking to friends, loved ones and healthcare professionals about their hormone levels and the tools they can use to regain their vigor and well-being.
What is Testosterone?
This is a primary male hormone. As teen boys enter and progress through puberty, this hormone is responsible for building muscle, increasing testicle and penis size, body hair growth and voice deepening. Once an adult, this hormone aids in muscle and bone mass maintenance, and it fuels a man’s sex drive.
Once men get to approximately age 30, levels of this hormone start to naturally and gradually decrease. Initially, the reduction is often not noticeable until men get older. When symptoms do start to show, they may include:
Reduce sex drive
Fewer and weaker erections
Calcium loss in the bones
Increased body fat
Decreased muscle mass
Low iron levels
Male Hormone Replacement Therapy
Restoring hormone levels to what is considered normal is the ultimate goal of such treatment. However, when utilizing male hormone replacement therapy, you should be aware of the potential side effects which can include:
Increased red blood cell count
Breast soreness or swelling
Ankle or feet swelling
Exploring Human Growth Hormone
Human growth hormone (HGH) is a naturally-occurring hormone in the body that the pituitary gland produces. It is responsible for a number of functions, such as regulating body composition, bone and muscle growth, body fluids and fat and sugar metabolism.
Like the male hormones, it is normal for levels of this hormone to also decline as men get older. Male hormones and HGH may influence each other in the body, despite having different roles and actions. Both are highly anabolic and when levels are reduced, it is possible for certain effects, such as reduced muscle mass, to be compounded.
Learning About Sermorelin
Sermorelin, unlike human growth hormone, is not an actual hormone in the body. Instead, it is a type of specialized chemical compound that can encourage the increase of HGH in the body. It is used to stimulate the pituitary gland so that it secretes this hormone. There are times when the two may be used in conjunction. For example, the actual hormone is given initially to restore levels and then Sermorelin is given to ensure that the increased hormone levels are maintained.
With this information, it is easy to see why more men prefer a more comprehensive approach to their low testosterone issues. Basic hormone replacement therapy, for example, has its merits, but it is not the only way to restore male hormone levels. Fully exploring and evaluating your options, your individual well-being and needs and your overall lifestyle are imperative to ensuring that you make the best decision.