Male Hormone Replacement Therapy in Michigan
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Male Andropause – Testosterone Replacement Therapy:
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men (HRT)
Hormone Replacement Therapy or testosterone replacement is a therapy designed to lessen the impact of male menopause on patients. It is extremely effective when used appropriately and for the right reasons.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men has been proven to offer improved cognitive function (thinking skills and memory) and a likely reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and decreased symptoms in individuals who already suffer from the disease.
Dr. Charles Mok is one of the few specialists in Southeastern Michigan with expertise in testosterone replacement therapy for both men and women. He has years of experience in helping individuals achieve these and other benefits designed to significantly better their lives.
Other Potential Benefits of Testosterone Replacement:
- Improved sense of well being, mood, and fatigue
- Improvement of depression
- Improvement of heart blood flow, existing angina, and heart disease (including congestive heart failure)
- Increased lean muscle mass
- Decreased fat
Of course any medication or procedure does come with risks and patients are encouraged to weigh potential benefits against risks. Dr. Mok and his staff encourage patients to ask any questions and read as much material as possible about male menopause.
Male Menopause Defined
Male menopause refers to a gradual decline of the hormone, testosterone, over a period of time. When women go through menopause, it is fairly abrupt, obvious, and universal. Men have more gradual and less obvious change so the symptoms may not be recognized and can build up over time. Some men may experience no significant change in their testosterone levels.
Effects of Male Menopause
HRT is designed to lessen the impact of male menopause on an individuals aged in their 40s and 50s. Clinical evidence suggests that testosterone deficiency could impact patients in a variety of ways. Any effects differ for each individual but research has indicated that this deficiency could lead to increased chances of heart attack and stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, decreased memory and intelligence and even a loss of drive and competitive edge.
Other potential negative effects of male menopause include:
- Stiffness in muscles and joints
- Decreased fitness, and decreased effectiveness of workouts
- More fat, less muscle, and weakened bones
- More fatigue, depression, and irritability (grumpy old man syndrome)
- Diminished energy, virility, and sense of well being
- Decreased libido and potency
Testosterone replacement risks
There are some risks associated with this therapy that could occur in a very small percentage of patients. While these effects are rarely seen they can occur:
- Elevated red blood cells
- Enlargement of breasts
- Increased sleep apnea
- Decreased testicular size
- Unwanted increased libido
If any of these conditions occur be sure to immediately inform your physician.
Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men Summary
In general HRT is a safe and effective way to help men deal with the impact of their changing bodies as they age. Read all you can about the change in life, talk to your friends and family about it and decide what is best for you.