Hormone Replacement Therapy
A natural part of the ageing process is decreased testosterone levels. However, what isn’t so natural is the drop in generation after generation. Countless studies, including this 2007 one, confirm that testosterone levels have been dropping since at least the 1980s.
The biggest culprit? The obesity epidemic.
Carrying excess body fat almost guarantees your body is producing less testosterone. There’s ample data showing that leaner men have higher testosterone levels than their obese counterparts. What’s happening is that all that unwanted fat suppresses what’s called the HPT axis. HPT stands for hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular. Suppression means fewer hormones are being produced, including testosterone.
Signs of low testosterone include:
- Low sex drive
- Mood changes
- Loss of muscle mass
- Hair loss
- And more
The link between low testosterone and obesity creates a vicious cycle. Low testosterone makes you prone to obesity, and obesity makes you prone to low testosterone, making it challenging to fix either on your own. Often the best way to break the cycle is hormone replacement therapy.
Testosterone replacement helps give you more energy, get that weight off, make you look more masculine, and restore sexual health and libido. There are many natural, plant-based nutrients proven to help balance out hormone levels, including St. John’s wort, black cohosh, and licorice root.
Utilizing these nutrients requires dialing in on the right dose for you. Too little and it does nothing. Too much and they can be toxic. Dr. Woywood customizes natural hormone replacement therapies to the individual. He’ll also evaluate your lifestyle habits and work with you to build an action plan to help your body restore optimal testosterone levels.
At Woywood Integrated medicine in Live Oak Texas, we have holistic, natural ways of helping older men feel young again.