After the age of 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in their testosterone levels. Fortunately, Joshua David, ND, offers testosterone replacement for men struggling with low testosterone at Rise2Health in Portland, Oregon. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for regulating your sex drive, muscle mass, and fat distribution. If you think you may have low testosterone levels, call Dr. David at Rise2Health or schedule a visit online today.
Testosterone is a hormone responsible for sex drive and plays a vital role in sperm production. Found primarily in the testes, women also produce a smaller amount of testosterone in their ovaries.
During puberty, testosterone helps deepen your voice, boost muscle mass, and increase the size of your penis and testes. As you age, it keeps your muscles and bones strong while maintaining your sex drive.
Age is the most common reason men lose testosterone, but other factors include alcoholism, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, and liver cirrhosis.
Testosterone levels naturally decline gradually as you age, but the signs can be subtle. Some of the telltale signs of low testosterone levels in men include:
If you have any of the above low testosterone symptoms, Dr. David can perform a physical exam and run diagnostic tests at Rise2Health to determine if you’re experiencing a hormone imbalance.
Testosterone replacement for men is a treatment that increases your testosterone levels to improve your:
There are many forms of testosterone replacement for men to choose from at Rise2Health, including bioidentical therapy options — plant-based manmade hormones that match the chemical structure of the natural hormones your body produces.
After performing a physical exam and taking any necessary blood tests, Dr. David can better determine the right treatment for you.
Some of the most common forms of testosterone replacement therapy include:
While oral testosterone is available, it can damage the liver over time, so it’s not recommended to treat low testosterone levels in men. Other treatments, such as the testosterone skin patch and implant, bypass the liver and allow testosterone to reach your blood as soon as possible.
Low testosterone levels can make you feel groggy, depressed, and simply not like yourself. If you’re ready to get tested and begin testosterone therapy, call Dr. David at Rise2Health or schedule an appointment online today.