Testosterone (T) is the male hormone that powers sex drive. Like the estrogen hormone in women, testosterone production declines during a man’s older years leading to low libido and even erectile dysfunction. With advances in hormone replacement therapy, older men can rekindle their sex lives and ease other symptoms of ‘low T.’
Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Sex Drive
Hormonal imbalance is expected during andropause, or male menopause, but men don’t have to endure symptoms of low testosterone that range from low sex drive to decreased muscle mass, fatigue, irritability, loss of concentration and depression, among others. An age management certified physician can prescribe testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to men whose blood test results show unoptimized low testosterone level.
One of the largest clinical trials pertaining low T revealed that older men experienced significant improvement in their libido (sexual daydreams and anticipation), sexual activity (frequency of sex) and erectile function (quality of erections) after undergoing Testosterone Replacement Therapy. The improvements were measured using a number of criteria, including the number of orgasms in one month. Men who received TRT achieved one more orgasm compared to those who received placebo pills.
Testosterone replacement therapy may come in the form of skin patches, gels, mouth patches and injections and implants, or as a component of a more holistic approach that involves changes in diet, level of physical activity, and mind conditioning.
Treatment for Other Symptoms of Low T
The driving motivation of most men getting TRT is to increase sex drive, but it’s not the only aspect of male menopause that could benefit from the therapy. There are other subtle symptoms of low testosterone that when addressed could improve a man’s overall sense of well-being.
Older people generally don’t need as much sleep as when they were younger, but andropause brings with it difficulty to fall asleep. Combined with a drop in energy levels and mood swings, older men may tend to feel more irritable or depressed, aggravating the already serious issues of low libido or erectile dysfunction.
Because of low testosterone’s wide-ranging effects on the male body, men with low T might benefit more from a holistic approach to age management rather than simple testosterone replacement alone. In Singapore, a leading anti aging clinic offers Optimagenics Age Management Program where hormone therapy is complemented by programs in nutrition, exercise and improvement in the mindset of patients.
How Optimagenics Age Management Program Works
Nutrition and supplementation are equally important to healthy aging because older adults often have impaired ability to absorb vital nutrients, and this could lead to malnutrition. The aim of nutrition in Optimagenics Age Management Program is to stabilize blood sugar levels to maintain energy levels throughout the day and to prevent insulin resistance, a pre-diabetic condition that anyone with unchecked sugar and carbohydrate consumption can develop.
Hormone imbalance triggers the onset of bone and muscle mass loss starting age 40. To help older adults achieve better body composition, Optimagenics customizes patients’ cardiovascular, resistance, core and flexibility and balance trainings, all of which also aims to control blood sugar levels, improve cardiovascular health, achieve better metabolism and enhance hormone production.
Lastly, Optimagenics harnesses the power of the mind through hypnosis to help patients achieve physical effects that arise from powerful mental suggestions. Adults have body image issues, too, and hypnosis is one way to make them more receptive to suggestions to live healthier, more productive lives.
Do you want to learn how you can lower your risk of developing degenerative diseases and live a happier, highly active life? Learn more about age management medicine to help you get started toward healthy living today.