Testosterone is the hormone responsible for the development of masculine traits. While everyone produces some amount of testosterone, men typically produce far more than women, similar to how women typically produce more estrogen than men. However, changes in a man’s quantity of testosterone occur gradually and, thus, are often unnoticed. This becomes a problem when levels drop below the healthy range. Luckily, Potomac Rejuvenation Center in Washington, DC offers therapies to restore levels of this hormone.
At its core, testosterone is a sex hormone. One of its primary functions is the facilitation of erections. It does not do this directly, however. Instead, it facilitates the production of nitric oxide, which is the brain’s trigger to start the other chemical reactions necessary for an erection to take place. Thus, low testosterone leads to low nitric oxide, which leads to a difficulty starting the process of an erection. Low T patients often report a drastic decline in sex drive, as well as a decrease in semen volume. Cases of the latter, in severe instances, may lead to infertility.
Increase in Body Fat
Testosterone levels, in the normal range, are part of what determines an individual’s resilience to the buildup of body fat. Low T patients tend to have greater fat buildup in the hips and thighs.
Decrease in Muscle Mass
Conversely, testosterone levels in the normal range determine how easily an individual builds and maintains muscle mass.
Perhaps one of the most notable signs of low T levels is the loss of body and facial hair.
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Recent studies suggest one out of four men over the age of 30 develop low testosterone levels. It is not a matter to be taken lightly. Fortunately, solutions exist. Hormone replacement therapy is a tried and tested method of restoring hormone levels. While over-the-counter supplements exist, they are not only a short-term solution, but they come with a set of risks as well.
If you believe to have, or have been tested positive for low testosterone, and are seeking to take back your life, it may be time to seek out professional treatment. Contact us today at Potomac Rejuvenation Center in Washington, DC for consultation.