DISCOVER A NEW YOU
Have you been feeling like you are running on an empty tank? Have you felt low on energy? Have your workouts not been like they used to or have you stopped seeing the gains that you were once having? Have you heard about low testosterone and wondered if you have it?
Come into Fit-Life MD and find out what you need to know about testosterone, what symptoms are associated with low testosterone and most importantly, if you could have low testosterone.
ONSITE AND TAKE-HOME TREATMENT OPTIONS
Ask one of our friendly staff members for more information to determine which treatment option better suits your needs
Unlike many Hormone Replacement Clinics, Fit-Life MD is 100% Physician managed. Your care will be under the supervision of an ABIM Board-Certified Physician, who will customize an individualized Testosterone replacement therapy specifically made to meet your individual goals all while adhering to clinical guidelines set forth by the American College of Endocrinology.
We use only 503b certified pharmacies which ensures that our patients receive the best treatment possible to meet their goals.
SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE:
- FEEL TIRED, ESPECIALLY AT THE END OF THE DAY
- DECREASED EXERCISE ENDURANCE
- HAVE LITTLE OR NO INTEREST IN SEX (ALSO CALLED “LOW LIBIDO”)
- DECREASED ERECTIONS OR ABSENCE OF MORNING ERECTIONS
- FEEL SAD, DOWN, OR DEPRESSED
- MOOD IRRITABILITY
OTHER SYMPTOMS OF LOW TESTOSTERONE:
- WEIGHT GAIN
- LOSS OF MUSCLE OR DIFFICULTY GAINING MUSCLE
- BONE THINNING
- LOSS OF FACIAL OR BODY HAIR
- GROWING BREASTS (ALSO CALLED “GYNECOMASTIA”)
- LOW SPERM COUNT OR INFERTILITY
- LOW BONE MINERAL DENSITY
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
THE BENEFITS OF TESTOSTERONE THERAPY
Increases in libido and Strength of Erections: In men treated with testosterone, normalization of the serum testosterone concentration typically results in a marked improvement in these symptoms.
Increase muscle strength and Decreased fat mass: Testosterone replacement also leads to substantial improvements in muscle strength and fat-free mass in suffering from Low Testosterone
After heart, testosterone impacts brain the most. Improved concentration and memory were some effects shown by a number of studies with as many as 50-80% displaying an improvement in memory. Additionally, treatment with testosterone has shown benefits in symptoms of depression by improving mood and overall sense of well-being.
Testosterone makes your more energetic by increasing production of Red blood cell (RBC) whose role is to carry oxygen from lung to the other part of the body which leads to improvement in fatigue and increase in stamina and endurance.
In addition to those benefits, Testosterone Replacement therapy has been shown to have numerous additional positive effects in the body including improvement in cardiovascular function, bone density, improved sleep, improved mental awareness and focus.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TESTOSTERONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is the primary male hormone or androgen that is produced in the testicles. Although testosterone is generally referred to as a sex hormone, testosterone actually governs several areas within the body including a man's development from birth onward with responsibility for everything from determining gender, through pubertal changes and male potency (libido & sexual functioning), to the partitioning of bodily muscle and fat distribution.
What are the normal levels of testosterone?
Normal testosterone levels range between 350ng/dl and 1,000ng/dl however there is a variation between normal testosterone levels and optimal testosterone levels. Optimal testosterone levels are actually 700ng/dl and 1,100ng/dl but they also vary according to age.
What Causes Low Testosterone?
1. Normal aging
2. Injury or infection affecting the testicles (which make most of the testosterone in men)
3. Certain treatments for cancer, including radiation, chemotherapy, and hormone therapy for prostate cancer
4. Disorders that affect the pituitary gland, a gland at the base of the brain that controls all hormone-producing organs
5. Other medical problems, such as liver and kidney disease, obesity, diabetes, AIDS and other rare genetic problems
How do you diagnose low testosterone?
Low testosterone is diagnosed with a combination of test. The first test is quite simple and straight forward. You simply fill out a simple survey or questionnaire that determines whether or not you have symptoms that could be attributed to low testosterone levels. Once the presence of these symptoms are confirmed, your doctor might order some blood work to confirm the diagnosis of low testosterone.
These test include total testosterone levels as well as free testosterone levels. Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH) are also typically ordered to ensure that proper testicular stimulation is present and that the lack of testosterone production is secondary to decreased testosterone production rather than decreased testicular stimulation
How is Testosterone Replacement Therapy given?
There are several different forms. Testosterone can be given in an injection (shot), patch, gel, or tablet you put on your gums.
Men who use testosterone replacement patches, gels, or tablets must wash their hands after putting on the medicine. That’s because testosterone can get on other people’s skin. It can cause harmful side effects, especially in children.
Patches and gels must be put on skin that is covered by clothes. This can help keep testosterone from getting on other people.
At Fit-Life MD, our prefered method of treatment is Intramuscular injections.
When will I start seeing results?
How soon you begin to see the results or feel the effects of your treatment will vary from person to person. Some patients report improvement in their mood and energy within days of their first dose however, most commonly, it will take 2-3 weeks for most patients to feel a significant difference with peak effects usually seen between 8-10 weeks. Consistency in treatment plays a big factor in this.
How long do I have to be treated for?
Like most medical treatments, Testosterone therapy is lifelong unless a medical condition develops that disqualifies you from treatment. however, unlike other medical therapies, Testosterone Therapy may be stopped if needed but the effects of the treatment will begin to desipate soon after you stop therapy.
How often willl I have to get bloodwork?
In most cases, patients are required to get follow up labs every 8-12 weeks depending on your individual needs. After stable treatment parameters have been observed, frequency may be atleast 2x a year which in most cases would occur after atleast 2-3 years of treatment
Do you accept insurance?
Because most insurances have strict regulations regarding treatment qualifications regardless of patient needs, Fit-Life MD does not participate with insurance companies. Insurance may be used for processing of your laboratory analysis as these studies are performed by a third party but the cost of treatment or the physcian visits will not be covered. We do however have very competitive pricing that insurance is usually not needed. You may use an FSA or HSA card as well as all mayor credit cards.
Are there side effects to Testosterone Replacement Therapy in men?
Patient undergoing Testosterone Replacement Therapy with testosterone can experience:
1. High amounts of red blood cells
2. Body changes that sometimes happen in the pre-teen and teen years, such as:
Acne, Breast enlargement
3. Aggressive behavior: This is more common in boys and teens who have androgen replacement than in adult men who have the treatment.
4. Signs of estrogen excess such as: Hot flashes, Nipple Sensitivity
Men who have testosterone replacement therapy need regular exams and blood tests to check testosterone levels and look for any side effects