Testosterone: Strong Enough for a Man; Gentle Enough for a Woman
TESTOSTERONE –– IS KNOWN AS THE MALE HORMONE, but did you know it is vital to both men and women? Produced by your adrenal glands, testes and ovaries, testosterone helps us:
- Decrease fat
- Increase muscle mass, strength and endurance
- Feel a sense of well being
- Maintain a healthy sex drive.
But wait, there’s more!Testosterone also:
- Protects us from heart attacks, high blood pressure and diabetes
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improves skin tone
- Improves libido.
Testosterone can begin to falter as early as age 25 in men. It prolongs quality of life by decreasing age-related disease. And while women only have 10% of the testosterone men have, in women , testosterone reduces body fat, fights depression, and increases bone density, energy and libido. Testosterone is clearly vital for men and women.
Why don’t we hear more about the importance of Testosterone in our lives? Unfortunately, Testosterone Deficiency (TD) is often under diagnosed and under treated. A lack of primary care physician familiarity with how to diagnose and treat TD keeps it poorly managed. Add to that the fear many doctors have in prescribing Testosterone to men with prostate cancer and you can begin to see the problem. This simply makes it important for all of us to know the signs and symptoms of TD.
TD can lead to a whole host of sexual, metabolic, and mental health imbalances in both men and women. Major symptoms we should all be aware of include:
- Loss of sex drive and performance
- Loss of vitality and zest for life
- Increased belly fat
- Fatigue and increased irritability
- Poor memory and concentration
- Vaginal dryness in women
- Loss of muscle tone, at times severe
On top of all of this, recent studies show that low testosterone is linked to higher death rates in those over 50. It is well documented that optimizing testosterone levels reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Also, there is NO evidence in the literature that testosterone therapy is linked to or causes prostate cancer.
For women , testosterone is critical to sexual, metabolic, and mental health – especially for women who are menopausal or post hysterectomy. For women , testosterone improves libido, sexual function, mood, vaginal dryness, muscle tone, and bone strength. Women on long term birth control often have a loss of libido, sexual problems, and other issues. This is now linked to overproduction of a hormone which prohibits testosterone in the blood. Too often, physicians just don’t make the connection with TD because it is after all the “male sex hormone”.
The bottom line is that TESTOSERONE is vital to both men and women and low testosterone leads to far too many health problems. The key for all of us is to find a doctor – like your well trained Anti- Aging
medical doctor – that both knows how to diagnose TD and treat it with close, highly individualized monitoring.. The results will be more than worth it.
Aldino L. Pierotti, III, M.D.
Owner, Medical Director
Anti-Aging, Longevity, & Preventive Medicine of Pittsburgh
healing from the inside out