Hormone optimization in men is primarily related to Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Testosterone is the hormone of the “Protector”. Testosterone deficiency manifests primarily as sarcopenia (muscle wasting) often in combination with increased body fat and visceral fat. Additional symptoms may include decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and mood changes including depression and decreased motivation.
Testosterone levels decline with age. In addition, poor diet, poor sleep habits, environmental factors and a non-active lifestyle may contribute to low Testosterone. The Providers at Benessere Clinic ensure the patient understands that Testosterone optimization is one cog in a a big machine. All patients must be self motivated to optimize their lifestyle and understand the importance of diet and fitness.
Testosterone levels are evaluated with a simple blood test which also evaluates other hormonal and non-hormonal aspects of Testosterone production and function. A patient consult is performed and a treatment plan is developed.
Testosterone “optimization” refers to providing Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in a manner which addresses the specific patient and their lifestyle. After the initiation of TRT, a repeat hormone panel is obtained and adjustments in therapy are made if necessary.