Men in their 50s and older typically have a major condition in common: their testosterone levels are far lower than they were at their peak when they were 20 years old. For some men, this lower level of testosterone is not a problem, but for others, it greatly affects their quality of life and perhaps even their relationships.
While loss of libido or erectile dysfunction are often a man’s primary concerns when it comes to low testosterone levels, insufficient amounts of this hormone can seriously detract from other aspects of your life as well. A Newport Beach testosterone and DHEA doctor could recommend the best type of therapy for your needs and help you feel more like yourself again. Speak with a capable doctor that could help you.
Men suffering from low testosterone may suffer from various side effects besides sexual ones, including:
Testosterone replacement therapy can relieve these symptoms, as well as improve desire and sexual functioning. Bioidentical testosterone replacement therapy provides the body with hormones that are the same on the molecular level as those produced by a man’s own testicles.
Over time, a man receiving testosterone replacement therapy should feel better, more alert, and more like himself again. Overall, most patients find physical, emotional, and mental improvement from testosterone replacement therapy.
Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. The body converts DHEA into other sex hormones, including testosterone. DHEA levels also fall as men age. DHEA therapy is an alternative to testosterone replacement therapy.
If a man still wants to sire children, DHEA therapy is the preferred choice, since—somewhat ironically—testosterone replacement therapy can actually lower sperm counts. That is of course not an issue for someone finished with having children, but obviously a consideration for a man seeking to become a father.
Not all men are candidates for testosterone or DHEA therapy. Men who have prostate or other types of active cancer, heart disease, serious urinary problems, or untreated sleep apnea should not receive testosterone replacement therapy. Side effects of testosterone replacement therapy may include acne and breast enlargement.
Men with prostate cancer or at high risk of developing the disease should not take DHEA. Side effects may include diarrhea, skin rash and low blood pressure. A Newport Beach testosterone and DHEA doctor could further advise an individual on the risks that come with taking DHEA.
To get an accurate reading, the doctor can measure testosterone levels via blood testing in the morning, when such levels peak. If the level is low, the test may be repeated on another morning. A Newport Beach testosterone and DHEA doctor could also perform a physical examination and take a complete medical history, as certain medications can affect testosterone levels.
If you are a good candidate for testosterone therapy, the doctor could discuss the different forms of the hormone available, including injections, intradermal pellets, gels, and patches. If DHEA is preferable, the hormone is available in tablet and cream form. Either way, you should return for regular monitoring and dosage adjustment, if needed.
Late-stage life can present many difficult medical challenges—do not let low testosterone or DHEA be one of yours. If you would like to know whether more about testosterone replacement therapy or DHEA and whether you are a candidate for either treatment, call Dr. Edward Jacobson at his Newport Beach office and arrange a consultation today.