How Does TRT Work?
TRT stands for testosterone replacement therapy, which is also referred to as androgen replacement therapy. It's most commonly used to treat low testosterone (T) levels, which can occur as a result of aging or a medical condition.
However, it's becoming increasingly popular for non-medical applications, such as:
- Increasing sexual potency
- Increasing your energy levels
- muscle mass gain for bodybuilding
- According to some research, TRT may be able to assist you in achieving some of these objectives. There are, however, some caveats. Let's take a closer look at what happens to your T levels as you age and what you can expect from TRT.
Now that we answered the “what is TRT?” question, you're probably curious how it works. In short: testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) gives your body what it needs to function properly and live a healthy life! Testosterone has an impact on many biological processes necessary for health & longevity in males OR females as well (and can even benefit them).
For example; low T increases risk of type 2 diabetes , metabolic syndrome or cardiovascular disease among numerous other debilitating conditions.
Low testosterone also makes it significantly harder to build muscle mass, since the anabolic hormone directly impacts your body’s ability for protein synthesis.
This intuitively means that if you don't produce enough natural levels of this vital peptide on its own then health will suffer until something is done about the issue- which TRT does by restoring balance in order fix these problems caused by low testosterone brought on from injury or illness (or any other reason).
Most men notice an improvement in their energy levels, vitality, and quality of life after establishing a consistent baseline dose of testosterone on TRT. TRT, on the other hand, isn't a quick fix, and some men won't notice any positive changes for 1-2 months.
Again, make sure to do all of this under the supervision of a trained physician who specializes in TRT, such as those at Gameday Men's Health. Because testosterone is a controlled substance in the United States (and many other countries), you will need a prescription to legally use it.
Why does T decrease with age?
As you get older, your body makes less T. According to an article published in American Family Physician, the average male's T production decreases by about 1% to 2% each year.
This is all part of a natural process that begins in your late twenties or early thirties:
- Testicles produce less T as you get older.
- Your hypothalamus produces less gonadotropin-releasing hormone when your testicular T is lower (GnRH).
- The pituitary gland produces less luteinizing hormone when GnRH levels are low (LH).
- LH deficiency leads to lower T production overall.
There are usually no symptoms associated with a gradual decrease in T. However, a significant drop in T levels could lead to:
- There are fewer spontaneous erections when sex is low.
- erection difficulties
- sperm count or volume is low, and you're having trouble sleeping. You're also losing muscle and bone density at an unusual rate.
- weight gain that isn't explained
How do I know if I have low T?
The only way to know if you have low T is to have a testosterone level test done by a healthcare provider. Before prescribing TRT, most providers require this simple blood test.
Because T levels are affected by a variety of factors, you may need to repeat the test several times.
- fitness level based on diet
- the time of day when the test is performed
- Anticonvulsants and steroids are examples of such medications.
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