Male Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is used to help men find relief from the decline or imbalance of natural hormone levels. Declining or imbalanced hormone levels can be due to a variety of causes – including natural aging, genetic issues, toxins, and others.
Low T And Hormone Replacement Therapy For Men
For men concerned that they may be going through andropause, it’s important to build a relationship with a urologist, have regular evaluations and mitigate the risks that come with aging. Simple baseline testing can help identify underlying conditions and prevent them from surfacing.
Hormones are chemical messengers (signaling molecules) that are produced typically (but not always) by specialized glands of the endocrine system. They are powerful chemical influencers of your underlying physiology – in fact, I consider hormones to be “leveraged” due to the fact that a small amount of hormone can cause a relatively enormous response.
Hormones are signaled (often by other hormones) to be synthesized by your body, then they typically activate a process by binding to a receptor that itself is synthesized and regulated, and then are metabolized or broken down by specific processes, often in your liver. To make things more complicated, some hormones (including Testosterone) are mostly bound to protein molecules in your blood (for Testosterone, it is SHBG – Sex Hormone Binding Globulin) which in effect makes the bound hormone unavailable to your body – leaving ONLY the unbound hormone and “weakly bound” (non-SHBG bound) testosterone available to act upon its receptor. Thus levels of this binding protein affect the availability of active hormone in your body.
Hormones are powerful, and are to be respected, monitored, and managed with care.