Potential Benefits And Risks Of Testosterone Therapy As You Age

Considering testosterone therapy to help you feel younger and more vigorous as you age? Know the risks before you make your decision.

The promise of testosterone therapy may seem enticing, but there are a lot of misconceptions about what the treatment can and can’t do for you. As you get older, testosterone therapy may sound like the ultimate anti-aging formula.

Yet the health benefits of testosterone therapy for age-related decline in testosterone aren’t as clear as they may seem. Find out what’s known — and not known — about testosterone therapy for normal aging.

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles. Testosterone helps maintain men’s:

  • Bone density
  • Fat distribution
  • Muscle strength and mass
  • Facial and body hair
  • Red blood cell production
  • Sex drive
  • Sperm production

What happens to testosterone levels with age?

Testosterone levels generally peak during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines — typically about 1 percent a year after age 30 or 40. It is important to determine in older men if a low testosterone level is simply due to the decline of normal aging or if it is due to a disease (hypogonadism).

Hypogonadism is a disease in which the body is unable to produce normal amounts of testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or with the pituitary gland that controls the testicles. Testosterone replacement therapy can improve the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in these men. Our physicians prescribe testosterone as an injection.

Does a naturally declining testosterone level cause the signs and symptoms of aging?

Not necessarily. Men can experience many signs and symptoms as they age. Some may occur as a result of lower testosterone levels and can include:

  • Changes in sleep patterns. Sometimes low testosterone causes insomnia or other sleep disturbances.
  • Physical changes. Various physical changes are possible, including increased body fat, reduced muscle bulk and strength, and decreased bone density. Swollen or tender breasts (gynecomastia) and body hair loss are possible. You may have less energy than you used to.
  • Emotional changes. Low testosterone may contribute to a decrease in motivation or self-confidence. You may feel sad or depressed, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.
  • Changes in sexual function. This may include reduced sexual desire, fewer spontaneous erections — such as during sleep — and infertility.

Some of these signs and symptoms can be caused by various underlying factors, including medication side effects, obstructive sleep apnea, thyroid problems, diabetes and depression. It’s also possible that these conditions may be the cause of low testosterone levels, and treatment of these problems may cause testosterone levels to rise. A blood test is the only way to diagnose a low testosterone level.

Can testosterone therapy promote youth and vitality?

Testosterone therapy can help reverse the effects of hypogonadism, but it’s unclear whether testosterone therapy would have any benefit for older men who are otherwise healthy.

Although some men believe that taking testosterone medications may help them feel younger and more vigorous as they age, few rigorous studies have examined testosterone therapy in men who have healthy testosterone levels. And some small studies have revealed mixed results. For example, in one study healthy men who took testosterone medications increased muscle mass but didn’t gain strength.

What are the risks of testosterone therapy for normal aging?

Testosterone therapy has various risks. For example, testosterone therapy may:

  • Contribute to sleep apnea — a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts
  • Cause acne or other skin reactions
  • Stimulate noncancerous growth of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) and growth of existing prostate cancer
  • Enlarge breasts
  • Limit sperm production or cause testicle shrinkage
  • Increase the risk of a blood clot forming in a deep vein (deep vein thrombosis), which could break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism)

In addition, testosterone therapy may impact your risk of heart disease. Research has had conflicting results, so the exact risk isn’t clear yet.

Should you talk to your doctor about testosterone therapy?

If you wonder whether testosterone therapy might be right for you, talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits. Your doctor will likely measure your testosterone levels at least twice before discussing whether testosterone therapy is an option for you.

A medical condition that leads to an unusual decline in testosterone may be a reason to take supplemental testosterone.

Article source information: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/sexual-health/in-depth/testosterone-therapy/

New Specialty Services Being Launched At T Off Men’s Health

To serve our patients and the community at a higher level we are adding a variety of new services, some of which are in place and some we are adding in the very near future.
Therapeutic phlebotomy is already in place at each of our clinics. This is a medical term for a blood draw. The reason for this service is if a patient needs to donate/ remove blood from their bloodstream to lower the viscosity of their blood. In the past, we have had to refer patients to outside clinics for this service, but would prefer to keep as many treatments in-house as possible.
Botox is being administered at each clinic as well. We are using the term “BRO-TOX” as we believe that men definitely deserve to preserve their young supple looking skin as much as women do. Botox was designed to remove wrinkles in a safe, non-evasive way and has been used for years with stunning results.
Upcoming Services we will be adding are IV Hydration. The doctor has been saying for years that 8 glasses of water per day is a step toward whole health. This IV hydration will level you out when you get overly dehydrated for one reason or another. The aim is to hydrate you back to life. This is not yet in place but please stay tuned for more information.
We, the T Off Team are very excited to be introducing these new services to keep you feeling your best inside and out. For more information about any of the service or to book an appointment please call 817-345-0303 or ask your provider during your next visit.

Feel Your Best With Preventive Care

What is preventive care?

There is an old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” This is especially true when it comes to preventive care services.

Maintaining or even improving your health with regular preventive care, before things even get bad, along with following the advice of your doctor, allow you to stay healthy and continuously feeling your best. Routine checkups and screenings can help you avoid future serious health problems, allowing you and your doctor to work as a team to manage your overall health, and help you reach your personal health and wellness goals.

Preventive care focuses on evaluating your current health status while you are symptom-free. Preventive care allows you to obtain early diagnosis and treatment, to help avoid more serious health problems. Even if you’re in the best shape of your life, a serious condition with no signs or symptoms may put your health at risk. Through a preventive exam and routine health screenings, your doctor can determine your current health status and detect early warning signs of more serious problems.

T Off Men’s Health focuses on total men’s wellness which is a broad subject that includes proper medical care, behavioral health, nutrition, fitness, and spirituality. Our latest preventative labs will test for the following:

  • Colon Cancer Risk
  • Lung Cancer Risk
  • Blood cell analysis
  • Liver/kidney function
  • Thyroid
  • Vitamin panel
  • Iron and Folic Acid
  • Advanced Cardiac Assessment
  • Inflammation and Heart Disease Risk Assessment
  • Pre-diabetes/metabolic assessment
  • Genetic testing for gene mutations that are associated with clotting and heart disease
  • Digestion analysis

With these types of preventive tests, you are no longer getting to the point of being sick, you are able to create a wellness plan before a disease has the opportunity to begin taking over your life. Working with our doctors and medical practitioners to help you continue to meet your health goals and keep you feeling your best.

Most insurance companies provide one routine physical that is covered at 100% every year. Are you taking advantage of this?

To find out about your insurance coverage, what is included in our routine physical or any other inquiries please contact the clinic nearest you Fort Worth 817-632-5400, Dallas 214-217-8633 or Keller 817-345-0303.

Welcome To Our New 7th St W Fort Worth Men’s Health Clinic

At the beginning of 2018, T Off Men’s Health moved its Fort Worth location to 3500 West 7th Street Fort Worth, to better serve its clients and community. Its now been a few months since the move and the new office is busier than ever. Though we do have two other great locations in Uptown Dallas (2520 Fairmount St. Suite 110 Dallas, Texas 75201) and our corporate office in Keller (8739 Davis Blvd. #A Keller, Texas 76248) we thought we would share a bit about the new Fort Worth location for anyone that hasn’t had the opportunity to stop by. Here are the main benefits of the new location.

Parking

This new location is a definite upgrade from our last for many reasons. The first and most obvious is parking. Our new location is equipt with its own private parking area for our clients, no more driving around searching for your spot.

Design

Along with parking, we believe you will be inspired by our new clinic’s modern design and architecture. We understand that men do not enjoy going to the doctor, so within our design plan, we created T Off Men’s Health clinics to change and evolve the feel of a doctors office, bringing the experience of going to the doctor to a new level. Our clinics are designed for the modern day man, looking for efficiency, atmosphere, and technology.

Increased Patient Rooms

We have almost doubled our number of patient rooms to handle our high volume of patients, maintaining our goal of no wait times and easy access to appointments. This also means more friendly staff to greet and work with you, keeping us fast and efficient.

Increased Hours

Due to the high request, we have extended the hours of our Fort Worth Clinic to include Saturdays. Currently, we are open from 7 AM to 1 PM Saturday’s to better serve our patients. Be sure that you call to make an appointment as Saturday’s do then to book up. Call 817-632-5400 for all appointment inquiries.

Upgraded Medical Equipment

We have upgraded and expanded our lab equipment to the latest technology making sure we are up to date with the latest medical trends and advances. This allows us to provided the most efficient results for our patients.

New Services

The size of our new location gives us the opportunity to expand the services we offer. We are expanding how we can serve our patients and the community in a bigger way, treating men as a whole, with wellness and healthy lifestyle at the core of what we do. Stay tuned in for upcoming new services in the near future.

New Sports Teams

As we keep true to the sports theme that we have always offered, our expansion has brought in a few new teams rooms into the clinic. We already had TCU, Rangers, Cowboys, Stars, and Mavericks patient rooms, we have now added San Antonio Spurs, Houston Texans, Texas Long Horns and A & M College. Be sure to keep an eye open for your favorite team on your next visit.

Our Fort Worth Team looks forward to welcoming you back or for your first visit to our new Fort Worth Office. Again, you can find us on 3500 West 7th Street Fort Worth, TX 76107 our hours of operation are Monday to Thursday 7 AM to 6 PM, Friday 8 AM to 4 PM and Saturday 7 AM- 1 PM and for all inquiries give us a call at 817-632-5400.

 

Protect Yourself This Allergy Season

More than 50 million people in the United States have allergies. Finding out what you are allergic to is an important first step to effective allergy treatment. Today allergy tests are more convenient and accurate than ever before. When combined with a detailed medical history, allergy testing can identify the specific things that trigger your allergic reactions.

What are allergies?

An Allergy is an abnormal immune system response to typical household and environmental substances. These substances are called allergens. They are found in cat and dog hair, plants, molds, and foods. The allergens cause the immune system to overreact.

When a person eats, inhales or gets an allergen on their skin, an allergic reaction occurs. The body attacks the allergen as an invader by producing antibodies. The antibody, called IgE, attaches to the allergen and acts as a messenger. It calls the body’s immune system into action to defend against the allergen. The body then produces histamine from mast cells. Mast cells are found throughout the respiratory and gastrointestinal system. Histamine produces the symptoms associated with allergies such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes and gastrointestinal complaints.

What are the symptoms of allergies? 

The most common symptoms are a runny nose and sneezing, though allergies can affect the body in many ways. You may miss diagnose your allergies and treat something that is not the true cause. Other possible symptoms of allergies include wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, rashes, fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting and even fever.

How can T Off Men’s Health help? 

We can perform a quick, simple test that covers 72 environmental and food allergies to help diagnose what it is you are reacting to, then create a specific treatment plan to allow you to not only manage your allergies but gain long-lasting relief from them. Our goal is to empower you to know what it is that is causing your allergic reaction and get you functioning at your peak performance. Our allergy tests and treatments are as follows:

• 30-minute scratch test – Skin tests use extracts — a concentrated liquid form — of common allergens like pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and foods. Once the allergen gets in your skin, it could trigger a rash. Your skin will get irritated and may itch, like a mosquito bite.

• Blood testing – Blood tests for allergies called ELISA studies are the second line method for testing for allergies. It is typically reserved for people who for some medical reason cannot have the scratch test.

• Allergy Injections – Allergy shots essentially help your body to cope better with allergens in the environment. Allergy shots also called “immunotherapy,” may work for you if allergy drugs don’t work well or you have symptoms more than three months a year.

• Allergy Drops – Allergy drops work the same way as the shots, but are delivered under the tongue. Both allergy shots and drops must be taken on a regular basis for many months to work effectively.

Are you experiencing allergies this spring season? Are you ready to take control of your health and feel great again?

At T Off Men’s Health, we pride ourselves on fast, premium quality services in a comfortable atmosphere. No more long waits in a stuffy doctors office, no more going from one specialist to another. We are designed for the fast pace of a busy and highly productive man’s life.  To serve you best we have three convenient locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. To book an appointment in Uptown Dallas contact us at 214-217-8633, to book an appointment in downtown Fort Worth contact us at 817-632-5400 or for our Keller/ Southlake office contact us at 817-345-0303.

T Off Men’s Health is here to get you back in control of your health and feeling your best.