What Are The Different Forms Of Testosterone Treatment?

Forms of Testosterone Supplements

Testosterone replacement therapy is available in several forms. All can improve testosterone levels:

  • Skin patch: a skin patch is worn on the arm or upper body. It’s applied once a day. This option is high maintenance and difficult to regulate how much is actually getting into your system. It also produces waste and leaves sticky blotches on your skin.

 

  • Gels: come in packets of clear testosterone gel. Testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin when you apply the gel once a day. Some are applied directly to the skin and others inside the nose. This option is also difficult to regulate and not all products are created equally.

 

  • Mouth patch: is a tablet that sticks to the upper gums above the incisor, the tooth just to the right or left of the two front teeth. Applied twice a day, it continuously releases testosterone into the blood through the oral tissues. This option can create discomfort in the mouth where the patch is applied, it is also easy to overuse.

 

  •  Implants: available as pellets in the soft tissues. Your body slowly absorbs the testosterone into the bloodstream. This option is actually painful for the duration of the treatment. It is also difficult to regulate how much testosterone is being released int your system and when the pellets are getting low in levels. This can result in unexpected moodiness, fatigue and all other regular symptoms of low testosterone.

 

  • Injections: injected directly into the muscles weekly and is usually administered by a physician. This is the safest and most regulated way of having testosterone treatment. With the type of regulation that a physician can offer you are given a dosage related to your personal needs allowing you to function at your highest potential. As your treatment continues your levels are tested regularly and adjustments are made accordingly. 

Why not a simple testosterone pill? Oral testosterone is available. However, some experts believe oral testosterone can have negative effects on the liver. Using other methods, such as skin patches, gels, orally disintegrating tablets, or injections, bypasses the liver and gets testosterone into the blood directly.

 

At T Off Your Health, we closely regulate our patients’ testosterone levels and effectiveness of treatment on a weekly basis but also offer primary care input on the weekly visits that the patients have. We are not just testosterone specialists, we offer our patients a more rounded level of care that benefits their whole wellbeing. This can result in early disease detection, a more healthy and mobile lifestyle, and the opportunity to reach health goals with the necessary professional support.

 

Interested in learning more about the forms of testosterone treatment? Contact us today to set up an appointment 817-632-5400.

4 Components To A Healthy Lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean hours of training at the gym and eating only salad leaves. It’s about making easy-to-manage healthy choices in your day-to-day living.

If you have ever tried to dramatically change your lifestyle you know how difficult it can be. It takes major discipline and there are so many options, fads, supplements and ads trying to get your attention stating “quick weight loss” or “30 pounds in 30 days” or “this is the miracle lifestyle”. Creating a healthy, balanced lifestyle is a journey with many different components that must work together to achieve results. Whether you are wanting to completely transform your body, just be more active, cut out some bad habits or regain your energy, each of these components must be taken into consideration. Having a plan in place and the support you need will lead you to success.

Here we are discussing the 4 main components to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

#1. Diet– consciously choosing what you put in your body on a daily basis is the starting point to creating a healthy body and mind. It is evident that some foods make you feel good and others don’t. Becoming aware of which is which for you personally will help your overall wellbeing. Putting a basic meal plan in place, that is easy to follow and prepare is key to setting yourself up for success.

#2. Exercise– whether it is making simple choices like taking the stairs, parking farther away from the entrance, going to a fitness class twice a week or putting a daily gym routine in place, doing more exercise daily will make you more energized, alert and focused. We all have stress in our lives, exercise is a natural stress release. Where ever you can fit exercise into your daily routine you will thank yourself down the road. 

#3. Sleep– the quality of sleep and the amount are both important when considering this component. Your mind and body require rest to function effectively. As the amount of sleep we need changes as we age so does the quality of the sleep we are getting. Being conscious of our sleeping patterns and getting what we need allows us to be highly productive, function people for our families, our job and our selves.  

#4. Thoughts– this component is arguably the most important and the one that is most affected by all the others. Have you noticed that if your diet is full of sugary carbohydrates or processed foods that its difficult for you to concentrate on a task? Have you noticed that when you are hungry you don’t treat people the way that you normally would? Have you noticed that when you exercise it is easier for you to focus and complete tasks? Have you noticed that when you are tired you are more irritable then normal?  Have you noticed that with a lacking combination of each of these components anxiety can set in?

These are examples of how important lifestyle is when it comes to clear thinking. When our thoughts are clear and positive so are our actions, reactions and even the situations we encounter. Being aware of your thoughts and why they are there is the ultimate component of wellbeing.

Looking for support to implement and maintain a healthy lifestyle? We are here to help. Talk to our providers about the options we have to offer to support your healthy lifestyle journey.

To make an appointment at any one of our offices please call 817-345-0303.

Top 5 Tips To Making Your New Years Resolutions

It’s that time of year again, time to reflect, time to look forward and decide what you want the next year of your life to really look like. Where do you want your focus to be? To make life simple, it can be broken down into 4 main categories that all other areas of life fit into. These pillars are:

  1. Health / Wellness
  2. Career/ Finances/ Hobbies
  3. Relationships of all kinds; family, work, friends…
  4. Faith/ Religion/ Spirituality

In simplifying life into these 4 categories, we have the opportunity to see the full picture of where we are and where we want to be. We then are able to create a map to get from one place to the other. Each category is interconnected and equally important. You may find that at different times in your life you have strived in one area and lacked or even struggled in another.

In theory, the clearer your picture is of what it is you are striving for, the easier it can be to attain. Knowing this makes having New Year’s resolutions more then just a passing ideal, it allows you to reflect back throughout the year to either recommit, revise or know that you are on the path you set out.

Here are our top 5 tips to making your New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Keep It Simple– it is easy to become overwhelmed and lose momentum when we choose life changes or resolutions that are too specific or detailed. We can get derailed, discouraged or even angry when our plans don’t go the way we initially intended. Make resolutions connected to each of the above 4 categories and make them broad enough to notice the steps along the way (even if they are small). You may find paths to success when you have a simple idea rather then a very specific one.
  2. Write Them Down– there is power in putting pen to paper. Writing down your resolutions makes you put them into words, which makes them more real, plus it is something you can reference down the line if you are ever feeling off track or forgetting what it is you are working towards. If you can, read them every day and you will be amazed at how much more focused you are and how much more quickly you move forward.
  3. Get Support– having a support system in place that continues to help you accomplish what it is you are working for. Whether it is a gym buddy, your health care provider or spouse, make it known to those that care.
  4. Make A Plan– whether you are working on health, business, relationship or spiritual goals making a plan that will support your momentum will make them feel more attainable and keep you on track.  As you move forward your plan may change and that is ok, but starting with one in mind will set you up for success.
  5. Acknowledge Your Accomplishments– sometimes looking back is the only way to see how far you’ve come. Even if it’s small steps forward, they are still steps in the right direction. Focusing on your accomplishments will support you in continuing your commitment. Be gentle with yourself and give yourself time to progress.

Being a primary care provider in the metroplex area we are here to support you in your accomplishments. Talk to your provider about what it is you are working towards, you never know what kind of insight they may have to offer. The T Off Team is here for you.

We look forward to supporting your health and wellness in 2019. May this be your best year yet!

To make an appointment at one of our clinics please call our booking team at 817-345-0303. 

Testosterone Treatment- It’s About Feeling Your Best

There is a lot of questions about testosterone therapy. One article will say it’s necessary and the next will say it’s not. One article gives the benefits and the other the risks. It is good to be educated when deciding to move forward with treatment. It is also good to go to a doctor or clinic that is well versed in treatment.

The interesting thing about testosterone treatment is that the reasoning behind getting it can simply be to feel better, even feel your best. It’s amazing to hear from men that are on treatment talk about how much better they feel on the daily. It’s also amazing to hear from their wives how much happier they are in their relationship because their spouse decided to get treatment. I even had one woman tell me she believed it saved her marriage.

So what are the better feelings that our patients report experiencing from the treatment they receive? Here’s what our patients are saying:

  1. Body: an increase in energy, renewed bone density, increase muscle mass, and results of physical activity will come easier as they did when you were younger.
  2. Brain: increase in mental clarity, decrease in moodiness, leveling of emotions, increase in concentration.
  3. Sleep: an increase in the quality of sleep
  4. Sexual: a return of sexual desire, more intense pleasure

Today, taking care of one’s self is of high importance. We realize that if we are not taking care of self we are not able to support ourselves or the ones we love to our fullest potential. It’s more about living life to its fullest and having the energy to do so.

Are you ready to start feeling your best? Make an appointment with one of our clinics by calling 817-632-5400.

 

Grand Opening!! Now Offering Botox & Fillers For Men And Women

GRAND OPENING NOVEMBER 12th!!!!

T Off Your Health is now offering Botox and Fillers for men and women.

You deserve to look and feel your best! Be vibrant at any age.

We are offering the best discounts to all patients that book between November 12-23!

This is to allow us to figure out our patient flow.

Take advantage of the best Botox and Filler discount in the DFW area.

Book your FREE Facial Consult 817-889-7068!

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/

The Real Causes of Low Testosterone

Low testosterone (low T) affects 4 to 5 million men in the US.
Testosterone is an important hormone in all human bodies, male and female, but is higher and more commonly associated with men. Testosterone naturally starts to decrease each year after age 30, which in some men this can be substantial. It’s not just older men that are affected by low T, young men, even babies, and children, can also have this problem. The key is to recognize the signs of low T and have your levels checked regularly, then to attempt to understand where the dysfunction has originated.

The primary symptoms of low T are actually pretty basic; fatigue, mental cloudiness, moodiness, fat gain, loss of muscle mass, low bone density, a decrease in mood, decrease in sexual desire and lastly low libido.

There are two types of hypogonadism, being primary and secondary hypogonadism which are the causes of Low Testosterone.

Primary hypogonadism

Underactive testes cause primary hypogonadism. That’s because they don’t manufacture sufficient levels of testosterone for optimal growth and health. This underactivity can be caused by an inherited trait or by accident or illness.

Inherited conditions include:

  • Undescended testicles: When the testicles fail to descend from the abdomen before birth
  • Klinefelter’s syndrome: A condition in which a man is born with three sex chromosomes: X, X, and Y.
  • Hemochromatosis: Too much iron in the blood causes testicular failure or pituitary damage

Types of testicle damage that can lead to primary hypogonadism include:

  • Physical injury to the testicles: Injury must occur to both testicles to affect testosterone levels.
  • Mumps orchitis: A mumps infection can injure testicles.
  • Cancer treatment: Chemotherapy or radiation can damage testicles.

Secondary hypogonadism

Secondary hypogonadism is caused by damage to the pituitary gland or hypothalamus. These parts of the brain control hormone production by the testes.

Inherited or disease conditions in this category include:

  • Pituitary disorders caused by drugs, kidney failure, or small tumors
  • Kallmann syndrome, a condition connected to abnormal hypothalamus function
  • Inflammatory diseases, such as tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, and histiocytosis, which can impact the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus
  • HIV/AIDS, which can affect the pituitary gland, hypothalamus, and testes

Acquired circumstances that can lead to Low T include:

  • Normal aging: Aging affects production and response to hormones.
  • Obesity: High body fat can affect hormone production and response.
  • Medications: Opioid pain meds and steroids can affect the function of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus.
  • Concurrent illness: Severe emotional stress or physical stress from an illness or surgery can cause the reproductive system to temporarily shut down.

You may be affected by primary, secondary, or a mixed hypogonadism. Mixed hypogonadism is more common with increased age. The acquired circumstances can be dealt with through a more balanced lifestyle and a higher level of self-care. We can support you in creating a plan to implement more healthy habits in addition to testosterone replacement treatment.

The first step is to know your levels. Come into our clinic for a quick blood test and get your results within 15 minutes. You then have choices that you can discuss with one of our experienced providers. You deserve to feel your best and we are here to make your reality.

Contact our corporate office for any inquiries or booking needs. Call 817-345-0303 today.

What Your Yearly Wellness Exam Includes

We have all heard the term “yearly routine physical” but what does it really entail? And why is it important to our overall health and wellness?

First, we would like to point out that most major insurance companies in Texas cover at least one routine physical per year at 100% with labs included. This is because they think that in the long run, early detection may save them money from future claims or coverage once health issues become more serious. If insurance is their business, they are probably right, so why not take advantage of the coverage they are offering and take care of yourself, giving yourself peace of mind.

At T Off Men’s Health in Keller, Dallas, and Fort Worth we focus on total men’s wellness which is a broad subject that includes proper medical care, behavioral health, nutrition, fitness, and spirituality. Our new preventative labs test for the following:

  • Colon cancer risk
  • Lung cancer risk
  • Blood cell analysis
  • Liver/kidney function
  • Thyroid
  • Hormone imbalances
  • 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

Why choose us as your primary care practitioners and book your yearly routine physical?

 

In addition to your routine physical, we are now able to refill prescriptions as your PCP of choice, so we are even more of a one-stop shop for your health and wellness.

So what else do you need to know in order to book your routine physical and choose us as your primary care practitioners team? Let us know. if you have any questions by contacting our corporate office at 817-354-0303.

19 Simple Weight Loss Tips For Men

If you have ever struggled with weight or just wanted to tone up you know there is nothing easy about losing 5 pounds or 80 pounds. There is a lot that goes into living a healthy lifestyle, but the main ingredients are exercise, diet, and mentality. Making small decisions each day can result in big-time fat loss.

Below are 19 simple and effective ways to lose weight. Start with one (or all) —today!

1. Have a clear goal. It should be one that anyone in the world can measure and understand.

2. Encourage yourself. No one ever accomplished anything by beating themselves up along the way. The more positive your mental state can be through your weight loss journey the more rewarding the journey will be.

3. Get Support. It can be overwhelming with all of the weight loss options out there especially when we have a weight loss goal and aren’t seeing the results. Get a support system in place to help you get to where you want to be.

4. Drink more water. Studies have proven that 2 cups of water before each meal result in greater weight loss. It helps fill you up before you even get started.

5. Start your meals with a salad. Salad will provide extra nutrients and some bulk to help fill you up so that you eat less calories overall. Be sure to avoid the high-calorie dressings and order dressing on the side.

6. Eat more protein regularly throughout the day. Replacing refined carbohydrates with lean protein will increase your metabolism. It’s important to time your intake so you’re eating protein regularly throughout the day—not just in one lump sum like most do at dinner. Every meal and snack should include some protein.

7. Eat more fruit and veggies. No one ever gained weight from eating more fruit or veggies. They fill you up, without providing many calories. That includes the so-called “high sugar” fruits like bananas and melons.

8. Add cayenne pepper to your diet. Cayenne is an ingredient that increases fat burning naturally.

9. Decrease processed carbs. They do nothing for you outside of creating a favorable environment for gaining fat.

10. Don’t forget the fiber. Think of fiber like a sponge; it absorbs water and makes you feel full.

11. Eat breakfast and the bulk of your meals by lunch. Then eat progressively less throughout the day. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that eating most of your calories earlier in the day positively influences weight changes.

12. Watch your portions. Avoid the buffet line and never supersize. Instead, make sure you’re following what the nutrition label recommends for a serving.

13. Do full body exercises. Think squats, deadlifts, chin-ups, and pushups. You’ll get more bang for your buck out of each workout.

14. Lift weights. Heavy weights. Build more muscle, burn more calories.

15. Cut down rest time between sets. This will keep your heart rate elevated, causing an increase in calories burned.

16. Do intervals. Study after study after study continues to show intervals are more effective and time efficient than longer activity performed at a lower intensity.

17. Weigh yourself. Studies show daily weigh-ins help enhance weight loss efforts. Don’t live and die by the number. And of course a scale doesn’t decipher between fat and lean body mass, but it can still be of benefit to keep things “in check.”

18. Use the stairs. That’s right: Skip the escalator and elevator. This won’t make or break success, but every little bit helps.

19. Don’t grocery shop hungry. If you do, you’ll buy everything in the aisle – instead of sticking to your list. And most of the time, the foods you buy when hungry will the kinds that sabotage your weight loss efforts.

T Off Men’s Health is here to support your weight loss journey. Let us be the support team you need to finally create the results you are looking for. With our commitment to supporting our patients in feeling and living their best life we are here for you every step of the way.

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.