What is Testosterone? Do I NEED it?

Written by BIH of Decatur on . Posted in functional medicine, Men, Menopausal Research, obesity, overweight, Women

testosteroneTestosterone is the principle hormone in a group of hormones called androgens. Testosterone is notorious for its role in sexual function, in addition to helping build muscle mass, maintain bone density and regulate hair growth. It is derived from cholesterol (like all the sex hormones) and its immediate precursor is DHEA. Although it thought of as “the male hormone”, testosterone also plays a very important role in women.

In men, testosterone is produced by the testes, whereas in women, testosterone is primarily secreted by the ovaries.

Symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Low sex drive
  • Inability to build and maintain muscle mass
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Breast enlargement (in men)
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Mood Swings
  • Hot flashes and night sweats

What does Testosterone do?

On the flip-side, optimal levels of testosterone can help you:

  • Improve bone density
  • Build lean muscle mass
  • Lose weight
  • Jumpstart your sex drive
  • Reduce hot flashes and night sweats
  • Improve memory and cognitive function

If you think that your testosterone levels might be low, hormone testing is available to help determine where you stand.

Our highly trained doctors at Complete Hormone Solutions have helped several women and men balance testosterone levels, using a Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, and  pharmaceutical-grade supplementation and personalized nutrition and fitness regimens. Based on the results of state-of-the-art diagnostic blood work, Complete Hormone Solutions physicians individually tailor a wellness program, specifically designed to meet your particular needs. Take our online test to see if you would be a candidate for BHRT!  OR call us today to schedule your appointment! 256-350-9880

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