What Are Androgens?

Do Androgens Increase Testosterone Levels

Androgens are a group of sex hormones that give men their “male” characteristics. The most important and well known androgen is testosterone. Androgens like testosterone, are essential for male sexual performance and fertility. Androgens are also responsible for the development of all of the “secondary sexual characteristics,” we think of as “maleness.” These include facial and body hair growth, deeper voices, and bigger, stronger, muscles and bones. Testosterone levels also impact energy, sleep patterns and fat metabolism.

Androgens are a group of male sex hormones.

Androgen Levels and Testosterone

The most important androgen for men is testosterone. Testosterone is produced primarily by the testes. Testosterone production in the testes is regulated by a small gland in the brain called the pituitary gland.

Androgen Levels and Testosterone

Androgens such as testosterone don’t just impact a man’s sexual health. Testosterone also plays a role in metabolism, your insulin sensitivity, and your body composition in terms of fat to muscle ratio.

Unfortunately, for men, as they age, androgen levels — particularly testosterone levels — drop. A typical male’s testosterone level peaks in his 20s. After that, testosterone levels start a steady decline. Once a man is over 35, that drop in testosterone level could be as much as 2% per year. This steady decline of testosterone over time often results in an androgen deficiency.

Testosterone is the most important androgen for men.

What Is Androgen Deficiency?

How Do I Know If I Need to Raise My HGH or Testosterone Levels

When you have an androgen deficiency, that means that your body is not making enough testosterone to enjoy good health and a vitality. The negative impacts on your health and lifestyle, of an androgen deficiency are many. An androgen deficiency can severely impact your quality of life.

How Do I Know If I Have an Androgen Deficiency?

When there is not enough testosterone circulating thorough your blood stream due to an androgen deficiency, it can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. ‎‎Some of the symptoms of androgen deficiency include:

  • Reduced sexual desire
  • Lethargy and fatigue
  • Reduced muscle mass and strength
  • Hot flushes and sweating
  • Increased breast size
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Increased body fat, particularly around the abdomen
  • Erectile dysfunction and other sexual performance issues
  • Decreased sperm count
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Loss of body hair and reduced skin health
  • Reduced bone mass, therefore increased risk of osteoporosis.

Beyond the symptoms listed above, androgen deficiencies, and in particular low testosterone, have been linked to an increased risk of a number of diseases and conditions. Research has shown that there is an association between low testosterone and type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer.

How Are Androgen Deficiencies and Low Testosterone Treated?

How Are Androgen Deficiencies and Low Testosterone Treated

The safest and most effective way to treat men with an androgen deficiency is with hormone replacement therapy. This is particularly true of men suffering from age-related testosterone loss. Testosterone therapy is designed to optimize your testosterone levels, so you can enjoy a better quality of life.

Testosterone therapy is available in many forms, however our doctors have found that injections of testosterone cypionate, to be the most effective. For men diagnosed with androgen deficiency, testosterone injections have been shown to:

  • Improve sex drive and sexual performance
  • Improve your ability to burn fat and build lean muscle
  • Increase energy
  • Increase bone and skin health
  • Improve sleep
  • Reduce anxiety and depression
  • Improve memory and other cognitive functioning

However, the only way to legally get testosterone injections is with a doctor’s prescription. If you suspect that you may be suffering from an androgen deficiency, you will need to have a physical exam. Your blood will also need to tested, before you can be diagnosed with low testosterone. Once you have been diagnosed, you can be prescribed androgen replacement therapy.

Androgen deficiencies, particularly testosterone deficiency, can be safely and effectively treated with testosterone replacement therapy.

Now that you know a little bit more about androgens and low testosterone, why not contact us today, and see if you can benefit from the life-changing benefits of testosterone therapy.

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