TRT Testosterone Replacement Therapy
June 10, 2024

Welcome back to another exciting episode of "Balls Deep," the podcast where we tackle medical issues with a pinch of humor. Today, we’re demystifying low testosterone and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). This blog is filled with invaluable information debunking myths about this topic as well as tips on how to go about it considering that many individuals suffer from it, but they rarely talk openly about the same. Keep reading to learn more:

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is an important hormone in both men and women. It can be referred to as a male hormone; however, even women produce testosterone although in small amounts compared to men. Testosterone plays various roles in the bodily system related to muscle mass development, bone density improvement, mood swing reduction, among others. For boys, it is generated in the testicles, hence playing a crucial role in male development as well as the maintenance of some health points.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

man sitting on bed

Low T, or low testosterone, may be manifested through multiple symptoms, such as hair fallout, mental confusion, feeling grumpy, little muscle bulk, fat build-up in the body, which could also lead to reduced libido among males. A lot of males think that these problems result from aging or lifestyle choices but they might just have lower-than-optimal levels when it comes to this hormone. Dr. Pazona stresses that, “It’s not only about sex drive, it’s when you don't have that little something extra.”

Dispelling Myths About Testosterone Replacement Therapy

TRT Causes Prostate Cancer: One of the persistent misconceptions surrounding TRT is its connection with prostate cancer initiation or progression. This mistake dates back years when outdated studies suggested that the removal of testosterone could kill prostate cancer cells. However, recent studies have discovered that cutting off testosterone can shrink present cancers while there is no proof to say TRT causes it. Besides, even those having had prostate cancer in the past need not worry about responsible testosterone management.

TRT Leads to Heart Disease and Strokes: It is also commonly thought that TRT boosts the danger of either myocardial infarction or blood clotting within brain veins as well as limb arteries. This fear is rooted in the fact that TRT can lead to high red blood cell counts which may make one’s blood thicker than it should be. But recently a study named TRAVERSE was done on men suffering from previous heart disease risks; it showed no increase in chances for a cardiovascular incident due to TRT. Therefore, dosing responsibly using medical assistance has been stated by Dr. Pazona as being necessary.

Only Severely Low Testosterone Levels Need Treatment: Conventional medical protocols usually recommend only men with extremely low testosterone levels to undergo TRT. However, Dr Joe Pazona argues against this approach, as he considers it ignores individual differences among patients. He further elaborates on the meaning of “free testosterone” which refers to the active form of the hormone not bounded by proteins but capable of causing hormonal effects felt by patients with complaints but having total normal testosterone levels (fixed).

Individualized Approach to TRT

Dr Pazona and patient

Dr Pazona supports tailored therapy when dealing with hormone restoration programs for males across all age groups rather than relying solely upon reference ranges alone for interpretation purposes. This helps ensure each man gets proper care according to his own needs and issues he experiences.

The Balanced Approach: Middle Way for TRT

Dr. Pazona’s main conclusion is that rather than adopting either an anti-TRT or a pro-TRT position, the right way to look at TRT is through a balanced lens of acknowledgment and appreciation for its uses. TRT can drastically improve quality of life under proper medical supervision; it goes beyond just eliminating physical signs but also helping to enhance mental wellness and overall energy levels.

Key Takeaways About Low T and TRT

Debunking Myths: If TRT is administered properly, it does not lead to heart disease and prostate cancer.

Recognizing Symptoms: Hypogonadism has far-reaching implications on body health aside from reproduction alone.

Personalized Attention: Treatment should be tailored according to the specific patient’s complaint and symptoms.

For more information, learn more about hormone optimization for males and our personalized approach to TRT.

Disclaimer: This podcast provides only general knowledge hence one should consult a medical professional always. For any concerns about your health condition seek advice from your healthcare provider.

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