Testosterone is a hormone primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females although small amounts are secreted by the adrenal glands. It plays key roles in health and well-being. On average, the human adult male body produces about twenty to thirty times the amount of testosterone that an adult female's body does. However, deficiencies in either men or women can display themselves in a variety of symptoms.
Symptoms of Testosterone Deficiency
Increased Fat Mass
Joints Pain and Stiffness
Reduced Sense of Well-Being
Loss of Sexual Desire
Reduced Muscle Tone
Dry Skin & Brittle Scalp Hair
Loss of Vital Energy
Flatness of Mood or Mental Sharpness
Decreased Quality of Orgasm
Many women are not aware that they are more likely to develop testosterone deficiencies during the two to three years preceding menopause and even more commonly, during the five years following. Women who have had a hysterectomy, even if the ovaries have been left in place, are very likely to develop testosterone deficiency, and may benefit substantially from appropriate evaluation and supplementation of testosterone. Furthermore, women who have had chemotherapy resulting in loss of ovarian function often develop testosterone deficiency.
In men, testosterone production increases rapidly at the onset of puberty and decreases rapidly after age 50 (to 20–50% of peak level by age 80). Many call this rapid decrease the “male menopause” or “andropause”. Recent estimates show that approximately 13 million men in the United States experience testosterone deficiency and less than 10% receive treatment for the condition. Studies have shown that men with obesity, diabetes, or hypertension may be twice as likely to have low testosterone levels. It has also been revealed that low testosterone in men can increase the risk of heart disease.
Potential Benefits of Testosterone Supplementation may include, but are not limited to:
Decreased risk for certain diseases
Increased Overall Energy
Sense of Well-Being
Improved skin quality
Increased Muscle Mass
At Arizona Integrative Medical Center, P.C., Dr. Stallone uses thorough and accurate testing in order to determine if an individual has a testosterone deficiency and would benefit from supplementation. Many people know about controversy surrounding improper testosterone use from the media and/or athletes’ use. However, in order to learn the proper facts regarding testosterone and its administration, it is important to find a trusted healthcare provider who can provide you with proper information and various treatment options depending upon your individual history, current overall health, and goals. As a Naturopathic Medical Doctor, Dr. Stallone has the advantage of being able to provide patients not only bio-identical testosterone in the form of drops, pellets, and creams--but also, other natural methods, such as the use of homeopathics, botanicals and supplements.