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Testosterone Replacement for Low Testosterone Levels and symptoms in men  

Ask the average guy what he knows about hormones, bio identical hormones or hormone imbalance symptoms and he'll probably say something like "Hormone imbalance, that's the reason women get all emotional before their period" or "Hormone imbalance is why women have hot flashes and get crabby when they go through menopause."

Many men don't realize the crucial role hormones play in their own bodies or recognize that declining and low testosterone levels in men cause significant and progressive symptoms of hormone imbalance. Low Testosterone levels can be enhanced my maintaining a healthy diet high in good-quality protein and low in simple carbohydrates, and keeping alcohol intake to a minimum. In addition, exercising for 30-45 minutes at least 4 days per week can enhance testosterone production. Avoiding environmental toxins in plastics and pesticides may help, as can reducing stress levels. Supplements such as zinc and selenium, and herbs, such as saw palmetto and nettles, can improve hormone balance in men. Lastly, since the aromatase enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into estrogen is found in fat tissue, maintaining a healthy weight helps optimize testosterone production.

If testosterone levels are low and symptoms exist, there are many options to restore testosterone to youthful levels. Choosing a specific form of testosterone supplementation depends on effectiveness, preference of a particular delivery system, cost, and potential insurance reimbursement. It's important to perform follow-up lab testing with supplementation, in order to minimize risks and keep levels safe and effective.

Not all men need or desire testosterone replacement therapy and we believe it is every man's right and responsibility to educate himself as to all benefits as well as potential risks before choosing any hormone replacement. Dr. Retzler will thoroughly discuss symptoms, health history, benefits and risk factors with you at your first appointment allowing you to make an informed decision as to whether or not testosterone replacement therapy is right for you.

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