Cognitive Dissonance and TRT in Men Over Age 65
By Jay Campbell
July 21st, 2016
As an aging man, you have days that are just slow. Maybe you didn’t drink any coffee before work? Or you skip your morning walk for an earlier meeting? Maybe fatigue is starting to dominate your life? You literally feel your body slowing down its metabolism and production of hormones. You naturally are losing energy, stamina, and some flexibility in your joints and muscles. But have you ever questioned why? One of the many factors is testosterone. The aging male body decreases testosterone levels over time. This causes mental fog and loss of cognitive function, among other symptoms. Many aging men harbor a cognitive dissonance toward using Testosterone due to brainwashing by the media. They think using Testosterone is unethical, dangerous or both. Due to these pre-conceived notions, many aging Men fail to get evaluated for low testosterone. Before they know it, testosterone deficiency has become a major problem. It’s important men understand the importance and function of Testosterone for overall health. What Testosterone Does For Your Body We all have a basic understanding of what testosterone does. Most people describe it as the “male hormone.” It plays a major role in men’s sexual development. Dr. Abraham Morgentaler of Men’s Health Boston describes the hormone:
“[Testosterone] gives them their characteristic deep voices, large muscles, and facial and body hair, distinguishing them from women… stimulates the growth of the genital… fuels libido, and contributes to normal erections… fosters the production of red blood cells, boosts mood, and aids cognition.”1
Without testosterone, men wouldn’t feel like men. As an aging man, when your testosterone levels drop, you’ve been conditioned by modern medicine as “a part of getting old’. You feel weak, tired, emotionally unstable, and lose self-confidence. No one wants to admit these feelings, but as many as 40% of men over the age of 45 are suffering from this ‘testosterone deficiency’. Morgentaler goes on to say:
“Testosterone levels start to fall, by about 1% a year, beginning in the 40s. As men get into their 50s, 60s, and beyond, they may start to have signs and symptoms of low testosterone such as lower sex drive and sense of vitality, erectile dysfunction, decreased energy, reduced muscle mass and bone density, and anemia.”
These symptoms can be medically traced to hypogonadism, a condition causing low levels of testosterone in the bloodstream. How Testosterone Changes Over Time It’s unclear as to why testosterone drops off after the age of 40. Some physicians believe this is biologically when men peak in their sexual capability. Maybe the body prepares for a less active sex life? Lower levels of testosterone once were an evolutionary advantage. But in modern society, it causes many men to lose their vitality and inhibits their lifestyle. Why would any aging man choose to suffer from these symptoms? By taking a simple blood test and physical exam, a good progressive doctor can determine if you have low testosterone. Once your labs are back, you can then discuss starting Testosterone replacement therapy. What is TRT? Testosterone replacement therapy works exactly as the name suggests: you replace your bodies decline in natural testosterone with a synthetic form. One medical journal describes the treatment this way:
“The goal of testosterone replacement therapy… is to safely restore testosterone to normal physiological levels to alleviate symptoms associated with testosterone deficiency and to improve health, well-being and quality of life.”
Testosterone Replacement Therapy can be utilized via multiple delivery systems. Not all delivery systems are equal. You and your doctor need to decide which would be the best fit for your lifestyle. The Definitive TRT MANual offers a full and comprehensive breakdown of delivery systems. It is recommended you familiarize yourself with delivery systems before having a TRT discussion with your physician. And better yet, make sure your physician is also aware of the information found in the book. It is important to understand the ultimate goals of TRT are twofold: to attain balance between Testosterone and Estrogen and to achieve happiness and wellbeing for the patient. When beginning TRT sometimes there are minor side effects. This is due to the time it takes to manipulate the endocrine system to achieve balance. When working with a progressive physician, these side effects are closely monitored and easily corrected.
Conclusions All men deal with the health issues associated with aging differently. But they don’t have to be a detriment to your lifestyle. Many men find using TRT proactively improves their mental and physical health. Therapeutic testosterone dosages allow them to reap the proven benefits and improve their quality of life. Why would any aging man not choose better mental capability, improved sex drive, and feeling stronger? The exact things numerous studies about TRT have proven to provide. If you ignore your symptoms, you could suffer from the effects of hypogonadism for years. This will inevitably lead to the early onset of one of the many diseases of aging. You don’t have to accept feeling fuzzy, frustrated, or fatigued anymore. CHEKD offers in home or office testosterone deficiency testing and replacement therapy. You can talk to one of their doctors one-on-one, in an environment where testosterone deficiency is taken very seriously. Don’t let your lifestyle be defined by this growing health epidemic. Take control of your life today by getting CHEKD. Your Health will never be the same!