What is Testosterone And Why Do Men Need It?

May 14, 2018


NovaGenix Testosterone Therapy in Jupiter and Fort Lauderdale for Men with Low T

Most people know testosterone as the hormone which is responsible for developing male secondary sexual characteristics. But….What is testosterone? We know that hormones are simply chemical messengers that we produce, which will initiate important changes within our body. Testosterone is not just produced by men but by women as well, Just in much smaller amounts. Overall, testosterone is essential in proper hormone balance for both sexes however it’s influences are seen most profoundly in males, specifically during adolescence where the physical changes can really be seen. Testosterone by definition is an androgen which is synthesized primarily in the testicles within Leydig cells. The cells receive chemical messengers produced by the pituitary which then signal the production of testosterone in the testes. The Hypothalamus gland located in the brain regulates the amount of LH and FSH to be released, so that we may have a proper balance and regulation of hormones. Testosterone regulates a variety of functions for men. Some of which may include:

  • Libido and sex drive
  • Building of lean muscle mass
  • Burning fat
  • Insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation
  • Bone mineral density
  • Production of sperm
  • Production of red blood cells
  • Mood and energy regulation

When men have hypogonadism or low T, they often experience a variety of symptoms, which an experienced physician may be able to use to help diagnose andropause. Some of the symptoms one may experience could be some of the following:

  • Having a low sperm count
  • ED or erectile dysfunction
  • Gynecomastia or enlarging of the breast tissue
  • Reduced libido
  • Reduction and loss of body hair
  • Loss of lean muscle mass
  • Decrease in strength
  • Increased body fat
  • Mood swings and irritability depression 
  • fatigue
  • Mental fog
  • A lack of enjoyment in life

Testosterone levels will start to decline naturally in life as a male gets older. The effects of testosterone levels declining and men as they get older have become more prevalent and it even has a name called late-onset hypogonadism. It’s estimated that close to 50% of men have andropause or low T by the time they reach their 40s. The number of men being diagnosed with deficient testosterone levels has increased significantly over the past several decades. There are many reasons that a male may suffer from low testosterone. Obviously, age is one, but other factors such as genetics, lifestyle choices, medications, general health and wellness may also play a factor. Sleep patterns, stress, diet and physical activity can also play important roles in testosterone production. There are many negative side effects to having low T, however with testosterone replacement therapy, one can mitigate these negative medical conditions which could be a result of low testosterone, like metabolic disease and cardiovascular disease. By taking supplemental testosterone, one can increase their hormone levels via TRT so that their hormones can be optimized to help improve their overall health and quality-of-life. A physician monitored, and prescribed testosterone therapy protocol can help to reduce any likelihood of negative side effects associated with TRT and can only help to improve the overall health and wellness of the patient. There’s many options available for men who wish to start testosterone replacement. Whether it’s testosterone injections, gel, HCG or other testosterone boosters, it’s important to seek the medical advice from an experienced physician who understands the intricacies of hormone replacement. Making sure that all hormone levels are in balance is the key to helping the patient achieve the best possible outcome. This requires frequent blood work and monitoring of the results so that any adjustments to the medical protocol can be made. Typically, men who start testosterone replacement therapy will all agree that the difference is night and day between how they felt prior to starting therapy and after. The results will typically take several weeks before the hormones have completely saturated the body and the benefits can begin to be noticeable. Anyone who may be interested in testosterone replacement therapy can give NovaGenix a call and set up a consultation to come in where we would arrange for your bloodwork to be drawn as well as a physical exam and medical consultation with our board-certified MD, and internal medicine specialist with almost 20 years worth of experience in hormone replacement therapy. With locations in Palm Beach County at609 N. Hepburn Ave. Suite 106, Jupiter, FL 33458and in Broward County at2740 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306, we have location is convenient for men in South Florida looking for a TRT clinic. Learn more about visiting us online at the following webpages and find/follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram








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This subsequent lab panel is necessary for males undergoing Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) through NovaGenix Health and Wellness. It allows physicians to assess the patient's response to prescribed medications, covering sex hormone levels, thyroid function, adrenal health, hematocrit, and liver and kidney function. The panel includes tests such as:

  • Complete Blood Count
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
  • Testosterone (Free and Total)
  • Estradiol Sensitive
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
  • Prostate Specific Antigen

Each test serves a specific purpose in monitoring overall health and treatment effectiveness. When required, Dr Mackey may require LH and FSH (Luteinizing hormone, follicle stimulating hormone) SHBG (Sex hormone binding globulin) or any other tests which may be important for your health and optimizing your hormones.

The Comprehensive Hormone and Wellness Panel for Women offers a foundational assessment of sex hormones, thyroid function, adrenal health, metabolic activity, and overall well-being. This panel serves as a diagnostic tool for identifying testosterone and estrogen deficiencies, assessing health risks, and detecting potential thyroid issues before considering hormone replacement therapy. Additionally, it includes insights into hematocrit (red blood cell volume), as well as liver and kidney function. The panel encompasses various tests such as:

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Complete Metabolic Panel
  • Testosterone (free and total)
  • Estradiol
  • Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  • Progesterone

When indicated, Dr. Mackey may require additional tests such as Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH), and IGF-1 and Cortisol.

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