ANDROGEN TESTOSTERONE HORMONE INJECTIONS
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EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT ANDROGEL
Written by , Article reviewed and edited by Dr. Fine M.D.
Published on 10 July 2021
If youre looking for a convenient method of treating low testosterone, or hypogonadism, Androgel is a real possibility for you. Currently, there are multiple ways to treat low testosterone: injections (with various types), gels, patches and creams. In this article, well be discussing one of the more well-known gels on the market, Androgel. This is a topical gel that men can use to treat testosterone deficient, a growing issue in the male population of the United States.
Androgel: Synthetic Testosterone to Treat Low-T
Androgel is a clear, topical medication, meaning that it is rubbed onto the skin, almost like a lotion. You can get a pump dispenser or a gel packet. The pump dispenses a single dose of 12.5 or 20.25 mg with one pump. The gel packets are available in 20.25, 25, 40.5 and 50 mg dose packets. To apply, you rub one dose per day to the shoulders, upper arms or abdomen. You use the palm of your hand to massage it in. Sounds super easy, right? So much more convenient than injections and needles! However, there is one downside...
Be Aware of Drug Transference to Others
Unfortunately, with testosterone gels and creams, it is possible to transfer the hormone to others, if youre not careful or aware. This can happen by touching another person after applying the gel. If you are going to have skin-to-skin contact with someone, be sure that the application site is washed with soap and water beforehand. It is especially important not to transfer the hormone to women and children.
Testosterone is a potent sex hormone as well as an anabolic steroid. It can cause harmful physical and psychological effects on people who are not used to or do not need large amounts of this hormone. Women who come into contact with exogenous testosterone may develop acne and male characteristics, including body and facial hair. Children who are routinely exposed to Androgel may exhibit aggressive behavior or even experience early puberty or swelling of the genitals. Please be mindful and VERY CAREFUL around others when using Androgel.
Side Effects of Androgel
All testosterone replacement treatments can cause side effects, with most of them being the same. Some are mild and will go away on their own once your body gets used to the hormone. One of the most common side effects is skin irritation at the application site, especially if you have sensitive skin. Other mild side effects include:
Some of the more serious side effects to be on the lookout for are:
- increased acne
- headaches (mostly at the beginning of treatment)
- increased blood lipids (get tested regularly!)
- diarrhea (mostly at the beginning of treatment)
- muscle aches or back pain
To avoid any other issues while taking Androgel, its best to avoid these three prescription drugs:
Insulin: testosterone can lower blood sugar and this will affect the amount of insulin your body needs to produce.
Blood thinners: testosterone can increase the effect of blood thinners.
Steroids: the interactions between testosterone and steroids can cause fluid buildup, especially if you are dealing with heart, kidney or liver disease
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- mood swings/changes
- breathing problems/allergy to the drug
- swelling of the ankles or legs (possible blood clot or circulatory issue)
- blood clots
- long-lasting or frequent erections
- issues urinating
The Benefits of Androgel
Now that weve discussed the potential side effects of Androgel and what to cautious with, lets look at the amazing benefits of Androgel. If you are suffering from low testosterone, Androgel has been proven to be an effective medication in increasing testosterone levels, as cited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Not only is the use of Androgel as effective as testosterone injections, the way hypogonadism patients were treated in the old days, but it can be much more convenient for most patients. This is due to the fact that it can be easily rubbed into the skin like a lotion and not injected using a needle.
Most people do not like dealing with needles and injections are usually more time-consuming in terms of prep, sterilization and disposal of needles than just rubbing on a gel, especially when this hormone needs to be administered on a daily basis. However, with injections, there is no worry about transferring the hormone to someone else.
The health benefits of Androgel, when treating low-T, include:
When a man is experiencing low testosterone, it can feel like his world has turned upside down. Hormone imbalance is no joke and can lead to serious effects like depression, anxiety, sexual issues and weight gain. Its not wonder so many men are turning to treatments such as Androgel. Thankfully, treating low testosterone is a pretty easy fix, when it is diagnosed and treated by an endocrinologist or hormone doctor. There are so many choices on the market today in terms of treatment and Androgel is just one of them.
After learning a bit more about how Androgel works and how it compares to other treatment methods on the market, we hope that the knowledge has helped you to decide which method is right for you. Contact our clinic if you are interested in getting started on a testosterone replacement therapy program today or would like to learn more! We are always available for free consulation.
- improved mood
- increased muscle mass
- more confidence
- decrease in body fat
- increased libido
- more energy
TESTOSTERONE HELPS MODULATE IMMUNE ACTIVITY IN THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Written by , Article reviewed and edited by Dr. Fine M.D.
Published on 13 May 2021
Our bodies depend on the immune system for survival. The immune system is critical to protect against diseases and other foreign invaders. Unfortunately, the human immune system is also prone to over-activity. Millions in America deal with auto-immune disorders, which range from frustrating to life-threatening. While women are more likely to experience auto-immune issues, individuals of both sexes frequently experience these health problems.
Gender Differences in Chronic Inflammation
Jonathan Busada of West Virginia University is interested in exploring the mechanisms which lead to inflammation and how sexual differences cause men and women to experience inflammation differently. Women, in particular, are more prone to stomach inflammation than men. In his research, he found that androgens likely help to protect against problematic gut inflammation. This research was revealed in the medical journal Gastroenterology.
Busada is specifically concerned with how inflammation influences the onset of stomach cancer. In most cases, stomach cancer results from chronic inflammation of the gut. Busada explains that there is a difference between healthy immunity and an overactive immune system. The immune system is designed to protect the body, but it can do more harm than good when it goes into overdrive.
This sort of research helps scientists understand the difference between a healthy immune response and destructive inflammation and what factors lead the body down the path of harm. Busada's work shows that Testosterone is a powerful force to reign in inflammation and help the immune system perform its duties more efficiently and effectively.
Animal Research Tests the Effects of Testosterone on Inflammation
Busada explored the effects of both Testosterone and Glucocorticoids on stomach inflammation, with a focus on Testosterone. This study focused on animal research with mice. Glucocorticoids are adrenal hormones secreted by mammals. Cortisol is an example of a human glucocorticoid and is the most influential. Mice do not produce Cortisol but produce biologically similar hormones which serve the same purpose. Glucocorticoids are made in the same way by both men and women but can be influenced by sex hormone activity.
Professor Busada first worked with mice that produced neither Testosterone nor Glucocorticoids. Researchers found that without the influence of these hormones, inflammation rates remained equal between male and female mice. When treated with Testosterone, on the other hand, inflammation disappeared. This research showed that female mice only have natural inflammation protection via glucocorticoids. In contrast, the male rats were protected further from inflammation due to the benefits of Testosterone, in addition to glucocorticoids.
Women at Increased Risk of Autoimmune Disorders
This research helps to explain why women are more at risk for auto-immune conditions than men. It's estimated that women experience 80% of Auto-Immune Disorders. Women have triple the chances of experiencing rheumatoid arthritis and have more than twice the risk of celiac disease, as examples.
Stomach cancer is of particular concern because it's one of the most deadly forms of cancer in the world today—third behind colorectal cancer (2nd) and lung cancer (1st). Treating stomach inflammation can help patients across the globe mitigate their risk of stomach cancer, and Testosterone Therapy may be a tool at doctors' disposal.
Testosterone as Anti-Inflammatory
There's a chance that specialized Testosterone or Androgen treatments could help women improve their resistance to inflammation. This also shows the importance of being tested for Low-T, as waning Testosterone Levels in men can have an adverse impact on the functional performance of the immune system. While women are more prone to stomach inflammation, men are at greater risk of stomach cancer which is largely encouraged by inflammation.
This research lays the groundwork for our understanding of how stomach inflammation is impacted by androgen activity. Further study will give medical professionals the knowledge and tools that they need to create effective therapies. For now, the results offer more evidence regarding the importance of Endocrine Balance for a healthy immune system.
A recent Chinese study provides evidence that Hypertension is associated with suppressed Total Testosterone, Free Testosterone, and SHBG Levels in older men. The results were released in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Heart Association. Clinical evidence shows that both Elevated Testosterone and Low Testosterone are potentially threatening risk factors for dangerous cardiovascular events.
Testosterone, Aging, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease
Testosterone Levels naturally drop as an element of the male aging process. While this decline is natural, the body still requires a certain level of Testosterone to promote optimized health. On the other hand, there is also significant evidence that cardiovascular disease and diabetes both result in significantly reduced Testosterone Levels resulting from the conditions themselves. Many health conditions suppress Testosterone, which creates a negative feedback loop where Low-T exacerbates the existing disorder, further dropping Testosterone Production.
For that reason, researchers continue to take steps to identify ideal Testosterone Levels as a factor of age. Millions of men can undoubtedly benefit from Testosterone Therapy, but it's essential to identify the high and low Testosterone Thresholds which provide the maximum benefit for the least risk.
Chinese Study Evaluates Correlation between Testosterone and Hypertension
In order to broaden our knowledge of how Testosterone interacts with Cardiovascular outcomes, Chinese researchers conducted a broad study that included 6296 participants, selected between the years of 2013 and 2016. Patients were evaluated clinically, provided basic patient information, and filled out health questionnaires.
During clinical evaluation, doctors obtained a number of data points, including levels of Free Testosterone, Total Testosterone, Luteinizing Hormone, and SHBG, along with blood pressure. In the end, the scientists used data collected from 5786 of the original 6296. The collection of patients were an average of 55 years old, and 37.2% suffered from clinical Hypertension.
When looking at all of this data together, researchers were able to make some critical observations. Hypertensive patients were more likely to have lower SHBG, Free Testosterone, and Total Testosterone. SHBG is responsible for the transport of Testosterone for use by the body. Total Testosterone refers to all bound and unbound Testosterone in the bloodstream. Free Testosterone is biologically active Testosterone readily available for use by cells.
Healthy Testosterone Levels Associated with Strong Hearts
Using advanced statistical analysis, researchers were able to determine that Total Testosterone was most strongly correlated with cardiovascular risk. Testosterone is critical to male cardiovascular health because it plays a vital role in vascular constriction and relaxation. Impaired Testosterone Levels had the worst effects on patients under 65 with a BMI less than 24. Patients that smoked and/or had a family history of high blood pressure were most likely to have suppressed Testosterone and high blood pressure.
On the other hand, elevated Luteinizing Hormone Levels were associated with an increased risk of Hypertension. High Luteinizing Hormone Levels combined with Testosterone Deficiency is the physiological marker for Primary Hypogonadism and is considered to be a big risk factor for Cardiovascular Disorder. Hormone Balance is one of the keys to good health. Both Low-T and abnormally high Testosterone lead to increased cardiovascular risk. This is why getting appropriate treatment for Low-T is so important.
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If your doctor only prescribes testosterone by itself, you will
probably have a rough ride. The tendency is for you to feel
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