Why A Doctor Should Monitor Your Testosterone Treatments

Introduction

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a commonly used treatment for men with low testosterone levels. While it can significantly improve quality of life, it’s not without potential risks and side effects. In this blog article, we will explore why it is crucial for a healthcare professional to closely monitor individuals who are undergoing this therapy.

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a hormone that plays a vital role in men’s health. It influences bone mass, fat distribution, muscle size and strength, and sex drive. When levels drop below normal, men can experience a range of symptoms including fatigue, reduced libido, depression , weight gain, difficulty in initiating or maintaining an erection.  If this seems familiar, we at Hisential Clinic encourage you to come in for a hormonal blood workup.

Types of TRT treatments at Hisential:

  1. Oral Medication
  2. Supplements
  3. Injection

Side Effects of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

As the body adjusts to the new increased levels of testosterone, several side effects can happen such as acne, sleep apnea, mood changes, breast swelling, clots and an increase in red blood cell count.

Long-term use of TRT can also potentially increase the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because testosterone can cause an increase in the production of red blood cells, leading to a condition called polycythemia. This can make the blood thicker and more likely to clot, leading to strokes or heart attacks.

There’s also a concern about the link between TRT and prostate cancer where some studies suggest that TRT might stimulate the growth of prostate cancer cells. Therefore, regular prostate screenings are crucial for men undergoing TRT. Testosterone can also influence one’s mental health with some men on TRT reporting mood swings and increased aggression. It may also impact other health conditions, such as diabetes and obesity. Testosterone affects insulin sensitivity and fat distribution, so changes in testosterone levels can potentially impact blood sugar control and weight. A doctor’s regular monitoring can help manage these potential effects and adjust treatment as necessary.

So, What Do We Monitor During Therapy?

  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Counts
  • Blood Sugar Levels
  • Body Composition
  • Testosterone levels
  • Prostate Specific Antigen
  • Mental Health
  • Symptoms & Signs of Side Effects

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can greatly enhance the quality of life for men with low testosterone levels. However, it’s not a decision to be taken lightly due to potential side effects and risks. Regular monitoring by a healthcare professional is crucial to ensure the treatment is working as intended, to catch any adverse effects early, and to adjust the treatment plan as necessary. This careful monitoring ensures the benefits of TRT outweigh the risks for each individual patient.

At Hisential, we understand the importance of this careful monitoring during TRT. Our healthcare professionals are committed to providing comprehensive care, ensuring your treatment is safe, effective, and tailored to your individual needs. We conduct regular check-ups and blood tests to monitor your testosterone levels and vital health parameters. TRT is not a quick fix, but with the right medical guidance and monitoring, it can change the way you live. Your health is our priority, and we’re here to provide the care you need every step of the way. If you’re considering TRT, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team to discuss your options. Empower your health and wellbeing with Hisential today.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212439/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693622/

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