Jonathan Swift once wrote, “Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old” (Swift, 1726). His story, Gulliver’s Travels, is a novel that follows a man through his adventures in life. Sure, Swift’s story is much more in-depth and complicated than my simple explanation, but it seems to draw attention to the journey of manhood in age and experience. It is that sort of journey that men in old age are reinforced through hormone therapy.
Unfortunately, growing old is a part of life. Although we cannot stop the hands of time, thanks to modern technology, we can work with time to support the aging process. As men age, their hormone levels decrease. One of those hormones is testosterone, which is a significant part of men’s sexual development and reproductive function.
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone contributes to the support of muscles, bones, and hair production in men. Although decreased testosterone doesn’t affect a man’s health any more than the aging process, medical experts believe that lower levels of testosterone may contribute to increased health risks. Hormone therapy aims to help the body replenish its supply of testosterone to help aging men with bone density, muscle mass, and maintain balanced fat levels.
Hormone therapy can be beneficial for men who have unnaturally low levels of testosterone. This condition can be caused by hypogonadism, which is a condition of the male genitalia that limits testosterone production. A study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health indicates, “Treatment for hypogonadism is on the rise, particularly in the aging population” (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 2016). Treatments such as hormone therapy are ideal to combat this condition.
Along the same lines, these hormones also stimulate puberty in young men and support sperm production in all men for their entire life. Testosterone is also a major contributor to male behavior, aggressiveness, and sexual performance. Testosterone decrease is a common reason for older men to seek hormone replacement therapy.
Fortunately, the doctors at EZ Care Clinic are fully knowledgeable of the symptoms of lowered testosterone levels and how hormone therapy can help you find relief. Receiving hormone therapy at EZ Care Clinic can benefit patients by providing individualized therapy plans designed to complement your specific needs. To learn more about how EZCare Clinic can help you with hormone therapy, schedule an appointment online today.
Hormone Therapy in Aging Men
An aging man is a changing man. Calcium in the bones decreases, as does muscle mass and red blood cells, and body fat will tend to increase as well. As men age, they tend to have less energy for physical activities, including exercise. This body change is a result of lowered testosterone levels. In fact, studies indicate that testosterone levels begin dropping an average of one percent every year after 40 years old. The combination of lower levels of testosterone and the decreased ability to physically perform is an excellent reason to learn more about hormone therapy.
Hormone therapy in San Francisco is an ideal treatment to help replace the body’s reducing supply of testosterone.
Although hormone therapy is an effective contributor to increase testosterone levels in men, there is no way to know for sure whether or not hormone therapy will reverse the decline of hormone levels, specifically testosterone. Several studies are still being conducted about the effects of hormone therapy in men and how it contributes to the falling levels of testosterone as men age.
Just as doctors have limited the amount of hormone therapy available to women, they have also done so with hormone therapy in men. Think of it this way: too much of anything is bad. If you over-fill your gas tank or continually push the gas without the car being on, your car will get flooded and will not start. This is precisely the reason for limited availability with hormone therapy. Be sure to consult a doctor to see if hormone therapy is right for you.
EZCare Clinic patients are provided with individualized therapy plans designed to complement your specific needs. To learn more about how EZCare Clinic can help you with hormone therapy, call our San Francisco office or schedule an online consultation.
How does hormone therapy help with prostate cancer?
With the lessening of testosterone levels in aging men, prostate cancer becomes more of an issue. Androgens help make up testosterone in men, and they also contribute to the normal growth of the prostate gland in men. The prostate is the male gland that helps produce semen. Unfortunately, androgens also contribute to prostate cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, “Approximately 11.6 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime” (seer.cancer.gov, 2015).
To learn more about how hormone therapy at EZCare Clinic can help you with symptoms related to prostate cancer, schedule your consultation here.
Since prostate cancer requires a certain amount of androgens to grow, medical professionals have found that hormone therapy may help in suppressing their growth. Hormone therapy for patients with prostate cancer can be effective as a way of reducing certain levels of hormones to prevent them from contributing to the cancerous cells in the prostate gland.
Hormone therapy for prostate cancer can be helpful if cancer has become resilient to radiation treatment or if radiation cannot be performed for other reasons. Hormone therapy may also benefit patients whose prostate cancer has returned. In both cases, the aim of hormone therapy is to suppress the cancerous prostate cells with positive working hormones. This treatment may also be effective before radiation therapy begins as a way of shrinking cancer cells, making radiation more effective.
Prostate cancer is a very delicate condition and requires a full assessment of several medical specialists. At EZ Care Clinic, we are happy to work with your primary care physician to administer hormone therapy as a way of combating prostate cancer. Receiving hormone therapy at EZ Care Clinic can benefit patients by providing individualized hormone therapy plans designed to complement your specific needs.