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What are the benefits of TRT?

What are the benefits of TRT?

By Mike Kocsis | 7 minutes read | Last updated: November 30, 2023 |
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    Testosterone plays a crucial role in the body, influencing various functions such as muscle mass development, bone density maintenance, and the regulation of libido and energy levels. Some men are deficient in testosterone making it hard for their bodies to carry out everyday processes. Testosterone Replacement Therapy(TRT)  is a great way to bring your testosterone levels back up to a normal range.

    In this article, we outline 6 outstanding benefits of TRT.

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    1# Improved Body Composition and Strength

    Many studies state that Testosterone serves as a key player in enhancing body composition and strength. Its anabolic properties contribute to the development of lean body mass while simultaneously decreasing fat mass. This hormone plays a pivotal role in sculpting a more muscular physique and promoting optimal body composition. Additionally, testosterone has been linked to increased strength, providing the necessary foundation for improved physical performance. Regular exercise, combined with the influence of testosterone, synergistically contributes to a more robust and resilient body.

     

    2# Improved Cognition

    The Oxford Dictionary defines cognition as “The mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.” This process can include memory, judgment and decision-making. It appears that testosterone can have a dramatic effect on cognition.

    In one study, healthy men aged 50 to 90 years were given exogenous testosterone alone or in combination with an aromatase inhibitor (AI). Spatial memory was improved in both groups, whereas verbal memory only improved in the men receiving testosterone without an AI.

    This suggests that estradiol also plays an important part in cognition.  Estradiol is created via the aromatisation process, which requires testosterone. So whichever way you cut it, testosterone is vital to cognition.

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    3# Increased Libido

    Testosterone is a crucial factor in influencing libido, commonly referred to as the sex drive. This hormone, present in both males and females, plays a significant role in regulating sexual desire. In males, testosterone is primarily produced in the testes, and its levels are linked to the intensity of libido. Low testosterone is associated with a decreased sex drive and poor erectile function. In contrast, one of the benefits of TRT is its ability to increase libido and improve erectile function.

    In one single-blind, placebo-controlled study, 31 normal men were given 200mg of intramuscular testosterone enanthate for 8 weeks, or an injectable placebo for 4 weeks then 200mg of testosterone enanthate for the remaining 4 weeks. The researchers observed an increase in sexual arousal.

     

    4# More energy

    Fatigue and lethargy are two of the most classic low testosterone symptoms. Conversely, maintaining optimal testosterone levels can enhance your daily energy levels. Testosterone achieves this by improving insulin sensitivity, aiding in body fat loss, enhancing physical stamina via an increased red blood cell count, and motivating exercise through dopamine signalling pathways. This sets in motion a positive feedback loop where improved physical well-being corresponds to elevated energy levels.

     

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    5# Improved Sleep

    Optimal testosterone levels contribute significantly to promoting healthy sleep patterns. Research suggests that testosterone plays a vital role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and overall sleep quality. Adequate levels of this hormone are associated with improved deep sleep stages, enhancing the restorative aspects of rest. Testosterone also influences the production of melatonin, a key hormone involved in sleep regulation. Moreover, individuals with balanced testosterone levels often report fewer sleep disturbances and better overall sleep efficiency. As part of the intricate hormonal balance, testosterone aids in fostering a restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep, essential for overall well-being and vitality.

    One study looked at sleep duration in 531 Asian males between the ages of 29-72. The researchers noted that sleep declined with age, and age determined sleep quality and concentrations of sex hormones. They found a positive association between serum testosterone levels and sleep duration in men. This was independent of age, aerobic exercise and body fat.

     

    #6 Improved Heart Health

    Many worry that testosterone replacement therapy could cause heart disease. However, low testosterone is actually associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

    TRT benefits include improved blood markers of triglycerides, cholesterol and heart health.

    In a review of over 30 studies on testosterone therapy, doctors from the Mayo Clinic found no increase in cardiovascular disease among men who received testosterone. They found that testosterone, if anything had a protective and beneficial effect on the heart that has “not yet been widely appreciated.”

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    To conclude, exploring the benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) uncovers an array of positive impacts on both physical and mental well-being. From enhanced muscle mass and strength to improved mood, cognition, and energy levels, TRT is a valuable tool in addressing the effects of low testosterone. While acknowledging the potential benefits, it’s crucial to approach TRT under the guidance of healthcare professionals. Here at Balance My Hormones we prescribe bespoke treatment that addresses your individual health needs. If you’re wondering whether your testosterone levels are low or simply would like to enquire about TRT, don’t hesitate to get in contact by clicking the button above.

     

    Citations

    Anderson RA, Bancroft J, Wu FC. The effects of exogenous testosterone on sexuality and mood of normal men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1992 Dec;75(6):1503-7. doi: 10.1210/jcem.75.6.1464655. PMID: 1464655.

    Randall J. Urban. Effects of testosterone and growth hormone on muscle function. VOLUME 134, ISSUE 1, P7-10, JULY 1999. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-2143(99)90048-3

    Goh VH, Tong TY. Sleep, sex steroid hormones, sexual activities, and aging in Asian men. J Androl. 2010 Mar-Apr;31(2):131-7. doi: 10.2164/jandrol.109.007856. Epub 2009 Aug 14. PMID: 19684340.

    Haddad RM, Kennedy CC, Caples SM, et al. Testosterone and cardiovascular risk in men: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized placebo-controlled trials. Mayo Clin. Proc. 2007;82(1):29–39.

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    Mike KocsisMike Kocsis has an MBA with a focus on healthcare administration and is an entrepreneur and medical case manager for Balance My Hormones Ltd which offers medical services in the UK and Europe. Mike has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector, much of that working with people who have hormone imbalances. Mike has appeared on podcasts and radio and is an expert speaker on the subject of hormone imbalance. He specialises in Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and has helped thousands of people suffering from hormone imbalances recover and regain control of their lives. You can follow him on LinkedIn and on the Balance My Hormones YouTube Channel.

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