Testosterone is a prescription medication that when used correctly under a doctor’s supervision can provide great benefits to men with low levels of testosterone, says Dr. Power.
Online PR News – 17-September-2012 – San Francisco, CA – San Francisco, CA - Testosterone has been the subject of recent news stories highlighting alleged abuse among star athletes, but there are many legitimate indications for testosterone replacement therapy, according to Dr. Karron Power, a Bay Area preventive medicine specialist and medical director of the Youth Renewal Center.
"It’s estimated that 40% of men age 45 and older have testosterone deficiency, also known as andropause or 'male menopause', says Dr. Power. "Research indicates that testosterone deficiency may increase a man's risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and osteoporosis. Symptoms may include poor endurance, a low libido, erectile dysfunction, enlarged prostate, muscular weakness, irritability, depression, and a general lack of motivation."
Dr. Power says that testosterone levels begin to decline in most men when they're in their 30's. “However, many men don't notice the changes in their attitude, libido or other physical effects until their testosterone levels have dropped to around 50% of their optimal range."
"Better personal relationships and an overall increased quality of life are seen when a man’s optimal testosterone levels are restored and monitored," says Dr. Power. "Testosterone replacement therapy is best when administered as part of an overall treatment plan," she says. Dr. Power discusses "Six Things A Man Should Know About Testosterone Replacement Therapy" in this video.
Dr. Power says the "Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male' (ADAM) questionnaire can determine if a man has symptoms of low testosterone. If he does, he should undergo appropriate blood tests. A man can have so-called “normal” test results for total testosterone and still have a deficiency, because testosterone may be bound to a compound called sex hormone binding globulin, so only a small percentage of testosterone reaches the cells. Tests can be done to measure total testosterone and free (unbound) testosterone.
Men with low testosterone can try to give it a boost with these actions:
1. Lose weight
2. Manage stress
3. Regular exercise & weight-training
4. Getting enough sleep
5. Keeping to a healthier diet and limiting processed carbohydrates, including sugar and white flour.
6. Eating more organic food (some pesticides can diminish testosterone levels).
For information on testosterone replacement therapy, contact the Youth Renewal Center at 415-785-7995 or visit www.youthrenewalcenter.com
Dr. Karron Power shown in a recent ABC News story on testosterone therapy: http://youtu.be/b5k9DxDrU58
About Dr. Karron Power:
Karron Power, MD, MPH is board certified under the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a board diplomat with the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She is a member of the American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the International Hormone Society, the California Academy of Preventive Medicine, and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Power graduated from UCSF Medical School and earned a Master’s degree in Public Health with an Environmental Health focus from UC Berkeley. Dr. Power has internship, residency, and fellowship training in Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Dermatology, Aesthetic Medicine and Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.