What are the benefits of testosterone?

what are the benefits of testosterone?

10 Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)

Men generally don’t know or appreciate the benefits of testosterone until it starts fading away. And it does fade. Regardless of a well-balanced diet and solid exercise regimen, your body changes as you age, and your hormone levels and testosterone naturally decline approximately 1 percent every year starting around age 30 (1).

Maybe you’ve been suffering the symptoms of low testosterone (such as low energy levels, fatigue, excess body fat, erectile dysfunction, and low libido). Perhaps Hone’s at-home testing kit has revealed that you have a testosterone deficiency, and now you’re considering testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to get back on track.

Or maybe you aren’t quite sure whether testosterone treatment is right for you and you want to know more about what to expect from balancing your hormones, including outcomes and side effects.

There’s a lot of health benefits of testosterone, and advancements in TRT have provided men with a way to reclaim control of their bodies and their lives.

TRT isn’t some sort of miracle, overnight cure. It’s vital that you understand going into the process that the journey to self-improvement is not a sprint, but a marathon. It’s also one that doesn’t really have a set finish line—and that’s all right.

As long as you follow the treatment prescribed by your doctor, you’ll stay ahead of the problem.

Let’s break down some of the biggest benefits of testosterone replacement therapy, share what you should expect to think and feel, and run through which effects of testosterone replacement therapy may take longer than others to notice.

1) You’ll Have More Energy

TRT doesn’t have an immediate effect; you may not even notice a change at first.

But usually, you’ll start feeling better psychologically within three to four weeks of starting treatment (2).

“Most people start to experience less fatigue after a month of treatment, in addition to sleeping better and feeling more rested overall,” says Jack Jeng, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Hone Health.

One month in, you’ll find yourself feeling motivated to get off the couch and do more. And we all know how important physical activity is to your well-being and quality of life.

2) Your Mental Acuity and Focus Return

Testosterone plays a major role in cognitive performance, including memory, concentration, and reasoning. When your levels of testosterone are low, your mental function can suffer.

When you start TRT, the formidable cloud that has been hanging over your head will start to dissipate.

Your mental focus, cognition, and memory show signs of improvement after the first few weeks of treatment, while feelings of depression and sudden mood swings start subsiding within three to six weeks (2).

By 18 to 30 weeks in, your change in demeanor will support a radically improved self-confidence and clearer mindset, plus an inner strength that’s more ready to go toe-to-toe with whatever life throws your way.

3) You’ll Have Better Sexual Health & Higher Libido

Diminished sexual function (low sex drive, erectile dysfunction) is one of the most common reasons men seek treatment for low T ( 4 ).

For good reason: research shows that libido and testosterone levels are strongly correlated (5).

Thankfully, TRT can quickly improve your love life with your spouse or partner. Increased levels of testosterone in men often correlate with heightened sexual activity.

Several Hone customers have shared in our community forum that their sex drive started to come back within the first three to four weeks of treatment and that their erections were stronger and longer lasting, too.

Hone delivers treatments for low T to your doorstep, if prescribed.

The first step: Order an at-home hormone assessment, which comes with a free telehealth consultation.

4) Your Red Blood Cell Count Rebounds and Flourishes

Your body produces red blood cells through a process called erythropoiesis. Those cells made in your bone marrow contain hemoglobin, an essential protein that carries oxygen.

When you suffer from hypogonadism (low T), red blood cell production can slow to a crawl and even lead to anemia.

As your T level decreases, you’re left feeling progressively fatigued and weakened. Your blood pressure may also test higher than normal. The rest of your body has to work that much harder to get oxygen to your cells and keep your organs operating as they should.

TRT, fortunately, gets your red blood cell count back into the flow of things.

Results can vary based on your age and the dosage prescribed by your doctor, but the improved formation of your red blood cells will produce a noticeable effect after three months (3).

As that happens, those bouts of fatigue you’ve been fighting will lessen, and your blood pressure should stabilize closer to within normal range.

Your maximal output should peak between nine and 12 months. By then, your body is producing enough hemoglobin on its own to keep you energized, and the measurement of your red blood cells (known as hematocrit) reaches its maximum level. Some people on TRT may have higher hematocrit levels than normal (>51%) and need to donate blood regularly as a result. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced healthcare provider when receiving treatment.

5) Your Blood Sugar Levels Normalize

When you’re hypogonadal, your sensitivity to insulin can be compromised, your blood sugar levels can spike, and you have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (6).

TRT increases your insulin sensitivity, meaning it enables your body to effectively absorb glucose, or sugar, from your blood after a meal. Improvements in blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity are usually seen after about three months, with the full effect happening after a year (2).

Also remember: one little spark is all you need to motivate you into becoming more physically active, which also increases your insulin sensitivity.

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