NMDiscussion: What Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

 

T.R.T, or Testosterone Replacement Therapy, is when we replace the hormone testosterone in men, and also in women as well to optimize health, health span, life span, and performance in general. Patients who need this therapy will complain of symptoms such as low libido, inability to recovery from their training sessions, inability to build muscle, difficulty losing adipose tissue. Also, they will have complaints of cognitive function- things like lack of motivation, low energy, depression, and maybe anxiety. This is why we test for these kinds of things, and also why we ask about these types of symptoms in patients as well.

There have been a lot of studies that have come out in the past ten years that show the optimization of testosterone, particularly in men, is cardio protective. It protects their bones; it protects brain function as well. Libido and those are the things are what people think about more often, but these studies have shown that optimizing testosterone actually decreases all-cause mortality- or death by all causes. There have been concerns previously that it might cause heart attacks, or it might cause prostate cancer, but those all have been pretty much dispelled with research.

– Dr. Alice Nguyen, NMD