Will Testosterone Replacement Build Muscle?

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For those considering Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), questions often arise about its potential impact on muscle gain. It is a fair question! Let’s take a look. The Role of Testosterone: Testosterone is a key hormone that plays a vital role in muscle development. It promotes protein synthesis, the process by which the body builds and […]

Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Covered by Insurance?

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Navigating the realm of healthcare can be complex, especially when considering treatments like Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). One of the burning questions for many individuals exploring this option is whether TRT is covered by insurance. Let’s delve into this topic to provide some clarity. Insurance Variability: The coverage of TRT can vary widely depending on […]

Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Safe?

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Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy Safe? Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a medical intervention designed to address low testosterone levels, which can impact various aspects of men’s health. However, like any medical treatment, concerns about safety often arise. Let’s explore the safety considerations surrounding TRT. Individualized Assessment: Safety begins with a comprehensive evaluation. Before initiating TRT, […]

Confirmation Bias in Testosterone Replacement Therapy

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Confirmation bias, a common cognitive tendency, plays a significant role in how we approach information. This is true for all information and seemingly especially true about Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Confirmation bias is like a selective filter leading us to favor information that aligns with our preconceived beliefs about TRT, potentially influencing our decisions and […]

Decoding the Signs: Who May Benefit from Testosterone Replacement Therapy?

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Testosterone, a vital hormone, plays a crucial role in various aspects of men’s health, including energy levels, muscle mass, and sexual function. While testosterone levels naturally decline with age, some individuals may experience a more significant drop, leading to symptoms that impact their well-being and some may experience these symptoms at a younger age than […]

What If My Testosterone Level Is “Normal?”

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I hear this all too often.  Many men have gone to their provider and asked about their testosterone level. I hear all kinds of replies like, “You don’t need to check that,” “You’re too young,” and, “Try changing your diet and exercise and see me again in six months to a year.”  Here’s the thing: […]

Feeling Drained? Could It Be Your Testosterone?

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Ever feel like you hit snooze instead of waking up? Like your energy tank is always empty, no matter how many coffees or energy drinks you guzzle? We all have those days, but if chronic fatigue has become your unwanted roommate, it might be time to look beyond your sleep schedule. Turns out, your “get-up-and-go” […]

Testosterone Replacement (TRT) and Type II Diabetes Mellitus (DM)

The Relationship Between TRT and Type II Diabetes Mellitus

Men with low testosterone have an increased risk for diabetes mellitus (DM). This has been shown in many studies. This is in part due to decreased insulin sensitivity. What does the relationship between TRT and type II diabetes mellitus mean exactly?  Insulin sensitivity essentially means how well, or sensitive, your body reacts to insulin.  Insulin is […]

Am I going to have a heart attack or stroke?

Reducing Cardiovascular Risks: TRT and Blood Clots Debunked

This is an age-old question that is very frequently postulated when one brings up the notion of initiating testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT for short. Where did this come from? Well, it comes from a study done decades in the past that has been essentially debunked. It was a very poorly done study that did […]