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“My name is Artie Caissie. I am 46 Years old and a Lieutenant on a local fire department. I have been a firefighter for 18 years. Over the years I had put on some extra weight so in April 2011 I decided it was time to get back into shape. I started eating right and working out regularly. I got my weight down but was struggling to maintain muscle and was constantly tired.

 

 I met Charlie from Boston Testosterone through a mutual friend who suggested I give him a call. After getting my blood tested, Boston Testosterone found my testosterone level below normal as well as low HGH levels. After two months of TRT and HGH Optimization, I put on 18 lbs of lean muscle, have a lot more energy and a stronger libido. I feel like I am 25 again. 

 

 Not only are the prices the best available, but I now have access to tons of different preventative medicines like Glutathione, Sermorelin GHRP2 and B12 Weight Loss Injectables that my primary care never suggested.  I can pull all my bloods as often as I’d like and now I actually get a copy and have someone to review them with.  And I get a call from Doc at every refill just to check in with me.  My Patient Care Coordinator Charlie answers my calls and texts seven days a week.  He has become one of my dearest friends.  Can’t recommend them enough to you.”  September 2012.

 

 

Artie is a perfect example of all our TRT clients.  We change lives daily.  We appreciate him allowing us to use his name in this testimonial.  It’s much more honest and genuine than just a person’s initials!  And that’s exactly who we are.  Thank you Artie!!

 

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Low Testosterone Promotes Abdominal Obesity in Aging Men

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Low Testosterone Promotes Abdominal Obesity in Aging Men
Originally Printed by Life Extension, October Issue 2010

As men age, many become trapped in a vicious cycle that leads to life-threatening abdominal obesity.

No matter how much they exercise or how little they eat, these men are unable to shed this excess weight that accumulates in their belly. Published studies have shown that low testosterone and obesity reinforce each other, trapping men in a spiral of weight gain and hormonal imbalance.

In spite of this widespread threat to men’s health, most physicians do NOT test for testosterone levels in their obese male patients. If they did, millions of men could be protected against the scourge of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and cancer.

If you happen to be one of these plagued men, please have your testosterone blood levels measured and share the results with your doctor.

This article describes the science linking testosterone insufficiency to weight gain and its deadly cousin, the metabolic syndrome. You’ll learn how testosterone determines body composition and fat accumulation. You’ll read why experts now recommend testosterone testing for most men of middle age and beyond. And you’ll see compelling evidence for the role of testosterone therapy as a means of promoting weight loss.

Testosterone Rules
Throughout our lives, sex hormones controls how we look, feel, and even think, Studies in the past few years show that low testosterone levels are strongly correlated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome in men.’ In fact, there’s now compelling evidence that low testosterone levels are not only markers for developing the metabolic syndrome, but that they are likely to be part of the cause.

Those findings have led experts to strongly recommend testosterone blood testing in most older men, and especially those with type 2 diabetes or the metabolic syndrome. And many are recommending supplemental testosterone as a way of fending off obesity, insulin resistance, and the other components of the metabolic syndrome. Let’s examine these findings and recommendations carefully, to help men decide if testing and testosterone treatment might be right for them.

Reversing a Longstanding Relationship
It’s long been clear that obesity and the metabolic syndrome are linked to low testosterone levels; the question has been which is cause and which is effect. The traditional view was that obesity came first, and that low testosterone was simply the result. That makes sense, because fat tissue is an extremely active hormonal modulator, particularly for testosterone and estrogen. An enzyme in fat tissue known as ammatase converts testosterone into estradiol, the major estrogen in humans. Excess arornazase activity decreases testosterone and increases estrogen levels, resulting in a host of deleterious body changes for men. Low serum testosterone concentrations are closely correlated with high body mass index (BMI), along with elevated ratios of body fat to lean mass.

But we’re learning that this is only half of the story. Abundant evidence developed over the past few years now shows that, while obesity does cause low testosterone, low testosterone causes obesity. Indeed, low testosterone levels may be among the earliest detectable signs that a man is undergoing the bodily changes that will later become apparent as obesity and the metabolic syndrome.

An early clue was provided by studies of men undergoing testosterone-lowering androgen deprivation therapies for prostate cancer. Reducing men’s testosterone levels decreased insulin sensitivity and increased body fat mass.’ In one study, more than 50% of men undergoing long-term androgen deprivation therapy developed the metabolic syndrome manifested in particular by increased abdominal obesity and elevated blood sugar. And men who have lost their testicles to cancer generally develop increased BMI and are at elevated risk for the metabolic syndrome.

Conversely, men who receive testosterone replacement therapy for hypogonadism (diminished testosterone production) experience slower progression from metabolic syndrome to diabetes or cardiovascular disease. In those men, testosterone has beneficial effects on insulin regulation, lipid profiles, and blood pressure. And in healthy aging men, higher natural testosterone levels are associated with higher insulin sensitivity and a reduced risk of developing the metabolic syndrome.

Declining Testosterone Levels— Why We Find It So Hard to Lose Weight
Beginning in middle age, men’s testosterone levels begin a steady decline, culminating in the so-called “andropause,” a state defined as partial and rogen deficiency. On the same time-scale, men begin to gain weight as fat, and to lose lean muscle mass. It’s now abundantly clear that these two parallel processes are related—that is. The decline in testosterone levels is a direct cause of middle-aged men’s “battle of the bulge.” That’s a literal statement: age-associated testosterone decline is closely associated with deposition of deep abdominal fat, a component of the metabolic syndrome.

But how does testosterone affect obesity and metabolism? In fact, testosterone, like most hormones, has multiple target tissues, and a correspondingly large and diverse set of effects. We now understand, for example, that testosterone plays a vital role in how our bodies balance glucose, insulin, and fat metabolism, One mechanism is its powerful stimulation of insulin sensitivity in men, which can have a major impact when levels fall. In fact, experts now recognize low testosterone levels as an independent risk factor for insulin resistance (“pre-diabetes”), type 2 diabetes itself, and the full-blown metabolic syndrome with all of its consequences.

Declining testosterone levels are also closely linked to a steady rise in markers of inflammation such as C-reactive protein (CRP). Inflammation plays a critical role in development of obesity and many of its related conditions such as atherosclerosis and cancer. And inflammation is also intimately involved in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. At the same time, the fat deposited as a result of a testosterone deficiency pumps out increasing levels of inflammatory cytokines. That fuels the cycle of inflammation, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease that constitutes the metabolic syndrome.

Together, these findings demonstrate the intimate relationships between testosterone and a host of chronic conditions. Indeed, current thinking is that many of the typical ailments of older men, such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, diabetes, lower urinary tract symptoms, and erectile dysfunction are not in fact separate and distinct entities. Rather, they are seen as being integrally related through their dependence on testosterone levels. That’s a radical shift in the way we should be thinking about men’s health!

Testosterone Levels-Early Warning of Impending Disaster
The association of declining testosterone levels with obesity, the metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease is so strong that many experts now recommend checking testosterone levels to provide early warning of the metabolic syndrome.

Testosterone deficiency has been found to be a significant and independent risk factor for metabolic syndrome, even in non-obese older men. It causes not only increased fat mass, but also triggers elevations in fasting Insulin levels, a late marker of developing metabolic syndrome.

The association of low testosterone levels with metabolic syndrome is independent of age—that is, even younger men with low testosterone are immediately at increased risk for the syndrome. Somewhat surprisingly, the association is also independent of BMI, pointing to testosterone’s multiple effects on regulation of glucose, insulin, and lipid metabolism. It has recently been proposed, in fact, that low testosterone levels be included in the very definition of the metabolic syndrome, because of the consistency with which it occurs. There’s an obvious implication here. Subtle deficiencies in testosterone may be present long before obesity and other more obvious manifestations of metabolic syndrome become evident. That makes vital for all men, not just the overweight or obese, have testosterone levels checked regularly by a reliable laboratory Be sure that both total testosterone and free testosterone are ordered—both have become associated with metabolic syndrome.

When having your blood tested for total and free testosterone, make sure you also order tests for PSA to rule out existing prostate cancer, estradjol to determine whether you need to take an arornatase inhibiting drug in case estrogen levels are too high, and a CBC/chemistry test to measure liver function and blood cell counts, All of these tests are included in the new Male Weight Loss Blood Test Panel describe at the end of this article.

Restoring Healthy Testosterone Levels
What should you do if your testosterone level comes back low? There’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that careful testosterone replacement therapy is protective against many features of the metabolic syndrome and can enhance blood sugar control. Given early enough, testosterone therapy may slow or even halt the progression from early metabolic syndrome to diabetes or cardiovascular disease. In one study of diabetic men with low testosterone, oral treatment improved their glucose control and decreased their abdominal obesity. A beneficial side effect was reduction in erectile dysfunction, Other placebo-controlled studies have shown decreases in whole body, total, and subcutaneous abdominal fat mass, accompanied by increases in lean body mass as a result of testosterone therapy.

Of course it’s important to check and to follow testosterone levels when considering treatment. Achieving testosterone levels within the existing reference ranges may not be sufficient to combat obesity and metabolic syndrome. Some testosterone-dependent biological functions require higher levels than others, and those thresholds differ among men.

Finally, a word about testosterone therapy and the risk of prostate cancer. For decades we believed (and some still do) that higher serum testosterone concentrations contribute to the risk of prostate cancer. More recently, considerable data have emerged suggesting a more complex picture, and indicating that in fact, testosterone therapy may not be nearly as risky as once assumed.38 In fact, according to Dr. Abraham Morgentaler of Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, “One of the more interesting changes over the last several years has been the growing acceptance of the use of testosterone therapy in men with a prior history of prostate cancer; with early data indicating minimal risk of cancer recurrence or progression.” Other experts in the field agree that the risks of testosterone therapy are often exaggerated and should not outweigh the benefits of treatment.

Indeed, Dr. Morgentaler goes on to note, new evidence suggests that it is not high, but low serum testosterone that is responsible for many features of prostate cancer risk. Since we now know that low testosterone causes obesity, and we further know that obesity is a risk factor for cancer. There is certainly a logical basis for the idea that low testosterone is indirectly a cancer risk factor.

Summary
Testosterone and body fat content have an intricate and bidirectional relationship. Excess body fat causes low testosterone, but low testosterone also causes excess body fat. Testosterone regulates many facets of energy balance, with an especially powerful impact on glucose, insulin, and fat metabolism. The deadly results of low testosterone therefore exceed simply causing obesity. Low testosterone also dramatically raises men’s risk for the metabolic syndrome, a major health threat for anyone at or beyond middle age. Experts now recommend regular testing for any man at risk for low testosterone, including aging men. If your testosterone levels prove to be low, you should consider testosterone treatment in consultation with a physician

Male Menopause: The Effects of Dwindling Testosterone

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Male Menopause: The Effects of Dwindling Testosterone

Originally posted by The Huffington Post, October 25, 2010

by John Whyte, M.D., MPH, Chief Medical Expert and VP, Health and Medical Education at Discovery Channel

Have you been moody lately? Or maybe you’ve lost interest in sex? Do you feel weak and tired a lot? You might be thinking these questions are geared towards women, but if you are a male and experiencing these symptoms, you might be going through male menopause.

In recent years, we’ve started to learn that many men often experience some of the same type of symptoms women do as they reach their 40s to 50s. In men, it may be due to low testosterone.

I realize that a lot of men, and some doctors, don’t like the term “male menopause.” And I agree it doesn’t describe the problem very well and probably discourages a lot of men from discussing their symptoms. After all, what male would want to have a condition that affects women?

Even though “menopause” includes the word “men,” it actually means permanent cessation of the menses. So no matter how catchy the phrase “male menopause” might be, if you’re not a woman, you can’t go through menopause!

There’s another reason why “male menopause” isn’t a very useful term, and that’s because it’s misleading. The hormonal changes that are associated with menopause in women happen fairly quickly. Once the processes surrounding a woman’s menopause are complete, there are no more menstrual periods and certain hormone levels are significantly and permanently changed. In men, the decrease in testosterone is usually gradual, happening over decades. There usually isn’t one particular period of time when a man can say “I’m going through the change” — or a time when he can say, “OK, that was it, my change of life is now over.”

Despite what we call it, these changes in men do occur. Therefore, it might be useful to check a testosterone level, especially if you’re having any of the following symptoms:

1.     Reduced libido
2.     Decreased erections
3.     Development of breast tissue
4.     Decreased body hair
5.     Small or shrinking testes
6.     Low sperm count
7.     Decreased energy, loss of motivation, low initiative or low self-confidence
8.     Depressed or “blue” mood
9.     Poor concentration or problems with memory
10.   Problems with sleep
11.   Anemia (low red blood count)
12.   A decrease in muscle strength or bulk
13.   An increase in body fat
14.   A decrease in performance at work or in physical tasks

There are some estimates that as many as 20 percent of men with erectile dysfunction have a testosterone deficiency. Medications like Viagra and Levitra don’t work in those situations, and if you’re currently taking those medicines and not having erections, it might be because of low testosterone.

It’s important for me to note that low testosterone is not the only reason why you could have some of these symptoms I mentioned, but many doctors often overlook measuring testosterone. So you may need to bring it up and ask for it yourself.

And be sure to talk to your doctor about the time of day the test is done. Testosterone levels change over the course of the day, so experts often recommend checking testosterone in the morning to get the most consistent and appropriate measurement.

There’s no magic cutoff point as to what’s normal and what’s not in terms of the levels. There’s a very big range. But if you do have low testosterone or are on the low side of normal with symptoms, then the best way to see if testosterone works is to try it and see if symptoms improve.

If you and your doctor decide that you could benefit from testosterone supplementation, there are several options. There are testosterone patches, gels you rub into your skin, injections and there is even a sort of pill that you tuck up against your gums. Your doctor can help you decide which one is the best choice for your lifestyle.

The safety of long term testosterone supplementation isn’t known.  You’ll also need some blood tests while you’re on it to avoid any potentially harmful side effects. As with any medication, there are potential risks. The use of testosterone may increase the risk of prostate cancer, so be sure to have your doctor monitor your risk.

A note from the Boston Testosterone Partners

The benefits of testosterone therapy for aging men and women has become irrefutable, but replacing dwindling testosterone levels alone is not the best course of action to achieve your best possible outcome. Our goal with every patient at Boston Testosterone Partners is to restore the optimal balance of the patient’s hormones, while simultaneously improving problematic vital organ performance and correcting any vitamin and nutritional deficiencies that may be present.

Restoring the proper level of testosterone in our patients is an important step in regaining that great youthful feeling, but your best results will always come from getting your entire body back in sync. The most important first step in achieving a healthier, more youthful life is always to have proper blood testing performed in order to receive a proper evaluation of what your personal needs are. At Boston Testosterone Partners we thoroughly review our patients blood work and tailor individualized therapies that provide optimal results and puts our patients on the path to vitality!