My decision to create a new section on this site specifically dedicated to Testosterone Replacement Therapy is two-fold. One, TRT has changed my life. With evidence that Testosterone acts very similar to a calcium channel blocker by dilating arteries, my decision to start TRT was not just related to low testosterone levels, but also to the benefits I perceived TRT possesses for heart health in individuals with heart disease. As a sufferer of heart disease and the recipient of 25 stents, I began my TRT with earnest. Secondly, TRT is not always beneficial unless the patient and the doctor understand just what is involved and what systems must be monitored to ensure success. It is my goal to ensure the reader is as educated on cutting edge replacement therapy.
TRT will not magically turn a diminishing libido into a raging storm of sexual passion, nor will it address erectile dysfunction issues in all cases when the only treatment involves measuring testosterone levels, choosing a treatment, and then walking out of the doctor’s office. Too many physicians have very little understanding of TRT, and many have no idea how to handle the tougher cases.
One point in particular is the rather annoying habit of Endocrinologists to place a patient on TRT and tell them to come back in three months. If you are unfortunate enough to be the victim of such a doctor – run, don’t walk – and find a qualified physician in your area who understands the entire process involved in TRT therapy. In my own personal case, I have been through 10+ iterations in the type of therapy and dosing for that therapy, often spending days frustrated with the results. The fact is, except for the very beginning of your therapy, it only takes about 10 days for any of the gels to reach full efficacy and about 1 month for the shots. If I had to wait 3 months between each change, three years would have passed with unnecessary personal suffering. Instead, with the help of Dr. Daniel Freeland of Bee Caves Family Practice in Austin, Texas and the assistance of Shawn Bean of Matrix Health and Wellness, one of the greatest health consultants whose approach to the issue of testosterone therapy utilizes the discipline of PNEI (psycho-neuro-endocrino-immunology) – a unifying approach to the understanding the functioning of the human body as an interdependent system of the psychological, endocrine and immune systems – I am now on track to attempt to attempt to restart my own testosterone production.
While not everyone will be capable of doing this – my type of deficiency is idiopathic, meaning there is nothing wrong with my testicular function, hypothalamus, or pituitary gland – even those who have issues with any of these glands/systems still benefit from an full-on approach that takes into account all the body’s systems and maximizes the treatment efficacy by optimizing the body’s systems. I will have more to say about Shawn Bean and Dr. Freeland as these posts continue. The next post will deal with the types of testosterone deficiency. I will then follow this up with labs for the past number of months and my own experiences with various treatment methods. I will then post results from the Nutra-Eval test from Genova Diagnostics and Shawn’s conclusions concerning my overall health, along with his recommendations to maximize my chances at restarting my body’s own testosterone production.
Along the way the reader will learn about SHBG, insulin resistance, adrenal issues, thyroid issues and their role in TRT.
For me, testosterone replacement therapy has lead to leaner body mass, greater strength, a vast improvement in cardiovascular fitness, and best of all the complete absence of any exercise induced angina. For someone with 25 stents, this is saying something.
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