Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Philadelphia - Lyceum

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Hypogonadism is the medical term for insufficient production of testosterone, the hormone that plays a key role in men’s health. Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, but new studies show that 1 in 4 men over the age of 30 suffer from low testosteroneSigns and symptoms of low testosterone in adult males include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Decrease in beard and body hair growth
  • Decrease in muscle mass (muscle loss or weakness)
  • Development of breast tissue (gynecomastia)
  • Loss of bone mass (osteoporosis)

Decreasing testosterone can also cause mental and emotional changes. Some men may even experience symptoms similar to those of menopause in women. These include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hot flashes

Currently the most effective treatment for low testosterone is testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Patients who receive TRT generally experience:

  • Improved mood, enjoyment, self-confidence and sense of well-being
  • Improved sexual satisfaction, function and drive
  • Improved distribution of body fat
  • Increased energy
  • Increased body mass
  • Improved memory and ability to focus
  • Improved sleep quality

New advances in new stem cell research show promising alternatives to treat low testosterone may soon be available. Testosterone is actually the end result of a much longer process: Leydig cells (found in the testicles) produce androgens, which in turn is biosynthesized into testosterone. Researchers in regenerative medicine are searching for alternatives to traditional androgen replacement therapy.

Regenerative medicine is a branch of research in tissue engineering and molecular biology which deals with the “process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function”. [source]

The researchers turned to stem cells, since they tend to have fewer side effects than traditional treatments and can be turned into any other cell in the body. In a recent study, researchers were able to create Leydig cells from stem cells. These new Leydig cells were then tested in rodents. Not only did these cells survive, normal testosterone levels were successfully restored in the rodents. The physicians at Lyceum Physical Medicine are already familiar with the regenerative uses of stem cells, so we look forward to seeing this new treatment develop!

Testosterone Replacement Therapy from Lyceum Physical Medicine

The specialists at Lyceum Physical Medicine can effectively diagnose and treat low testosterone, helping to restore your quality of life. Research shows that healthy levels of testosterone play a large role in helping patients maintain overall well-being. Don’t wait another day – call to schedule your complimentary consultation today: 215-508-5555.

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