Signs of Aging in Men
According to the Harvard Medical School, a growing number of men in the United States are taking testosterone to reverse the decline of the hormone, or so-called Andropause, the male counterpart to female Menopause, as they age.
Generally, men hit their physical peak at the age of 17. By the time they pass the age of 30 their Testosterone levels may be 50% lower.
Testosterone and other related hormones such as Hormone Growth Hormone, play an important role in maintaining muscle mass, sex drive, fat levels, sperm count, red blood cell production and bone strength. These are often referred to as “anti-aging” HRT tools however Regenx® Medical Institute prefers the term “age management”.
Typical signs of aging may include:
• Low Libido
• Prostrate enlargement
• Testicular atrophy
• Extreme depression
• Lack of energy
As men age, these areas may be affected by low levels of Testosterone. Doctors in the United States sometimes treat this condition with synthetic testosterone or what they call bioidentical hormones.
Medical doctors often refer to a specific condition in men called Hypogonadism, which signals that there may be testosterone deficiencies in the testes or pituitary gland, which is controlled by centers in the brain. The brain secretes a signaling hormone to the male testes ordering it to “get ready for action”.
Low Testosterone or “Low T” thus affects sexual interest and motivation. During sexual activity, testosterone levels increase. However, long periods of celibacy may reduce hormone levels. In some cases, men with low hormone counts may still be able to have erections.
Many patients who undergo a medically supervised hormone treatment program report that the quality of their erections improve after they begin HRT treatment, although results will differ depending on the unique situation of each patient.
But, its not only sexual arousal, which is affected by the aging process — so too are other areas including muscle mass. This may manifest itself in flabby muscles or even worse, obesity. This in turn may also contribute towards high blood pressure and diabetes, both serious medical conditions. Human Growth Hormone (HGH) may be a valuable tool in helping build muscle mass. A medical doctor attached to an accredited HRT clinic will assess each patient thoroughly to determine if he or she qualifies for HGH treatment to slow down the aging process.
There are also a number of research articles which suggest that testosterone and HGH treatment can influence body composition and make a man produce leaner muscle mass. It may also produce stronger bone density.
The general result of hormone therapy will be a softening in the aging process and the propensity to craft a leaner, more muscular body even if you are beyond 40 years of age.
However, results are dependent on using a recognized medical institute or clinic to obtain treatment. A physician guided HRT program ensures the program is customized towards each individual male patient and does not jeopardize the long-term health of the patient.
Signs of Aging in Women
Women experience a much more pronounced loss of hormones than men during the aging process. It reaches its zenith with menopause, which is often the most visible sign of getting old.
These reflect subtle changes in the female reproductive organs, which affect the level of hormones and further influence her psychological state.
Menopause is a normal part of the aging process and reflects changes in the relationship between ovarian hormones and those produced by the brain’s pituitary gland.
Nearly 10% of women may experience menopause before the age of 40.
These are often preceded by irregular menstrual cycles. However, typically menopause begins at the age of 50 for the majority of women.
This aging process may result in:
• Reproductive capacity may be diminished or lost
• A lower libido
• Hot Flashes
• Mood disturbances or depression
• Insomnia and related sleep disorders
• Osteoporosis may also be a concern
• Lack of vitality
• Skin wrinkling
• Irregular periods
Hot flashes and vaginal dryness are two common symptoms associated with menopause. Hot flashes may last as long as three years for some women and for others, indefinitely.
According to the Harvard Medical School, the most visible signs of a hot flash (including sweating, pink, or reddened skin) indicate that estrogen levels are dropping in the body.
In these situations, hormone therapy may prove effective in treating hot flashes. These are usually prescribed in low dosages and contribute towards slowing down the aging process.
Estrogen treatment may also be affective in treating vaginal dryness, which can negatively affect sexual intercourse. Estrogen, in the forms of creams, rings and tablets are applied to the affected area to help treat this condition.
Diminished estrogen may also affect sex drive since there is now reduced blood flow to the genitals. Body image and mood swings are often negatively impacted by this development.
The Harvard Medical School confirms that intermittent doses of progestogen (a version of progesterone, the hormone that causes the uterine lining to slough) may be helpful for women who are having occasional bleeding and who are not ovulating.
Both testosterone and estrogen hormone treatment may also assist in boosting the female libido, which are affected past the age of 35.
“Sex drive may decline at midlife for a variety of reasons. Diminished estrogen or age-related changes in circulation may reduce blood flow to the genitals and cause a decrease in sensation. Vaginal dryness or thinning can make intercourse painful” said The Harvard Medical School.
Thus, hormone replacement therapies, including estrogen replacement in the form of pills, or patches, may help prevent or reduce the negative symptoms stemming from menopause. These include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bleeding, and a lower female libido.
There is also evidence it may reduce the risk of complications such as osteoporosis.
However, all of the positive benefits of hormone treatment mentioned above can only come about by signing with up a medically supervised program.