Dr. Hotze discusses the benefits of optimal testosterone for men.
Stacey Bandfield: Welcome to Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution. I’m Stacey Bandfield, here, with Dr. Steven Hotze, founder of The Hotze Health & Wellness Center. Thank you for joining us today. And as always, if you have not yet had a chance to download our podcast, we always have new stuff coming out, always informational great stuff that you can use right away to improve the quality of your life, naturally. All you have to do is go to hotzepodcast.com. That’s H-O-T-Z-E podcast.com. Dr. Hotze, I believe today you’re going to talk about testosterone. Isn’t that right?
Dr. Hotze: That’s right. Are you ready to put a tiger back in your tank? Hello, I’m Dr. Steve Hotze and I believe that you, and everybody, needs to have a doctor and a staff of professionals who can coach them onto a path of health and wellness naturally, so as you mature you enjoy a better quality of life. One of the key ingredients to health, for men, is good healthy testosterone levels. Testosterone is the quintessential male hormone.
Benefits of Optimal Testosterone In Men
It governs the development of young boys, as they turn into young men.
- It develops their secondary sex characteristics.
- It causes the production of sperm.
- It increases the man’s libido.
- It also increases his muscle tone and his muscle mass.
- It stimulates the production of red blood cells.
You might notice older men, as they get older, they get a pasty, gray look. Well, their blood counts begin to fall down into a low range of normal rather than staying in an upper range of normal, so they don’t have that good, “reddy”, healthy look. That red look, because they don’t make as many red blood cells. Testosterone is important for the production of red blood cells. And red blood cells carry what? Oxygen to the tissues, to the cells, so the cells can produce energy within the power plants of the cells, the mitochondria.
Red blood cells are important, and to get red blood cells, you have to have good levels of testosterone. Testosterone also strengthens and helps males develop their bone mass. It keeps the bones strong. So, as men age and their testosterone levels inevitably decline, they’ll get osteopenia and osteoporosis. Just as a little background, remember, testosterone peaks somewhere around a man in the age group of 20 to 25, 18 to 25, in that age. That’s where his testosterone peaks, and then gradually, over time, it declines 2 to 3% a year. So by the time a man’s 40, his testosterone level maybe half of what it was when he was in his early 20s. And when he’s 50, it could a third. When he’s 60, a quarter, so testosterone levels peak after puberty, and then they gradually decline.
That is when men begin to experience their health problems. What happens? Well, also, testosterone, I should mention, is important in the production of the active thyroid hormone, which governs our metabolism. Testosterone really plays a profound effect on men’s overall health. As men’s testosterone levels decline, what happens? Well, they lose brain function. Their brains don’t function as well. They lose their initiative, their assertiveness, sense of well-being, self-confidence, moods, goal orientation, drive, directiveness, decisiveness and analytical ability. And, as we mentioned, red blood cells go down, muscle tone goes down, they lose their romantic moods, inclinations, their libido, and their bone development begins to deteriorate, so they have osteopenia and osteoporosis.
The Natural Solution: Bioidentical Testosterone
What can be done? Well, when you’ve lost the tiger in your tank, which is the testosterone, you can supplement testosterone. There are several ways to do it, injectably, you can do it by cream, or you can do it by oral capsules. I happen to think that shots are the best way to take it. They’re long-acting and you take a shot a week of a determined amount based upon your blood level. We check your blood level here, at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center, for your free testosterone, not your total testosterone, but the free available testosterone in the blood. It’s important to note, if you have a conventional doctor check your testosterone, the lab values change every 10 years. So there’s a range for 20 to 30 years old. Then there’s a range for 30 to 40, 40 to 50, 50 to 60, 60 to 70, and the range gets lower, and lower, and lower.
You may go to your doctor and get your free testosterone check, usually, they check total testosterone. But they check your free testosterone, they’ll go, “Well, it’s within the range.” But it’s within the range for whatever age group you’re in. It may not be where it was when you were in 20 to 30, and you want your testosterone level to get up to the levels it was when you were a young man, because that’s when you felt your best. That’s when you were at your peak.
What I encourage you to do is to get yourself back on track by getting your testosterone level checked and then getting on an appropriate dose. Don’t go to any places that have one dose, one size fits all. Get your testosterone checked out, and then get on the appropriate dose that gets you at a level where you were when you were in peak health. That’s when you were much younger. Don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Hotze Health & Wellness Center, if you’d like to have that evaluated.
Stacey Bandfield: Absolutely, and I just want to add about the injectables. If you do decide to go with the shot, the nice thing is, you don’t necessarily have to come here to get that shot. You can administer it yourself, at home. Isn’t that right Dr. Hotze?
Dr. Hotze: Or have…
Stacey Bandfield: Or have someone administer it for you, but you don’t have to feel like you have to be here in the office to get that done. And just really quickly, my husband has been on testosterone for years, and when he had to go off of testosterone for a month, that’s another story, but had to go off of it for a month, wow, you really notice the difference. His initiative…
Dr. Hotze: He was manageable then, wasn’t he?
Stacey Bandfield: Right.
Dr. Hotze: Come here good boy. You’re a good boy, come here.
Stacey Bandfield: That’s right. His initiative, his drive, the brain function, I mean, all of that just really dropped and he could see that very quickly. I know it sneaks up on men because it’s a gradual decline over the years.
Dr. Hotze: Right.
Stacey Bandfield: But, definitely, it’s very important to get on that, and just really have an optimal quality of life. You can call us at 281-698-8698 for that complimentary health consultation. That’s 281-698-8698. Thank you for joining us today here, at Dr. Hotze’s Wellness Revolution.
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