What is muscle loss?
One of the the more physically and psychologically jarring symptoms of Male Hormone Imbalance is the loss of muscle mass. The medical term for age-related muscle loss is Sarcopenia. Sarcopenia occurs because of changes in testosterone levels and their importance to growing and maintaining muscle. Testosterone is what binds to receptors in the muscle cells, alerting the muscles to contract and grow. Muscle loss can happen over a period of years or even decades as muscles cells start to go into a state of atrophy and begin transforming muscle fibers into fat as motor neurons stop sending signals to the brain to move the muscles. This leads to early symptoms of Sarcopenia.
Early signs of Sarcopenia
Decrease in the Appearance of Muscle Tone
Lack of stamina
After enough time, if left untreated, Sarcopenia can lead to a loss of independence for an individual as they no longer have the strength and mobility to complete daily tasks on their own.
Dietary Causes of Muscle Loss
Nutritional factors, such as a lack of protein or a diet high in sugar, can contribute to Sarcopenia. Muscles need protein to grow and maintain strength, while consuming too much sugar can stop some of the positive effects protein has on the muscles. A man’s body requires complete proteins 4 to 5 times a day to produce enough amino acids to build, maintain and repair muscles.
Protein also keeps the body from “burning muscle”. Protein keeps the muscles from being used as energy during strenuous physical activity. When there is not enough protein in a man’s body, it leads to the destruction of muscle fibers and less muscle mass.
When Should Men Worry About Sarcopenia?
The signs of Sarcopenia can begin as early as age 25, but usually affects most men more severely in their 60s. As men age and lower their activity level, the slow process of atrophy will begin. Most men only experience a .05% decrease in muscle mass each year after they turn 25, but the number doubles by age 60 and quadruples by age 70.
Where can Men Turn for Help with Sarcopenia?
As with other symptoms of Andropause and Male Hormone Imbalance, treatment at a certified Men's Health and Rejuvenation clinic with licensed physicians, who specialize in combating the effects of Sarcopenia, could be the best course of action. A facility like this can test a man’s testosterone levels to determine the most effective and safest form of treatment going forward.
At NuMale the treatment of choice is Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy. The term bioidentical means the testosterone being used will be an exact match of the hormone produced in the male body in chemical makeup and molecular structure. Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy involves putting testosterone pellets the size of a Tic-Tac under the skin. The pellets slowly dissolve, infusing hormones into the body. This therapy can usually begin the same day of the patient’s first visit after their testosterone and estrogen levels are tested. The procedure is a quick, painless in-office procedure with effects that are felt within days and results that last 5-6 months.
Benefits of Bioidentical Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Quick-Usually Done the Same Day as 1st Visit
Effects of Therapy Begin within Days
A visit to a NuMale Medical Center to consult with a qualified licensed physician is the best course of action for many men suffering with muscle loss as a result of Male Hormone Imbalance. At our facility men, along with their physician, can discuss the patient’s symptoms and discuss the best treatment to combat Male Hormone Imbalance-linked muscle loss and its symptoms. Each treatment plan will be tailored to the individual patient’s needs as no two Sarcopenia cases are alike.
If you are a male and suffering from this or any other men's health issue and believe NuMale Medical Clinic could help, please click on the SCHEDULING tab of this website to set up an initial consultation with one of our licensed Men's Health Physicians. Appointments can also be scheduled by phone by dialing (866) 205-8262. Our experts will work with you one-on-one to determine the optimal course of treatment to correct your condition.