Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Branchville, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Branchville, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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BRANCHVILLE - What do three witches gossiping over a boiling cauldron have to do with scarecrows?Evolution, as in, decorating the front yard for what began as a "Halloween scarecrow" contest has changed into ghosts in a tree or spirits in the graveyard or a visitor from outer space, or a cap-wearing skeleton lounging in a rocking chair.The eighth-annual Branchville Scarecrow contest is on and while it's called a scarecrow contest, originator Jeanne Heinke said judges are somewhat lenient."Th...
BRANCHVILLE - What do three witches gossiping over a boiling cauldron have to do with scarecrows?
Evolution, as in, decorating the front yard for what began as a "Halloween scarecrow" contest has changed into ghosts in a tree or spirits in the graveyard or a visitor from outer space, or a cap-wearing skeleton lounging in a rocking chair.
The eighth-annual Branchville Scarecrow contest is on and while it's called a scarecrow contest, originator Jeanne Heinke said judges are somewhat lenient.
"The only real rule is that at least one character must have a pumpkin for a head," she said.
She and her husband, Brad, came up with the idea, but they were a little late the year they thought of it.
So for the following year, they set down some rules; Brad came up with a basement-made frame on which a scarecrow could be built, including a spike on which to impale the "head."
The "head rule" is firm, but there are some tips gained from experience, such as: don't carve a Halloween face, smiley or not (the fruit will rot); and some kinds of dry-erase markers will wash off with the first rain.
The frames are for rent at $10 each for the length of the contest, however classroom teachers and non-profits can get frames for free.
Also there are already 35 "scarecrow" displays in the borough park, which is reserved for not-for-profit groups and businesses which don't have a space to decorate.
The park also contains a bench with a "male" scarecrow and one with a "female" scarecrow seated with their arm out, ready to have their picture taken with anyone who comes along.
Judging each year is Oct. 29, the Sunday before Halloween this year. There is also a People's Choice award with voting through Facebook at "Branchville Scarecrows."
There is also judging for those businesses and non-profits, however, Heinke said their prize is "bragging rights."
The five-member judging panel includes an artist, an art teacher, an oncologist, a county-level judge and the director of a large-scale marketplace for artists.
Entry requirements include a photo which gets posted on the Facebook page. It is that page where people can vote for People's Choice.
The Facebook page also has available a map of the village with updated locations of displays as they are entered into the contest.
Heinke said the contest idea got a great reception from merchants in the borough who contribute gift certificates. Selective Insurance, a major employer in town, participates in both a donation and a corporate "scarecrow" display near its entranceway.
Businesses and other groups in and around the borough also contributed to the prize pool with both cash and gift certificates.
Also on the Sunday before Halloween, Heinke said the volunteer fire department sponsors a community Halloween Parade.
Heinke called her husband the "backbone" of this whole operation for his work on the frames, and keeping an eye on displays.
The couple has been married for 50 years and celebrated their anniversary with their own "scarecrow" display. It was two statues, a man and a woman, dancing.
"It was titled 'Could I have this dance for the rest of my life,'" she said. "And, yes, they both had pumpkin heads."
3-minute readBRANCHVILLE — Jim Cuneo readily admits his business would be impossible without the loyal residents of the dairy farm he purchased here 24 years ago.So when he decided to expand his operation, he named it after the 38 four-legged producers of his now-coveted cheese."The girls in Jersey Girl Cheese are the cows," C...
BRANCHVILLE — Jim Cuneo readily admits his business would be impossible without the loyal residents of the dairy farm he purchased here 24 years ago.
So when he decided to expand his operation, he named it after the 38 four-legged producers of his now-coveted cheese.
"The girls in Jersey Girl Cheese are the cows," Cuneo explained during a visit to his Sussex County farm.
Cuneo teamed up with cheesemaker Sal Pisani five years ago. Now, their growing business includes a store on the 68-acre Hillcrest Orchard and Dairy, where Cuneo has lived and worked since 1999.
He was already selling his milk and cream to Pisani, who was at another Sussex County cheesemaking operation until that business closed down. Pisani, who specializes in cheese varieties from southern Italy, agreed to make a quick transition to Hillcrest.
Jersey Girl Cheese also has a retail store in downtown Rockaway. This time of year, the bulk of its sales come from five farm stands in Morristown, Denville, Sparta, West Windsor and Warwick, New York.
"That's worked really well for us," Cuneo said.
The farm store and cheesemaking facility in Branchville were built around Cuneo's existing apple orchard, which thrives in the fall. Cuneo rents 85 adjacent acres where he grows his apples.
By spring, the apple crushers and juicers are disassembled for maintenance while the focus turns to making high-quality cheeses popular with fans of farm-to-table cuisine. Or, in this case, dairy-farm-to-table.
"Everyone loves coming to the farm and the farm-to-table thing," said Susan Geuther, Jersey Girl's retail manager "We get to tell the customers 'the milk comes from the cows, and here's your cheese.' There's no in-between."
Cuneo, 59, grew up on a Denville dairy farm. He went into construction before returning to his roots, purchasing the run-down Hillcrest property and saving it from a 10-home subdivision.
He now begins his day milking the cows and delivering milk and cream directly to Pisani, who crafts his cheese in a sanitary room full of industrial equipment. Stainless steel containers and machines do everything from pasteurizing the milk and churning butter to stretching, shaping and portioning a variety of cheese products.
The cheese is then taken to the "cave," a climate-controlled, brick-and-stone room Cuneo built into a nearby hillside. The different categories − including scamorza, burrata, ricotta, mozzarella, caciocavallo and provola calabrese − are aged in the cave from a week to more than a year until they are ready for sale.
The grotto was built "as low into the ground as possible" to help maintain a consistent climate, similar to a natural cave.
"It's all about temperature and humidity," said Pisani, 38, a Randolph resident who took up his family's cheesemaking tradition eight years ago. "Two numbers we shoot for are around 50 degrees and 70% to 75% humidity, specific to this style of cheese we are making."
Pisani is Jersey-born, but his father was born in Calabria, Italy. "My inspirations come from the family traditions my father brought over," he explains in a promotional video for the business. "We want to show people what real ricotta and mozzarella taste like."
But before the taste, the cows have to provide the essential ingredient. The herd includes both Jersey and Holstein cows in a combination that produces the ideal ratio of cream for Jersey Girl cheeses.
The business' top-seller − mozzarella − takes about six hours to make "from the morning milk," Pisani said. A 150-pound batch requires about 120 gallons.
Geuther manages the farm store at Hillcrest and handles social media after a career at Macy's, which ended two years ago during the COVID pandemic.
"I've been here ever since," she said. "I love it. It's fun in the summer and it's even crazier in the fall when apple season rolls around. You can pick apples and there are hay rides. The customers love it."
The stores sell other complementary food products, including in-house, freshly butchered meats and fresh eggs, breads and butter. Other offerings include sauces and condiments made by First Field in Princeton, jams by Holly Jolly from the Jersey Shore and delicacies imported from Italy.
Jersey Girl also sells cheese to select restaurants, including the top-rated Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City, where the menu proudly mentions the source of the fresh mozzarella it spreads on its famous Jersey Margherita pizza.
William Westhoven is a local reporter for DailyRecord.com. For unlimited access to the most important news from your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.
[email protected] — Borough officials are urging residents to boil their water until further notice after a sample from the Branchville Water Department’s well resulted in a positive E. coli test Thursday.According to a statement posted on the Branchville borough website on Friday, the water sample detected E. coli and total coliform. The latter is gen...
BRANCHVILLE — Borough officials are urging residents to boil their water until further notice after a sample from the Branchville Water Department’s well resulted in a positive E. coli test Thursday.
According to a statement posted on the Branchville borough website on Friday, the water sample detected E. coli and total coliform. The latter is generally not harmful to humans, while E. coli can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea and headaches.
The statement noted that the advisory is not related to COVID-19, citing a report on the virus from the World Health Organization that “based on current evidence the risk to water supplies is low.”
Branchville Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Lewis said most residents of the borough, along with some Frankford homes near the Branchville border, use water from the contaminated well.
Until further notice, residents should bring water to a boil for one minute and let it cool before using it for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or preparing food. Residents can also use bottled water instead of boiling water from the system.
The presence of E. coli bacteria indicates the water may contain human or animal wastes. Pathogens in wastes may pose an increased risk for infants and young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
Lewis said the borough followed all protocols put in place by the state Department of Environmental Protection in responding to the positive test. Officials notified all well users within 24 hours of the sample through a letter and the Reverse 911 system, and also announced the test on the Branchville website.
Health officials were set to conduct additional water testing Friday, Lewis said, though he was unsure of when any follow-up tests will take place.
The borough’s statement said officials “anticipate resolving the problem within 120 days.” Lewis, however, called that estimate “the worst-case scenario” and said it would likely take much less time to resolve.
The public is encouraged to check the Branchville website, www.branchville.us, for any updates on the situation. Residents can also contact Borough Clerk Kate Leissler at 973-948-4626, or visit the municipal building at 34 Wantage Avenue in Branchville.
BRANCHVILLE — A Sussex County company got some national recognition Thursday, as Fortune named Selective Insurance one of the top 40 places to work among financial service and insurance businesses for 2021.The company headquartered in Branchville made the Great Place to Work list for the first time this year, slotting in at 38th place out of all financial service workplaces i...
BRANCHVILLE — A Sussex County company got some national recognition Thursday, as Fortune named Selective Insurance one of the top 40 places to work among financial service and insurance businesses for 2021.
The company headquartered in Branchville made the Great Place to Work list for the first time this year, slotting in at 38th place out of all financial service workplaces in the country. Among New Jersey businesses in the category, only the Princeton-based WithumSmith+Brown, at 34th, scored higher in the ranking.
"Today, as our workplace evolves, we and our employees continue to celebrate the diverse talent, individual identity, and different points of view that each brings to the table," said Selective President and CEO John Marchioni. "Selective is honored to be recognized as a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune. This honor confirms our belief that Selective is a great place for our employees to grow and apply their talents and abilities."
The 2021 list was compiled by analyzing feedback from an anonymous survey of nearly 840,000 financial service and insurance employees throughout the United States. The results placed Selective on the same list as companies in large cities like New York, Chicago, Houston and Boston.
The survey showed 91% of Selective employees identified the company as a great place to work, significantly higher than the 59% average for U.S.-based companies. Other positive factors of Selective cited by at least 93% of survey respondents include ethical and competent management, a welcoming atmosphere and a strong overall working environment.
"The culture brings a strong sense of community where we can speak what's on our minds and collaborate with all levels," read one employee's statement on the Great Place to Work website. "They really believe in us and provide opportunities to partake in projects that affect the entire company and our community."
Selective executives expressed pride at being named to the list for the first time, particularly following a difficult year for many due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"At Selective, our strong employee culture helps team members create unique insurance solutions for our customers and is as important to employee satisfaction as benefits and other workplace perks," said Cyndi Bennett, the company's chief human resources officer. “Inclusion on this list is an honor, especially after a year that has tested the strength of many organizations, and is a testament to the incredibly resilient employees that make Selective a stand-out workplace in the financial services and insurance sector."
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Executives, employees and customers at Branchville-based Selective Insurance Co. of America made the holiday season a little brighter by donating more than $30,000 to charitable causes during the company's inaugural Week of Giving.The insurer kicked off the initiative, which ran from Dec. 14-18, by providing 400 laptops to the Kids in Need Foundation. The donation to benefit under-resourced students is especially helpful in the COVID-19 age where many children are learning virtually, Selective said in a statement last w...
Executives, employees and customers at Branchville-based Selective Insurance Co. of America made the holiday season a little brighter by donating more than $30,000 to charitable causes during the company's inaugural Week of Giving.
The insurer kicked off the initiative, which ran from Dec. 14-18, by providing 400 laptops to the Kids in Need Foundation. The donation to benefit under-resourced students is especially helpful in the COVID-19 age where many children are learning virtually, Selective said in a statement last week.
“The digital divide is a systemic issue in education that has been magnified as a result of the global pandemic. With varying learning environments, access to the equipment and connectivity is a necessity for students to continue their education,” said Corey Gordon, the CEO of Kids In Need, a nonprofit that provides school supplies to underserved students.
“We are grateful for Selective Insurance’s donation as 400 students will now be better prepared for remote learning as we look ahead to the second semester.”
Selective also donated $5,000 to four other organizations, for a total of $20,000 during the Week of Giving: the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, Meals on Wheels America, the American Red Cross and the Petfinder Foundation.
The insurance company also provided links to each organization for employees and agents to contribute and matched individual donations up to $500. Additionally, it pledged $5 for every post on its social media pages shared by users on the respective days.
"Selective’s Week of Giving is designed to inspire our employees, agency partners, and customers to engage with causes and charities making a meaningful difference in our communities," said President and CEO John Marchioni. "Through our insurance coverages, we make the world a safer place – but through our charity, we can make the world a better place."
According to Katelyn Leondi, Selective's director of public relations, the community involvement added $10,000 on top of the original $20,000 in company donations, though the final amount is still being tallied.
With a decline in traditional volunteer efforts due to COVID, the Week of Giving benefits several groups when they need it most, Leondi said.
"We saw everyone – from our employees, our customers, our followers – rally behind these organizations," Leondi said. "It's a different way to still be supportive of our local communities."
Kyle Morel can also be contacted on Twitter: @KMorelNJH, on Facebook: Facebook.com/KMorelNJH, or by phone: 973-383-1292.