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 Liberty Corner, 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 Liberty Corner, 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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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCFAS) had its own First Responders Recognition Dinner on Oct. 19 after Bernards Township un-invited them to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night."The purpose was to honor our members for their service," said LCFAS President Dave "Phil" Lai-Len to Patch.The squad had previously received a letter from Bernards Township Administrator Pat Monaco stating:RE: First Responders Appreciation Night – October 27, 2022...
BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCFAS) had its own First Responders Recognition Dinner on Oct. 19 after Bernards Township un-invited them to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night.
"The purpose was to honor our members for their service," said LCFAS President Dave "Phil" Lai-Len to Patch.
The squad had previously received a letter from Bernards Township Administrator Pat Monaco stating:
RE: First Responders Appreciation Night – October 27, 2022
Liberty Corner First Aid Squad President & members,
Please be advised, having informed the Bernards Township Committee as of September 5, 2022, that the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad ceased performing emergency response services. You and present members are no longer invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Night on October 27, 2022.
Tensions between Bernards Township and the LCFAS began brewing over the summer after the squad ceased operations in September due to a lack of volunteers. Read More: Liberty Corner First Aid Squad Halts Operation After 57 Years
After this action was taken, there has been a disagreement between both sides on what actually transpired and the squad's remaining assets. As a result, the township committee voted unanimously at the Oct. 11 meeting on a resolution to authorize the "Township Attorney to pursue litigation, and all other means, against LCFAS." Read More: Rescue Squad Supporters Criticize Township's Decision To Seize Assets
Township Committee members have contended that it was the squad's decision to disband and that the legal proceedings are to help fund efforts to keep residents safe. Squad members instead say they were "pushed" out and just want a chance to rebuild. Read More: Tensions Rise In Basking Ridge: Rescue Squad, Township At Odds
Lai-Len said even if the township invited the squad back to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Night coming up on Thursday he didn't think anyone would go.
"I don't think anyone of us would even go if they invited us," said Lai-Len.
During the LCFAS dinner this past Wednesday, volunteer members were provided with a free lasagna dinner with cookies by Debbie"The Lasagna Lady" Cocino from lasagnalove.org.
JT's Confections also provided chocolates and various donors provided gift cards to thank the squad members for their service.
Charlotte Flohl was also given a certificate to recognize her 47 years of service to the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad.
Lai-Len is currently selling hats and signs on his own with the statement "Save The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad in support of the LCFAS' fight with the township. Those looking for a lawn sign or hat can email [email protected].
BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Just last weekend, some regular volunteers with the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad were responding from the squad building to answer emergency calls from their community. But, as of midnight on Monday, Sept. 5, the volunteer squad will cease operations and begin the process of dissolving.The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad was established in 1965. But membership has been dwindling, and the number of volunteers regularly available is down to about t...
BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Just last weekend, some regular volunteers with the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad were responding from the squad building to answer emergency calls from their community. But, as of midnight on Monday, Sept. 5, the volunteer squad will cease operations and begin the process of dissolving.
The Liberty Corner First Aid Squad was established in 1965. But membership has been dwindling, and the number of volunteers regularly available is down to about ten to provide emergency squad coverage during a period of 30 hours per week when supplemental squad coverage isn't available, said dwindling membership had brought the number of volunteers down to a regular number of ten answering calls during about a 30-hour coverage window, said Dave “Phil” Lai-Len, squad president.
Some of the squad's newest members are college students, but they aren't always around to answer calls and many have recently departed for the college year, members said.
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Partial coverage already provided throughout Bernards Township by Atlantic Health Care ambulances
Ambulances from Atlantic Health Care already have been covering the entire township for the 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. shift on weekdays, when few volunteers are available to donate their time.
"Atlantic will be providing service in the Liberty Corner area 24/7," said Township Administrator Pat Monaco. The Basking Ridge squad, which covers the northern section of the township, will continue its coverage with volunteers in that area, according to current plans.
Volunteers of the Basking Ridge squad had been actually pitching in to help provide coverage with the Liberty Corner squad, said Lai-Len and other members at the squad building last weekend. But going forward, Basking Ridge will not be able to continuing assigning its members to help cover Liberty Corner, he said.
According to a press release from the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad issued last week, "The decision to disband the squad was a difficult one for the members who exhausted all options to remain active. Between other full-time careers, family obligations, pandemic fatigue, and retirement, the all-volunteer squad faced a crisis of staffing which placed a heavy burden on the active squad members."
“Staffing shortage isn’t a unique challenge only to LCFAS as many organizations throughout New Jersey are witnessing massive turnover and suffering from loss of volunteers,” said Jad Abousleiman, LCFAS Captain.
"LCFAS has been an integral part of the community and over the years squad members _ who were once strangers _ bonded over their shared goal of helping to make a difference in the lives of others," the release said.
Members of the squad at the building last weekend said they enjoy helping the community, and are considering signing up as volunteers with neighboring squads _ or even with the professional Atlantic Health Care ambulance system.
Squad members also expressed some concern about how future coverage would be handled. Just last weekend, for example, all the nearby Atlantic Health Care ambulances were handling calls in another town when the Liberty Corner squad alone was available to respond to an emergency squad in Bernards Township.
Mutual aid between towns, and the assignment of Atlantic Health Care ambulances "remains the same and at the discretion of Somerset County dispatchers," Monaco said in an email last week.
After serving the township for nearly 60 years, the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad ceased operations as of Monday night.BASKING RIDGE, NJ — At midnight on Monday, the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCAFS) made its last ambulance run to Summit Overlook Hospital with two patients in tow.After nearly six decades of providing life-saving emergency medical services to residents and businesses of BernardsTownship, the all-volunteer squad ceased operations.The decision was made "due to increased call volumes, coupl...
BASKING RIDGE, NJ — At midnight on Monday, the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCAFS) made its last ambulance run to Summit Overlook Hospital with two patients in tow.
After nearly six decades of providing life-saving emergency medical services to residents and businesses of BernardsTownship, the all-volunteer squad ceased operations.
The decision was made "due to increased call volumes, coupled with all-volunteer staffing issues," according to a resolution the Bernards Township Committee passed at its Tuesday night meeting. Read More: Liberty Corner First Aid Squad Halts Operation After 57 Years
The first aid squad, established in 1965, notified the township on Aug. 5 that they were facing "a critical EMT staffing crisis, a crisis shared on a state and national level."
"Staffing shortage isn’t a unique challenge only to LCFAS as many organizations throughout New Jersey are witnessing massive turnover and suffering from loss of volunteers," said JadAbousleiman, EMT, LCFAS Captain.
The squad also had a final barbecue on Labor Day.
"LCFAS’s volunteers are like family, although we come from a variety of backgrounds and stagesin life, there is one quality we all have in common- a shared passion of wanting to give back toour community and saving lives," Jad Abousleiman, LCFAS captain, said. "We have onevolunteer, a retired nurse, Charlotte Meiner-Flohl, who has served as a volunteer EMT for over47 years – long before I was even born."
In addition to providing emergency medical care, Liberty Corner First Aid Squad provided stand-by coverage at local community events, hosted numerous youth groups for tours of the equipmentand ambulance fleet, and provided life-saving courses to community residents.
"We are extremely proud of all we have accomplished in nearly 60 years and forever gratefulto the community who believed in us and invested in our volunteer organization," said Dave"Phil" Lai-Len, President, and 13-year volunteer, LCFAS.
"It’s been an honor for me to work alongside such a dedicated group of volunteers- they willsorely be missed," Lai-Len said.
With the dissolution, emergency services will now be offered through Atlantic Ambulance Corp. of Livingston. The township had initially awarded a contract to Atlantic Ambulance Corp. in September 2019 for limited hours.
A resolution passed on Aug. 23 expanded Atlantic Ambulance's services into the Liberty Corner section of the township where they will operate 24/7. Additionally, Atlantic Ambulance will continue to operate on nights and weekends in the Basking Ridge area (which is currently the existing hours), according to Township Administrator Pat Monaco.
"I really would like to thank them for their honorable service to our community. I appreciate all the love and care day in and day out they gave to this community," said Committeewoman Janice Fields at the last Township Committee meeting. "It's hard to have to say goodbye after all these years of service to our community. I think every one of us is severely touched by this."
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BERNARDS – “It's a shame it has come to this.”That's what Mayor James Baldassare Jr. said Tuesday after the Township Committee voted unanimously to take the necessary measures to transfer the assets of the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad to a trust fund for first aid services in the township.The vote came six weeks after the squad announced that after 57 years of service, it was ceasing operations and beginning the process of dissolution.The announcement sparked friction between the volunt...
BERNARDS – “It's a shame it has come to this.”
That's what Mayor James Baldassare Jr. said Tuesday after the Township Committee voted unanimously to take the necessary measures to transfer the assets of the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad to a trust fund for first aid services in the township.
The vote came six weeks after the squad announced that after 57 years of service, it was ceasing operations and beginning the process of dissolution.
The announcement sparked friction between the volunteer organization and the Township Committee that has included threats of litigation and squad members being no longer invited to attend the township's First Responders Appreciation Night on Oct 27.
Like many volunteer organizations throughout New Jersey and the country, the squad in recent years has faced a crisis in recruiting enough volunteers to provide 24-hour service.
In the announcement that operations would be ceased, the squad said several factors had contributed to the shortage of members – full-time careers, family obligations, pandemic fatigue and retirements.
Three years ago, the township contracted with Atlantic Health to provide paid daytime EMS service, with Liberty Corner and Basking Ridge Fire Company No. 1 & EMS providing service during the remaining time.
But after three years, Liberty Corner "had no choice" but to cease operations, according to the squad's letter thanking residents for their support.
With the squad no longer answering calls, that raised the question of what was going to happen to the squad's assets.
According to its 2020 federal income tax return, which is a public record, the squad had a total of $786,884 in assets, including $604,879 in savings and temporary cash investments at the end of the year.
The return also shows the squad in 2020 had revenue of $141,916, including $112,192 in contributions, and $137,920 in expenses.
But a dispute arose between the township and the squad about the assets.
The squad wanted "an opportunity to continue to rebuild," squad president David Lai-Len told the Township Committee on Tuesday, adding the squad was "admitting its shortcomings."
In response to squad members not being invited to First Responders Appreciation Night, Lai-Len said, "The Township Committee doesn't know what it's like to be a first responder."
Baldassare said at Tuesday's meeting that there has been "a lot of misinformation" about the squad's relationship with the township.
"We did not want to see the squad go, but it is what it is," he said.
"We did not push them out," Township Committeeperson Janice Fields, the Township Committee's liaison to the squad, said. "It was not a choice we made."
Fields added that the township was "shocked" to learn the squad was ceasing operations.
She explained that the township had the "fiscal responsibility" to transfer the squad's assets to a trust fund only to be used for first aid services. That trust fund would also be registered with the state.
But the squad disagreed with that plan, she said, and that ended discussions.
"We tried to work with them," Fields said, adding the township tried to help the squad "every way we can."
Fields said the township has the responsibility to ensure that residents have access to emergency ambulance service 24 hours a day.
"We're not going to jeopardize the safety of our residents," Fields said.
Some residents came to the meeting to support the squad.
"I'm shocked, appalled that's how the government feels about these amazing volunteers," Susan Kessel said about the squad members not being invited to the township recognition event.
Kessel also criticized the decision to transfer the squad's assets.
"I can't believe you feel this is the right thing to do," she told the Township Committee. "They're down and trying to rebuild, you're trying to take everything they have."
Nancy D'Andrea, a former chair of the township Democratic Party, also criticized the rescinding of the invitation to squad members.
"That's really shameful," she said. "We're better than that."
Gary Taylor, a captain of the squad, was emotional when he told the Township Committee about the squad and its members' devotion to duty.
"I joined the squad to make a difference," he said, his voice breaking.
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BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Bernards Township is looking to file a lawsuit against the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCFAS) after it ceased operations last month.The Township Committee will vote on a resolution during its Tuesday night's meeting to authorize the "Township Attorn...
BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Bernards Township is looking to file a lawsuit against the Liberty Corner First Aid Squad(LCFAS) after it ceased operations last month.
The Township Committee will vote on a resolution during its Tuesday night's meeting to authorize the "Township Attorney to pursue litigation, and all other means, against LCFAS to ensure the proper migration of all assets provided to LCFAS for the purposes of providing EMS services to Bernards Township."
The meeting will be held on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge. The meeting will be live streamed and can be found by clicking on the "Watch a Meeting Live" icon on the home page, bernards.org and can also be viewed live on Optimum/Cablevision TV -Channel 15 and Verizon FiOS TV - Channel 35.
The all-volunteer rescue squad made the decision to cease EMS operations in Bernards Township effective midnight on Sept. 5 "due to increased call volumes, coupled with all-volunteer staffing issues." Read More: Liberty Corner First Aid Squad Halts Operation After 57 Years
In the resolution, the township claims Chief Financial Officer Sean McCarthy identified all resources provided by the township and public funding to LCFAS to support EMS to township residents "that should be reverted to the Township upon termination of LCFAS for the continuation of uninterrupted EMS services following LCFAS departure, including facilities, vehicles, equipment, and accounts."
LCFAS President Dave "Phil" Lai-Len said he disputes the township's claim to the assets. He would not comment further to Patch as he was following his attorney's instructions.
The resolution further goes on to claim Lai-Len and LCFAS Captain Jad Abousleiman have indicated to McCarthy and the Township "an intent not to return contributions, donations and assets to the Township, including some members stating all LCFAS assets could be used for international donations, including rescue squad vehicles."
A request by Patch for comment to Mayor James Baldassare was not returned.
Read the full resolution here.