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 Moonachie, 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 Moonachie, 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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MOONACHIE — Matthew Vaccaro received just eight votes in November’s election. But the 27-year-old write-in candidate was sworn-in to a seat on the borough Board of Education on Tuesday night.Vaccaro narrowly won the seat over Frank Cardia, who received five votes as a write-in candidate."It's an honor to be able to give back to where you came from," said Vaccaro, a fourth grade teacher in Rutherford.Vaccaro said he was surprised but pleased when he learned he had won the seat.&...
MOONACHIE — Matthew Vaccaro received just eight votes in November’s election. But the 27-year-old write-in candidate was sworn-in to a seat on the borough Board of Education on Tuesday night.
Vaccaro narrowly won the seat over Frank Cardia, who received five votes as a write-in candidate.
"It's an honor to be able to give back to where you came from," said Vaccaro, a fourth grade teacher in Rutherford.
Vaccaro said he was surprised but pleased when he learned he had won the seat.
"I heard there was a seat open and I kind of talked to a couple of people and said, 'You know if the seat doesn’t get filled, I've lived in this town for 20-something years now and it would be a nice way to give back,' " he said. "I want to make sure these kids get the best education possible."
Vaccaro's father, Board President David Vaccaro, was the lone candidate on the ballot for the two open three-year terms on the school board.
After 16 years on the board, he said he hopes to continue to work to improve students' test scores during his next term.
"We have the school going in the right direction and I want to keep it that way," he said.
After the father and son took their oaths of office, the board reappointed David Vaccaro as board president and James Campbell as vice president.
Edmond Monti, who won an unexpired one-year term on the board with 166 votes, was absent from Tuesday’s meeting. He will be sworn-in at the board's next meeting.
On Wednesday, the Borough Council will hold its annual organization meeting.
Democratic incumbents Antonio Cirillo and Manuel Martinez Jr., who garnered 342 votes and 311 votes, respectively, will be sworn-in for three-year terms. Challenger Kamran Ali received 21 votes.
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americicorps2.jpgAmericorps National Civilian Community Corps volunteers Nathaniel Russell, Travis Pate and Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti install new insulation to the underside of a home in the Vanguard Mobile Home Community, which was underwater during Hurricane Sandy, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2012.(Photo by S.P. Sullivan/NJ.com)MOONACHIE — First came the floodwaters, and then came the cold.Many residents of two mobile home parks that wer...
Americorps National Civilian Community Corps volunteers Nathaniel Russell, Travis Pate and Elizabeth Kipp-Giusti install new insulation to the underside of a home in the Vanguard Mobile Home Community, which was underwater during Hurricane Sandy, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2012.
(Photo by S.P. Sullivan/NJ.com)
MOONACHIE — First came the floodwaters, and then came the cold.
Many residents of two mobile home parks that were completely submerged during Hurricane Sandy are still waiting on insurance settlements and FEMA relief to perform vital repairs to their units, like replacing insulation to keep the cold air out.
"Most homeowners tell us they've been cranking the heat at 75, just to keep the temperature at 55 inside," said Bob Williams, a site manager for Rebuilding Together Bergen, which has been working with Americorp's National Civilian Community Corps to install new insulation underneath trailers.
They were finishing up work underneath the home of Geraldine McCarroll Wednesday, hampered slightly by the snow and cold that settled on Bergen County this week. McCarroll, who moved to the Vanguard Mobile Home Community in 2006, saw her trailer destroyed when a large tree fell in the park at the height of the storm. It crushed a neighbor's mobile home and McCarroll's shed and overhang, coming to rest atop her laundry room and living room.
"I've lost everything over there," she said. "The water went all through it."
McCarroll spent time in shelters and hotel rooms, and with family, until her daughter, who also lived in the park, found herself an apartment and offered McCaroll her unit, which itself saw flood damage during the storm.
McCarroll said she's been struggling to get approval for FEMA relief because, like many residents of the mobile home park, she doesn't have a copy of her title. She said that Vanguard's front office has written several sealed letters verifying that she's a homeowner in the park, but after every trip to the temporary FEMA offices at the Bergen County administration building, she's come home empty-handed.
"I've gone to Hackensack three times already," she said.
Her daughter's home was insured, but the family didn't have flood insurance, she added. So, like many homeowners in Moonachie, there's a good chance they won't see any insurance money at all.
It wasn't until a neighbor signed her up for Rebuilding Together's free relief program that work on her daughter's mobile home could begin.
"I feel so bad for them," she said of the 20-somethings covered head-to-toe in protective Tyvek suits. "It's such a yucky day to be under there."
The corps members come from all over the country as part of a 10-month residential community service program run by the federal government. They're being housed at Montclair State University and will spend two and a half weeks helping Rebuilding Together replace insulation underneath the flooded-out homes.
Williams, the site manager, said the corps members were given training in how to install the new insulation — and the potential problems they'd encounter, from leaky pipes to exposed wires — before being sent into the muddy crawlspaces beneath the mobile homes.
"It's kind of a learn-as-you-go process," said Rachel Hanson, a corps member from Illinois.
Because Rebuilding Together and the Americorps crew work free of charge, Williams said it saves the residents of the mobile home park the $2,500-$3,000 the work would normally cost — the better part of the total reimbursement they'd be eligible for from FEMA.
At a cost of about $400 per home for materials, the groups complete about two mobile homes a day, and hope to repair every unit in the Vanguard park and nearby Metropolitan Mobile Homes that needs it.
McCarroll said she never expected work to be completed on her home so quickly — and free of charge — helping her save money for other much-needed repairs on her trailer.
"It's just amazing all of the help that came in here," she said, fighting tears. "They're so great."
Neil Neufeld, head of operations at Imperfect Produce, pulled up a picture on his phone of two bins of asparagus. They had been picked off the line by workers because they were slightly too curved to be attractive enough for grocery store shoppers.These asparagus would have been sent to the garbage if Imperfect Produce hadn’t intervened.“This is 2,000 pounds of asparagus that would go in the trash because it’s too curly,” Neufeld said, shaking his head.It’s for this reason tha...
Neil Neufeld, head of operations at Imperfect Produce, pulled up a picture on his phone of two bins of asparagus. They had been picked off the line by workers because they were slightly too curved to be attractive enough for grocery store shoppers.
These asparagus would have been sent to the garbage if Imperfect Produce hadn’t intervened.
“This is 2,000 pounds of asparagus that would go in the trash because it’s too curly,” Neufeld said, shaking his head.
It’s for this reason that CEO of Imperfect Produce Ben Simon started his business three and a half years ago. Imperfect Produce recently added a distribution center in Moonachie – the company’s 21st market -- serving the North Jersey community from Newark to New York.
Imperfect Produce takes “ugly” but perfectly edible fruits and vegetables deemed unfit for grocery stores, discounts them, and redistributes them in custom-sized boxes that get shipped to customers’ homes.
“Sometimes it’s issues with the produce’s shape, sometimes it’s because of size, it could be too big or too small,” said Simon.
Boxes are available with mixed fruits and vegetables, all fruit, all veggie and all organic. You can get a box for one to two people (about 7 pounds of produce) up to a box that serves six to 10 people (about 23 pounds of produce). Customers can also change the frequency of produce deliveries from once a week to every other week. Boxes range from $11 to $43 (for the all organic, six to 10 people box).
Imperfect Produce is now also offering other items including quinoa and granola. Simon gives the example of selling not-quite-tri-colored quinoa and granola slightly past its suggested sell-by date in the boxes.
Folks can also customize which fruits, vegetables and other items are in their box from week to week.
According to Simon, 20 billion pounds of food is wasted on farms every year. He began his food conservation work by starting a non-profit called Recovery Network at the University of Maryland when he was in college after noticing that uneaten cafeteria food was getting tossed out.
“I felt it was a total shame,” he said. “So, I created a non-profit to recover that extra food and donate it.” Recovery Network is now utilized at more than 200 colleges. Simon took that same mission and applied it to tossed out produce from farms for Imperfect Produce.
So far, Imperfect Produce has recovered over 40 million pounds of produce by selling its boxes, and donated 2.2 million pounds of produce to food banks. The New Jersey center will donate to the New Jersey Community Food Bank.
Go to imperfectproduce.com for more information.
Eunice Lee/The Star-Ledger MOONACHIE — Daniel Gonzalez, 29, lives in the Vanguard Mobile Homes and said Sandy's destruction has wrecked the lives of many residents without lifelines.Gonzalez has been unemployed for two years and said about half his neighbors living at the trailer park are also out of work. It goes without saying that most folks don't have home or flood insurance, he said."It's devastating," said Gonzalez, standing...
Eunice Lee/The Star-Ledger
MOONACHIE — Daniel Gonzalez, 29, lives in the Vanguard Mobile Homes and said Sandy's destruction has wrecked the lives of many residents without lifelines.
Gonzalez has been unemployed for two years and said about half his neighbors living at the trailer park are also out of work. It goes without saying that most folks don't have home or flood insurance, he said.
"It's devastating," said Gonzalez, standing barefoot in the waterlogged street wearing a black jacket and black cargo shorts.
As Sandy barreled through New Jersey on Monday night, floodwaters from creeks surged into trailer park communities like Vanguard Mobile Homes, located off Moonachie Avenue. Gonzalez has lived there with his wife, Heather, and stepson for two years.
Parts of Moonachie Avenue were still under three feet of water today.
The intersection of Moonachie and Washington Avenues is still completely submerged. Some SUVs have plowed through the water while other cars divert through a waterlogged Sunoco gas station where pumps are shut down. But most cars just back up and turn around.
Jeff Monk, 33, found both his cars completely destroyed this morning.
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He and his girlfriend, Ele, along with his 7-year-old son Nathan, walked up and down the street trying to figure out what to do.
The two cars were filled with water, he said.
"The cup holders were full of water."
Gonzalez had just finished rebuilding the deck for their home on 5th East Street in time for Heather's 32nd birthday on Sept. 12. But the flooding ravaged his home, separating the hammered wood on the deck. The waters picked up and moved his shed to an entirely different spot, he said.
It all happened so fast, Gonzalez said.
Around 10:30 p.m. he had ducked out to go to the store. Soon he returned home and was having a cigarette outside when the waters came rushing.
"The water came up so fast," he said. "There was no time to evacuate."
All they had time to do was throw valuables like his wife's work portfolio, family albums and his stepson's video games up onto the couch and bed. Then the family and Gonzalez's sister, Elizabeth, went to Heather's parents who live in the park farther from the creek.
Power was out but they stayed up all night, Gonzalez said. He worried about the four tall trees surrounding his trailer.
"I was here all last night through the worst of it. I'm not going to leave now," he said.