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 Osprey, FL, 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 Osprey, FL, 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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An Osprey girl raised $705 for the efforts to rebuild Venice Theatre after its main stage lost its roof during Hurricane Ian.|Updated Tue, Oct 18, 2022 at 1:16 pm ETOSPREY, FL — Delaney Lockwood was devastated when she first learned that Hurricane Ian destroyed the Venice Theatre’s main stage, the powerful winds tearing its roof clear off.The theater was an important space for the 13-year-old Osprey girl, as it had become a creative outlet for her in recent years.“When my friend sent me the pic...
|Updated Tue, Oct 18, 2022 at 1:16 pm ET
OSPREY, FL — Delaney Lockwood was devastated when she first learned that Hurricane Ian destroyed the Venice Theatre’s main stage, the powerful winds tearing its roof clear off.
The theater was an important space for the 13-year-old Osprey girl, as it had become a creative outlet for her in recent years.
“When my friend sent me the picture during the storm, my heart sank and I started to cry,” she told Patch.
“Basically, I wanted to help because I knew that they were going to have to rebuild and that a donation would be the best way to help right now, but I don’t have a lot of money to give and other people may not too,” the teen said. “So, I figured if a lot of people gave a little, then it would come to something bigger, and people may not donate a little on their own but would to a lemonade stand.”
She was moved by people’s giving spirits following the hurricane. Delaney said that many people donated money to the cause without taking anything from her stand. And as she ran out of snacks, her neighbors helped replenish them.
She began working with Venice Theatre in 2019 as part of the ensemble for “A Christmas Carol.” This show sparked something in her and she’s been hooked on theater ever since.
“Because of how much fun I had, I started taking classes, and then classes turned into camps, and ever since, I’ve just loved being at Venice Theatre,” she said. “I started helping with classes and I started doing the teen improv troupe and then I interned. I always knew I loved performing, but I didn’t know how much.”
Delaney has appeared in other shows at the theater, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Wind in the Willows” and “Once Upon a Mattress.”
She was working on her sixth show there, “Arabian Nights,” when Hurricane Ian hit, and the show was canceled because of the destruction to the main stage.
She’s confident that Venice Theatre will be able to bounce back from the devastation.
“Theater people are strong and rally and always come back …Theater people are so creative and it’s just amazing what they can do and come up with,” Delaney said. “Also, I realized it’s the people that make me love it so much not the actual building. And then … I came up with my lemonade stand idea because I didn’t want to just sit and be sad and do nothing.”
Learn more about how to donate to the theater’s hurricane recovery here.
A pair of feathered parents are awaiting the arrival of their third hatchling — and just about anyone has the opportunity to catch a glimpse of it happening live.A University of Florida osprey cam is mounted above a large osprey nest atop an 80-foot-tall set of lights at one of the recreational softball fields on campus. Run by the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, the camera has a webs...
A pair of feathered parents are awaiting the arrival of their third hatchling — and just about anyone has the opportunity to catch a glimpse of it happening live.
A University of Florida osprey cam is mounted above a large osprey nest atop an 80-foot-tall set of lights at one of the recreational softball fields on campus. Run by the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, the camera has a website with a 24-hour-feed allowing for an up-close look at an osprey family with their two babies.
One chick was born on April 5 at about 4:45 p.m. and the second was born on April 6 around 10 a.m. As of Friday afternoon, there is still one egg that has not hatched.
Department officials believe the third egg will hatch in the next few days, but remind people this is a view of a wild osprey nest.
In nature, things like "sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect the osprey family and may be difficult to watch," according to the Florida Wildlife Extension website.
“An osprey is a bird of prey, it eats primarily fish, and it’s a very efficient fisherman,” said Mark Hostetler, an urban wildlife ecologist in the UF Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.
Hostetler is the champion of the osprey cam. He also “directs” what is seen on the feed by moving the camera and zoom in and out.
The team noticed the first egg in the nest on March 1. Then two more showed up.
"We have been watching the two courting for about a month now,“ Hostetler said
Over the last month, the male has been flying off to get fish for the female, as she has been caring for the eggs and preparing the nest, Hostetler said.
The first few years of the osprey cam weren't all that successful.
In 2017, Hostetler got permission to install the first osprey cam on a light pole at the old McKethan Stadium baseball field at UF. The first known eggs in the location fell through the nest and the osprey parents moved on.
The next year, the 80-foot-tall pole was struck by lightning. The nest and camera were destroyed. As construction started on the new student athletic center and McKethan Stadium was demolished, the osprey cam program was grounded.
Earlier this year, the project got rejuvenated with money from the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Hostetler was able to get permission from UF to put up another live-feed camera on a new nesting area.
The birds are migratory and travel to central and South America, then back to North America in the spring to mate and raise their young. But the nest typically stays year-round.
When Hostetler was trying to get the camera set up in January, the timing was everything. He saw a pair of ospreys flying overhead, circling the nest where the camera was being installed. He wasn't sure if he was too late and whether the birds would vigorously defend their nest.
Luckily, by March, the nest had eggs and the osprey parents had become nature's reality show.
“People's connections to nature can happen right in an urban area, nature is right around you,” Hostetler said. "It's in the backyard. It's in the neighborhoods. It's even in the cities.
Karen Brown, president of the Alachua Audubon Society, said local birdwatchers didn't know a lot about the web camera on the nest at UF's campus. But interest is growing. "It's not often you get to see a large raptor sitting on a nest," Brown said. "People are getting excited about it."
The osprey cam runs 24 hours a day and has infrared lighting so that viewers can see what the osprey are up to at night. But don't expect too much action in the late hours, as the ospreys are mostly sleeping or just sitting in the nest at night.
Like most birds, the chicks will be more active during the day. As the chicks start to eat on their own, experts say they will be more visible as they move around. Soon they will begin to get feathers and viewers might catch a glimpse of the young ospreys taking their first flights.
"Watching the nest cam is only going to get better as the chicks grow and mature,” Brown said.
To view the birds in action, visit bit.ly/37rk1Mm.
Special to The News-PressSarasota boasts many modern cultural, arts, sports, dining and shopping attractions and activities.Yet, just a few miles south and north are two small coastal villages that offer decidedly more casual, old Florida experiences. Both are ideal for visiting either on their own or as part of a larger, unique day trip or getaway.Osprey, just north of Venice and before Sarasota, offers the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point. Operated by the nonprofit Gulf Coast Heritage Association and liste...
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Sarasota boasts many modern cultural, arts, sports, dining and shopping attractions and activities.
Yet, just a few miles south and north are two small coastal villages that offer decidedly more casual, old Florida experiences. Both are ideal for visiting either on their own or as part of a larger, unique day trip or getaway.
Osprey, just north of Venice and before Sarasota, offers the 30-acre Historic Spanish Point. Operated by the nonprofit Gulf Coast Heritage Association and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a Florida Archaeological Site, it earned a 2015 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
More than 20 attractions exist along a less-than-one-mile meandering nature path, including the 1870 Webb Packing House, the area’s first citrus packing business; the 1901 Guptill House with an adjoining boat yard where sharpie boats were made; tiny Mary’s Chapel, built in 1894 and reconstructed in 1986 with intricately designed stained-glass windows and a vintage pump organ; the White Cottage, chronicling the life of Bertha Palmer, original owner of the property and known as the Legendary Lady of Sarasota; spacious sunken and butterfly gardens; and a Calusa Indian shell mound and burial ground.
Spanish moss-laden trees provide shade along much of the trail that also affords several vistas of Little Sarasota Bay. Docent-led tram and boat tours are offered (advance registration required) and it’s dog-friendly. It also hosts special luncheons with expert speakers on history, nature and art; summer youth adventure camps; and weddings.
Along nearby Casey Key Road is Blackburn Point Bridge, which is also on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Florida’s last remaining swing truss bridges. Operated by the county and the U.S. Coast Guard and maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers, it can swivel more than 20 times a day to allow high-mast boats plying the Intracoastal to pass through, especially during busy season.
Blackburn Point Park, adjoining both sides of the bridge, underwent a $4 million upgrade, including new hiking trails, boardwalk, boat launches and picnic areas, that was completed last year.
Nearby Oscar Scherer State Park offers two-plus-square miles of superb hiking and is one of the best places to glimpse the threatened native Florida scrub jays plant species. The park also facilitates swimming, picnicking, biking and camping; canoes and kayaks can be rented to glide in South Creek, a tidal blackwater stream.
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Then, venturing northward — hugging the Gulf coast with the scenic splendor of Lido Key and Longboat Key — to Bradenton Beach and then taking a right across a bridge puts one in Cortez, one of our last remaining small fishing villages encompassing just two square miles and protected by the National Register of Historic Places. Some of its charming and colorful historic old fish houses still sell grouper and shrimp to area restaurants and are living reminders of those that used to dot our Pine Island Sound.
The town’s Florida Maritime Museum, in an authentic 1912 schoolhouse, covers both statewide and Cortez fishing and general boating history. A large map pinpoints and details 20-plus Florida fishing villages and the specific catch they were originally best known for (mullet is linked to Cortez; shrimp with Fort Myers). Moreover, another exhibit devoted to the history of the shrimp industry mentions Lee County’s lofty status.
When the 2014 WGCU-TV “Pink Gold Rush” documentary was mentioned to museum supervisor Amara Nash, she exclaimed, “We recently screened it!”
Exhibits pertaining to many prominent local families are perennially popular as they “show how interwoven the economics and society was surrounding fishing” and “people sometimes realize connections with them that they didn’t know they had before, and sometimes, even as distant relatives.”
The most prolific and impactful of these highlight local fisherman Captain Blake Banks. More than 3,000 shells and other artifacts his family donated to the museum are showcased and the staff continues to mark a chart where some were obtained by researching his logbooks and journals which are also on view. “Many of the passages are humorous,” smiled Nash.
A special month-long Living by Water museum exhibit opened on June 2 and showcases nautical wood and metal pieces crafted by Bradenton artist Steve Humphrey.
Just outside stands the Cortez Cultural Center that opened last February and covers other village history; and the Burton Store, the first commercial building erected by pioneer settlers in the village in 1890, and moved years ago to be next to the museum.
Nash said a capital project in cooperation with the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage and other entities is being conducted to turn the store into “a folk school that’ll include classes, workshops and presentations on maritime ways like classic sail making along with other skills such as quilting and candle making.”
Cortez draws recreational boaters from all along Sarasota and the Intracoastal and is a gateway to nearby Anna Maria Island and the Gulf. Its compact size, distinctiveness and nexus of commercial and private boating and fishing, including longtime working boatyards and fish processing sites plus several waterside restaurants, combine to evoke an ultra-casual, laid-back, friendly, Matlacha-like atmosphere.
One of its most popular gathering spots is the Star Fish Company Market & Restaurant. Once a wholesaler, it welcomes diners to the day’s Gulf catches of shrimp, mussels and more. The Cortez Kitchen and the Swordfish Grill are steps away; the Seafood Shack Restaurant & Marina is nearby.
One of many colorful signs at the Star Fish restaurant suggests we “Live with egrets... not regrets.” That Matlacha feeling indeed!
If you go
Blackburn Point Park, 800 Blackburn Point Road, 941-316-1172.
Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, 941-966-5214, historicspanishpoint.org.
Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, 941-483-5956, floridastateparks.org, friendsofoscarscherer.com.
Cortez Historic Fishing Village, Cortez Road & Intercoastal Bridge, 941-708-6120, cortez-fish.org.
Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., 941-708-6120, floridamaritimemuseum.org. (Closed Aug. 2-31)
Star Fish Company Market and Restaurant, 12306 46th Ave. W., 941-794-1243, starfishcompany.com.
OSPREY, Fla. - A 13-year-old girl’s bike was left in the middle of a ...
OSPREY, Fla. - A 13-year-old girl’s bike was left in the middle of a Sarasota County roadway after she was hit by a driver who then took off, according to officials with the Florida Highway Patrol.
The girl was in critical condition after the crash Tuesday, as troopers searched for the suspected driver.
By Wednesday afternoon, they announced the arrest of a 65-year-old man, who faces charges that include destroying evidence.
The Acura sedan allegedly driven by Osprey resident David C. Chang was located in Tampa, troopers said. A photo released by FHP shows a large hole in the windshield of the car and dents on the hood.
The crash happened East Bay Street, near Old Venice Road in Sarasota County, across from Pine View School.
Investigators said Chang didn't stop his vehicle at the school crosswalk, which is marked with flashing yellow lights and yellow signage, where the girl was crossing the roadway with her bike.
According to a statement released by Dr. Stephen Covert, the principal of Pine View School, the victim was a student at the school.
Dr. Covert said he received permission from the parents of the girl to disclose that a student had been injured in the crash. He said additional counselors would be on-hand to "help our incredible school counseling team in the event a student needs to talk with someone, or if any parents needs to talk with a counselor, as well, for suggestions on how to support your child."
"Please, know that our thoughts and prayers are with the student and family, and we are here to support all our students and families."
The Florida Highway Patrol said the investigation was ongoing.
Chang was booked at the Sarasota County Jail, facing charges of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and evidence destroying.
Information from the Florida Highway Patrol for bike, pedestrian, and back-to-school safety for drivers: https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/child-safety/bicycle-pedestrian-safety/
A Florida wildlife photographer has captured rare footage showing an osprey masterfully nabbing a large fish, only to lose its catch to a clever pelican.Mark Smith shared his video in a tweet Friday with a “Wait for it” introduction.Smith has captured hundreds of clips showing ospreys catching fish in Florida waters. But this was the first...
A Florida wildlife photographer has captured rare footage showing an osprey masterfully nabbing a large fish, only to lose its catch to a clever pelican.
Smith has captured hundreds of clips showing ospreys catching fish in Florida waters. But this was the first time he has documented a pelican stealing a fish as the osprey takes flight.
— Mark Smith Photography (@marktakesphoto) March 12, 2021
“Ive seen them try a lot, but this was a first in terms of success,” Smith, who captured the footage at Vero Beach, told For The Win Outdoors.
Ospreys and brown pelicans are expert fish catchers with vastly different techniques.
The former plunges into the water talons-first and grabs fish with the help of reversible outer toes and barbed foot pads. The latter dives head first and traps fish in its large bill pouch.
But as is often the case in the animal kingdom, theft of prey that has already been caught is sometimes the easiest means to a fresh meal.