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 Ridgefield, 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 Ridgefield, 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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Somerville resident Maria Winter is exactly the type of home baker that New Jersey's new law permitting the sale of home-baked goods was supposed to benefit.As a fourth-grade teacher at Readington's Holland Brook School, Winter has baked pie-themed cookies for Pi Day (March 14) and cookies for graduation that said "thanks for making me a smart cookie." Everybody loved them.She believed she could make a few extra dollars for her 6-year-old son's college fund by baking cookies at home and selling them....
Somerville resident Maria Winter is exactly the type of home baker that New Jersey's new law permitting the sale of home-baked goods was supposed to benefit.
As a fourth-grade teacher at Readington's Holland Brook School, Winter has baked pie-themed cookies for Pi Day (March 14) and cookies for graduation that said "thanks for making me a smart cookie." Everybody loved them.
She believed she could make a few extra dollars for her 6-year-old son's college fund by baking cookies at home and selling them.
But then Somerville got in the way.
Her application for a home business zoning permit, which would allow her to sell the sugar cookies from her 150-square-foot kitchen, was denied by Somerville for the first time in February.
Winter was told by borough officials that she needed a zoning variance, pay a $1,000 application fee, deposit $4,000 into a borough escrow account, publish a public notice in the newspaper and notify all property owners within 200 feet of her home that there would be a public hearing on her application.
“I am very much a rule follower,” said Winter. “Even though it wouldn’t be my full-time job, I did want to get my permit so I could sell to friends and co-workers who had been asking for cookies. I wouldn’t say I had huge business plans, but I wanted to make sure I was doing it the right way.”
Somerville’s permit process is a far cry from the two-year $100 home baking permit that the state issues. That permit allows home bakers to legally sell their baked goods from home, at farmers markets or at events, with a yearly gross income maximum of $50,000.
But first the state requires applicants to “comply with applicable local laws of the municipality.”
That’s the roadblock Winter faced. She never imagined she would have to navigate a nightmarish and expensive legal maze in her own hometown.
“It’s very confusing to me that the state is saying I can do something but my town is saying I can’t and can’t even give me a reason why,” Winter said. “It is just frustrating, and it became even more so when I started to see people in my town getting their permit. I’m trying to be an upstanding citizen and nothing is happening. I’m just frustrated.”
According to the state Department of Health website, two Somerville residents have received state cottage food operator permits.
But Somerville Borough Administrator Kevin Sluka said that no violations have been given to those two operators who received their permits without borough approval.
The problem is that Somerville, like the state’s 564 other municipalities, has its own zoning law.
Under Somerville’s land use law, such a business isn’t a permitted use in the residential zonewhere Winter lives.
When he learned of the contradiction between New Jersey’s home baking law and the borough’s zoning ordinance, Sluka recommended the borough planning board review the local ordinance.
“We have been working on a lot of other things, and I think that it may not have made its way to the radar,” he said.
Somerville isn’t the only municipality giving home bakers indigestion. According to New Jersey Home Bakers Association co-founder Martha Rabello, other towns standing in the way of home baking permits are Sayreville, Parsippany, Livingston, Hamilton, Denville, Kinnelon, Montclair, Ridgefield, Pennsauken, Pitman and Mount Ephraim.
“I think, sadly, it’s just a case of misinformation,” said Rabello. “Once people first hear about it, they think this is going to be like a bakery in a residential zone. I don’t think they really understand the scope of what the cottage food permit is allowed to do. This is more like a home office type situation. Nobody is going to open a bakery in their home.”
“Customers wouldn’t come to my house for consultations. I wouldn’t have a display case,” said Winter. “Everything would be done to-order and all consultation would be done online. I would just be baking in my kitchen.”
To advocate for changes on the local level, the NJHBA organized a group of bakers experiencing town pushback and recommended they bring copies of the regulations to their towns and explain to officials what the new permit entails. The NJHBA is also putting the bakers in touch with the Institute for Justice, a national nonprofit public interest law firm whose mission is “to end widespread abuses of government power.”“Somerville is essentially acting contrary to this new statewide regulation by having what amounts to a ban even after the statewide ban was lifted,” said Institute for Justice attorney Rob Peccola.
The firm sent a letter to the borough on May 24 demanding that local officials stop denying cottage food operator applications, as well as stop requesting thousands of dollars from applicants.
“Somerville in particular had some of the most extreme restrictions I have seen of requiring a full evidentiary hearing and $5,000 that it warranted a letter,” Peccola continued.
In October, New Jersey became the last state in the country to allow home bakers to sell their cupcakes, cookies, cakes, cake pops and more from home. It’s a big change from when bakers caught selling even one homemade cookie faced up to $1,000 in fines.
Before, New Jersey required home bakers to register as retail food establishments, which required renting or building a commercial-grade kitchen, paying multiple fees and abiding by hundreds of pages of regulations meant for large commercial establishments.
“The process that Maria Winter wanted to go through was so reasonable, just seeking a $25 home business zoning permit … but she was denied that very simple process and required instead to go through a full-blown evidentiary zoning hearing, which is killing an ant with a cannonball,” Peccola said.
And he vowed to continue the fight until justice is done.
“We are going to … continue advocating for Ms. Winter and we have not ruled out filing a lawsuit to do so. [If it’s] just an oversight based on an outdated code, then that’s very fixable," he continued. "But to the extent that it’s seeking to ban home baking, not only do we believe that’s out of keeping with the rule that New Jersey passed, we also believe it’s an unconstitutional restraint on Ms. Winters’ liberty.”
Jenna Intersimone has been a staff member at the USA Today Network New Jersey since 2014, after becoming a blogger-turned-reporter following the creation of her award-winning travel blog. To get unlimited access to her stories about food, drink and fun, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. Contact: [email protected] or @JIntersimone.
Robert Fripp is a founding member of King Crimson, contributor and collaborator with Brian Eno, David Bowie, Daryl Hall, David Sylvian, Peter Gabriel, Posh Poppers Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow, and a lot of other totally excellent people. Originating director of the Guitar Craft and Guitar Circle program. Since Covid and lockdown he has been kicking received opinion via social media with Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch.David Singleton e...
Robert Fripp is a founding member of King Crimson, contributor and collaborator with Brian Eno, David Bowie, Daryl Hall, David Sylvian, Peter Gabriel, Posh Poppers Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow, and a lot of other totally excellent people. Originating director of the Guitar Craft and Guitar Circle program. Since Covid and lockdown he has been kicking received opinion via social media with Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch.
David Singleton established DGM with Robert Fripp in 1993 and has reluctantly managed King Crimson since 2018. David is King Crimson’s producer and author of The Vicar Chronicles.
An endless stream of people ask Fripp burning questions, many of which are actually not even quite smoldering. In most cases they would be better answered by David Singleton. This is an opportunity to ask both Fripp and Singleton the questions that get them out of bed in the morning.
Where does Music come from? What does it take to survive the music business? When does the impossible become possible? Can Music change the world? Why did Fripp put on a tutu and dance to Swan Lake at the end of his garden? Who is The Vicar?
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Hopefully, someone recorded the pep talk Ridgefield Park head coach Scott Papetti gave to his team before the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday.He may want to use it again — it was that good.Papetti challenged his sleep-walking team to show some courage. It worked — and then some. The Scarlets erupted for eight runs during an 11-batter fourth and blew past Spotswood for an improbable 8-7 win in Ridgefield Park.The last of the fourth started with Ridgefield Park down 8-2. More astounding was that seven of t...
Hopefully, someone recorded the pep talk Ridgefield Park head coach Scott Papetti gave to his team before the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday.
He may want to use it again — it was that good.
Papetti challenged his sleep-walking team to show some courage. It worked — and then some. The Scarlets erupted for eight runs during an 11-batter fourth and blew past Spotswood for an improbable 8-7 win in Ridgefield Park.
The last of the fourth started with Ridgefield Park down 8-2. More astounding was that seven of the runs scored with two outs.
“I challenged them,” Papetti. “For the second Saturday in a row were weren’t playing well. We had an infield error and then a ball went through the legs of an outfielder.
“Last year, we played the entire season without a senior. We’ve talked to the kids before about the need to grow up as a team. I feel like they did today (Saturday).”
After a 1-3 stretch, Ridgefield Park has won a modest, two-in-a-row. The Scarlets are 11-4.
“We had the chance to clinch the division against Dwight Morrow on Wednesday and we didn’t play well and lost 9-7,” Papetti said. “And we came out flat and lifeless for this game. I didn’t understand it.”
Spotswood, which had won only two of its previous six games, came out swinging. It lit up the first two of five Ridgefield Park pitchers — including a two-run homer by Casey Cumisky. Spotswood opened up an 8-2 lead.
To make matters worse, Spotswood had its first two runners on in the fifth when Papetti turned to junior righty Derek Bauernschmidt.
“He’s like a 106-pounder,” Papetti. “But he is the toughest kid on our entire team.”
Bauernschmidt came up big. He retired the the side without a run scoring.
Then came the binge that came out of nowhere.
With one out No. 9 hitter Michael Buda singled. Sean Guzman followed with a double and a Spotswood error on the play allowed Buda to score.
However, just when Ridgefield Park appear to have momentum, Spotswood got the second out.
“Honestly, I thought we were dead right there,” Papetti said.
Instead, Ridgefield Prep went crazy.
Ridgefield Park’s No. 3 hitter Richie Martinez was down in the count 1-2, but slapped a single up the middle, scoring a run. Jol Fredy DeLaCruz followed with a base hit. Then a single by Sam Aguilar drove in a run and made the score 8-5.
A hit batsman loaded the bases. Buda drew a walk and made the score 8-6.
Up came Kyle Dembeski, who made the first out of the inning.
“Earlier in the game he had a two-run double,” Papetti said.
Dembeski collected his second two-base hit. He lashed a double down the left field line.
“It was right on the chalk,” Papetti said.
It also cleared the bases and gave Ridgefield Park a 9-8 lead.
“After we scored the eight runs, I felt like we would score more,” Papetti explained. “Of course we didn’t.”
However, the Ridgefield Park pitching staff got stingy.
Papetti, sensing the urgency of the moment, called in his ace, Aguilar. Aguilar responded with two scoreless innings — the sixth and seventh — that featured five strikeouts. Luis Cruz was the winning pitcher.
“Glenn (Spotswood coach Fredricks) and I went to Rowan together and are good friends,” Papetti said. “We’ve played three times and this is the first time I’ve won.
“This is a good win against a quality team,” Papetti added. “I think this will will motivate the kids. We’re not as consistent as I’d like us to be, but we’re moving in that direction.”
Ridgefield Park has two, big games with Mahwah next Tuesday and Wednesday.
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King Crimson leader Robert Fripp will be heading on a speaking tour this fall. For these events, which are titled "An Evening With That Awful Man and His Manager," Robert will be in conversation with his manager and DGM Ltd label co-founder David Singleton. Topics include: "Where does Music come from? What does it take to survive the music business? When does the impossible become possible? Can Music change the world? Why did Fripp put on a tutu and dance to Swan Lake at the e...
King Crimson leader Robert Fripp will be heading on a speaking tour this fall. For these events, which are titled "An Evening With That Awful Man and His Manager," Robert will be in conversation with his manager and DGM Ltd label co-founder David Singleton. Topics include: "Where does Music come from? What does it take to survive the music business? When does the impossible become possible? Can Music change the world? Why did Fripp put on a tutu and dance to Swan Lake at the end of his garden? Who is The Vicar?"
The NYC date happens at City Winery on September 23 and you can get tickets early with the BV presale that starts June 22 at 3 PM and runs through Friday, June 24 at 2:59 PM. Use password BVWINERY.
If you miss out on our presale, tickets for City Winery go on sale June 24 at 3 PM. All dates are listed below.
As for the "Why did Fripp put on a tutu and dance to Swan Lake at the end of his garden?," that refers to Robert Fripp and wife Toyah Wilcox's popular Sunday Lunch YouTube series that started in the pandemic and has continued with the couple doing cover versions life from their kitchen. This past week's edition was a preview of Toyah's new single, a cover of Grace Jones' 1985 hit "Slave to the Rhythm." Toyah actually sang on the demo of the song, which was co-written by producer Trevor Horn, Bruce Woolley, Stephen Lipson and Simon Darlow, the latter of whom plays on Toyah's new version (it also features Fripp). It's officially out July 1 but you can watch the Sunday Lunch video below.
You can pick up King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King on vinyl in the BV shop.
An Evening with Robert Fripp and David Singleton - 2022 Tour DatesFriday, September 16, Toronto, The RoyalSaturday, September 17 Montreal, Club SodaSunday, September 18, Quebec City, QC Imperial BellMonday, September 19, Syracuse, NY, Carrier TheaterWednesday, September 21, Ridgefield, CT, Ridgefield PlayhouseThursday, September 22, Boston, MA, City WineryFriday, September 23, New York, NY, City WinerySaturday, September 24, Albany, NY, Swyer RoomTuesday, September 27, Red Bank, NJ, The VogelWednesday, September 28, Philadelphia, PA, City WineryFriday, September 30, Washington DC, City WinerySaturday, October 1, Annapolis, MD, Ram’s Head LiveSunday, October 2, Oakmont, PA (Pittsburgh), Oaks TheaterWednesday, October 5, Cleveland, OH, Music Box Supper ClubSaturday, October 8, Milwaukee, WI Wilson Theater-Marcus CenterSunday, October 9, Chicago, IL, City Winery