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 West Bradenton, 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 West Bradenton, 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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BRADENTON - FHP has announced A devastating auto accident that occurred Friday evening (July 28th), at the intersection of State Road 70 (53rd Ave) and US 41 (14th Street). According to the report by Florida Highway Patrol, the fatal crash involved three vehicles and a pedestrian.The report states that there were three vehicles involved in the accident, a sedan, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), and a passenger bus, as well as a pedestrian.In addition to the fatally injured pedestrian, the driver of the sedan, a 21-year-o...
BRADENTON - FHP has announced A devastating auto accident that occurred Friday evening (July 28th), at the intersection of State Road 70 (53rd Ave) and US 41 (14th Street). According to the report by Florida Highway Patrol, the fatal crash involved three vehicles and a pedestrian.
The report states that there were three vehicles involved in the accident, a sedan, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), and a passenger bus, as well as a pedestrian.
In addition to the fatally injured pedestrian, the driver of the sedan, a 21-year-old man from Bradenton, Florida, was also seriously injured. The SUV's driver, a 24-year-old woman, and her two passengers, an 8-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl, all from Bradenton, Florida, suffered minor injuries.
Additionally, a passenger bus was part of the collision, carrying a 54-year-old man from Spring Hill, Florida, and a 38-year-old man from Sarasota, Florida. Both individuals sustained minor injuries. Another passenger on the bus, a 23-year-old girl from Independence, Oregon, was also involved in the crash.
The most tragic outcome of the accident was the death of a 60-year-old man from Bradenton, Florida, who was a pedestrian at the time of the collision. The events leading up to the fatal crash were outlined by the FHP.
According to the FHP report, the sedan driven by the 21-year-old man from Bradenton was heading west on State Road 70 approaching the intersection with US 41. Simultaneously, the sport utility vehicle driven by the 24-year-old woman was traveling east on State Road 70, attempting to make a left turn onto northbound US 41. The third vehicle, a passenger bus, was also traveling east on State Road 70, approaching the intersection of US 41.
As the vehicles converged on the intersection of SR 70 and US 41, the pedestrian, identified as a 60-year-old man from Bradenton Florida, was standing on the raised median divider of State Road 70, just west of US 41.
At 6:40 PM the westbound sedan encountered the left-turning SUV and the front of the sedan collided with the right side of the sport utility vehicle. As a result of the impact, the sedan then collided with the 60-year-old Pedestrian. This in turn caused the pedestrian to be forced into the path of bus of the passenger bus.
The tragic incident took the life of the 60 year-old pedestrian, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. FHP also stated that the driver of the sedan, the 21 year-old-man from Bradenton Florida, fled the scene on foot. However, law enforcement action was able to quickly apprehend the man and he has been taken into custody.
After being apprehended by FHP, The 21-year-old male driver of the sedan was identified as Gustavo DeLeon of Bradenton. DeLeon now faces several serious charges, including leaving the scene of an accident with death, vehicular homicide, and driving without a valid driver's license. DeLeon was booked into the Manatee County Jail pending further investigation.
As of now, the crash remains under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, with authorities working to uncover the exact cause and circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.
As members of the local community serving the Bradenton and Sarasota area for over 30 years we have seen too many people die in avoidable traffic accidents.
Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy, and Walsh of southwest Florida, extends our deepest sympathies to all those affected by this tragic event. We urge drivers no matter thier situation to be attentive and responsible, and cautious on the roads to prevent such devastating incidents in the future.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on charges of sexual battery and child pornography.Nicholas Bassler Jr., 24, and Sierra Campany, 24, had several photos and videos of themselves performing sexual acts on children, the sheriff’s office said in a news release and press conference Wednesday morning. Investigators said there may be more victims.“What you’re looking at here is pure evil. I’ve been doing this job for close to 40 years and it takes a lot to bother me. This case abso...
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on charges of sexual battery and child pornography.
Nicholas Bassler Jr., 24, and Sierra Campany, 24, had several photos and videos of themselves performing sexual acts on children, the sheriff’s office said in a news release and press conference Wednesday morning. Investigators said there may be more victims.
“What you’re looking at here is pure evil. I’ve been doing this job for close to 40 years and it takes a lot to bother me. This case absolutely sickens me,” Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells said at the press conference.
“I don’t know how you could do the things that they have done to small children and go to sleep tonight. This, in my opinion, is lower than any scum that I’ve been around in a long, long time,” Wells said.
Bassler and Campany transmitted the sexual abuse materials via Facebook, detectives said.
Facebook flagged these transmissions as possible sexual abuse materials and contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where the crimes were then traced to Bradenton and directed to the sheriff’s office on June 5.
That led detectives to the 5000 block of 23rd Street West in Bradenton on Sept. 13 where they obtained a search warrant under probable cause, the news release said.
Officers took several electronic items, including a tablet, and found the child porn images and videos on them, with victims ranging in age from 10 months old to 10 years old, the news release said.
Play equipment and a small child’s green crocs were outside the house Wednesday morning, along with a no trespassing sign.
Detectives said at the press conference that the couple knew the victims and had personal relationships with them and may have babysat a few of the kids, but could not release any further details about their relationship.
Lt. Mark Morie of the Crimes Against Children Unit said that Bassler and Campany were dating and that Bassler had groomed Campany to sexually assault the children. He also said he could not rule out the possibility that Bassler may have done this with previous girlfriends as well.
He also said that Campany tested positive for PCP while nine months pregnant.
Detectives said these crimes may have been happening for six months or more and that they have reason to believe there could be additional victims.
Morie said the suspects and one of the victims traveled to New York and that there may be victims in that state as well. He said they will pass information about the case to law enforcement agencies in New York.
Bassler Jr. and Campany were arrested on Thursday and Friday on capital sexual battery charges. They face additional charges for possession, transmission and production of child porn.
The punishment for a capital sexual battery charge is mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to Florida statutes.
Detectives say forensics on a cellphone showed video of Campany sexually battering a 3-year-old and a 10-month-old child and a video of Bassler sexually battering the 10-month-old as well. Further investigation found that he also sexually battered a 10-year-old child, Wells said.
Bassler Jr. and Campany confessed to the crimes, according to detectives.
They are in custody, arrest records show.
Detectives said more charges are possible and that Bassler was previously arrested in 2018 for lewd and lascivious crimes
“I’m here today because we believe that we have more victims out there,” Wells said at the press conference.
“I would say to any adult that knows these two dirtbags, who has kids that have been around them, to talk to your children and make sure that they have not been sexually battered or attempted sexual battery on their children,” he said.
Bassler’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Anyone who suspects a child has had contact with Bassler, Jr. or Campany is urged to contact Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children detectives at (941) 747-3011 Ext. 2522, the news release said.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
This story was originally published September 20, 2023, 10:06 AM.
“The Bradenton Area on Florida’s West Coast used to be a well-kept secret, but not anymore,” said Sharon Hillstrom, president and CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. “Working professionals and young families are rapidly discovering the live-work-play combination they desire in this community that offers incredible natural assets, excellent career opportunities, and vibrant town centers.”Located south of...
“The Bradenton Area on Florida’s West Coast used to be a well-kept secret, but not anymore,” said Sharon Hillstrom, president and CEO of the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. “Working professionals and young families are rapidly discovering the live-work-play combination they desire in this community that offers incredible natural assets, excellent career opportunities, and vibrant town centers.”
Located south of Tampa Bay and north of Sarasota, the Bradenton Area includes the nine communities of Manatee County — Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Ellenton, Holmes Beach, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Palmetto, and Parrish.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, following the pandemic, the nation’s employment levels recovered in August 2022, while the State of Florida fared better than the rest of the country with recovery in October 2021. Manatee County’s recovery in June 2021 preceded both Florida and the nation.
“The Bradenton Area’s job recovery a full year ahead of the rest of the country demonstrates the business friendly environment that new and expanding businesses appreciate in our community,” Hillstrom said. “We also are attracting the talent to fill those positions.”
— Sharon Hillstrom, Bradenton Area EDC
While 15 Florida counties lost population between 2010 and 2021, Manatee County was in the top 10 for population growth rate. The developers of Lakewood Ranch, a rapidly growing master-planned community, recently reported on in-migration for 2021 and 2022. The community’s top feeder markets were the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and California.
Floridians account for more in-migration than out-of-staters at Lakewood Ranch because the households moved to Florida within the past two years and were renting in surrounding counties, according to Lakewood Ranch staff. They chose Lakewood Ranch when they were ready to buy a home, largely for the schools. Interestingly, Lakewood Ranch is seeing multi-generational moves with young families including seniors in their living arrangement — a trend worth watching, Hillstrom says.
The experience of Lakewood Ranch exemplifies the draw of distinct communities throughout Manatee County, which offer a variety of housing options, recreational amenities and schools.
Highly rated public schools foster career-focused pathways from K-12 to higher education in Manatee County. The school district’s K-12 STEM programs offer students the ability to learn coding skills, engage in robotics, solve real world problems, and acquire computer technology skills. Competitions — such as STEM Fair and VEX IQ Robotics — serve to enhance teamwork and collaboration, support a growth mindset, and improve data analysis. Competitions also assist in developing problem-solving skills and building confidence while getting students motivated and engaged.
College preparatory schools and private schools, like world-renowned sports training destination IMG Academy, extend throughout the region. Post-secondary institutions include Manatee Technical College; State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, a regional campus of the University of South Florida; the University of Florida’s engineering campus, Innovation Station; the globally recognized Ringling College of Art + Design; LECOM Dental School and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“The Bradenton Area is a model multi-generational community,” Hillstrom said. “Vibrant town centers like Bradenton’s downtown and Village of the Arts offer events and activities that appeal to the young and young-at-heart. For example, the annual Bradenton Blues Festival has become one of the top blues events in the nation. Additionally, the area’s sports events draw thousands of competitors and spectators to venues across the county.”
Nature lovers are attracted to Manatee County’s 27 miles of beaches, 33 parks and 30,000 acres of conservation lands that are managed for preservation and passive recreation, Hillstrom said. The county offers a handy interactive map to help visitors find their slice of paradise. Another popular outdoor recreational attraction, the Bradenton Riverwalk, extends along the Manatee River from downtown eastward to the Manatee Village Historical Park. And the historic fishing village of Cortez provides a glimpse into the world of commercial fleet fishing, along with authentic, local eateries.
“I tell professionals looking to relocate here: Whether you love nature preserves with miles of biking trails, vibrant communities teeming with public art and free concerts, or sports programs from Little League to Pittsburgh Pirates spring training and the Minor League Bradenton Marauders, the Bradenton Area offers a small-town vibe with an excellent opportunity to raise a family and pursue your career,” Hillstrom concluded.
A new Starbucks coffee shop is coming to West Bradenton, but city officials are worried about the traffic it may bring.The Bradenton City Council voted Wednesday to approve the permit for a 2,500-square-foot Starbucks on the southeast corner of Manatee Avenue and 75th Street West. An opening date has not been announced.According to city staff, Starbucks will demolish the vacant SunTrust Bank building on that corner to build the coffeehouse. The store will feature indoor seating, patio seating and a drive-thru.Seattle-bas...
A new Starbucks coffee shop is coming to West Bradenton, but city officials are worried about the traffic it may bring.
The Bradenton City Council voted Wednesday to approve the permit for a 2,500-square-foot Starbucks on the southeast corner of Manatee Avenue and 75th Street West. An opening date has not been announced.
According to city staff, Starbucks will demolish the vacant SunTrust Bank building on that corner to build the coffeehouse. The store will feature indoor seating, patio seating and a drive-thru.
Seattle-based Starbucks sells coffee, tea sandwiches and baked goods. There are 17 Starbucks locations in Manatee County.
After Albertsons and Kmart shuttered along both sides of Manatee Avenue, the two shopping centers failed to attract new tenants for several years. But recently, businesses have taken a new interest in the area.
“This area is starting to see a renaissance with development,” said Greg DeLong, Bradenton’s assistant director of the Planning and Community Development Department.
Before voting in favor of the project, council members expressed concern about the traffic the planned Starbucks may generate. Councilwoman Jayne Kocher noted that the site plan would not allow customers to turn south onto 75th Street West, potentially causing traffic backups or forcing customers to cut through the Village Green neighborhood.
Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey echoed those concerns and urged Starbucks to consider a building design that allows additional cars to stack in the drive-thru lane.
“I’m not opposed to Starbucks being there, but maybe they need to take a page out of Chick-fil-A’s playbook and look at some additional stacking. We know the problems we have at Manatee (Avenue) and U.S. 301,” Barnebey said, referring to another local Starbucks.
DeLong said the city’s Public Works Department will review the traffic impact at a later stage in the approval process. Council members voted 4-0 to approve a special use permit for Starbucks. Councilman Josh Cramer was absent and didn’t cast a vote.
A media contact for Starbucks didn’t respond to the Bradenton Herald’s request for comment on Wednesday.