A Brief overview of TRT
Over time, “testosterone replacement therapy” has gone from being an obscure phrase nobody ever thought of to become one of the most searched phrases on Google. The boost in popularity and relevance has been in leaps, but this begs the question. Why?
As a variation and a subset of existing Hormone Replacement Therapy, TRT confers and is specifically directed to testosterone and what it entails is improving the level of testosterone in a person by constant application to the bloodstream. Even though no particular threshold denotes low testosterone, the general medical consensus would put a range of ‘normal’ total testosterone at 300 to 1000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). But frankly, this “range” is widely regarded by hormone replacement specialists as too broad, and does not take age into account. A 20 year old man at 300 ng/dL is quite different than an 80 year old man with total testosterone measured at 300 ng/dL, and may experience classic symptoms of “Low Testosterone,” even though he may fall into a “normal” range.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy is a medical protocol that is growing in popularity, designed to restore and/or elevate patients with low testosterone to an optimal, healthy state. It is not intended to elevate testosterone to supra-physiological (and potentially dangerous) levels, but rather to bring the patient’s hormone profile to that of a physically fit, active young man.