When your testosterone level is low, you’re more likely to be overweight, or even obese. But unless you visit with a medical professional, you probably have no idea that this hidden hormone is what’s impacting your weight loss efforts. When you become a client of Empower Weight Loss Associates in McKinney, Texas, you’ll meet with a nurse practitioner who has extensive training and education in diagnosing health issues. With the help of Diana Patton, FNP-C, and her dedicated weight loss team, you can get treated for low testosterone and get back to a healthy weight.
Having abnormally low testosterone levels can leave you feeling less energized. You’ll probably feel run down and won’t have the desire to exercise. It’s also common for men with low testosterone levels to gain weight or even become obese.
Once you meet with a nurse practitioner at Empower Weight Loss Associates, you can get started on a testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) program. This helps boost your testosterone, so you can start losing weight and building muscle mass. Plus, when your testosterone is up where it needs to be, you’ll probably have more energy to exercise.
During your appointment, you’ll meet with a highly skilled nurse practitioner who will go over your options, discussing your needs and what you’re trying to achieve. You might do very well with testosterone patches, topical gels, or testosterone injections.
You’ll only need regular tests until your testosterone reaches a normal level for an extended period of time. You’ll need a blood draw to diagnose low testosterone in the first place. Once you start your custom TRT program, make an appointment to get your testosterone checked after eight weeks, then again after six months.
Usually, you only need annual blood draws after that, as long as your TRT program is working for you. If your nurse practitioner needs to adjust your dose, you might need to come in more frequently.
If your testosterone levels are low, you’ll likely need treatment for the rest of your life. If you stop following your TRT plan, side effects — including weight gain — can come back. Therefore, you will consistently need to monitor your testosterone levels.