Your muscles are finely tuned instruments designed to move your body from place to place. When you're focusing on building those muscles, you will spend more time exercising and strengthening them, often in the gym using weights. However, if you are dealing with a hormone imbalance – more specifically, a testosterone deficiency – you may struggle to build muscles. If it seems that, no matter how hard you work, you simply cannot build muscle mass, hormones may be to blame.
Hormones and Your Muscles
As the human body ages, both men and women experience natural changes in their hormone levels. One of those changes is a drop in testosterone levels. Men, for instance, lose about 1 percent a year after age 30 to 40. Some men will lose more than this. Additionally, stress and outside influences can cause the drop to happen more quickly or earlier than usual for some men.
Men who are dealing with low testosterone levels may notice a drop in their strength. They may also experience longer recovery periods when they exercise. Low muscle tone occurs because the muscle cells themselves have smaller fiber size due to the lower testosterone levels.
Both men and women may struggle with the symptoms of testosterone deficiency, but the condition is more common and pronounced in men. In fact, some men may lose between 12 and 15 pounds of lean muscle mass when testosterone levels begin to drop.
Testosterone is essential to helping maintain bone density, muscle strength, and mass. When testosterone levels drop, so does muscle mass. Even intense weight training may not bring about the desired results because the body does not have the right ingredients to build strong, lean muscles. Thus, all of the efforts in the gym are wasted.
How BHRT Can Help
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, offers a way to overcome low testosterone levels in order to achieve greater gains when working to build muscle mass. Bioidentical hormones are similar to hormones made by the body, but they come from a natural, plant-derived compound. With this therapy, which was first introduced in 1939, you can enjoy a natural balancing of your hormones with far less risk and more effectiveness than synthetically produced hormones.
Because BHRT mimics hormones in the body, you must have a custom treatment plan to ensure that you are receiving the right balance of hormone therapy. With the right balance, you will notice increased muscle tone and decreased body fat as your body adjusts to a proper hormonal balance.