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Men: Build lean muscle mass by using hormone replacement therapy

Men: Build lean muscle mass by using hormone replacement therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can greatly benefit you if you are hormone deficient and trying to bulk up while exercising. Not only can HRT help increase muscle growth, it can also help men suffering from a decrease in libido, abnormal sleep patterns, depression, increase metabolism, and also help treat cardiovascular disease. Check out these dos and don’ts when dealing with hormone replacement therapy and how it may be affecting your fitness goals.


Do

Do know when to use hormone replacement therapy

As men get older, muscle mass and hormone levels decrease. Men’s hormone levels can begin to decrease as early as age 30. This can affect sex drive, energy levels, memory, lean muscle mass and more. If a man’s hormone levels are decreasing, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can improve the areas that are being affected and reverse the negative effects of muscle atrophy and actually increase muscle growth. Low hormone levels can slow the drive to push oneself, decrease lean muscle mass, and slow metabolic rates. These are all problems that can negatively affect working out and building lean muscle mass.

Do see a doctor

If you are experiencing symptoms of hormone deficiency, you must see a doctor. If you are using HRT to enhance your gym performance but are not really hormone deficient, you can do more harm than good and will not see the results you are looking for. A decrease in energy or libido, abnormal sleep patterns, and slower muscle recovery from working out are all signs of hormone deficiency and you should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss hormone replacement therapy.

Do use HRT to help with your metabolism

When trying to build muscle mass it is essential to eat macronutrients which are carbohydrates, fat and protein. Not having the correct hormone levels can hinder your attempts at increasing muscle mass because it will slow the metabolism and decrease lean muscle mass. Hormone replacement therapy can give your metabolism the boost it needs to burn fat and increase lean muscle mass.

Do use HRT if you are having challenges when exercising

If you notice that working out is becoming more challenging and your drive is decreasing, it may be a sign that you need hormone replacement therapy. HRT enhances drive, energy levels, increases metabolic rates and will help build lean muscle mass.


Don't

Do not begin hormone replacement therapy without proper blood work

Beginning a hormone replacement therapy regimen without first having the appropriate blood panels can put you at serious risk. If you do not have deficiencies, of course, there should be no replacement needed. If you are interested in building lean muscle mass and feel that your hormones are negatively affecting your goals, proper blood work will make sure you need HRT, and will also help to create a customized treatment to better meet your needs.

Do not try to begin HRT without a doctor

Hormone deficiencies need to be diagnosed by a trained and licensed professional. If you attempt to start without a proper evaluation you could be replacing already high levels of hormones, which would put you at physical risk. When using HRT to bulk up and exercise it can actually harm your body if you are not hormone deficient.

Do not depend solely on hormone replacement therapy

Consulting a physician and starting hormone replacement therapy is a good start when trying to build muscle mass, but it is not enough on its own. Hormone replacement therapy must be coupled with a fitness plan and appropriate diet if you are trying to build muscle mass. The therapy will aid and prepare your body for the exercise and diet.

Do not give in to the symptoms of hormone deficiency

Along with the many symptoms you experience with the decrease in hormone levels, you can also use hormone replacement therapy to treat cardiovascular disease and depression. When you want to bulk up and build muscle mass, you should not let these afflictions hinder your goals. Hormone replacement therapy can treat and help you feel as if you are 20 years younger and give you the drive you need to bulk up.


Summary
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Hormone replacement therapy is necessary for people interested in building lean muscle mass and living a fit lifestyle, but only if they are experiencing hormone deficiencies. Self-diagnosing and beginning therapy without blood work can put you at physical risk. Taking the proper precautions gives each individual maximum results. Hormone deficiencies can begin in males as young as 30 years old and cause symptoms like decreases in energy, libido, sleep and drive. It also can slow a patient's metabolic rate, decrease their lean muscle mass and cut the recovery time after working out. If you are experiencing these effects, you should consult a doctor and begin treatment right away to meet your own fitness goals.


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