When you hear the word testosterone, what comes to mind? Many folks think of a large, muscle-bound man who is too aggressive and macho. Of course, that stereotype is untrue. Testosterone plays a role in a man's motivation and vigor, but it does much more than that. The truth is that testosterone is crucial for the male body because it affects development from puberty through old age.
As your primary androgen, testosterone helps develop the characteristics that make you the man you are. Controlled by your pituitary gland and your hypothalamus, testosterone helps maintain and develop:
Unfortunately, when your body suffers from low testosterone (also called hypogonadism), you'll start to notice concerning symptoms that affect every aspect of your life.
This is a question we get all the time at Rank One Medical. Though the true answer is nuanced, the bottom line is that aging is most often the reason for low T. Every man who ages will most likely have lower testosterone than younger men. Other causes of low testosterone include prescribed medications, drug abuse, injuries, and obesity.
When you lose large amounts of testosterone, it alters your testosterone and estrogen. Low T levels usually result in more abdominal fat, which in turn causes estrogen synthetase levels to jump. This creates even higher levels of estrogen in your body. With more estrogen and less testosterone, several concerning issues manifest.
Some of the most common symptoms associated with low testosterone include:
If you're a man struggling with just one of the symptoms above, it could be because you have low testosterone. However, the only way to be certain is to have your testosterone levels tested. If your testosterone levels are low for a man of your age, TRT in Altus, OK, may be the next logical step.
Have you noticed that you don't feel like "you" when you're working or relaxing at home? Do you always feel lethargic or unmotivated, even on your days off? Do you find it challenging to maintain an erection? Many men mistake these symptoms for being overworked or over-busy. Truthfully, though, there's a good chance these are symptoms of low testosterone. Since no two males have the same symptoms of low testosterone, it's prudent to understand and recognize some of the most common signs.
When you have low T, it's not unusual for sex to be unappealing. Crazy, right? If you're one of the thousands of men in the United States suffering from a low sex drive, it might not be you. It could be low testosterone. Don't settle for a mediocre libido - reclaim your sex life with Rank One Medical.
Also called ED, these are two words that every man hopes to avoid. When you're unable to perform in the bedroom, it's not just embarrassing - it can also affect your long-term relationships and even your mental health. ED is a challenging topic to talk about. But it doesn't have to be. TRT in Altus, OK can help re-light that special spark you've been missing for so long.
Your brain has many testosterone receptors. However, when you're suffering from low testosterone, it can affect your mood. With time, those feelings can lead to serious psychological issues like depression. However, studies show that TRT can help rebalance your hormones, which can lead to improved mood and a life without depression.
When you work hard all day, most men want to come home, eat some dinner, and try to go to sleep. Unfortunately, men with low testosterone tend to toss and turn, even when they're exhausted. Whether you have undiagnosed insomnia or a different sleep disorder, low T could be the culprit.
When testosterone levels lower as we get older, men have a harder time lifting heavy items. That's true even if you're hitting the gym and lifting weights to maintain your muscles. If you're making a concerted effort to keep your muscle mass and strength but aren't making gains, it could be due to low testosterone.
Do you find it extra challenging to finish normal tasks at work? Do you believe your memory is getting worse? Does your spouse or partner yell about not paying attention to them? Trust us; we've been there. The effects of low testosterone don't just affect your body - they can also affect your mind and memory. When TRT brings your testosterone levels back within normal range, brain fog and other concentration issues will often go away.
At Rank One Medical, we understand what men go through every day when living with low testosterone. They suffer from low libido, lack of motivation, and often feel abnormal and out of place. But as bad as those are, living with low testosterone can have more severe health risks that put your vital organs at risk.
Some of the health risks you should be concerned with include the following:
When you're diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, you may be wondering why. Sometimes, the culprit is having low T. Statistically, men with low testosterone have a higher chance of getting diabetes as they age. In the same vein of thought, men with diabetes are also much more likely to have low T. This fact establishes a relationship between testosterone and diabetes. This relationship is furthered by the fact that men with low testosterone have more challenges resisting insulin. Though TRT in Altus, OK won't cure your diabetes, research shows that men with healthy testosterone levels also have healthier blood sugar levels and are usually not as obese.
Have you been told by your primary care doctor that you have high blood pressure? Do you have an idea what may be causing your high blood pressure? Is it aging? Is it hereditary? Is it something else?
According to research, men with low testosterone have higher chances of suffering from cardiovascular illnesses. Because, when your testosterone levels are low, red blood cell reproduction slows. That, in turn, causes plaque buildup in your arteries. With time, plaque buildup can cause life-threatening issues like heart attacks or strokes.
If you look in the mirror in the morning and are disgusted with how fat you've gotten, you're not alone. Many aging men have problems with obesity. If you eat well and exercise like you should but still can't shed embarrassing body fat, low T could be the cause.
Research shows a link between obesity and low T, with testosterone playing an essential role in food metabolism. It's also involved with insulin, glucose, and fat regulation. Thankfully, when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise, men who use TRT often lose weight and benefit from better blood glucose and low-density cholesterol levels.
When a man has anemia, his body lacks much-needed blood cells, meaning organs have less oxygen to properly function. Normal testosterone levels have been linked to healthy red blood cell counts, so it makes sense that men with low T are at risk of anemia. In fact, a study conducted in 2009 found that aging men with low testosterone were five times more likely to have anemia versus men with healthy testosterone. TRT isn't a cure for anemia, but with healthier levels of testosterone, your body will produce more red blood cells, which can prevent anemia.
Up to this point, we've explained some of the revolutionary benefits of TRT but haven't dug into how it works. TRT does exactly what its name implies: it's a therapy backed by science that replaces low T levels in men.
Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT is a form of hormone replacement therapy for men that helps them deal with and triumph over the debilitating side effects associated with low testosterone. Originally created by scientists in the 1930s, TRT has grown from a little-known treatment to a life-changing solution for millions of men worldwide.
Without boring you with facts and scientific speak, TRT gives your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy T levels, your body isn't able to maintain the natural processes it needs for your well-being. As a matter of fact, men with low T are more likely to develop serious health problems like heart disease and type-2 diabetes. Until their testosterone levels are restored, most men suffer from the symptoms of low testosterone without hormone replacement therapy like TRT.
With TRT from Rank One Medical, your hormones are rebalanced so your body can finally begin to heal, relieving and even eliminating many of the most common signs of low testosterone.
Unlike some TRT clinics, Rank One Medical takes a comprehensive, careful approach to testosterone replacement therapy. To ensure our patients get the best results in the most efficient time frames, we have developed a 10-step physician-prescribed plan for TRT in Altus, OK.
You Complete Our Initial On-Boarding Form
You Complete Paperwork Regarding Your Medical History & Physical
You Receive a Lab Requisite Form to Print
You Find the Nearest Quest Lab Center for Your Initial Lab Work
Quest Lab Sends Rank One Medical Your Lab Results for Review
A Physician from Rank One Medical Will Develop and Prescribe a TRT Regimen Tailored to Your Body
Our Physicians Order TRT from a 501 Compounding Pharmacy
The Pharmacy Preps and Ships Your TRT Order to Your Doorstep Within 10 Business Days
Quest Labs Re-Draws Your Labs After 9 Weeks to Review Your Progress
Quest Labs Re-Draws Your Labs Every 4-6 Months for Ongoing Treatment
In addition to our easy 10-step process for TRT, every Rank One Medical patient benefits from our affordable prices and personalized service. After all, every man has a different body, and as such, will need different TRT. Our valued patients also benefit from the following:
Did you know that 13 million men have low T and that 90% of them go untreated by doctors? Living with the harmful side effects of low testosterone is no way to live. If you believe your testosterone levels are unhealthy, it's time to contact Rank One Medical. Living with low testosterone is definitely risky. But with help from our male HRT clinic, you can reclaim your youth and health with TRT in Altus, OK.
Unlike other TRT clinics, our highly-trained team uses a functional approach to male health, which lets us solve the causes of your symptom instead of putting a proverbial band-aid on them. Ready to get started? We're ready to help you every step of the way. Contact Rank One Medical and make a difference in your life today.
ALTUS, Okla. – Sabrina Bertram from Altus successfully completed a statewide summer employment program that led to paychecks and valuable work experience through the BEST STEP summer employment program.Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Transition program and ...
ALTUS, Okla. – Sabrina Bertram from Altus successfully completed a statewide summer employment program that led to paychecks and valuable work experience through the BEST STEP summer employment program.
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Transition program and OU National Center for Disability Education and Training’s Pre-Employment Transition Services offered BEST STEP for students with disabilities free of charge in 27 cities across the state in June and July.
BEST STEP is an acronym for Building Employment Skills Today and Summer Transition Employment Program.
The BEST part of the program is one week of pre-employment transition instruction, which took place at Altus High School.
During the STEP portion, eligible students worked up to 25 hours per week at $10 per hour for businesses in their communities. STEP salaries are primarily funded by Central Oklahoma Workforce Development Board.
Bertram worked closely with Animal Control Officer Haley Gilpatrick, who said, “She was a great worker, eager to learn and good with all the animals. She enjoyed seeing the cats every day, taking care of them and making sure they had everything they needed. “
“Working at the animal shelter was a huge area of interest with Sabrina,” said Susan Sanchez, Bertram’s DRS Vocational Rehabilitation counselor who coordinated BEST STEP in the Altus area. “I was glad that I volunteer with a local spay and neuter program, so I could contact the shelter and ask about the internship.”
“Sabrina learned a lot, and her mother asked about similar (employment) programs,” Sanchez said. “In the end, Sabrina was allowed to adopt a cat as an early birthday present from her mother.”
Sabrina Bertram, who attends Altus High School, said, “I liked helping at the animal shelter and I loved working with the animals. I would tell other kids that it is fun to go to and there are other people there that you can make friends with. I learned that, and that you are supposed to show up on time and be nice to others.”
Employment consultants for Altus BEST STEP were from Job Connection, which assists DRS with job coaching for the area.
Grace Muirhead and Marshall Taylor were the OU’s Pre-Employment representatives.
BEST STEP students are DRS clients or potentially eligible to become clients with a documented disability. They are at least 16 years old.
“DRS Transition and OU Pre-ETS offers the BEST STEP program every summer,” Sanchez added. “We want more students with disabilities from Altus to participate next year.”
For more information, visit https://oklahoma.gov/okdrs/students/transition.html or phone 405-212-7789.
DRS Transition provides career planning and employment services to prepare students with disabilities for employment, postsecondary education and life after high school. Services may include career counseling, vocational evaluation, work adjustment training, on-the-job training, work study, and job development and placement. BEST is one many programs DRS offers in partnership with other agencies, public school systems and community organizations.
The National Center for Disability Education and Training at The University of Oklahoma Outreach provides Pre-Employment Transition Service (Pre-ETS) activities to high school students with disabilities. Pre-ETS-career focused preparation activities include job exploration, work-based learning, workplace readiness, self-advocacy and postsecondary counseling.
Itching to experience another astronomical event after August's blue super moon? Well, you're in luck.An annular solar eclipse will be vis...
Itching to experience another astronomical event after August's blue super moon? Well, you're in luck.
An annular solar eclipse will be visible across portions of North and South America on Oct. 14. However, those looking up at the sky from Oklahoma won't be able to see its full "ring of fire" effect ― where the outer edge of the sun is visible around the moon ― but it'll be close.
An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun while at its farthest point from Earth. The moon won't completely block the sun, but the part of the sun that peeks out around the moon appears as a very bright ring, or "annulus."
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the upcoming eclipse will "create a path of darkness stretching from the Oregon coast to south Texas." While locations along this path are the best places to observe the eclipse, we'll still be able to see it here in Oklahoma.
The solar eclipse will occur on Saturday, Oct. 14. According to NASA, the eclipse will begin in Oregon around 9:13 a.m. PDT and end in Texas around 12:03 p.m. CDT.
Yes. While the moon won't move entirely across the sun, it'll be close. You will be able to see the moon cover anywhere from 75-85% of the sun, depending on where you are in the state. This is according to Eclipse2024, an interactive website where you can find out when and how well you can see the eclipse based on your city.
In Oklahoma City, the eclipse will start at 10:21 a.m. CST. The maximum coverage will be at 11:49 a.m. when the moon will cover 82% of the sun.
In Tulsa, the eclipse will start at 10:23 a.m. CST. The maximum coverage will be at 11:50 a.m. when the moon will cover 78% of the sun.
Click on your city on Eclipse2024 to see a graphic representation of what the eclipse will look like where you are, as well as learn when it starts and when maximum coverage will occur.
For more interactive previews of the eclipse, check out this other simulator from Eclipse2024.org.
According to NASA, it is never safe to look directly at the sun without specialized eye protection while viewing the eclipse.
"Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury," NASA says on its website.
NASA says that when watching the solar eclipse, you must look through safe solar viewing "eclipse glasses" or a safe, handheld solar viewer at all times.
"Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard," NASA says.
Yes, NASA will broadcast telescope views of the eclipse from across the U.S. on the official NASA YouTube channel.
The skywatching website timeanddate.com will also livestream the annular solar eclipse from start to finish with its live stream and live blog with real-time progress reports and background information, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
A total solar eclipse, the same type of eclipse as the August 2017 eclipse, will occur on April 8, 2024. During a total solar eclipse, the moon is at its closest point to Earth, which allows it to block out the sun's light completely, rather than leaving a "ring" like an annular eclipse.
The April eclipse's path will go through southeastern Oklahoma, as well as Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont, according to Eclipse2024.
The next annular solar eclipse that will be visible from the United States will take place on June 21, 2039. However, Alaska will be the only state in the path of the eclipse.
Herald-Tribune reporter Cheryl McCloud and The Oklahoman's Cheyenne Derksen contributed to this report.
Oklahomans, mark your calendars. The much-awaited tax-free weekend is just around the corner, providing a great opportunity for back-to-school shoppers to save some extra cash.Since 2007, Oklahoma law has mandated the waiving of sales tax on certain items during the first week of August, and this year is no exception.The tax-free weekend ...
Oklahomans, mark your calendars. The much-awaited tax-free weekend is just around the corner, providing a great opportunity for back-to-school shoppers to save some extra cash.
Since 2007, Oklahoma law has mandated the waiving of sales tax on certain items during the first week of August, and this year is no exception.
The tax-free weekend for 2023 will kick off at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will conclude at midnight Sunday. During this time, the state sales tax of 4.5% will be completely waived, and even county and municipal taxes will be exempted, resulting in a higher overall discount for shoppers.
Clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 will be exempt from sales taxes. However, it's important to note that accessories and special clothing designed for "athletic activity or protective use" will still be taxed. To get a detailed understanding of the items eligible for waived sales tax, refer to the full list provided by the authorities.
Yes. Coupons not only increase your discount but also can be utilized to bring down the price of an item to fit within the tax holiday's $100 threshold.
For instance, if you find an item you desire priced at $105, it would normally be too expensive for the waived taxes. However, if you have a retailer coupon that brings the price down to $95, the item would qualify for the tax exemption.
It's worth mentioning that manufacturer coupons, which require retailers to seek third-party reimbursement, do not reduce the item's price for the purpose of tax-free eligibility.
Yes. However, it is important to remember that you must place and pay for the order during the tax-free weekend, and the retailer must accept the order for it to be eligible for the exemption.
If you prefer to shop via layaway, you'll be pleased to know that Oklahoma's tax-free weekend covers that too. However, it's crucial to ensure that the final payment for the layaway item is made during the tax-free weekend to avail the exemption.
While the tax-free weekend can be a bustling time for shoppers, it's worth noting that raincheck items do not qualify for the exemption. With a considerable number of consumers taking advantage of this sales-tax holiday, popular items may run out quickly. Therefore, it's advisable to plan your purchases accordingly and redeem raincheck items after the tax-free weekend, understanding that they will be taxable.
Remember, if you live outside Oklahoma, there might be similar tax-free holidays in your state. Check out our roundup of nationwide tax-free holidays to see if you can benefit from this special opportunity.
Some Oklahomans saw large hail and heavy rain on Wednesday as severe storms moved through the state.>> Check live radar | KOCO weather page | Get KOCO on the GoBelow is a running blog with weather updates as storms move through and develop in Oklahoma. C...
Some Oklahomans saw large hail and heavy rain on Wednesday as severe storms moved through the state.
Below is a running blog with weather updates as storms move through and develop in Oklahoma. Check back throughout the day for the latest updates.
5:30 p.m. Wednesday Update: KOCO 5 First Alert Chief Meteorologist Damon Lane says the severe weather threat is decreasing for central and western Oklahoma. There should be nice rain for the rest of the evening.
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5 p.m. Wednesday Update: A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the areas near Pink until 5:15 p.m.
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4:30 p.m. Wednesday Update: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Norman, Moore and Newcastle until 5 p.m.
3 p.m. Wednesday Update: The severe thunderstorm watch has been extended to include central and southern Oklahoma, including the OKC metro.
KOCO 5 First Alert Meteorologist Damon Lane says the tornado risk is low and tennis ball-sized hail and 80 mph winds are possible in the strongest storms. The timeline for the OKC metro is 3:30-6:30 p.m.
2:40 p.m. Wednesday Update: The enhanced risk for southwestern Oklahoma and part of the OKC metro is still in effect. KOCO 5 First Alert Meteorologist Damon Lane says the tornado index for the OKC metro and the south remains low at 2 out of 10.
The storms could produce 70-80 mph winds from Elk City to the OKC metro down to Pauls Valley and Ardmore.
The threat of large hail will be pretty early on in the storms as they move through western Oklahoma. Elk City to Norman, Purcell, Lawton and Altus could get tennis ball-sized hail. Hailstone sizes decrease to golf ball-sized and quarter-sized as the storms move east.
Open the video player above for Damon's latest timeline.
1:30 p.m. Wednesday Update: A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for several counties until 9 p.m. in western and southwestern Oklahoma. The counties include Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Jackson, Kiowa, Tillman and Washita.
12:10 p.m. Wednesday Update: KOCO 5 Meteorologist Jonathan Conder says the severe weather threat for southwestern Oklahoma to the OKC metro has risen to a level-three enhanced risk. Other areas are in a level-two slight risk and a level-one marginal risk.
Southwestern Oklahoma could see baseball-sized hail, and the OKC metro could get golf ball-sized hail.
The OKC metro to southwestern Oklahoma could get 70-80 mph winds.
Jonathan also says the tornado risk has increased. The tornado index for southwestern Oklahoma is a 4 out of 10 and a 2 out of 10 for the OKC metro to parts of western Oklahoma and southeastern Oklahoma. Northern and eastern Oklahoma have a 1 out of 10 risk.
9:40 a.m. Wednesday Update: The National Weather Service says a small area of thunderstorms will move across north-central Oklahoma through about noon. A few strong-to-perhaps severe storms are possible with half-dollar-sized hail and 60 mph winds.
9:15 a.m. Wednesday Update: A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 10 a.m. for the areas near Blackwell, Lamont and Braman.
8:35 a.m. Wednesday Update: Jonathan says the storm moving through Enid is producing 1-inch hail and 60 mph winds. Areas southwest of Enid are seeing the tail-end of the storm cell and are getting smaller hail stones.
8:23 a.m. Wednesday Update:
7:53 a.m. Wednesday Update: The National Weather Service says a small area of showers and thunderstorms will move across parts of northwestern and north-central Oklahoma. A few strong storms are possible with quarter-sized hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph. A quick half-inch of rain is also possible.
7:20 a.m. Wednesday Update: Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect in northwestern Oklahoma. The National Weather Service says a warning is in effect until 7:30 a.m. near Woodward, Mooreland and Gage. Another warning is in effect until 7:45 a.m. near Waynoka, Belva and Quinlan.
7 a.m. Wednesday Update: KOCO 5 Meteorologist Jonathan Conder says central Oklahoma, including the OKC metro, to southern and southwestern Oklahoma have a level-two slight risk for severe storms while parts of western to northern and eastern Oklahoma have a level-one marginal risk.
The biggest risk is for large hail, with parts of southwestern Oklahoma possibly seeing baseball-sized hail. The OKC metro could get golf ball-sized hail, and other areas could see hail stones the size of ping pong balls or quarters.
Jonathan also said there is a low tornado risk. Central Oklahoma to southern Oklahoma has a tornado index of 2 out of 10, and the index for western to northern and eastern Oklahoma is a 1 out of 10.
Storms are possible at any point on Wednesday, but Jonathan expects severe storms to start out west around 3 p.m. and come into the OKC metro between 5-7 p.m.
Jonathan shows when to expect storms in your area. Open the video player above for the latest timeline.
Be sure to download the KOCO 5 App to receive customized weather alerts. You can watch our team coverage on the app, too.
Brandon Allen and his wife, Jennifer, serve as the Baptist Collegiate Ministry directors at Western Oklahoma State College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Sayre. They also lead the college and young adult ministry at their home church in Altus, Martha Road Baptist Church. They minister to seniors in high school, college-aged students, and young adults in the workforce. The Allens feel honored to disciple this group of people who are the future of the Church.“We get to work with and build up an incredibly important ...
Brandon Allen and his wife, Jennifer, serve as the Baptist Collegiate Ministry directors at Western Oklahoma State College and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Sayre. They also lead the college and young adult ministry at their home church in Altus, Martha Road Baptist Church. They minister to seniors in high school, college-aged students, and young adults in the workforce. The Allens feel honored to disciple this group of people who are the future of the Church.
“We get to work with and build up an incredibly important age group of people who are responsible for growing the body of Christ,” Brandon said. “The most rewarding thing about this ministry is watching their sparks catch everything around them ablaze. We are big on discipleship and the process of multiplication. Watching these young adults go out and present the Gospel in their daily lives is so rewarding to watch.”
As one can imagine, students and young adults have busy and varying schedules, and establishing dates and times for the majority to meet is a big challenge. The Allens have found success by partnering with churches in Southwest Association who provide and serve meals during weekly Bible study and discipleship groups. This strategy has proven to be effective as Brandon and Jennifer have seen young adults grow in their faith and share the Gospel.
“We have a small group of aviation students who attend weekly,” Brandon said. “Watching them take the initiative to start their own on-campus Bible study for their fellow classmates and sharing the Gospel with unbelievers in their class was a proud moment.”
Still, the Allens and students across Oklahoma need prayer. Being a young adult in the world today is especially challenging. Many struggle with their identity, as far as who they are to God versus who they are in the world. Pray the Allens and campus missionaries all over the state would be able to guide them on the correct path to the One who gives life—Jesus.
Because of the generous giving of Oklahoma Baptists through the Cooperative Program, an amazing array of ministries are supported. This unified giving encourages fellowship with other believers all over the world. Collectively, Oklahoma Baptists are advancing the Gospel together.
Brandon Allen is featured in the 2023 Missionary Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. For more information about the Cooperative Program, visit oklahomabaptists.org/cp.