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 Alva, 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 Alva, 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 Alva, 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 Alva, 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 Alva, 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.
ALVA, Okla. — The Bull Smokehouse and Saloon, a rural restaurant and bar on the western edge of this Woods County town, provides a safe place for families, college students and the like to grab a quick lunch or stay out late to play a game of pool.Pete and Courtney Nesseralla, The Bull owners, are active participants in the community individually and as business owners. Throughout the throes of the pandemic, they said they have found community support really does go both ways.“When you support the community, the com...
ALVA, Okla. — The Bull Smokehouse and Saloon, a rural restaurant and bar on the western edge of this Woods County town, provides a safe place for families, college students and the like to grab a quick lunch or stay out late to play a game of pool.
Pete and Courtney Nesseralla, The Bull owners, are active participants in the community individually and as business owners. Throughout the throes of the pandemic, they said they have found community support really does go both ways.
“When you support the community, the community is going to support you,” Pete said. “We do as much community support as possible. If there is something that needs to be done, we are going to step on it.”
The Bull formerly was known as the Angry Bull Smokehouse and Saloon and was geared toward the 21 and older crowd, with Alva home to the main campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
When the Nesserallas took the restaurant over, they decided to make the it more family friendly, refine the menu and “keep it local.”
The Bull opened under its new ownership in January 2020. They were open a month and a half before the two-month COVID shutdown, which affected their eligibility to receive some of the government funding aimed to help those during the pandemic.
“We didn’t want to lay off workers, so we came up with things for them to do,” Pete said. “We would go buy $1,000 worth of food from our distributors and divide it up amongst our workers so they could go home and eat. We had to do different things. We had to keep people afloat.”
When the restaurant opened back up in May, Pete said it was like they had never been closed. Business resumed as normal without much of a hiccup, he said.
“We just went about business as usual, and treated it just like that,” Pete said. “We did extra things if people did have COVID, and they couldn’t come in. We would deliver. If people needed something we still took care of them, especially if they were sick.”
Besides operating as a business, The Bull is focused on rural life. Pete said he found that keeping things local brings customers in.
“We are more focused on supporting the FFAs, the rodeo kids, the stuff that isn’t your regular mainstream,” he said. “We still support our athletics. Every one of them gets our support, but our focus still stays rural on the FFA kids.”
The Bull’s menu was refined to the most popular, perfected items. The restaurant has lots of fresh, local and high-quality food, Pete said.
“We get all of our ground beef from Steven’s Land and Cattle in the Carmen-Dacoma area,” he said. “We get all of our steaks from Whittet’s here in Alva; we get all of our desserts from the Vanilla Bean here in Alva; we do lots with the Kiowa meat locker and Alva’s Market as well.”
When the restaurant was still The Angry Bull Restaurant and Saloon, under the ownership of Christopher and Sunny Glass, Pete had been doing some part-time work for the restaurant. As his involvement grew more full time, he went from doing inventory to learning the operation, he said.
“When they were ready to sell it, we were ready to take it,” Pete said. “It was good that our friends were able to walk us through it before they sold it. For the first year, they were so reasonable for what they charged so that we could get up and running. It was a pretty easy transition. We officially bought the building last year.”
The Bull became a little less “angry” as it became more family friendly to fit the Nesserallas’ own business plan. They eliminated indoor smoking, took out the stage to add more seating and put in games. The building itself is perfect for what they need, Pete said.
Construction wise, the outdoor cooking deck has been expanded, since the kitchen is so small. Next, handicap accessible parking will be added. Phase two will be to finish the outdoor Beer Garden, with hopes of adding a pergola, outdoor seating and TVs.
The Bull currently employs 18 but needs about 22. There is lots of transition with workers because of the college kids graduating or getting a different job, Pete said.
“We work at an assembly line pace in the kitchen,” he said. “Our food sales are up almost 200% since the Angry Bull was here. We burst at the seams when we are full.”
The university brings in a lot of business, in addition to catering for other sports teams traveling in and out of town. With families coming in, it’s no longer a bunch of 21- to 30-year-olds smoking and drinking, Pete said.
“We have little kids running around. We have found everything from matchbox cars to Play-Doh in the pool table. It’s so well worth it. The more kids here, the better.”
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ALVA, Okla. — Alva senior guard Payton Jones knew the Ladybugs had something special going when they won the Cashion County Line Tournament in January."We played Dale and they were ranked No. 5 in Class 2A," Jones said. "We came out and played one of our best games. I think that really just showed us we could do something special this year." Alva downed Dale 65-59 in the championship game, adding another championship after winning the Wheat Capital Tournament earlier that same month.Jones would go on t...
ALVA, Okla. — Alva senior guard Payton Jones knew the Ladybugs had something special going when they won the Cashion County Line Tournament in January.
"We played Dale and they were ranked No. 5 in Class 2A," Jones said. "We came out and played one of our best games. I think that really just showed us we could do something special this year." Alva downed Dale 65-59 in the championship game, adding another championship after winning the Wheat Capital Tournament earlier that same month.
Jones would go on to lead the 25-2 Ladybugs to a No. 5 ranking in Class 3A and a state tournament berth, averaging 21 points per game this past season to go along with 4.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds.
Jones, who has started for Alva since their fourth game of her freshman year and became one of the more feared scorers in the state this past season, has been voted the Enid News & Eagle Northwest Oklahoma girls player of the year by area coaches.
"This really means a lot," Jones said when told of the award.
"She certainly deserves it," said Alva head coach Dusty Horn. "She was a big part of our success, there's no doubt. She's about as good of a scorer as I've been around." Horn said other coaches have told him Jones was one of the top 2-3 scorers to come out of Alva over the last few years.
That's high praise considering past Alva players include record-setting scorer Jaden Hobbs.
"My coaches always told us it's hard to find a girl player who is able to score and do so much for the team," Jones said. "I feel that my offense is one of my biggest things for me as a player."
However, scoring wasn't the only contribution to the team from the 5-foot-9 point guard.
"She carried a big load for us offensively, really throughout her career ... but I was more pleased with her growth as a leader," Horn said. "She was a better leader on both ends of the floor. She always put in the hard work. She just grew so much as a player and as a person."
Jones readily embraced being a leader.
"That was definitely a role I needed to take," she said. "As a freshman I saw the seniors I had, and they gave a good example of what a leader should be, and then I just wanted to make an impact on our younger players and just show them what a leader is."
Jones, who also was recently named to the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association's all-state team, said she has enjoyed playing for Horn.
"I just like his style of coaching," she said. "He just wants us to play basketball and wants to do what's best for the team."
Her best memory from the past season was Alva's win over Chandler in the area final and qualifying for the state tournament. "The emotions that we had realizing we had gotten to the state tournament was just my favorite thing," she said.
Unfortunately, like so many teams this year, that was as far as Alva would advance as the state tournament was called off in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think a lot of us were just really frustrated because we were already there and were just hours away from playing when we got the phone call that it had been called off. We were pretty upset because it was a dream for all of us. ... I wanted to do everything I could to get us there."
But Jones' basketball career will continue at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.
"I really liked the coaches (at SNU)," Jones said. "That was the main thing for me. I know they aren't the big name in college basketball, but just everything about them is what I loved most."
Jones said the four years at Alva have gone quickly.
"Very fast, especially this year," she said. "Definitely this has been the fastest of all them."
Four years that will definitely be remembered not just by Jones, but by the Ladybugs.
Jeremy Jones left basketball coaching to return to Northwestern Oklahoma State University last year as the assistant director of athletics for compliance and student services “to see if I wanted to be an athletic director.”He enjoyed the job.He found he loved coaching even more.“I coached for 15 years (on the college and high school level) and the one year I was out of it, I went crazy,” Jones said. “I just love being in the gym and hearing the ball bounce and being around kids. That’s...
Jeremy Jones left basketball coaching to return to Northwestern Oklahoma State University last year as the assistant director of athletics for compliance and student services “to see if I wanted to be an athletic director.”
He enjoyed the job.
He found he loved coaching even more.
“I coached for 15 years (on the college and high school level) and the one year I was out of it, I went crazy,” Jones said. “I just love being in the gym and hearing the ball bounce and being around kids. That’s what I need to be doing.”
Jones couldn’t pass up an opportunity to succeed Kris Gore as Alva High School’s girls head coach. His wife, Gretchen, an assistant to Gore last season, will replace her husband at NWOSU.
Jones was an assistant men’s basketball coach for the Rangers from 2009-17. He was 53-28 at Malad (Idaho) as girls basketball coach for three seasons, and had a 53-14 record at Layton Christian Academy in Utah before returning to Alva.
“We were always wanting to come back to Alva,” said Jones, who has both a bachelor’s and a master’s from NWOSU. “We loved Alva and the atmosphere for basketball. It has good support for the high school. The town shuts down for games.”
He inherits a team that went 25-5 last season and the state quarterfinals with an all-underclasswomen lineup. They will have only two seniors for the 2023-24 season.
“I thought coach Gore did a great job in getting a lot of things out of them,” Jones said. “They were very sound offensively and defensively. They know what they have to do to get back to the state tournament.”
Gretchen Jones, before the family moved to Idaho and Utah, had coached many of the now-Ladybugs as fourth-graders.
“I know the parents and girls well,” said Jeremy Jones. “That was the intriguing part of taking this job. I knew the girls well.”
Jones calls himself a “fundamentalist who is going to play tough defense.” Four of his six high school girls teams led the state in scoring defense.
“I’m not a yeller and a screamer,” Jones said. “I like teaching the game. If you have to teach hustle, then you’re in trouble. I like teaching the X’s and O’s. You don’t have to be a yeller and a screamer if you teach it right.”
His fundamentals are straight out of the boo k of now-NWOSU Athletic Director Brad Franz, whom he coached under with the Rangers.
“We will play a lot of defense and run a bit,” he said.
Jones said “a lot of hours of preparation” were put in by Franz, himself and fellow assistant Shane Hansen. They followed a pressure style put in by one-time Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood, while at Stephen F. Austin.
“It took a lot of hours to make it our own and made a lot of adjustments,” Jones said. “We like to dictate with the offense. I’m excited to see what this team can do with it. We’re an athletic team and we will always have pressure.”
He followed the team closely a year ago with his wife being an assistant. He was able to take the Ladybugs to a team camp at Cleveland the last week of June.
“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to do this,’’ Jones said. “I’m really excited about it.”
Jones, a one-time graduate assistant at Weber State, knows girls for sure, having four daughters. Daughter Preslie will be a freshman at Alva. Oldest daughter Mia will be a redshirt freshman for NWOSU women’s coach Tasha Diesselhorst.
His other daughters are Payton, 9, and Justice, 5.
“Having daughters is how I got into girls basketball,” Jones said. “I love it.”
The biggest difference between coaching men’s college basketball and girls high school basketball is the speed of the game. The teaching aspect draws him to girls as well.
“You teach more fundamentals in high school,” he said. “By the time they reach college, they have learned most of the fundamentals. Girls really pay attention to fundamentals and are really coachable.”
Jones, a native of Evanston, Wyo., played basketball at both Seward Community and Western Oklahoma. He met his wife at Western.
Alva won three state straight championships from 2014-16 being led by Jaden Hobbs, who starred at both Oklahoma State and Fort Hays State. Taleesha Conder led Alva to a state title in 2003. Numerous players have gone on to stardom at Division I.
“I like the pressure (to win),” Jones said. “It’s good for both me and the girls. It teaches lessons on how to do things right.”
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Crescent native Ronnie Payne had “a great experience,” he said, in what was then known as BSU at the University of Central Oklahoma.He graduated in 1981, sensing a call to ministry, and graduated from Southwestern Seminary in 1986. Payne’s first four years of church ministry were in south Texas, then 22 years as Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) director at Murray State College in Tishomingo, where he also pastored Tishomingo, Bullard Chapel. For the last eight years he has served as BCM director at Northwestern Ok...
Crescent native Ronnie Payne had “a great experience,” he said, in what was then known as BSU at the University of Central Oklahoma.
He graduated in 1981, sensing a call to ministry, and graduated from Southwestern Seminary in 1986. Payne’s first four years of church ministry were in south Texas, then 22 years as Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) director at Murray State College in Tishomingo, where he also pastored Tishomingo, Bullard Chapel. For the last eight years he has served as BCM director at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.
“Many of today’s students come from difficult and diverse family backgrounds,” Payne said. “They have many social media friends and connections but are hungry for close meaningful relationships with people they feel they can trust.”
Northwestern BCM tries to be relational in its approach while keeping the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the forefront of its ministry, Payne said. Their strategy starts with a “big funnel” approach—lots of different activities such as Noonday lunch, drawing nearly 175 students, with meals prepared by 14 churches from three associations—and then directing students into small group Bible studies, worship events, active church affiliation and discipleship opportunities, plus building relationships while meeting individual needs.
“My wife Marian and I try to make the BCM a home away from home for today’s students,” Payne said. “We talk about the importance of a Christ-centered life for their future plans and aspirations.”
The BCM plans mission trips each year to give students hands-on opportunities to serve others.
“It helps them see God can use their lives in a meaningful way to help people,” Payne said. “The difference they can make in the lives of people in need is really powerful. It opens their heart to hear from God.”
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.
Ronnie Payne was featured in the 2021 Missionary Prayer Guide for Oklahoma Baptists. To see BCM Director Payne’s prayer requests, visit oklahomabaptists.org/cp