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 Duncan, 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 Duncan, 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 Duncan, 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 Duncan, 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 Duncan, 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.
A unanimous vote from Duncan Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday night has now aligned the district under one common mascot — the Duncan Demon.Following the unanimous approval of the resolution on May 9, the shift toward the entire district becoming Duncan Demons reaffirmed the board’s commitment to promote and build school spirit within the district.Superintendent Dr. Channa Byerly said the resolution would adopt one district mascot, the Duncan Demon, as well as the red and white school colors.&ldqu...
A unanimous vote from Duncan Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday night has now aligned the district under one common mascot — the Duncan Demon.
Following the unanimous approval of the resolution on May 9, the shift toward the entire district becoming Duncan Demons reaffirmed the board’s commitment to promote and build school spirit within the district.
Superintendent Dr. Channa Byerly said the resolution would adopt one district mascot, the Duncan Demon, as well as the red and white school colors.
“This resolution is more of a game changer in promoting school pride and spirit and just overall unity in our school district,” she said. “We want every child to know that the minute they enter Duncan Public Schools, that we’re one. That we’re all on the same page and that we’re all a Duncan Demon.”
According to the resolution, the Demon mascot and colors will begin with the 2023-2024 school year.
After presenting the resolution to the board, Byerly requested approval to provide unity across the district and bring cohesiveness to each elementary in an effort to move them toward middle school and high school.
“We should only have one identity in our school district,” she said. “That is who we are.”
Carl Buckholts, board member, asked if this has been discussed among various groups.
Byerly said she has a parent advisory committee, a teacher advisory committee and an administrative team.
“This has not been a secret,” Byerly said. “There are things we’ve done leading up to this.”
According to Byerly, they promoted to every elementary school in their PTO to sell a Duncan Demon t-shirt.
“Every student who wears a Duncan Demon shirt gets into games free,” Byerly said. “Having that conversation of this is who we are, we are all one — kids aren’t labeled because of what location of the school they go to. We are all one direction.”
Eric Davis, board member, said this fits the purpose of what ONE Duncan has worked toward.
“We’ve been moving this way for a long time,” he said.
Krista Lolar, board president, said with the mascot aside, the goal is to become one.
“How can we become one Duncan, if we’re not one Duncan,” she asked.
Lolar talked about her experiences with her kids in youth sports in the past years.
“The Duncan youth sports stopped doing the individual sports,” she said. “You didn’t have Plato Pirate football, you didn’t have Woodrow Wilson Hornet wrestling — you had Duncan Red, you had Duncan Gray, you had Duncan Black and now all youth sports are that way and it started with that.”
Lolar said when ONE Duncan came in, the organization asked what it can do to help all the students stay connected after leaving the Pre-K and moving into separate elementary schools for the next five years.
Lolar talked about the fifth grade middle school tour and pep rally where students ran into their peers they went to preschool with and how they will be back together again as they head into middle school.
According to Lolar, when ONE Duncan came in, it brought all third grade students who were already doing individual frontier days to have one frontier day all together, as well as all fifth grade students who were making five separate trips to the middle school for tours, to eventually combine the classes and have one big tour day.
Lolar said the one big pep rally helped the students “mingle together and converse” with each other.
“Having one mascot from Pre-k to senior, and again setting the Demon aside, is one more step closer to becoming ONE Duncan,” she said. “It is one more big barrier stripped away.”
During the public comment segment of the board meeting, two speakers, Bonita and Glenn McGee, addressed the board in opposition of the district-wide mascot.
Bonita McGee said she was against calling all the schools demons. She addressed the board on her stance by reading John 10:10 and Proverbs 18:21.
“I’m not against anyone,” she said. “I’m not against the schools. I’m not against sports or anything like that.”
Glenn McGee also addressed the board as the pastor of Rivers of Life Family Church.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea for all the schools in Duncan to be under the mascot of the name Demons,” he said. “Words are very powerful.”
He also addressed the board about the meaning of the word demons.
“I am against all Duncan schools being under the mascot of Demons,” he said. “Furthermore, I’m asking the board if they would prayerfully consider taking measures to change the name completely.”
Despite the feedback from those against the measure, Christopher Schreckengost, board member, made the motion to approve the resolution with a second by Vice Chairman Greg Neal.
The resolution passed unanimously.
The next Duncan Public Schools Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 20.
DUNCAN, OK, – The All Pro Tour (APT) will be coming to Duncan Oklahoma to partner with the DRH Health for The Territory Classic. The Territory Classic presented by DRH Health will feature over 150 of the best PGA hopefuls competing at The Territory Golf Club.“By partnering with DRH Health we are excited to help bring high-level competition golf back to Southwest Oklahoma and show the golf world our hidden gem!” – Austin Peters, PGA, General Manager at the Territory Golf Club...
DUNCAN, OK, – The All Pro Tour (APT) will be coming to Duncan Oklahoma to partner with the DRH Health for The Territory Classic. The Territory Classic presented by DRH Health will feature over 150 of the best PGA hopefuls competing at The Territory Golf Club.
“By partnering with DRH Health we are excited to help bring high-level competition golf back to Southwest Oklahoma and show the golf world our hidden gem!” – Austin Peters, PGA, General Manager at the Territory Golf Club
The Territory Classic will be the fourth event of the 2023 APT season. The tournament will be held May 3rd – 6th, 2023 at The Territory Golf Club. The week will include a pro-am event, clinic, and a 72-hole championship finishing on Saturday, May 6th. The tournament purse is expected to be $130,000 with the tournament champion taking home a guaranteed minimum of $20,000.
“You could say this new event has been years in the making. The Territory actually held a few APT events (Tight Lies Tour at the time) in the early 2000s after the club’s opening. And we are happy to announce our return. The Territory Golf and CC may be one of the best courses the APT pros will see and offers a great mix of risk-reward golf. The player that capitalizes on the rewards will likely win the event. DRH Health’s involvement will certainly help ensure our successful return to Duncan.” – Gary DeSerrano, APT President
For more information on The Territory Classic, please visit our website: https://agpts.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/agpt23/event/agpt237/index.htm?
To Volunteer, please visit https://www.signupgenius.com/org/territoryclassic#/ to sign up.
In operation since 1994, the APT, a subsidiary of K&G Sports LLC., partners with local non-profits to conduct professional golf tournaments in the mid-south region of the U.S. In addition to raising thousands of dollars each year for charity, these events provide an avenue for professional golfers to hone their skills while preparing for a life on the PGA Tour. Follow the APT on the web at www.apt.golf, facebook.com/allprotourgolf/, Twitter: @AllProTourGolf, and Instagram @allprotour.
For over 45 years, DRH Health has been providing exceptional and compassionate care to the communities in Stephens and Jefferson counties. As a not-for-profit regional system, it consists of two hospitals and 20 provider clinics that offer a variety of specialty practices, including cancer, wound, and cardiac care. Our mission is clear: DRH Health exists to provide compassionate and exceptional care while improving the health of the people in the communities we serve. As a not-for-profit, we invest our profits back into our organization by upgrading technology, developing new services, and hiring talented and knowledgeable team members. The result is continuous improvement in the quality of care we are able to provide to citizens in our communities.
A new business will join the Duncan and Stephens County line up after announcing they will locate a new facility in the area.On Tuesday, July 18, Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF) announced Model 1 will locate a new facility in Duncan. Model 1 is known as the nation’s largest bus and transportation services dealer.According to information from DAEDF, Model 1 is best known for its bus sales and services which include “distribution, maintenance service, parts, financing and insurance for a variety of...
A new business will join the Duncan and Stephens County line up after announcing they will locate a new facility in the area.
On Tuesday, July 18, Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation (DAEDF) announced Model 1 will locate a new facility in Duncan. Model 1 is known as the nation’s largest bus and transportation services dealer.
According to information from DAEDF, Model 1 is best known for its bus sales and services which include “distribution, maintenance service, parts, financing and insurance for a variety of internal combustion, alternative fuel, and electric commercial vehicles” and “represents more than 20 top commercial vehicles (bus, van, EV, and other alternative fuel) manufacturers across the country.”
Locating in Duncan allows Model 1 to “strategically expand its footprint, meet the needs of customers by retrofitting and customizing commercial vehicles to solve their transportation issues,” according to Tony Matijevich, President of Model 1.
“With over 40 years in business and a growing customer base, selecting each of our locations is vitally important,” Matijevich said. “Duncan, Oklahoma is strategically located for coast-to-coast client needs, has a great workforce and training facilities, and has demonstrated a local commitment to our success.”
Opening a new location in Duncan will bring a “new 40,000-square-foot facility in Duncan’s Eastland Industrial Park” and the location will “serve products to its 22 existing locations across the United States.” According to information in a press release, sites are “strategically located to provide access to the nation’s largest commercial vehicle inventory, no matter where its customers are.”
While the site is under construction and until the location in Eastland Industrial Park is open, Model 1 will occupy a newly built 10,000-square-foot facility DAEDF constructed in an effort to attract businesses to the area. That will allow Model 1 time to develop their construction plans for the larger facility, which should be fully operational by 2026, according to estimates from DAEDF and the company.
The new location in Duncan will bring an estimated 10-15 new jobs immediately with the potential to reach 40-60 jobs within the next two years.
The Duncan location’s activities will specifically include “retrofitting commercial vehicles to meet client needs, adhering bus wraps and graphics, customizing for handicap and ADA requirements (and) restoration of commercial vehicles.”
According to DAEDF President and CEO Lyle Roggow, the new distribution facility is “expected to collaborate with local manufacturers and raw material suppliers, which underscores how Model 1 operates with a creative problem-solving mindset and continuous development of ideas.”
“The best days are when we add investment and jobs to our community,” Roggow said. “Model 1 considered multiple locations and we are proud they chose us to best meet their needs and support their success, all while diversifying our community’s industry mix. We also want to extend thanks to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce for their lead generation support. DAEDF looks forward to working in partnership with Model 1, local independent service providers, and education partners like Red River Technology Center to benefit the company.”
Books stirs thoughts, highlight emotions, bring characters to life and allow the author and narrator to take its readers on an adventure, whether through another time or a place.Through the gift of books, future generations and young minds can embrace the newest opportunity to have a new book delivered to their mailbox very soon.Registration for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will open and a launch party will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 28 at the Duncan Public Library.Duncan Public Schools Pri...
Books stirs thoughts, highlight emotions, bring characters to life and allow the author and narrator to take its readers on an adventure, whether through another time or a place.
Through the gift of books, future generations and young minds can embrace the newest opportunity to have a new book delivered to their mailbox very soon.
Registration for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will open and a launch party will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 28 at the Duncan Public Library.
Duncan Public Schools Principal Kelle Jeffrey said every child in Duncan from the ages of birth to their fifth birthday can join the Stephens County Imagination Library Foundation and the Duncan Public School Foundation at the library for the grand opening.
The launch will offer free snow cones and reading with older kids, along with registration.
“Dolly Parton's Imagination Library allows for kids to receive books at home to not only build a library at home, but also to enjoy reading and bonding with their caregivers, allowing for a nurturing environment to develop the love for reading to grow,” Jeffrey said. “Partnering with the DPSF and raising awareness with our community has helped us raise enough funding for 20% of our child population to receive books at home after registration.”
According to Jeffrey, there will be a few requirements for the child to register, including living in a Duncan zip code at the time of registration and being in the birth to fifth birthday age range. Income levels do not matter as long as these requirements are met.
Jeffrey said the foundation is working to network with other organizations, so they can continue to grow their finances and make sure every area in Duncan, as well as the surrounding communities, will be able to benefit from all Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library can offer.
Jeffrey said she hopes families will come celebrate the grand opening at the Duncan Public Library with them.
“Begin a journey with your child in the adventure of loving to read,” she said.
Jeffrey is co-director of the program, alongside Nancy Bowling and Judy Dittner.
Dittner said this is an exciting next step for them as they prepare for the grand opening on July 28.
“Getting high quality, age appropriate books into the hands of parents and children as school is beginning is fantastic,” she said.
Access to these books will help improve and develop a child’s literacy skills, as well as help with mental health and parent child bonding, according to Dittner.
“It has been found that participants have more advanced skills than those that did not participate in the program,” she said. “Monthly, a book will be delivered to the child’s mailbox with their name on it. Who doesn’t like getting a free monthly gift in their mailbox?”
Through the program, each child in the home would be able to receive a book every month.
Children will receive books based off their age group, from birth to 12 months, 13 months to 24 months, 25 months to 36 months, 37 months to 48 months and 49 months to 60 months.
Superintendent of Duncan Public Schools Dr. Channa Byerly said the Imagination Library is a great way to encourage a student’s love of reading by providing them with free books.
“I am extremely proud of Mrs. Jeffrey and her team for working so hard to make this happen,” Byerly said. “Reading has a number of positive effects on a child's development such as boosting self-esteem, encouraging creativity and bringing up a world of possibilities that will help them throughout their life.”
Organizers of the event thanked each one of their donors, to include the foundations, clubs, organizations and individuals who donated to this program, as well as the committee members for their hard work and dedication to the foundation, along with encouragement to join in the celebration as well.
“Our community is amazing,” Jeffrey said. “Without our donors, this would not be possible.”
To donate to the program, make donations payable to Duncan Public Schools Foundation, Attention: Imagination Library and mail them to PO Box 1882, Duncan, Oklahoma 73534.
A new learning opportunity for students will come to Duncan for the upcoming school year at Faith Church.Faith Learning Center has started the process of enrolling students to launch classes this year and bring another private education opportunity to town.Lori Rhodes, director, said along with her daughter, Addilyn Rhodes, they are partnering with Faith Church to utilize the facilities and kick off these programs.Rhodes said Addilyn recently received her degree and certification in 2022 and taught third grade at Woodrow...
A new learning opportunity for students will come to Duncan for the upcoming school year at Faith Church.
Faith Learning Center has started the process of enrolling students to launch classes this year and bring another private education opportunity to town.
Lori Rhodes, director, said along with her daughter, Addilyn Rhodes, they are partnering with Faith Church to utilize the facilities and kick off these programs.
Rhodes said Addilyn recently received her degree and certification in 2022 and taught third grade at Woodrow Wilson Elementary this past year.
Rhodes said she comes from the business side after being an accountant at Halliburton for the past 25 years.
Rhodes said she then stepped back from her accounting role to pursue a passion in teaching.
“The last two years I finished my certification up,” she said.
Faith Learning Center, a micro school, will be able to enroll students from pre-k through 12th grade.
With two certified teachers so far, there will also be two additional coaches and aides for assistance.
With a goal of smaller classroom sizes and around 20 students enrolled, Rhodes said they hope to have a 12:1 ratio for students and teachers and classes will consist of a lot of project-based learning as well.
With a flexible schedule, students will have virtual learning for four hours on Monday’s.
“Students will have the freedom to do the virtual learning at home or they can come to the school and work on their virtual learning with supervision.”
As the week progresses, students will attend classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
These longer days will be the learning center’s core instruction days, according to Rhodes.
She said because of the project-based learning and life skills integration they want to do, they will be able to have more time to work through and dig into these type of projects.
Rhodes said they won’t have in-class instruction on Friday’s, but they still want to get the students out into the community to either serve or learn.
“One Friday a month will be our Field Trip Friday’s,” she said. “We will implement and do field trips, whether it’s community service based or learning based.”
Rhodes said they are excited to begin this new opportunity for students.
She said they are looking forward to being able to meet kids right where they are at.
“There’s a lot of kids that struggle with the traditional public school setting,” she said. “We’re excited about the smaller class sizes and being able to really focus in on meeting kids at the level they’re at, then helping them excel and pull forward.”
Rhodes said she hopes to help kids find their passion and really excel at it.
With a passion to help students, as well as parents, Rhodes wants to be able to help those who could not typically afford a private education.
“That’s our heart and our goal,” she said. “To help them find a way to have an alternative way to educate their students.”
The cost of tuition is $200 a month for the first child, then $150 a month for each sibling. The cost covers curriculum and other needs.
Faith Church is located at 1404 W. Main Street in Duncan.