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 Enid, 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 Enid, 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 Enid, 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 Enid, 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 Enid, 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.
ENID, Okla. — Severe thunderstorms packing winds in excess of 60 mph blew through Enid and the surrounding area early morning Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, knocking power out to hundreds of customers in the city and causing minor damage.Most of those who were without electricity were back online by Tuesday afternoon, said Aaron Cooper, manager of corporate communications with OG&E. As of 5 p.m., there were fewer than 10 customers without power.Across Oklahoma, nearly 2,000 customers were without electricity, according to the...
ENID, Okla. — Severe thunderstorms packing winds in excess of 60 mph blew through Enid and the surrounding area early morning Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023, knocking power out to hundreds of customers in the city and causing minor damage.
Most of those who were without electricity were back online by Tuesday afternoon, said Aaron Cooper, manager of corporate communications with OG&E. As of 5 p.m., there were fewer than 10 customers without power.
Across Oklahoma, nearly 2,000 customers were without electricity, according to the System Watch website for OG&E, but it was having software issues and showing an inflated number, at least for Enid, Cooper said. He said there were more than 600 without power during the height of the outages.
Cooper said “general storm damage,” such as lines affected by wind and tree limbs, was the cause of the outages specific to Enid.
The leading edge of the system blew into Enid around 1:30 a.m. with strong winds and heavy rain. The Mesonet weather-recording site at Breckinridge registered a 58 mph gust, while the site near Marshall recorded a 63 mph gust. The Mesonet site near Cherokee registered a 57 mph gust.
Mike Honigsberg, Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management director, said his office on the south end of the fairgrounds, 226 W. Oxford, recorded a wind gust of 58 mph.
“When we get those kind of wind gusts that doesn’t mean that in between someone didn’t get 70 to 80 mph winds,” he said.
He said he has had a few reports of damage from the wind, such as fences and tree damage. Jumbo Foods East sustained some damage to its facade that was being repaired Tuesday morning.
Honigsberg said anyone wanting to report damage can email him at [email protected] or use the app — search Garfield County EM.
He was following the National Weather Service alerts and watching the storm bow out on radar overnight and said he knew it would pack a punch when the winds struck. Warnings were sent out through NWS, on the GCEM app and on social media.
Higher winds were sustained after the initial gust front moved through, he confirmed, adding there was a chance Tuesday night into Wednesday morning that another weather event could move through the area. NWS put the chances at 20%.
Honigsberg said the heat dome will settle back over the Enid area and Northwest Oklahoma toward the end of the week, and probably lower the storm and rain chances.
The forecast for Wednesday calls for a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10 a.m., then skies would be mostly sunny. Highs are expected in the upper-80s. There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms later in the week, 20-30% from Thursday night through Monday.
The Breckinridge Mesonet weather recording site, about 10 miles east of Enid, recorded .73 of an inch of rain overnight. The site near Fairview recorded 1.45 inches, with .96 of an in recorded at Marshall.
There has been 2.13 inches of rain in the last four days and 6.2 inches in the last month at Breckinridge, one of two Mesonet sites in Garfield County. The other, south of Lahoma, has recorded 1.57 and 4.53 inches, respectively.
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ENID, Okla. (KFOR) — A good neighbor is a true blessing.This week, News 4 and First Fidelity Bank are honoring the best of neighbors.He’s an 89-year-old veteran from Enid, Oklahoma, who spent most of this hot summer on a lawnmower mowing lawns for his neighbors for free.“My dad is well known to this community,” said Janet Kiss. “When they find out who my dad is, they always say, ‘Oh my gosh! You are so lucky. You have the best dad.’ And it’s truly true.”Lloyd F...
ENID, Okla. (KFOR) — A good neighbor is a true blessing.
This week, News 4 and First Fidelity Bank are honoring the best of neighbors.
He’s an 89-year-old veteran from Enid, Oklahoma, who spent most of this hot summer on a lawnmower mowing lawns for his neighbors for free.
“My dad is well known to this community,” said Janet Kiss. “When they find out who my dad is, they always say, ‘Oh my gosh! You are so lucky. You have the best dad.’ And it’s truly true.”
Lloyd Fischer, 89, is pretty well known around Garfield County.
“He loves people,” said Gwinnett Williams. “He would do anything for anyone. He’s a good servant.”
Fischer is a Korea War vet, a handyman, a general do-gooder and the most neighborly neighbor in town.
“We grew up on a farm,” remembers Lloyd’s son, David Fischer. “I always had the ambition to try it and outwork him. But I gave up 30 years ago.”
Fischer lives next door to Le Ann Shiplet, whose my husband passed away seven years ago.
Since his death, Fischer has been mowing her yard.
“He said if anybody asks, just tell them I’m your lawn man, and you can’t fire me because you never hired me,” Shiplet said. “It’s amazing to know someone like this. He’s so such an inspiration to me.”
“Lloyd sounds like an incredible neighbor,” said First Fidelity Bank’s Caitlin Melgar. “The fact that he stepped up to care for Le Ann’s lawn after her husband passed away was so touching. We want to gift him with $400 today.”
Fischer was shocked by the surprise.
“We’re losing that custom of being neighborly,” Fischer said.
Lloyd plans to use his $400 to take a short break from lawn mowing duties.
He’d like to travel to Perryville, Missouri, to visit the national tractor museum.
ENID, Okla. — Great Salt Plains Health Center has opened a dental clinic in Varsity Square on 30th in Enid, the second dental clinic for the organization, following the one in Cherokee.A ribbon cutting was held Monday, June 26, 2023, to celebrate the opening of the latest service to be offered by Great Salt Plains.Tim Starkey, CEO of Great Salt Plains, has been with the company since 2008, and said it was known for a long time that Enid needed another dental clinic. He said there is a large number of low-income and uninsu...
ENID, Okla. — Great Salt Plains Health Center has opened a dental clinic in Varsity Square on 30th in Enid, the second dental clinic for the organization, following the one in Cherokee.
A ribbon cutting was held Monday, June 26, 2023, to celebrate the opening of the latest service to be offered by Great Salt Plains.
Tim Starkey, CEO of Great Salt Plains, has been with the company since 2008, and said it was known for a long time that Enid needed another dental clinic. He said there is a large number of low-income and uninsured people in the area who need dental care.
“So as we’ve been in the area, and throughout our service area, we do as much as we can to provide the needed services, but sometimes resources are limited and we can only afford to do so much,” Starkey said. “So we’ve recognized the need for a long time. The biggest thing that pushed it over the edge for us was that Medicaid expansion has provided additional revenue, both on the medical side and on the dental side, to allow us to operate a dental clinic.”
He said through Medicaid expansion, there are more funds available to help meet the high operational costs. Starkey said the dental clinic is in the final unoccupied area of a 14,000-square-foot facility that has been renovated and had multiple services installed.
Starkey said the clinic will provide preventative and restorative dental care. He said there is a limit on certain services with a high cost, such as implants, but Great Salt Plains will be able to work with people based on their income level, even providing percentage discounts in some cases.
“All of the services we provide, medical, dental or behavioral health, are based on income,” Starkey said. “So if they’re at a certain low income level, we give percentage discounts. And then at our minimum, which is 100% of the federal poverty level, we give a minimum amount that we charge.”
Starkey said payment for services is complex, as people with medical insurance can be seen, and that Medicaid now is paying for some dental services. Great Salt Plains also will work with people who don’t have insurance.
With the facility now open and accepting patients, Starkey said adding another service to the Enid community will provide more dental care to those who may not have had care in some time.
“As with every service we provide, we’re excited to be able to meet a need for people who can’t get care anywhere else,” Starkey said. “That’s the most exciting thing about what we do. There’s limited providers of all types, but there’s limited dentists that see people without money. So we’re just happy to fill that need, serve everybody regardless of their ability to pay and give them quality services.”
Great Salt Plains Health Center is located at 231 S. 30th. For more information, visit gsphealth.org or call (580) 233-2900.
Holubar is business reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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This story has been updated.ENID, Okla. — Enid could be the home of a brand new movie theater complex before the end of 2024, as S&K Cinemas has a goal to break ground on the project in August or September. Contractors predict a 14-month timeframe for completion, although the timeline could vary depending on weather and other variables.Located on Garland Road, the entertainment complex will include duckpin bowling — using smaller pins and bowling balls — equipped with 11 lanes, around 100 arcade g...
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ENID, Okla. — Enid could be the home of a brand new movie theater complex before the end of 2024, as S&K Cinemas has a goal to break ground on the project in August or September. Contractors predict a 14-month timeframe for completion, although the timeline could vary depending on weather and other variables.
Located on Garland Road, the entertainment complex will include duckpin bowling — using smaller pins and bowling balls — equipped with 11 lanes, around 100 arcade games and a massive prize room where tickets can be redeemed. There will be a lobby offering full-service ice cream, including Dippin’ Dots. The theater itself is planned to feature nine screens, with one being an IMAX-sized Iconic Mega Screen with 3D surround sound and electrically reclining chairs.
In December, Enid City Commission approved a $3.8 million package, consisting of a $1.5 million loan to be paid back over 30 years and $2.3 million in cash incentives with S&K Cinema Holdings Group.
Stetson Snell, of S&K Cinemas, said they operate movie theaters in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado, with the Enid theater complex similar to others the company runs. He said the financials are still being sorted out.
“We’re super excited. We can’t wait to be open,” Snell said. “The sooner the better for us, there’s just a lot of things to get aligned with the bank and the USDA, you know, on a project this size. So that’s the main hurdle that we’re at to come over, but we’re at the spearhead is what everybody keeps telling me.”
Snell said he hopes the complex will be a draw for the entire community, and looks forward to becoming part of a community that has sought a movie theater since the closure of the Oakwood Mall 8.
“Oh, it’s, it’s super exciting. I mean, we know that the community wants it and we want to be there,” Snell said. “We are more excited for us to know that we’re gonna be welcomed with open arms and that the community has said that they want it and is gonna support it once it is open.”
In a release from December announcing the approval of the project, former Enid Mayor George Pankonin said a new movie theater has been one of the most sought-after things that Enid lacked.
“We found the right deal for a price we could afford to benefit not only all residents but to enhance quality of life for employees of companies that wish to relocate here, and those that are stationed at Vance Air Force Base,” Pankonin said in the release.
Holubar is business reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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ENID, Okla. — The marching portion of the 91st annual Tri-State Music Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, in two locations in Enid.The parade will be 10 a.m. Saturday downtown, featuring 15 bands. The field marching contest, with 12 bands, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at D. Bruce Selby Stadium.The downtown parade will begin at the corner of Maine and Grand, with the bands marching north on Grand to Randolph. They then will continue west on Randolph to Independence, then head south of Independence before ending at Stride...
ENID, Okla. — The marching portion of the 91st annual Tri-State Music Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023, in two locations in Enid.
The parade will be 10 a.m. Saturday downtown, featuring 15 bands. The field marching contest, with 12 bands, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at D. Bruce Selby Stadium.
The downtown parade will begin at the corner of Maine and Grand, with the bands marching north on Grand to Randolph. They then will continue west on Randolph to Independence, then head south of Independence before ending at Stride Bank Center. The judge’s stand will be set up near the courthouse lawn Gazebo.
Bands performing in the parade will be Kremlin-Hillsdale Middle School, Emerson/Longfellow Middle School, Chisholm Middle School, Waller Middle School, Waukomis High School, Laverne High School, Kremlin-Hillsdale High School, Seiling High School, Alva High School, Hennessey High School, Fairview High School, Watonga High School, Chisholm High School, Stilwell High School and Enid High School.
“If people really want to see the bands perform, they should watch from Randolph, since that is where the judges will be,” said Debbie Lambert, Tri-State executive director.
The field marching contest, featuring only high school bands, at Selby Stadium will cost $5 person, with a $20 limit per family, Lambert said.
The lineup will be Waukomis, Pioneer, Seiling, Hennessey, Watonga, Blackwell, Chisholm, Alva, Kingfisher, Fairview, Tonkawa and Enid.
Trophies will be presented to winners in both the parade and the field marching contest.
“I think they will do well and have a good time,” Lambert said.
Tri-State has separated events in recent years, instead of having all competitions during one week in the spring. Band, orchestra and choir competitions will be held in February, with the spring Tri-State Music Festival set for May 1-3, 2024, and featuring solo and ensemble performances, as well as honor groups, at various locations around town, culminating in the grand concert.
Kevin Hassler is associate editor of the Enid News & Eagle.
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