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 Norman, 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 Norman, 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 Norman, 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 Norman, 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 Norman, 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.
NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) — To surrender yourself to one of Jahruba Lambeth’s stories or songs is to enter a stream whose currents have touched many shores.Jahruba grew up in a still-segregated Oklahoma City, as an eyewitness to the first sit-ins, a hitch in the Army during Vietnam, Black Studies in college, and then finding his musical voice in Reggae on a trip to Jamaica.He recalls the music, “It hit me. Like, this was my tribe. It felt different.”He could have drowned in the fast waters in any part ...
NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) — To surrender yourself to one of Jahruba Lambeth’s stories or songs is to enter a stream whose currents have touched many shores.
Jahruba grew up in a still-segregated Oklahoma City, as an eyewitness to the first sit-ins, a hitch in the Army during Vietnam, Black Studies in college, and then finding his musical voice in Reggae on a trip to Jamaica.
He recalls the music, “It hit me. Like, this was my tribe. It felt different.”
He could have drowned in the fast waters in any part of his stream, but he didn’t ever want to get out.
Stopping, he argues, would have been worse.
“It’s been a wild adventure,” he admits.
“You haven’t jumped out yet.” we ask, continuing his metaphor?
“No,” he replies quickly. “You got to be in the stream, or the curve. As long as you’re in, you can deal with what’s outside of it, as long as you’re in the stream.”
From his house and retreat in rural Norman, Jahruba—the bongo player, the story teller, the teacher—continues his work, pulling with him all the influences that brought him downstream this far.
He still plays and performs regularly.
But his latest venture, a sort of memorial to his son who lost a battle with cancer a few years ago, put instruments and instruction in the hands of young people who want to perform.
Bring more human sounds to a world that is, he says, increasingly machine generated.
“We need to make more musicians,” he insists, “because AI is creeping up on us fast.”
The waters are deep and wide. Jahruba’s stream is easy to enter, hard to leave.
The mixture of influences are all there, starting and ending in central Oklahoma.
Jahruba is planning a three-day series of concerts across Norman starting October 5 at the Blue Door, October 6 at the Midway Deli, and October 7 at Hollywood Corners to raise funds for music scholarships.
For more information, go to his Facebook page.
OKLAHOMA CITY —Griffin Memorial Hospital, which serves as a resource for Oklahomans with mental illness, could be moved from Norman to Oklahoma City.The hospital has been in Norman for a century. But the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services said the move is a plan in the works.Get the latest news stories of interest by clicking here."It's about serving the community and where is the...
OKLAHOMA CITY —
Griffin Memorial Hospital, which serves as a resource for Oklahomans with mental illness, could be moved from Norman to Oklahoma City.
The hospital has been in Norman for a century. But the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services said the move is a plan in the works.
"It's about serving the community and where is the community need, and we are not going to make any decision without thinking of our staff, but also thinking about the consumers that take advantage of these resources each and every day," said Bonnie Campo, the senior director of public relations for the department. "That building was created over a century ago. It doesn’t fit the current needs of Oklahoma."
The department said they hope the new hospital can be built near Oklahoma State University's Oklahoma City campus. The facility would have more beds than the current hospital, which would serve more Oklahomans.
Officials said there shouldn't be any gaps in funding the $137 million project because of partnerships like the one they have with the Oklahoma County Commissioners, who just added $500,000 to their contribution. This brings the total from the county to $1.5 million.
"It was a no-go if we didn’t get this. It had come clear, to me at least, that they had pretty much fizzled out on any other options, so I wanted to rescue the situation as best we could," said District Two County Commissioner Brian Maughan. "I’m quoting it as a game changer. I think this will be a major first step in our community to address mental health that is so prevalently needed in this particular core part of our city."
The rest of the funding would come from contributions from the city of Oklahoma City, private donors, the possible land sale of the current location and $87 million worth of American Rescue Plan Act funds. The ARPA funds are required to be spent by 2026.
Officials said they hope this project can continue moving forward quickly.
NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) — Billion-dollar plans are in the works in Norman.A coalition of Norman city leaders, called “Team Norman,” unveiled its proposal for a new entertainment district Wednesday morning.“What we’re talking about today is a once in a two or three generation moment,” said University of Oklahoma President Joseph Harroz Jr. “This is bold. This $1,000,000,000 entertainment district.”The plan includes a...
NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) — Billion-dollar plans are in the works in Norman.
A coalition of Norman city leaders, called “Team Norman,” unveiled its proposal for a new entertainment district Wednesday morning.
“What we’re talking about today is a once in a two or three generation moment,” said University of Oklahoma President Joseph Harroz Jr. “This is bold. This $1,000,000,000 entertainment district.”
The plan includes a multipurpose venue for anything from concerts and shows to OU women’s gymnastics competitions and Sooner basketball games.
“We want this to be an experience. This has got to be something like when you go to a Thunder game and it’s so stinking noisy,” said Norman Mayor, Larry Heikkila. “We want that kind of experience.”
It also entails retail shops, restaurants, bars, offices, a hotel and housing for thousands.
The entertainment district would be located in between I-35, W. Rock Creek Road, Max Westheimer Airport and W. Tecumseh Road.
“We want to have our work, live and play needs to stay right here in our region and not going to Oklahoma County,” said Cleveland County Commissioner Rod Cleveland.
As for who would cover the cost of the billion-dollar project, about 80 percent would be paid through private investment, while the remaining 20 percent would be paid through public funding.
The next step is getting the plan approved. The proposal still needs to pass through Norman City Council and the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners.
“I’m confident that we have an open-minded City Council,” said Lawrence McKinney, Norman’s Economic Development Coalition President. “They’ve been listening to us. We’ve been providing them with a lot of information. They’ve been asking a lot of questions.”
Mayor Heikkila said the project is still “in the design stages.”
NORMAN, Okla. —A yearlong fight over where to build a new homeless shelter in Norman could be coming to a close.The planning commission will consider the latest proposal on Thursday night, but like each proposal before, the city faces opposition.| MORE | Norman homeless shelter closes doors for goodThe proposed shelter would sit right next door to the popular Mexican food rest...
NORMAN, Okla. —
A yearlong fight over where to build a new homeless shelter in Norman could be coming to a close.
The planning commission will consider the latest proposal on Thursday night, but like each proposal before, the city faces opposition.
The proposed shelter would sit right next door to the popular Mexican food restaurant Tarahumara's, whose owners said they want the city to find another place.
“This is people that have been coming here for almost 20 years, for as long as we’ve been open, and it’s starting to have an impact. They’re starting to have concerns about coming here," said Tarahumara's co-owner Alex Romero.
The city has been trying to find a new place for the Norman homeless shelter after it shut down in 2022. But it hasn't had any success.
"So far, restaurants and other concerned citizens have not offered any solutions," said Helen Grant, the Ward 4 councilwoman for the city.
The newest proposed location is right across from the Norman Regional Hospital. Supporters said this is a benefit.
“Being located closer to services is definitely a benefit, especially to those folks who will inevitably be overdosing and need a quick medical intervention, like medical detox," said Grant.
But not everyone agrees.
“We have a lot of rural space. We have a lot of space where there’s large amounts of property, still city limits, but just outside the main where a large number of business and property owners would be," said Norman resident Karlinda Gravel. "We’re asking for a vote."
People who live near the location plan to voice their concerns to the planning commission during the Thursday night meeting. But the Norman City Council is ready to rebut.
“Overwhelmingly, the people engaging with services in a shelter are not on the street and bothering them. It is when we don’t have a place for them to be that the trouble starts," said Grant.
Thursday's meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Councilmembers said this isn't the final step before construction, even if the rezoning is approved.
Team Norman and city leaders announced plans for a $1 billion entertainment district during the Norman Economic Development Coalition’s annual State of the Economy breakfast on Wednesday morning.The proposed location for the district is planned at Rock Creek Road and 24th Avenue Northwest. 80% of the plan's $1 billion cost will be covered through private funds, with the remaining 20% coming through public sources.Proposed development area for $1B new entertain...
Team Norman and city leaders announced plans for a $1 billion entertainment district during the Norman Economic Development Coalition’s annual State of the Economy breakfast on Wednesday morning.
The proposed location for the district is planned at Rock Creek Road and 24th Avenue Northwest. 80% of the plan's $1 billion cost will be covered through private funds, with the remaining 20% coming through public sources.
Proposed development area for $1B new entertainment district in Norman’s boundaries are I-35, W Rock Creek Road, Max Westheimer Airport and W Tecumseh Road: pic.twitter.com/BZm61oj47E— Colton Sulley (@colton_sulley) September 6, 2023
The proposal will need to pass through city council. NEDC President and CEO Lawrence McKinney expects a vote to happen by the end of the year.
He said while Team Norman has had productive meetings with council, there is still work to be done.
"Well, (I'm) certainly not confident (it'll pass)," McKinney told the OU Daily. "But we feel really good. This council has met with us privately, a couple of people at a time. They seem very open. They're asking the right questions about numbers and impacts and so we feel really comfortable. We've got a council that that is open to the data and the numbers."
According to Ward 7 Councilmember Stephen Tyler Holman, the meeting
represented a “kickoff” to the process of deciding what exactly will be built and where the funding for the entertainment district will be allocated.
“There's a lot of ideas still out there for how a development could be done in that area, so I guess I feel optimistic about what we could do if we can come together and figure out what we want to do as a community when it comes to this,” Holman said.
While 80% of the funding for the district will be covered through private funds, Holman said it is still up for debate where the remaining 20% of funds will come from. Most likely, he said, it will be a combined effort from OU, Cleveland County government and the City of Norman.
In 2017, another development proposal by OU Foundation sought to develop land along I-35 between Robinson Street and Tecumseh Road. In July 2018, the foundation withdrew from their partnership with Norman to consider building an arena on OU Foundation-owned University North Park land.
In a 5-3 vote, city council approved the foundation’s request and take the item off the agenda, effectively ending advancement to the development. Those who opposed the vote did so because they wanted a formal vote on the measure instead of a withdrawal.
During the Team Norman meeting, McKinney said the partnerships between the county, city and especially with OU is an important part of getting this new proposal off the ground.
If it passes by the end of 2023, McKinney says he expects the arena to be ready in 2026.
None of the funds are planned to come from the city or general funds, according to a release.
Norman Mayor Larry Heikkila said taxpayers would be asked to fund $27 million in the latest proposal, which he thinks will lead to more community support and an eventual passing vote in Norman’s city council.
“We’re not going to have to use the people’s money as much,” Heikkila said at the event. “I like other people’s money. It’s always better than mine. … It is so good that we can do this in a way that we’re not bearing the brunt of the taxpayer’s (money).”
The multi-purpose venue would host concerts and shows, as well as OU basketball and women's gymnastics meets. While the university would be the facility's anchor tenant, the Sooners will only use 28% of its availability.
"It would come with a primary rental stream," OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. told reporters afterward. "That would come with the use of the facility. It would be based on a market negotiated (price)."
OU women's basketball coach Jennie Baranczyk told the OU Daily Wednesday the proposal excites her, not only for her program as it transitions to the SEC, but for Norman.
“The number one thing is how cool this is for the city of Norman," Baranczyk told the OU Daily. "I feel like there’s so much more to this and so it’s just a really exciting time for all of us. And obviously as we go into the SEC, there’s going to be a lot of things that are really important for us to do as a community. … Really exciting that this has become a priority for all of us who live here.”
In December of last year, Team Norman and OU Athletics revived conversations about a possible entertainment district that included a new arena for OU athletics in a community survey.
McKinney told the OU Daily last week most of the community survey responses included things like Broadway shows, rodeos or Disney on Ice productions. He expects the district to have a return on public and private investment over the years.
“It’ll be a 20-year build out,” McKinney said of the return of investment. “It’s a four to one return on investment on the private sector and the public sector. That’s really good in any community, so I’m really happy about that.”
Previously in 2017, the city of Norman unveiled a project to create a similarly described new entertainment district to house OU basketball and other amenities between Tecumseh and Rock Creek Roads in the University North Park area, roughly six miles from OU's campus.
Harroz says he and the leaders spent time researching if the proposed new arena would discourage students from attending athletics events due to it being off campus.
"All of the folks who have helped us in designing this indicate the students will make that trek," Harroz said.
Also included in those studies was the altered size of a new college basketball arena. Rayford Young, father of NBA superstar Trae Young, told the OU Daily that the number one thing he wants to see is a smaller, more intimate venue.
“Why did we choose an 8,000 seat stadium instead of a 12?” Heikkila said. “That’s because we did studies and sat down and figured out what the optimum size is. We want this to be an experience. This has got to be something like when you go to a Thunder game, which is so stinking noisy. I understand that. We want that kind of experience. We want that kind of music to be there. We want all that kind of stuff.”
Assistant sports editor Jason Batacao and assistant news managing editor Taylor Jones contributed to to this story.