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 Pauls Valley, 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 Pauls Valley, 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 Pauls Valley, 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 Pauls Valley, 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 Pauls Valley, 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.
Several Garvin County communities are holding celebrations over the next few days to mark the Fourth of July holiday. Here’s a quick rundown:Pauls ValleyLovePV will host the annual 4th of July celebration and fireworks show in Pauls Valley’s Wacker Park. The event will get underway at 5 p.m. July 4, with a variety of food trucks ready to serve patrons in the park near the football field.The gates at Thompson Field will open at 6 p.m., and visitors will be able to enjoy inflatables, a mechanical bull an...
Several Garvin County communities are holding celebrations over the next few days to mark the Fourth of July holiday. Here’s a quick rundown:
LovePV will host the annual 4th of July celebration and fireworks show in Pauls Valley’s Wacker Park. The event will get underway at 5 p.m. July 4, with a variety of food trucks ready to serve patrons in the park near the football field.
The gates at Thompson Field will open at 6 p.m., and visitors will be able to enjoy inflatables, a mechanical bull and retail and food vendors set up inside the stadium.
Sign-up for the annual Watermelon Seed Spitting contest will also begin at 6 p.m., with the contest set to take place at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s live entertainment, Ray and the High Rollers, will take the stage inside the stadium at 7 p.m., and the popular Glow Party with DJ Oz will get underway in front of the stage at 9 p.m.
The fireworks show will start at dark, usually around 9:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the event benefit LovePV and its mission of providing school supplies to all Pauls Valley area students.
The city of Lindsay will hold its annual Fourth of July celebration Saturday, July 1.
There will be a parade on Main Street at 3:30 p.m. The festivities will then move to Glenn Curlee Park at 4 p.m. with vendors, live entertainment, kids activities and food vendors. The Lindsay pool will also be open with free admission for the day. The evening concludes with fireworks after dark.
For more information, contact the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce at 405-756-4312.
The Independence Day fireworks celebration and display at Paoli will also take place Saturday, July 1.
Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. in Dulin Park, near the school. Food, including fried fish and the fixings and barbecue, will be available. Everyone in the area is invited to bring a chair and join in the fun.
The fireworks display will take place after dark.
Elmore City will not have a public firework display this year, but personal fireworks may be popped from July 1-4, at the Elmore City Lake only. Fireworks must be finished by 10 p.m. and everyone is required to clean up their own trash and fireworks debris.
Stratford does not have a public firework display planned, but town ordinances do allow residents to discharge personal fireworks inside the boundaries of the Stratford Town Park on July 4 from 7-10 p.m.
Officials caution residents to handle fireworks safely and responsibly and to clean up any trash or debris they generate.
Residents and businesses in Pauls Valley experienced low to no water pressure Wednesday so crews could perform maintenance on one of the city's water towers. PAULS VALLEY, Okla. - Residents and businesses in Pauls Valley experienced low to no water pressure Wednesday so crews could perform maintenance on one of the city's water towers.The work began at about 8 a.m. and was expected to last 18 to 24 hours. Dur...
Residents and businesses in Pauls Valley experienced low to no water pressure Wednesday so crews could perform maintenance on one of the city's water towers.
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Residents and businesses in Pauls Valley experienced low to no water pressure Wednesday so crews could perform maintenance on one of the city's water towers.
The work began at about 8 a.m. and was expected to last 18 to 24 hours. During that time, crews drained the water tower on Airline Road so they could clean the interior, said Assistant City Manager Don Wageman. Crews also made any necessary repairs.
"We all need clean water, we all want as clean as possibly can be," said Wageman. "And that's the only way to assure that."
The tradeoff was that homes and businesses were experiencing low to no water pressure.
"We've been talking with them for over a week now about the process to have water stored, have some bottled water, gallons of water, run water in the bathtub," said Wageman.
Businesses affected by low water pressure included a gas station near the water tower, which had to close its restrooms. Some fast-food restaurants were impacted as well, opening only their drive-throughs.
"Restaurants, some of them have elected to have limited hours. Some have elected to close and that's their choice and they have standards within their companies that they must adhere to," said Wageman.
Other businesses, however, did not experience lower water pressure as of Wednesday morning, including O'Neal's Jewelers located downtown. Co-owner Miles Philpott said he was all for cleaning the water tower.
"You get sediment in there and a lot of dirt and stuff so it's a great thing to clean it out, keep us healthy," said Philpott.
News 9 also talked with some homeowners. One said he was starting to notice a decrease in water pressure while another said she had not experienced it.
Wageman said the water pressure would get progressively lower as more water was drained from the tower. But he said the pressure was expected to return to normal on Thursday.
Next Monday, the city will drain and clean its other water tower on Highway 77, which will also cause low to no water pressure for residents.
"Actually, the last time that one was cleaned, it had a leak, and we drained it, cleaned it, fixed it," said Wageman.
Wageman added that the draining and cleaning of the water towers happen every five to 10 years.
Doyle Duke saw himself hitting home runs on the baseball field, but the hit he ended up making was at the Mayo Clinic way in Phoenix, Arizona. Due to a rare congestive heart problem, Duke is one of the few people to receive a triple-organ transplant. OKLAHOMA CITY - Growing up, Doyle Duke saw himself hitting home runs on the baseball field, but the hit he ended up making was at the Mayo Clinic way in Phoenix, Arizona...
Doyle Duke saw himself hitting home runs on the baseball field, but the hit he ended up making was at the Mayo Clinic way in Phoenix, Arizona. Due to a rare congestive heart problem, Duke is one of the few people to receive a triple-organ transplant.
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Growing up, Doyle Duke saw himself hitting home runs on the baseball field, but the hit he ended up making was at the Mayo Clinic way in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Now looking back, I probably wasn’t good enough for the pros, but I would have played the minor system to death,” said Pauls Valley resident Doyle Duke.
The lifelong Atlanta Braves fan loved playing sports.
“Well, I made a mistake and I forgot to get my physical for football,” said Duke.
That was in 1984, and the advice the doctor gave from that physical would change Doyle’s life forever.
“Take him out of everything. Don’t let him walk, don’t let him do nothing until you see me again. Just let him sit in a chair and watch TV,” said Duke.
Duke had a rare congestive heart problem. He had open heart surgery in 1995, a pacemaker installed in 1996 and things were not getting better.
“You know it just deteriorated from there,” said Duke.
His body, feeling the effects, Duke had a real conversation with his doctor.
“You know doc, I think it may be time to start changing parts, and my wife just said oh Doyle just hush, and that doctor just looked at her and say no, he might be right,” said Duke.
“Mayo Clinic Arizona is the largest solid organ transplant program in the country, and I’m making sure, but it may be in the world as well,” said Dr. Bashar Aqel, of The Mayo Clinic Arizona.
“Pursuing a heart transplant, they uncovered that his liver was sick as well, also they uncovered that his kidneys were sick,” said Dr. Aqel.
Duke would need a triple-organ transplant, a first for the clinic, and thankfully an organ match was found quickly.
“They wheeled him out and the door closed, and I was just like oh, this is real,” said Billie Duke, Doyle’s wife.
“I will tell you there were three transplant teams that were involved in the surgery, the liver transplant team, the kidney transplant team, the heart transplant team,” said Dr. Aqel.
It would be a fourteen-hour procedure that started and ended on different days. Dr. Aqel estimates with doctors, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, people bringing blood, and others there were between twelve and fifteen workers in the operating room for the full fourteen-hour procedure.
With recovery from a surgery of this magnitude, doctors anticipate challenges.
“Well, it would have been easier if I would not have had a pancreas problem and then my spleen ruptured. I was like 'oh my goodness', this is the worst thing,' and it is still the worst pain I have ever felt in my life,” said Duke.
Through it all, Billie never left her husband’s side
“It grew me a lot closer to her because I knew she had my back,” said Duke.
Now back home in Pauls Valley, the couple are advocates for organ donations.
“We have seen an uptick in people signing up to be organ donors,” said Dr. Aqel.
“My donor is my hero, he is my above all hero,” said Duke.
For information on becoming an organ donor in Oklahoma visit www.lifeshareoklahoma.org.
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KFOR) — Two parents are upset after their child was pulled out of class for a dress-code violation they believe shouldn’t have been an issue.This took place at Pauls Valley Junior High with their 7th grader.Max and Erica Duarte want to make something clear—they are not attacking the school or anyone within the school. However, they say the dress code policy is a one-size-fits all model, which doesn’t fit everyone.&l...
PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KFOR) — Two parents are upset after their child was pulled out of class for a dress-code violation they believe shouldn’t have been an issue.
This took place at Pauls Valley Junior High with their 7th grader.
Max and Erica Duarte want to make something clear—they are not attacking the school or anyone within the school. However, they say the dress code policy is a one-size-fits all model, which doesn’t fit everyone.
“I’ve tried to instill in my children the importance of feeling confident in who they are and that they’re more than their weight or their height or anything else,” Erica said. “So when policies are put into place that don’t fit a one size all because, you know her peers, she’s a good at least seven inches taller than her peers.”
An upset mother, trying to find answers on why this outfit was deemed inappropriate for school.
“It is hard,” Erica said. “It’s hard enough and we had searched all summer trying to find shorts. We had found a pair of shorts. We were so thrilled.”
Only to learn that her daughter could no longer wear those shorts to school.
“Going through that age, starting her first year of junior high, battling with things that she already has to, that just amplifies that; that telling her that because your body doesn’t fit the average mold, that it’s not okay for you,” Erica said.
“I was like, what I am wearing was very appropriate and I wasn’t showing anything,” Araya said.
Araya was pulled from class for almost two hours.
“She had to be pulled out three different times that day over this situation,” Erica said. “How does that not affect and disrupt her education.”
“It was kind of disruptive because, you know, you have kids that are like, oh, you got dress coded,” Araya said.
While the parents are now working toward change within the dress code policy, they want to make something clear.
“We don’t condone extreme outfits,” Max said. “We’re not out there to say, you know, let them wear whatever they want.”
However, they do believe the current policy should be altered based on height and weight.
“And to address the discrepancies and inadequacies that do not take in consideration that there are different body types, shapes and heights,” Erica said.
Max and Erica have filed with the superintendents office to address this issue at the next school board meeting which is September 13. We reached out to superintendent Adam McPhail for an interview but he declined. However, he did give us this statement:
“The current dress code policy was developed in 2021 with input from a student committee. This is my first year at Pauls Valley; however, I understand it is less restrictive than the one previously observed.
I believe a district’s dress code should promote a safe and productive learning environment, without being unnecessarily prohibitive or causing students to needlessly miss valuable instructional time.
We are currently monitoring the situation, and in the future, if the policy needs to be revised, we will gather additional feedback, research a new approach, and make whatever changes are needed to best serve the students of Pauls Valley Public Schools.”