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 Sand Springs, 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 Sand Springs, 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 Sand Springs, 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 Sand Springs, 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 Sand Springs, 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.
The Oklahoma Rage is a professional women’s tackle football team in Oklahoma. Women from across the state come together in Sand Springs to make the team. They have several different coaches and players, all of which are volunteer.The Oklahoma Rage is a professional women’s tackle football team in Oklahoma. Women from across the state come together in Sand Springs to make the team. They have several different coaches and players, all of which are volunteer.The women are juggling full time jobs, families and training ...
The Oklahoma Rage is a professional women’s tackle football team in Oklahoma. Women from across the state come together in Sand Springs to make the team. They have several different coaches and players, all of which are volunteer.
The Oklahoma Rage is a professional women’s tackle football team in Oklahoma. Women from across the state come together in Sand Springs to make the team. They have several different coaches and players, all of which are volunteer.
The women are juggling full time jobs, families and training for football at least four times a week.
Oklahoma Rage is a new team that started this year. One of their Coaches Brandon Webb said the players are very invested in the sport.
“The environment we have here Is fantastic all the girls kind of hold each other accountable,” Webb explained.
He believes it’s important to have a women’s football league because women deserve to be given the same opportunity as men to play football.
Webb continued, “They didn’t have the same access as men did to the sport. And they’ve fallen in love with it. They’ve earned the right to be taught the sport and play it at a high level.”
Nicole Ingraham, the team’s Outside Linebacker, said it takes sacrifice to be able to play.
“Football’s always been my passion. So this is something that I’m willing to sacrifice so much for,” Ingraham said. “Because I just want to be able to play.”
Jasmine Crisp the team’s defensive end is a wife and mother of three kids who works 40 hours a week at her job and coaches high school basketball on the side. She said time management is really important to be able to play.
She said, “It is a commitment, but to me, it’s a commitment that is worth it. And it’s worth it to all of us.”
The team’s quarterback, Courtney Eldridge, said the team is tough. The women wear full pads and hit, block, and play as hard as the men do. Being taken seriously as a football player is important to the team.
“We hit hard,” Eldridge said. “We put on a show, and with all the passion we have wrapped up in it, we’d love to be taken seriously.”
The team wants to normalize girls playing football. Some veterans plan to hold a camp in the off season to help teach young girls the game.
“For it to be normal to see girls playing football, even boys seeing girls playing football, would be good.”
The team is a D3 football team and wants to work towards being D1. Right now all players and coaches are volunteers and the team wants to get to the point where it can pay the players and coaches.
The team has a fundraising event for their season on Feb. 24, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.at the Tulsa Comedy Club and would love to see community support.
The team is always seeking new players and can be contacted at [email protected].
Kristin Johnston, who has been serving as the interim director of the Human Resources Department since September, has been named to the post permanently, City Manager Mike Carter announced at last Monday’s City Council meeting.Johnston has been the deputy city clerk since 2016.“Kristin has already shown herself to be everything I thought she would be in this role,” Carter said. “She has made improvements to our systems and made other positive impacts. I know she’s going to do spectacular things. Ou...
Kristin Johnston, who has been serving as the interim director of the Human Resources Department since September, has been named to the post permanently, City Manager Mike Carter announced at last Monday’s City Council meeting.
Johnston has been the deputy city clerk since 2016.
“Kristin has already shown herself to be everything I thought she would be in this role,” Carter said. “She has made improvements to our systems and made other positive impacts. I know she’s going to do spectacular things. Our employees have been excited, and I’ve heard nothing but compliments.”
Carter said Johnston, who previously taught in Sand Springs Public Schools for 25 years, initially applied with the city for a position in the Human Resources Department but was persuaded to withdraw that application and instead apply for the deputy city clerk post.
He said he asked her last fall to take the Human Resources helm on an interim basis and that her performance in that brief period made her a shoo-in for the post permanently.
“Our public school teachers are so valuable,” Carter said, adding that Johnston “was able to retire from the schools, and we now have the benefit of someone who can come to us and do another career here.”
“She is emblematic of the great teachers that we have, and I’m just appreciative that that pool is there.”
Johnston said the decision to work for the city was an easy one.
“I really do appreciate the opportunity,” she told councilors. “If you know me, you know I love Sand Springs, and I wouldn’t work anywhere else. So I’m very excited to be a part of recruiting and retaining and working with all of our employees and making sure that they feel appreciated.”
Carter said the deputy city clerk position would be posted soon and that the position probably would be open to both internal and external applicants.
“We would encourage people to watch for job postings and apply if they would like to do that,” he said.
The council also heard Monday night about delays in a storm-siren replacement project.
Voters in June approved spending $825,000 for a citywide storm-siren upgrade as part of the $15.7 million general-obligation bond package, but it appears that city officials’ hopes of having all of the new sirens up and running by the first day of spring on March 20 will be dashed.
The problem is not with the new sirens themselves. Carter told the City Council last week that the city has taken delivery of about half of the new units. Instead, the city has a pole problem.
“We have been notified that our project might be delayed due to a national shortage of telephone poles,” Carter said.
He reassured the council that the city continues to be protected by the existing network of storm sirens but said officials “are urgently looking for a solution to this issue.”
The utility pole shortage appears to be largely a result of natural disasters including wildfires, hurricanes and tornadoes.
The city isn’t alone in its frustration. Public Service Company of Oklahoma is also being affected by the shortage. Wayne Greene, a regional communications manager for the company, said that “although PSO has enough poles to serve its customers, we are being conservative with our limited supply.”
Carter said Thursday that the city is communicating with its pole supplier and hopefully will be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel by summer — but well after severe weather season is underway.
He said the city also has a local vendor preparing a quote on steel poles and has contacted another company about composite poles. Both of those options offer durability, but they come at greater short-term expense than wooden ones, he noted.
“We are protected right now. We have storm sirens that work, but we want to get these put up,” he said. “We already have started receiving the hardware that goes on the poles, and we very much want to get those into use. That’s what the taxpayers wanted us to do, and we want them to see the progress we promised.”
TULSA COUNTY, Okla. - A woman is dead after state troopers said she crashed into a semi on Highway 412 on Tuesday afternoon.Troopers identified the victim as 38-year-old Jeanine Proctor of Cleveland.Troopers said their response was quick, because a state trooper heading in the opposite dir...
TULSA COUNTY, Okla. -
A woman is dead after state troopers said she crashed into a semi on Highway 412 on Tuesday afternoon.
Troopers said their response was quick, because a state trooper heading in the opposite direction witnessed the entire incident.
A trooper driving along Highway 412 near 177th West Avenue, west of Sand Springs, watched as a SUV crashed into the back of a semi that was hauling sand.
"When he turned around to get back to the scene of the crash, he determined that one driver was critically injured at the time, so he started emergency personnel," said Lt. Mark Southall with Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Lt. Southall said the man driving the semi-truck is OK.
"The jaws of life were used to extricate the driver of the car," said Lt. Southall.
EMSA rushed the woman who was driving the SUV to a hospital after the crash that happened around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.
Lt. Southall said having a trooper as a witness will help with the investigation, but there are still many unknowns.
"We look at what all the events were that led up to the collision. That actually paints the entire picture," said Lt. Southall.
He said investigators spent hours cleaning up the road and collecting all of the evidence that will play a key part in the investigation.
"All the evidence that were gathered from each of the vehicles such as the electronic data recorders, video that we may have that are in the vehicles," said Lt. Southall.
Lt. Southall said they'll figure out what all of the pieces are, then start putting them together. He said the investigation could take weeks, if not months.
Copy This Embed Code: Ad SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — Downtown Sand Springs is about to get a facelift.On Monday, the city will begin the first phase of a three phase downtown streetscape project to beautify the area. This project has been in the works since late 2021.“Downtown Sand Springs is a great place to shop and eat. There’s a lot of great options,” said Sarah Mercado, co-owner of Boulder Coffee.Boulder Coffee sits on Main St. between First and Second St. which is in the heart of dow...
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SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — Downtown Sand Springs is about to get a facelift.
On Monday, the city will begin the first phase of a three phase downtown streetscape project to beautify the area. This project has been in the works since late 2021.
“Downtown Sand Springs is a great place to shop and eat. There’s a lot of great options,” said Sarah Mercado, co-owner of Boulder Coffee.
Boulder Coffee sits on Main St. between First and Second St. which is in the heart of downtown Sand Springs where the streetscape project will take place.
With new businesses in downtown, the area has attracted a lot more people than it used to.
That mean it’s now time for downtown to get some much needed TLC.
Which is something Sarah Mercado is excited about.
“It's going to help bring a lot more people down here because it's going to be a lot more ascetically pleasing,” she said.
The project will include new light poles, new sidewalks, enhanced landscape and most of all a new lighted crosswalk half way down the block going from one side of Main St. to the other right in front of the Boulder Coffee shop.
"We have a lot of people that are crossing the street and it can get dangerous with not using crosswalks,"Mercado said. "It's also kind of hard to see out there so that will help with that."
The city said the project is about more than just making the area walkable.
“It’s also to just really help the businesses and their growth as well," said Chloe Haroldson with the City of Sand Springs. "It’s a beautifying process so things like festivals or christmas events, they are going to be a lot more accessible. We are going to have more electricity so it’s going to be easier for food trucks or vendors come too.”
Mercado agrees. She believes the updates will make events downtown go smoother.
While the construction might be an inconvenience, Mercado said businesses have worked out plans to make things easier on customers and in the end it will all be worth it.
“We’re definitely looking forward to the end result,” Mercado said.
Phase one of this project is expected to be completed in 120 days which is around the end of August, beginning of September.
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Art Cowger might just be Herbal Affair’s good-luck charm.The Springfield, Missouri, wood turner, selling his wares in a festival setting for the first time, never had to break out a raincoat or mittens Saturday.“I think it’s a real nice deal,” he said of the 34th annual plant and herb extravaganza. “I want to get out and do some more walking around. I love the crowds like this.”Herbal Affair regular vendor Marilyn Stewart, who owns ...
Art Cowger might just be Herbal Affair’s good-luck charm.
The Springfield, Missouri, wood turner, selling his wares in a festival setting for the first time, never had to break out a raincoat or mittens Saturday.
“I think it’s a real nice deal,” he said of the 34th annual plant and herb extravaganza. “I want to get out and do some more walking around. I love the crowds like this.”
Herbal Affair regular vendor Marilyn Stewart, who owns Wild Things Nursery in Seminole, was delighted that warm temps and clear skies welcomed the start of festival.
The weather was even great for the folks who showed up 45 minutes early, she added wryly, bemoaning, “I am not a morning person!”
But for what was perhaps the best- attended Herbal Affair & Festival ever — certainly for the past half-dozen years or so — it was the early bird who got the worm.
Or the milkweed or tomatoes, the perennials or the succulents.
By midday, hardly a plant vendor across the festival grounds had more than a handful of flats left to choose from, and many had sold out entirely and were packing up early.
Not that anyone would blame them. By about 2 p.m., Mother Nature had turned fickle, bringing gusty, cold winds and gray skies.
Or maybe Art Cowger’s luck just ran out.
“I didn’t care for the wind,” he said, and he clearly wasn’t alone, as vendors raced to fortify their tents with every gust.
City Parks and Recreation Director Joe Medlin, ecstatic over the success of the first Herbal Affair under his leadership, wasn’t in the mood to talk about the weather, though, suggesting that few people in attendance should be surprised by it.
The wind is in “the second line of our state song. That’s what we’re going with,” he said.
Medlin said parks staff were guesstimating the crowd at more than 30,000, while a good year in the recent past has seen attendance closer to 20,000 to 25,000.
“I 100% believe we did a better job of marketing with Facebook and social media,” he said, “and I’m going to sound like (City Manager) Mike Carter, but it was the partnerships” that made it work.
“We got the (Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce) to partner with us to do music, which was great,” he said. “We got all our local (downtown) businesses all on board with us where we gave them vendor space in front so they could open up their stores.
“Every one of them told me this week that this is the busiest day of the year they have,” Medlin said.
This year’s Herbal Affair also featured a greater variety of crafts and artisans than in previous years without sacrificing the central theme of the event — plants. More than 5,600 additional square feet of space was devoted to the growers.
Even vendors not exactly “selling” much of anything were happy with the event’s success.
Charles Page Library Manager Sarah Dawson was excited that she and library Customer Service Associate Jamye Landis were able to tell so many people about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, the Seed Library, and the library’s own Plant Swap event this coming Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sand Springs Animal Welfare Coordinator Tracy Arvidson said the city’s animal shelter scored five adoptions during Herbal Affair, which she called a pretty good number.
Shelter volunteers had a variety of adoptable pets set up in the Inez Kirk City Garden Park at the corner of Broadway Street and McKinley Avenue.
That’s where 3½-year-old Violet Weigant and a very happy dog sat playing with a toy.
Her grandfather, Paul Weigant, said Violet already has one dog at home, and he and his wife have two that she also plays with.
But can any child ever really play with too many dogs? Maybe not — Mena Weigant, Violet’s grandmother, said it was their second visit of the day to the park.