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 Shawnee, 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 Shawnee, 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 Shawnee, 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 Shawnee, 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 Shawnee, 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.
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U.S. Disaster Relief
Samaritan’s Purse has a team and a Disaster Relief Unit (DRU)—a tractor-trailer filled with equipment and tools—deployed in Oklahoma after tornadoes tore through parts of the state on April 19.
The storm system produced more than a dozen tornadoes across the Great Plains, including at least eight confirmed in the Sooner State. Sadly, at least three fatalities were reported. Significant damage was centered around Shawnee in Pottawatomie County. Hundreds of homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed, and power was knocked out for many.
Our DRU arrived in Shawnee on April 21 after traveling from a recently completed deployment in Savannah, Tennessee. Volunteers started work on Saturday, April 22. Our host church is Family of Faith Church, 30 Kin-Ville Road, in Shawnee. Additional volunteer information is available at spvolunteer.org.
As of April 27, more than 120 volunteers have helped more than 50 homeowners. We praise God that three individuals have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ so far during this response.
Samaritan’s Purse also continues to work in Arkansas after EF3 tornadoes struck there in late March. We are also responding to flooding in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We have already completed tornado deployments this spring in Indiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
Please be in prayer for all those who are suffering across several states in the wake of violent storms and excessive rainfall. Please also continue to keep our staff members and volunteer teams in your prayers as well.
Note: This story was first published on April 20. It has been updated through April 27-28.
SHAWNEE, Okla. —On Tuesday, disaster recovery centers opened for tornado victims in Shawnee and Cole.It’s been two weeks since tornadoes left a path of destruction. Now, victims have a physical location where they can get the help they need to start to rebuild.After getting over the emotional hurdles of the disaster, tornado victims have to figure out how to financially recover and rebuild.The first steps can be daunting and confusing....
SHAWNEE, Okla. —
On Tuesday, disaster recovery centers opened for tornado victims in Shawnee and Cole.
It’s been two weeks since tornadoes left a path of destruction. Now, victims have a physical location where they can get the help they need to start to rebuild.
After getting over the emotional hurdles of the disaster, tornado victims have to figure out how to financially recover and rebuild.
The first steps can be daunting and confusing.
"It has been a strain because I really didn’t know what direction to go," said Sheree Watson, a storm victim.
Residents in Shawnee and Cole are wondering where to go from here after a tornado tore apart their homes, livelihoods and peace of mind.
"A lot of people are hurting and still need help, so we’ve set up a disaster recovery center here in Shawnee and also in McClain County," said Benny Fulkerson, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security public information officer.
In partnership with the state, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration have set up a one-stop shop for victims applying for financial assistance instead of long phone calls with no face-to-face help.
"We really want to reach people where they are and who they are," said Patrick Boland, a FEMA media relations specialist.
Both disaster relief centers are open seven days a week.
"You may need to come here once or twice to complete the process, but that’s why we’re staying here as long as we’re needed," Boland said.
Victims are asked to bring ID, proof of address and photos or evidence of damage.
"The SBA loans are for businesses, homeowners, renters and nonprofits. Consists of $2 million for businesses maximum, $200,000 for homeowners and renters for physical damage and $40,000 separately for personal property," said Burl Kelton, an SBA Disaster Assistance public information officer.
Both communities said they’re healing, but it will take time and a lot of help.
"This is an important development here to have this center for folks to come and get help because there’s a lot of things they don’t deal with on a day-to-day basis, and they’re going to have to have a whole lot of questions about how they can get help," said Ed Bold, Shawnee mayor.
FEMA said the DRC in Shawnee have staff available for those who speak foreign languages as well as sign language to meet everyone’s needs. FEMA also has teams door knocking for residents unable to come to the center.
Clara Timmons, a student at Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma, told NBC10 she and her family had just gotten home from church when the EF-3 tornado hit their town as well as Cone, Oklahoma.“Something about the way that the weather guys were talking on the TV. She was like, ‘Hmm. Maybe we should go down to the storm shelter,’” Timmons said. “Our ears popped. The garage door started rattling. And we were just like, ‘Oh my gosh. This is an actual tornado.'"The tornado cut a 15 mile p...
Clara Timmons, a student at Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma, told NBC10 she and her family had just gotten home from church when the EF-3 tornado hit their town as well as Cone, Oklahoma.
“Something about the way that the weather guys were talking on the TV. She was like, ‘Hmm. Maybe we should go down to the storm shelter,’” Timmons said. “Our ears popped. The garage door started rattling. And we were just like, ‘Oh my gosh. This is an actual tornado.'"
The tornado cut a 15 mile path of destruction, causing heavy damage to homes and businesses. It also wiped out much of the gym and athletic facilities at Shawnee High School.
“All this is our first really normal year ever since COVID. And then the tornado hit,” Anna Jordan, a senior at Shawnee High School in Oklahoma, told NBC10. “And it kind of all affected us deeply. And it’s just been all hard on us.”
More than two weeks after the tornado, the community continues to work to restore electricity after around 600 power poles were wiped out.
“It’s not a very pleasant thing to have to hear that you’re gonna not be able to go back to your high school as a student again,” Scotland Meier, a senior at Shawnee High School, said.
Due to the damage, Shawnee high school students were forced to return to virtual learning.
“I was really upset when I found out we were doing virtual for the rest of the year,” Timmons said.
Unbeknownst to them however, students at Shawnee High School in Medford, New Jersey, were aware of their plight.
“When I saw the damage, it really resonated with me,” Ben Barclay, a junior at Shawnee High School in New Jersey, told NBC10. “I put myself in their shoes and imagined how unfortunate it was.”
Seniors at Shawnee High School in New Jersey were especially empathetic given their own experience being out of school when they were freshmen during the coronavirus pandemic. Wanting to help, Barclay reached out to his principal, Matt Campbell.
“When Ben came to me, I said, ‘Let’s go. Let’s do what we can do,’” Principal Campbell said.
Principal Campbell reached out to Shawnee High School Oklahoma Principal Matt Johnson over Google Meet.
“Our minds were blown,” Principal Johnson said. “It really made us realize how small the world is and how really connected we are.”
Shawnee High School students in New Jersey realized a physical donation site would lead to logistical and financial issues due to Shawnee students in Oklahoma being 1400 miles away. That’s why they decided to create a tornado relief registry online.
Principal Johnson said they already started receiving the donations.
“They’ve been able to support us and kind of make us feel better about all of this and say, ‘Hey, we are here for you,’” Jordan said.
For the sister high schools, it was an act of kindness that will ensure a lifetime bond much deeper than just a name.
Maxi Hughes smiled and promised to sabotage George Kambosos Jr.’s return to the ring as they walked away from each other Friday afternoon.Moments earlier, Kambosos and Hughes both came in beneath the lightweight limit for their 12-round, 135-pound fight Saturday night in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Australia’s Kambosos (20-2, 10 KOs) stepped on the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission’s scale at 134.6 pounds, slightly lighter than England’s Hughes (26-5-2, 5 KOs), who officially weighed 134.7.They’ll fight fo...
Maxi Hughes smiled and promised to sabotage George Kambosos Jr.’s return to the ring as they walked away from each other Friday afternoon.
Moments earlier, Kambosos and Hughes both came in beneath the lightweight limit for their 12-round, 135-pound fight Saturday night in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Australia’s Kambosos (20-2, 10 KOs) stepped on the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission’s scale at 134.6 pounds, slightly lighter than England’s Hughes (26-5-2, 5 KOs), who officially weighed 134.7.
They’ll fight for Hughes’ IBO lightweight title in a main event ESPN will air from FireLake Arena. Kambosos-Hughes is also an IBF elimination match that’ll determine its number two contender in the 135-pound division, which would move the winner into position to fight for an unclaimed IBF belt against Argentina’s Gustavo Lemos (28-0, 18 KOs), the number one contender, if undefeated, undisputed champ Devin Haney gives up his IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO crowns to compete in the 140-pound division.
Kambosos, 30, will fight for the first since Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) decisively defeated him again in their 12-round rematch October 16 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Hughes, 33, has won seven consecutive bouts since English southpaw Liam Walsh (23-1, 15 KOs) outpointed him unanimously in their 10-rounder in November 2019 in London.
Official weights for the six Kambosos-Hughes undercard bouts are listed below.
10 p.m. EDT; 7 p.m. PDT
Keyshawn Davis (8-0, 6 KOs), Norfolk, Virginia, 134.3 pounds vs. Francesco Patera (28-3, 10 KOs), Genk, Belgium, 134 pounds, 10 rounds, lightweights.
6:15 p.m. EDT; 3:15 p.m. PDT
Giovani Santillan (30-0, 16 KOs), San Diego, 147.8 pounds vs. Erick Bone (27-6, 14 KOs), Portoviejo, Ecuador, 147.6 pounds, 10 rounds, welterweights.
Jeremiah Milton (9-0, 6 KOs), Tulsa, Oklahoma, 255.3 pounds vs. Willie Harvey (4-2-2, 3 KOs), Plainfield, New Jersey, 296.5 pounds, 8 rounds, heavyweights.
Troy Isley (9-0, 4 KOs), Alexandria, Virginia, 158.8 pounds vs. Antonio Todd (14-8, 8 KOs), Atlanta, 159.2 pounds, 8 rounds, middleweights.
Amron Sands (12-2, 9 KOs), Orlando, Florida, 300 pounds vs. Hemi Ahio (20-1, 15 KOs), Auckland, New Zealand, 247 pounds, 8 rounds, heavyweights.
Stephan Shaw (18-1, 13 KOs), St. Louis, 244 pounds vs. Joe Goodall (9-1, 8 KOs), Brisbane, Australia, 238 pounds, 8 rounds, heavyweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
SHAWNEE, Okla. (KFOR) – At a sold-out show Saturday night, Foreigner donated $10,000 to Community Renewal to help out victims of the Shawnee tornadoes. They also auctioned off a pair of guitars from the band and raised $8,500 according to Manager Phil Carson.| Organizations in Shawnee in need of volunteers to help torn...
SHAWNEE, Okla. (KFOR) – At a sold-out show Saturday night, Foreigner donated $10,000 to Community Renewal to help out victims of the Shawnee tornadoes. They also auctioned off a pair of guitars from the band and raised $8,500 according to Manager Phil Carson.
“When we heard about the tornadoes we got immediately very concerned and wanted to do whatever we could to help and thank God we can,” said Foreigner’s bassist Jeff Pilson.
“We couldn’t play in Oklahoma and not try and help out in any way we can,” said Foreigner Band Manager Phil Carson.
Carson says they were watching KFOR on Saturday morning and saw a segment on how donations and volunteers are needed.
The concert also had an auction for a pair of guitars from the band that raised an additional $8,500 for the victims.
When handed a check for $10,000 Community Renewal Executive Director Brandon Dyer said he was surprised.
“We cannot thank Foreigner enough for this check that will go directly to the folks we know in our community. Honest hard-working people who we’ve known for years,” said Dyer. “This money will really go to repair their lives. We cannot thank Foreigner enough for this.”
“We can’t really give out volunteers but what we can do is donate and try to encourage people to help,” said Carson.
“We’re certainly doing our best to help out and we hope that you do too,” said Pilson.
If you are interested in either donating money or time to Community Renewal to help out victims you can click here.
The band is on their Farewell tour this year. Saturday night’s show began around 8 p.m. and was held at the Grand Casino Hotel in Shawnee.
The next stop for Foreigner will be Park City, Kansas Sunday, and Topeka, Kansas May 2. For more information or where you can find tickets click here.