Men's Health Specialist

John Rinker, DO

Family Medicine & Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine located in Pontiac, IL

As men age, many experience a decrease in hormones, especially testosterone, which is vital to men’s health. If you’ve started to notice a decline in how you feel, it’s time to seek the help of John Rinker, DO. With the last privately owned practice in Pontiac, Illinois, you see Dr. Rinker during every visit and receive comprehensive and consistent care. When testosterone and the signs of aging begin impacting how you feel, call Dr. Rinker’s office today or go online to schedule your initial consultation.

Men's Health Q & A

How does testosterone impact men’s health?

Testosterone, the male sex hormone, plays a vital role in men’s health and vitality. As men age, their testosterone levels begin to decline, which results in a variety of symptoms and health concerns. If you have low testosterone levels, sometimes called low T, you may experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Weight gain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Decreased libido

When does low testosterone begin to affect men’s health?

In the same way that women’s estrogen levels begin to drop in their 40s and 50s, leading to menopause, men’s testosterone levels decline around age 45-50.

This decrease in hormone production may start to impact your health immediately, leading to low T symptoms. However, testosterone’s decline is much slower than estrogen's, and many men may not see the impact of hormonal imbalance until later in life.

A second major decrease in testosterone occurs around age 70, and most men begin to see some level of change to their health due to low testosterone at this age.

How are men’s health issues treated?

Dr. Rinker takes a whole-body approach to treating men’s health issues. He may recommend improving some of your lifestyle habits and encourage you to start a daily exercise program or improve your diet.

If low testosterone affects your daily activities, Dr. Rinker may recommend testosterone replacement therapy. Replacing the depleted hormone in your body may help with sexual issues, including low libido and erectile dysfunction, and slow the loss of hair and lean muscle mass.

Testosterone replacement therapy may also improve bone density and insulin sensitivity, increase energy levels, and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Testosterone isn't effectively absorbed when taken orally, and Dr. Rinker may give you multiple treatment options, including testosterone:

  • Dermal patches
  • Topical gels
  • Mouth patches
  • Injections
  • Implants

Don’t let men’s health issues and low testosterone change how you feel and function. Dr. Rinker can help. Call his office today to book your initial consultation or go online to schedule your appointment and start feeling like yourself again.