What is Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is the hormone that plays a key role in the changes of a male during puberty. Testosterone is what allows a man to maintain muscle mass and strength. It is also responsible for facial hair, body hair, and the deepening of a boys voice. As a man gets older, his testosterone level goes down.
It is common for men to feel symptoms of low testosterone and these symptoms can begin as early as age 30. Approximately 40% of men 40 years of age and older, have symptoms of Low T. It is estimated that testosterone deficiency affects 5 million men annually. When a man has low testosterone, it is referred to as andropause, male menopause or Low T.
Causes of Low Testosterone
While the transition to andropause can simply be caused by the aging process, there are other factors that contribute to a drop in male hormone levels. Alcohol consumption, Injury, Obesity, Stress, and Medications (including steroid use at a young age) may also contribute to the onset of male menopause.
Symptoms of Low T
- Loss of Muscle Mass and strength
- Increased Body Fat and Belly Fat
- Low Sex Drive
- Mood Swings
- Decreased Energy
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Loss of Focus and Concentration
Benefits of Testosterone Replacement
- Increased muscle mass and strength
- Increased athletic performance
- Decreased body fat and reduction in belly fat
- Bone Density Improvements in Hips and Spine
- Increased Libido as well as frequency of sex and night time erections
- Improved Mood and Focus
- Improved Insulin Sensitivity
- Improved sense of well being
The time it takes to notice benefits of therapy varies from person to person, but in general there are benefits that can be noticed and/or felt within the first couple of weeks of treatment. Other benefits can take a bit longer. It is important to understand that when you begin treatment, there are many tests that should be monitored to avoid risks and achieve optimal results. Close monitoring of not only testosterone, but estradiol, sex hormone binding globulins and blood cell counts will help the physician make adjustments in treatment to correct levels which will improve your treatment outcome.
I Believe I Have Symptoms
Recognizing symptoms of Low T is the first step! If you believe you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, the next step to restore your levels is to come in for a consultation and perform a blood test called a serum testosterone level, which according to the US Food and Drug Administration is used to find out if you have low t and are a candidate for TRT (testosterone replacement therapy).
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