What is Low Testosterone?
A common question we get from patients who wish to learn more about their health and how Low T can effect their overall health and happiness.
Testosterone is primarily a male sex hormone made in the testes, however females also produce testosterone, just in smaller amounts. Testosterone is vital to the normal sexual development and functioning in men and remains important through a males life.
When males reach puberty, increased testosterone development helps to develop masculine features such as body and facial hair, deepening of the voice, and muscle growth with increases in strength. Males also need testosterone to produce sperm. Testosterone levels in men will begin decrease with age around the mid 20's and steadily decline around 1- 2% annually. Some men will begin to notice the low testosterone symptoms in their 30's or 40's.
For men that have low testosterone levels the first step is to get tested and diagnosed for Low T. Low Testosterone is often called Low T, or TD (Testosterone Deficiency) Sometimes it may be referred to as hypogonadism or andropause. The American Urology Association has identified Low T as having less than 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) serum (total testosterone) on 2 separate tests obtained during the morning, when levels are at their highest.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
A list of some of the more common symptoms of low testosterone includes;
⦁ Feeling tired, lack of energy and fatigue
⦁ Decreased libido and sex drive
⦁ loss of lean muscle mass
⦁ Mod swings and irritability
⦁ Feelings of anxiety or depression
⦁ Lack of self confidence
⦁ Poor sleep quality
There are many other possible reasons for these symptoms of Low Testosterone besides age. Alcohol and narcotics use, some congenital medical disorders, testicular cancer, and chronic medical conditions like diabetes and obesity can disrupt the endocrine system. Stress and lack of sleep may also contribute heavily to decreased testosterone levels.
Many men who have the signs of low testosterone seek help and benefit from testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Testosterone Replacement Therapy is an excellent option for men with Low T Symptoms. FDA approved and regulated testosterone therapy can help improve the low testosterone issues that men can experience and when monitored by a doctor, is quite safe and effective from an experienced Low-T Clinic.
Is Low Testosterone in Men Normal?
It's tough to know how many men have low T, but the numbers appear to be changing from generations past where the total testosterone levels were higher on average. Several theories as to why men today have lower testosterone levels exist, such as processed foods, chemicals and other environmental exposures, stress, lack of physical activity due to automation and even exposure to radio and electromagnetic waves. Its best to seek the help of an experienced and licensed physician to discuss the causes of low T. Its more common for men who have diabetes or are obese to have low testosterone