If you are gaining weight, feeling exhausted, depressed and/or having problems sexually, you may be experiencing low testosterone (also called Low-T). A gradual drop in testosterone is a normal part of aging for men, sometimes referred to as "andropause" or "male menopause." Hormone levels begin decreasing as early as age 30 and can cause:
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain
- Memory loss
- Loss of muscle tone
Testosterone levels vary according to body type, build, blood levels and other pre-existing medical conditions. A blood test is used to detect your testosterone level. A normal range is from 300 to 1,000 ng/DL. If you have low blood levels of testosterone and symptoms that affect your daily life, you may be a candidate for treatment.
Treatment for low testosterone
If you need treatment, our expert team of medical specialists will design a treatment plan as unique as you are, researching and monitoring your body chemistry so the treatment is customized to bring optimum results, as soon as within a week. You may be prescribed testosterone replacement therapy to boost your testosterone levels back to where they were when you were young.
What is all of this all I’m hearing about Low–T?
- Low testosterone is becoming an epidemic in today’s modern society.
- Because testosterone is such a powerful and vital male hormone, if there are any variations in our bodies, a range of bad things can happen.
- When estrogen levels are high it skews the estrogen:testosterone balance towards femininity. This condition is called andropause, low testosterone and rather recently has been dubbed male menopause!
How prevalent is Low-T?
Some facts of the epidemiology of this disease include:
- According to one study, low testosterone may affect up to 13 million men in the United States. However, it has been estimated that only 10 percent of affected men currently receive treatment.
- Low testosterone is frequently seen in men with other common medical conditions including up to 74 percent of men with chronic opioid use, 52 percent of men who are obese and 50 percent of men with diabetes.
- It is also more likely to occur in men with common conditions such as high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia and erectile dysfunction
What are the symptoms of Low-T?
- After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone.
- Common symptoms of low testosterone include – Low sex drive, problems with fat deposition and loss of muscle mass, gaining body fat disproportionately and thighs, poor motivation, poor sleep patterns, decreased concentration, decreased energy, erectile dysfunction, decreased testicle size, altered mood, and inability to focus and concentrate with a shorter temper than normal. Even osteoporosis can occur as it does it in our female counterparts.
- All this can be summed up as male menopause.
Is there any truth to the following statements?
- That low testosterone and erectile dysfunction are the same thing and can be treated with the same medications.
- Testosterone replacement therapy isn’t needed because a man’s testosterone level will always decrease as with age. Male hypogonadism is “natural.”
- Replacing and treating low testosterone options are not convenient or easy to use.