Low testosterone is a very real condition. You may have read some articles that allege low testosterone (Low T) is not a “real disease”. It has even been said that low testosterone is something “made-up” by the drug companies to sell more product. I admit I have not always been a big fan of the pharmaceutical industry, but here is one instance where they are correct.
I have seen it have a negative impact on the lives of 100’s of men (and women!) and I have also seen their quality of life significantly improved through proper physician-guided hormone optimization.
The Role of Testosterone
Testosterone is the main “androgen,” or male hormone. It is produced in the testes at a rate of about 5-7 mg per day in young men. Males begin making testosterone in the womb, about 7 weeks after conception. Testosterone levels rise during puberty, peek in the teen years, and then begin to level off in the 20s. After the age of 40 the production of testosterone begins to decline, at a rate of about 1- 2% per year.
Testosterone is responsible for the characteristics we associate with “maleness,” body hair, deeper voice, etc. It also affects everything from reproductive health and sexual performance to muscle mass and bone density. Low testosterone is also related to mood and mental acuity.
Signs of Low Testosterone
Men with low testosterone, or Low T may experience a reduced sense of “well-being” (aka general miasma). They may also feel depressed, anxious, or feel in a “mental fog.” Other typical symptoms of low testosterone levels include:
- Weight gain, particularly belly fat
- Loss of lean muscle
- Fatigue, lack of vitality
- Sexual wellness issues
You can see how any one of these symptom of low testosterone could have a negative impact on your life, and most men with Low T, do experience more than one of them!
The good news is we can replace what aging takes away through physician-guided hormone optimization. I stress the words “physician-guided.” It is important, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of low testosterone, you see a qualified physician who is skilled and experienced in hormone optimization. Hormone optimization means bringing your hormone levels back to what is right for your individual needs.
If your testosterone levels are found to be “less than optimal,” you may, or may not require hormone replacement therapy (HRT). We may be able to boost your testosterone levels through lifestyle changes alone.
If it is determined that you are a candidate for HRT, again, in my practice that is delivered on a very individual basis, adjusted specifically for your needs, along with lifestyle modification.
Testosterone replacement can help, if your levels are low, but it’s not a “magic bullet.” It needs to be properly administered, properly monitored, and adjusted to fit your needs, lifestyle, and fitness goals.
You can find out a lot more about testosterone optimization, sexual wellness, and many other ways to age optimally in my latest e-book: The Gaines Guide to Renewed Vitality. It is over 80 pages of life changing and life extending information.
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