Low testosterone. It is perhaps one of the most commonly reported conditions in men as they age. In fact, according to the American Urological Association reports that 2 out of every 10 men over 60 experience some level of testosterone depletion. And that number increases to 3 out of 10 in men in their 70s and 80s.
While low testosterone (hypogonadism) is a common condition in men as they age there is some good news. With the help of testosterone replacement therapy, men can return to pre-depletion levels and reap many health benefits.
As a man, testosterone is one of the most significant hormones your body produces. Women also produce testosterone but in much smaller amounts. This hormone is responsible for many functions, including sperm production, sex drive, hair growth, building and maintaining muscle and bone. It also plays a role in mood regulation, red blood cell production, and fat storage.
You may experience a decrease in testosterone as you age; levels peak when you’re in your twenties and then production starts to decline after the age of 30.
How Low Testosterone Affects Your Health
If you’re suffering from low testosterone, you are likely already familiar with the most common issues that come with this condition that can leave you feeling like less than yourself.
Low testosterone has some very obvious signs and some that are invisible — but regardless cause detrimental long-term effects on your health. They are:
Muscle Mass Loss
You may remember a time when it was easy to build muscle and keep it on. Now you are likely struggling just to maintain some definition. Muscle loss, if left unchecked, can have an effect on your strength and mobility.
Decreased Sex Drive
If you’ve noticed a change in your sex drive, it’s likely due to a drop in your testosterone levels.
Many men with low testosterone report weight gain, despite not changing their diet or exercise regimens. You may also notice that you are developing a larger amount of breast tissue than normal.
What Causes Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone can be caused by a number of things. Sometimes, however, no cause can be found. Some of the causes of low testosterone can include:
- testicular injury or infection
- cancer treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy
- chronic ailments like liver and kidney disease, obesity, HIV/AIDS or type 2 diabetes
- Genetic conditions such as Kallmann Syndrome
- Hormone or endocrine disorders such as hypothyroidism
- Certain medications, including opiate painkillers
Why Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
These are just some of the most common symptoms seen with low testosterone. If you choose to start testosterone replacement therapy, you will allow your body to begin rebuilding itself — your muscle mass will start to come back, your bones will not be at as high a risk for breakage and your sex drive will increase. You will also notice it is once again easier to keep fat from forming as easily on your body.
You owe it to yourself to be healthy, happy and strong. Testosterone replacement therapy may be a vital step in achieving those goals.
Men’s T Clinic offers quick and affordable appointments and will work with you to determine an effective treatment plan if (and only if) it turns out that low testosterone really is the issue. Treatments are covered by most insurance and follow up appointments are done in less than 15 minutes.
Schedule your screening today and find out your T level.