Our hormones regulate just about every aspect of our lives, including the way we feel and how well we think. If you’re not feeling like yourself lately, you could be low in an important androgen (a hormone that creates male characteristics) called testosterone (T).
At Men's T Clinic® , our all-male physicians know what it feels like to be low in T, and they know what it feels like to get relief, too. (Hint: The second feeling’s a lot better.) That’s why they offer T evaluations and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) at their offices in Dallas, Frisco, The Colony, Houston, Cypress, Pearland, Pasadena, Grapevine, and Spring, Texas.
Could you be low in T? Your emotions can give you a clue.
Have you lost interest in sex?
Suddenly, your pre-adolescent hobbies — like ham radios and pinewood derby races — seem a lot more interesting than fooling around with a partner. Or yourself. Even if you’re not puttering away in your basement instead of experimenting in the bedroom, if your libido is low, your T could be the problem.
Does everything get on your nerves?
Let’s face it, the world is full of annoyances. And these days — thanks to 24/7 news cycles — the annoyances and threats seem worse than ever.
Most people are feeling extra stressed and anxious due to politics and the pandemic. In fact, 7 in 10 American adults feel stressed by either COVID-19 or the economy. But if you frequently run out of patience, it could be due to a lot more than the constant stream of bad news.
That “grumpy old man” syndrome is exacerbated by dips in testosterone that occur with aging. So, if you’re barking at the kids or grandkids, or blowing up at delivery people, you might want to consider blaming your low T.
Do you feel sad, depressed, or tired?
If nothing feels worthwhile anymore, it could be because you don’t have enough T to fire up your enthusiasm. Low T affects your body composition, so that you lose muscle mass and gain fat, which in turn affects your metabolism.
A slow metabolism makes it harder to do the things you used to love to do, including getting regular exercise. And that, in turn, affects your mood. You can break the vicious cycle by rebalancing your T levels.
Do you have trouble focusing?
Testosterone is important for brain health, too. If you feel like you’re walking around in a mental fog and have trouble concentrating, you may be deficient in T.
Low T … or something else?
Although T affects your mood, it’s not the only hormone that does. Our doctors conduct a physical exam, including a complete blood panel, to find out what’s at the root of your malaise. In addition to or instead of being low on T, you could have hypothyroidism, which means you’re deficient in thyroid hormone.
No matter what our doctors find, they work with you to balance your hormones and get you back to feeling healthy, focused, and enthusiastic again.
They may recommend measures such as:
- Changing to a whole-foods diet
- Cutting down on carbs and increasing healthy fats
- Getting more regular exercise
- Lifting weights
- De-stressing through meditation and mindfulness
Depending on your individual situation, our doctors may also refer you to a counselor so you can learn healthy ways to manage your emotions and communicate your needs clearly and without confrontation. During your exam, if they diagnose any underlying disorders, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, they may refer you to a specialist.
Don’t put up with feeling down. Contact the Men’s T Clinic® office that's nearest you by phone or through the online booking form to find out if you have low T today.