Low testosterone levels can affect you on a physical, mental, and emotional level. Here are the symptoms you should look out for and the available treatment to help manage testosterone deficiency.
Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment for Low Testosterone
What is Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone deficiency is a condition in which the testes do not produce enough
Testosterone is a primary male sex hormone that is responsible for vital functions in the body. These functions include sex drive regulation, fat distribution, and production of sperm.
When your testosterone levels drop, this causes an imbalance that leads to testosterone deficiency.
Low Testosterone Symptoms and Causes
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
When you have low testosterone, you are most likely to experience the following symptoms:
- Low sex drive
- A decline in red blood cell production
- Decreased brain performance
- A decrease in testicular size
- Lack of energy
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Increased fat production
- Hair Loss
- Lower bone density
- Loss of muscle mass and strength
Causes of Low Testosterone
Testosterone decline is a natural occurrence in aging men.
Testosterone levels in men naturally decrease with time because of factors such as a rise in comorbidities or existing illnesses and the aging population. Approximately 40% of men over the age of 45 have conditions related to low testosterone levels.
Alongside aging, the decreasing testosterone levels in men may also come from existing diseases and conditions such as obesity, physical inactivity, body fat composition, marijuana, and environmental toxins.
Another factor that affects testosterone levels among men is the elevated Body Mass Index (BMI). Over the past two decades, the average total testosterone levels have shown a significant decline in a higher body mass index.
Male hypogonadism occurs when the male gonads or testes do not produce enough of the testosterone hormone. Hypogonadism may begin during fetal development or may be acquired later in adulthood.
Treatment for Low Testosterone
Treatments generally involve the diagnosis of low testosterone based on physical tests, history, symptoms, and the results of multiple blood tests since levels can fluctuate daily.
The normal levels go between 300 ng/ dL to 1000 ng/ dL. Meanwhile, the baseline of low testosterone levels is less than 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL) of blood.
Doctors also take into consideration any existing illness that you have. For instance, you may need further treatment if you have osteoporosis and prostate cancer that may have adverse effects with testosterone supplement treatment.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is the forefront method to treat testosterone imbalance among men. TRT medications may come in:
- Skin patches
- Topical gels
- Oral therapy
TRT is an effective means for managing the symptoms of low testosterone. These benefits include libido and energy level increase, improvement in bone density, increased strength and muscle mass, and cardioprotective effects. Most men notice these improvements within four to six weeks, although changes such as increases in muscle mass may take three to four months.
TRT is generally considered a safe and beneficial option in improving health-related quality of life in men.
Low testosterone levels among men naturally occur with aging. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is a viable treatment for managing decreasing testosterone. Take into consideration the illnesses and conditions before starting the treatment. Work with your doctor to determine the best treatment possible.
Here at Opt Health, we use Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) to replace and balance your testosterone levels. BHRT is derived from plant extracts and closely resembles the molecular structure naturally produced by the human body. Given that testosterone levels may vary per individual, BHRT offers more customized and individualized doses for your treatment.
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