JUST GETTING OLDER OR IS IT LOW TESTOSTERONE?
A reduction in testosterone levels is normal in men as they age, with levels peaking at age 30 and slowly getting lower as the years go by. But studies have demonstrated that a large portion of men are suffering from low testosterone – lower than normal and low enough to cause a range of unpleasant symptoms. Many men mistake these symptoms as just part of getting older, not realizing that testosterone therapy may offer an improved quality of life.
The Low Testosterone Problem
Typically, ages 25-30 are when a man’s testosterone levels will be at their highest. Each year after 30, t-levels gradually reduce by around 1%-2% each year. This gradual reduction in testosterone is normal and to be expected for every man. However, researchers have discovered that around one-third of men over the age of 45 suffer from low testosterone – lower than what would be considered normal for their age.
The study determined that low testosterone was a problem for many more men than was expected, especially those with other chronic health problems related to aging. It is now estimated that approximately 13 million men in the United States are struggling with low testosterone. Many of these men are unaware that they have low t-levels.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Symptoms of low testosterone can include:
● Weight gain
● Impaired cognitive function
● Low libido
● Weaker bones
● Memory loss
● Loss of muscle mass
● Bad mood
Unfortunately, many men expect to experience some of these symptoms as they age, so they fail to realize that their condition may be the result of something being wrong with their bodies – something that can be corrected.
Younger Men Are Also Affected by Hypogonadism
Male hypogonadism refers to the condition where a man’s body does not produce enough testosterone. While it used to be associated with older men, recently doctors and researchers have noticed that younger men are more likely to suffer from hypogonadism as well. The exact reasons for this are unclear, although there are numerous theories such as a lack of sleep, increased levels of stress, hormones in our food and environmental toxins. The problem is not only in the US but across the globe. Men, young or old, are more likely to have low testosterone levels than they used to be.
How to Find Out if You Suffer from Low Testosterone
The only way to be certain if you have low t is to have your blood tested. There are a variety of options for getting blood work done, some more convenient than others. These include:
The most obvious route is to go to your primary care physician and discuss your symptoms. If your doctor is aware of the high prevalence of low t in men, he or she may consent to test you for low t. Of course, there is also the chance that the doctor will tell you that what you are experiencing is the symptoms of growing older. Such dismissal can be frustrating and is ultimately misguided, but it can and does happen.
Hormone Therapy Clinic
Hormone therapy clinics focus on testing for hormonal issues and administering treatments for those issues. If you have a hormone therapy clinic near you it may be possible to schedule an appointment and get your blood tested there. Clinics can be busy, maybe a little embarrassing and not terribly convenient for busy men, but they may be more likely to take your concerns seriously than an uninformed primary care physician.
At Vitality Rx, we offer concierge-style testing for low testosterone – coming to your home or office at a time that is convenient for you. You can go online and schedule an appointment with a nurse practitioner to visit you directly, give you an exam and draw your blood to be sent to the lab. Within a few days, you can have the results of a full men’s health blood panel and get a clear idea of where your body is at right now.
Low Testosterone Treatment
While it can be worrying to discover that your body is not producing enough testosterone, it is far better to know what is wrong than not. Once you determine where your t-levels are at, you can seek treatment that may help with your symptoms. Low testosterone treatment is not a magic bullet, but many men with low t have greatly improved their lives by getting quality testosterone treatments from medical professionals. Treatment may even actually be good for your heart, as demonstrated by a study conducted by the American Heart Association. There are several options for low t treatment, including:
Testosterone pills are not normally recommended any longer because they may cause damage to the liver. Testosterone injections are preferred because they do not cause similar damage.
Testosterone pellets are implanted in the skin that will slowly dissolve and administer test over a certain period of time. While they can be effective, they can also be inconsistent and painful.
Testosterone Creams & Gels
Creams and gels that contain testosterone can be absorbed through the skin and improve t-levels. However, they may not be as effective as other treatment methods.
Injections are the most effective testosterone treatment, ensuring that you get the right dose of t directly into your body. There are several ways to get injections, including going to your doctor or a hormone therapy clinic every week, or the in-home or in-office option offered by Vitality Rx.
Get Treatment Right to Your Door
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of low t, or if you just want to know exactly what your t-levels are without the hassle of going to the doctor, we are here to help. Please contact Vitality Rx today to schedule an in-home or in-office visit at a time that is convenient for you. Let us help you feel your best.