15 Signs You Might Be Living with Low Testosterone 

The Effects of Low Testosterone & Steps to Feel Better

You have likely noticed some changes in your body as you have gotten older. Maybe you have less energy by the end of the day, or you can tell that you are starting to gain some weight in your midsection. Or worse, perhaps you’ve started to experience symptoms of sexual dysfunction that is leading to poor performance in the bedroom. 

These are all signs of low testosterone, or Low T, in men. In the long run, the effects of low testosterone can worsen, and turn into other issues. Which is why correcting a hormonal imbalance is important for keeping your health in prime form. 

Continue reading to learn how to keep your testosterone levels high and why it matters. 

What is Testosterone? 

Testosterone is a hormone that’s produced in the testes after you reach puberty. The amount of hormones produced by the testicles is actually determined by the pituitary gland inside of the brain. Once it is produced, the gland signals the hormone to carry out vital functions throughout the rest of the body. 

Naturally, testosterone levels begin to decline after the age of about 30. Although both women and men produce testosterone, it seems to play a much more prominent role in men’s physical, mental, and sexual health. 

Testosterone is specifically responsible for sperm production, fertility, sex drive, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, hair growth, bone density, and red blood cell production. As you can see, testosterone is essential for staying fertile, in good shape, and healthy overall. 

Signs of Low Testosterone

The effects of low testosterone should never be underestimated. Levels that are too low can lead to an influx of problems such as:

-Erectile dysfunction

-Reduced sex drive, desire, and stamina

-Low sperm count and infertility

-Smaller testicles

-Enlarged or swollen breast tissue

-Low energy levels

-Moodiness and irritability

-Depression

-Poor concentration

-Poor sleep

-Low self-esteem

-Weight gain

-Loss of lean muscle mass

-Reduced body and facial hair

-Thinning of bones (osteoporosis)

 

Be aware that low T symptoms cannot be self-diagnosed. Only a blood test can determine if your hormone count is truly low. 

What Causes Low Testosterone?

There are many reasons why you may be suffering from low testosterone. First and foremost, it’s natural to lose testosterone as you age, which is why supplementation is necessary. However, certain health conditions may be causing your levels to decline even further. 

Primary and Secondary Hypogonadism 

Primary hypogonadism is when the testes are not producing a sufficient level of testosterone due to a genetic condition, accident, or illness. These include:

  • Cancer treatment — radiation therapy and chemotherapy can interfere with sperm production and change testosterone levels. 
  • Klinefelter syndrome — this is a common chromosomal disorder (1 in less than 1,000 men have it) that occurs when a male has two or more X chromosomes. 
  • Undescended testicles — men that were born with undescended testicles are more likely to produce less testosterone, even if the condition corrected itself in childhood. 
  • Hemochromatosis — Testicular failure, and consequently, low T can be caused by too much iron in the blood.

Secondary hypogonadism is also possible, and is an indirect result of damage to the pituitary gland or hypothalamus — the two parts of the brain that control hormone production. This type of hypogonadism is often related to aging, obesity, inflammatory diseases, and certain medications. 

  • Normal aging — again, testosterone levels naturally decrease as we age. The rate greatly varies from person to person. 
  • Obesity — being overweight is common among patients with hypogonadism.
  • HIV/AIDS — The hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and testes are all affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Inflammatory diseases — Sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, and histiocytosis negatively impact testosterone production. 

How to Correct Low Testosterone

Hormone therapy is a great option for men who are looking to diminish symptoms of low testosterone and improve their mental, physical, and sexual health. There are several forms of testosterone treatments available to choose from. Depending on your symptoms, hormone levels, and lifestyle, you may be suited for one type of therapy more than another. A custom therapy plan will ensure you get the exact results you’re looking for. 

Testosterone Injections

Injections are given under the skin or directly into the muscle. This is usually done every 2 to 4 weeks. Exact dosage and frequency will depend on your individual needs. Your levels of testosterone will be monitored as injections are given. 

Testosterone Pellet Insertion

Pellets are implanted under the skin and act as a long-acting form of therapy. They steadily release a dose of testosterone for up to four months after insertion. Patients tend to favor pellets over injections because of the ease of use. 

Topical Testosterone Gel

Topical treatments are ideal for men looking to avoid injections and who prefer performing applications on their own. Hormone topicals are typically applied to the back, shoulders, and upper arms for maximum absorption. 

Concierge Testosterone Therapy

With our two concierge plans, we can get you the most out of testosterone therapy. Each plan includes all of your necessary injections and follow-up labs to be able to monitor your progress. Also included are four doctor’s visits and two acute care visits, in case the need to speak with a provider ever arises. 

Our Gold Level Anti-Aging plan includes human growth hormone peptides therapy as well. When combined with testosterone treatment, these peptides can help you reach your body goals at an even faster rate than with just testosterone alone. With either plan you choose, you can look forward to a customized program created for you by our medical providers. For added convenience, any at-home medications or supplements will be delivered straight to you as well. 

Live the High T Life

Once you are ready to get started, click the button below to schedule your initial consultation. During this time, we will get to know you more and take into account what you would like to accomplish with your health. Then it’s only up from there! Get ready to live the High T life and enjoy what it feels like to be a man. 

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