No, it’s probably not the topic you are likely to bring up with your buddies on the golf course or with your brother over a beer or even on date night with your special someone. Few of us are comfortable talking about our health; even fewer when the subject gets this personal. But Low T, as it is commonly referred to, is worth knowing about…today. Depending upon your age and overall physical and mental health, you may very well have already begun experiencing decreasing levels of testosterone. You certainly wouldn’t be alone. Testosterone is naturally produced by the human body, mainly by men, in their testicles. (The ovaries produce estrogen as well as small amounts of testosterone in women.) It is also natural that the production of testosterone decreases as men age. The real questions are by how much and at what point? Experiencing any or a number of the symptoms identified below may help you identify any potential concerns. Testing can certainly assist in confirming the answers to the seriousness of those concerns. There are treatments that help ensure that you turn back the clock to an encouraging degree. So no more avoiding the topic, OK?
The best place to begin is with a little personal assessment. Keep in mind that some of the issues addressed below impact all men at some point in their lives. The concern, however, largely focuses on the timing and degree of the changes your body, and brain, are undergoing. How might you answer these questions? Are you starting to feel tired all the time even though you’re getting the same amount of sleep you’ve always had? Are you losing muscle mass and don’t know why? Are your breasts getting larger?
• Is body fat now replacing muscle mass faster than your diet and exercise regimen would say it should?
• Are you surprised that your sex drive has begun to diminish considerably?
• Speaking of sex, are you unable to perform on occasion and don’t have a clue what’s going on?
• Is your semen production less than you remember it to have been? Do your testicles appear to be shrinking?
• Is the hair loss on your head accompanied by a diminishing of body and facial hair?
• Have you been thinking you could be experiencing bone density loss?
• Do you find your moods fluctuating drastically and aren’t sure why?
• Do you catch yourself being more irritable or, worse still, more depressed than you could have ever imagined?
If your answers to some or many of these questions have you concerned, it is best to take action. Testing for Low T can help clarify what is happening to your body. Don’t be overly alarmed, but don’t just hope it’s a phase you’ll outgrow. Unfortunately, we are long past those ‘grow out of it’ days. Helpful treatments do exist so waiting serves zero purposes.
The facts don’t lie. At some point, you’ll likely realize that being a superhero, going around the clock for work, for your spouse and for your kids is not as easy anymore. Or maybe you already have. Men can suffer from Low T at any age and especially as they get into the prime of their lives. Men with diabetes or who struggle with obesity are often found to have low testosterone. That said, you could be healthy as a horse at 40 and answering yes to half the questions above in a few scant years.
It’s really another important case of taking control of your health…starting tomorrow. Heck, it might even be worth sharing the topic with your brother after all. Over a beer. Or two.