Don’t Leave Low T Untreated
Low Testosterone, or Low T, is a common problem in adult males. However, many men do not seek treatment because they believe it is so common that nothing should or can be done to treat it. Armor Men’s health will help you find the best treatment for your Low Testosterone symptoms.
How Important is Testosterone to Men’s Health?
Testosterone is a hormone produced in the testicles and plays an essential role in many of the body’s activities. It is essential in transforming boys to men, and continues to be vital even once puberty is complete. Here are some of the most important bodily functions that rely on testosterone:
- Sperm production
- Sex drive
- Bone mass
- Fat distribution
- Muscle size and strength
- Red blood cell production
- Mood and energy level
Sound important? It is. All men have different levels of testosterone so what’s normal for you may be high or low for someone else. Armor Men’s Health will provide you with a thorough analysis to ensure you don’t suffer from symptoms of Low T.
How do You Know if You Have Low T?
Testosterone is known to deplete with age. But did you know that, starting between 30 and 40, testosterone levels begin to drop by 1.3% every year? But, sometimes symptoms of Low T can arise before expected. Look out for the following symptoms of decreasing T levels.
- Low Sperm Production: When a man has Lower Testosterone, he produces less semen. As testosterone levels decrease, men will see a lower volume of sperm during ejaculation.
- Low Sex Drive: If a man had a healthy sex drive, and suddenly feels indifferent about intercourse, chances are they are experiencing Low testosterone levels. Testosterone plays a key role in your libido, so a gradual decrease of testosterone will definitely decrease sex drive.
- Erectile Dysfunction: As testosterone levels decrease, it is much more difficult to achieve an erection. It could not only cause difficulty in achieving an erection before sex, but lead to fewer spontaneous erections, such as during sleep. Also, those early morning erections will start to stop, especially for men over 50. Men under 50 tend to have higher levels of testosterone in the morning, which is why “morning wood” is such a common thing. Find out more about the relationship between testosterone, prescription, and erections here.
- Lower Bone Mass: With low T comes a decrease in bone mass. Since testosterone plays a role in the production and strengthening of bones, Low T can cause things such as osteoporosis, where new bone growth can’t keep up with the loss of older bones. This is also why accident injuries can be more severe for older people, because the bones are more fragile and break much more easily.
- Increase in Body Fat: Testosterone plays a role in fat distribution in the body, and is essential in the way your body stores fat. Once your testosterone levels decrease, you begin to gain body fat. It is also a factor in why it is harder to lose weight as you get older. Ever heard the term “man boobs”? This comes from gynecomastia, where the male breast tissues swell because of lower testosterone.
- Decrease in Muscle Mass: With Low T, comes the transition of muscle into fat. The muscle cell receptors rely on testosterone to maintain the muscle fibers. When testosterone levels decrease, the muscle is no longer maintained, leading to fat buildup. Worried about gaining weight now? Make sure you continue to exercise regularly so that you won’t lose muscle at a fast pace.
- Low Red Blood Cell Count: When T levels drop, red blood cell counts drop. This could lead to anemia, a serious condition that reduces the flow of oxygen to the body’s organs. Anemia can lead to things such as dizziness, racing heartbeat, muscle cramps, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
- Mood Changes: Low testosterone can lead to things such as depression and a lack of focus. As previously mentioned, a low red blood cell count can lead to fatigue and low energy levels, which are contributing factors in depression. Low T is also sometimes referred to as andropause, or male menopause. Your brain cells have testosterone receptors which are important to mental health. When those testosterone levels decrease, it causes frequent mood swings, irritability, and depression.
- Decrease in Hair: Although balding is a common side effect of ageing, facial and body hair loss is a side effect of low testosterone. Balding is usually genetic, and is not a side effect of low testosterone.
- Hot Flashes/Night Sweats: a common side effect of low T is sweating. The hypothalamus gland in the brain produces hormones in the brain, such as testosterone. It is also essential in regulating body temperature. So when testosterone levels decrease, the body can overheat, resulting in hot flashes and night sweating.
How Do You Treat Low Testosterone?
You may think that you don’t need treatment, because you’re ageing and low t is a common side effect. Less than 10% of symptomatic men seek or receive treatment because they don’t realize how dangerous low T can be. Did you know that low T increases your chance of death? Older men with low T have an 88% higher chance of dying than men of the same age with a normal testosterone level. So, you’re probably starting to think you should seek treatment. There are different ways to treat low testosterone, depending on what the cause is. Perhaps all you really need to do is exercise and live a healthier lifestyle. But, there is a chance that you’ll need testosterone therapy. This requires testosterone to be administered, and can be given in a couple of ways:
- Injection: testosterone can be injected into the muscle every few weeks.
- Side effects: inflammation and pain where administered
- Patches or Gel: these methods will be applied to the skin every day.
- Side effects: severe itching, irritated skin, fluid-filled blisters
- Tablet Patch: this patch is known as a buccal system and is placed at the top of the mouth and changed every 12 hours.
- Side effects: stinging, gross taste in mouth, gum pain, tenderness, irritation, difficulty tasting food, gum pain
- Pellets: these are inserted under the skin of your butt, and they release testosterone every 3 to 4 months. Since they are inserted with an incision of the skin, changing the pellets every couple of months is more intrusive than the other methods.
- Side effects: infection, extrusion, inflammation where inserted, nausea, vomiting, ankle swelling, changes in body hair, headaches, skin color changes, etc.
Start feeling better today. Studies show that men with appropriate testosterone levels lead better sex lives.
If you are considering low testosterone treatment, contact us at Armor Men’s Health here. We will consult with you about the best treatment option and help you to feel yourself again.