Yes, Low Testosterone is a real medical condition.
You may have read some articles, or have seen some recent headlines that allege low Testosterone, or “Low-T”, is not a “real disease,” but something “made-up” by the drug companies to sell more product. I admit I have not always been a big fan of the pharmaceutical industry, but here is one instance where they are correct.
Low-T is a very real condition. I have seen low testosterone have a negative impact on the lives of 100s of men, and I have also seen their quality of life significantly improved through proper physician-guided testosterone replacement therapy.
The Role of Testosterone
Testosterone is the main “androgen,” or male hormone. It is produced in the testes at a rate of about 5-7 mg per day in young men. Males begin making testosterone in the womb, about 7 weeks after conception. Testosterone levels rise during puberty, peek in the teen years, and then begin to level off in your 20s. After the age of 40 the production of testosterone begins to decline, at a rate of about 1- 2% per year.
Testosterone is responsible for the characteristics we associate with “maleness,” body hair, deeper voice, etc. It also effects everything from reproductive health and sexual performance to muscle mass and bone density. Testosterone is also related to mood and mental acuity.
What are the Warning Signs of Low-T?
Men with low testosterone, or Low-T may experience a general miasma, or a reduced sense of “well-being.” They may also feel depressed, anxious, or feel in a “mental fog.” Other typical symptoms of low or improperly balanced testosterone levels include:
- Weight gain, particularly belly fat
- Loss of lean muscle
- Fatigue, lack of vitality
- Sexual wellness issues.
You can see how any one of these symptom of low-T could have a negative impact on your life, and most men with low testosterone levels experience more than one of them!
The Benefits of Testosterone Therapy
The good news is we can replace what aging takes away through prescription testosterone therapy. I stress the words “prescription.” Real testosterone therapy is only available with a doctor’s prescription. It is important, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Low T, you see a qualified physician who is skilled and experienced in hormone therapies. The goal of hormone therapy is to bring your hormone levels back to what is right for your individual needs.
If it is determined that you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, in our practice we provide HRT on a very individual basis, adjusted specifically for your needs, and unique lifestyle.
The point is, HRT should never be looked at as a “one-shot fits all” kind of therapy. Testosterone therapy can help you if your levels are low, but it’s not a “magic bullet.” It needs to be properly administered, properly monitored, and adjusted to fit your needs, lifestyle, and fitness goals.
You can find out a lot more about hormone replacement, sexual wellness, and many other ways to age optimally in my latest e-book, The Gaines Guide to Renewed Vitality –it is over 80 pages of life changing and life extending information.