Above the age of 40? You may have LowT
Fatigue, erectile dysfunction, decreased bone density and diminished libido might seem like unrelated problems but they are actually a cluster of symptoms experienced by more than 50% of all men above the age of 40. This cluster of health complaints is actually rooted in a single issue: low testosterone.
Decreased Testosterone Leads to Male Menopause
The decreased testosterone levels leading to what’s known as ‘male menopause’ are due to a completely normal process of aging. The aging body produces less and less testosterone which in turn leads to persistent fatigue that can get worse during the day, anxiety, apathy, and depression, loss of libido and proper erectile function, obesity and heightened risk of diabetes, as well as progressive loss of muscle strength and mass and a number of other health complications. Therefore, testosterone deficiency needs to be addressed as soon as possible in order to reverse its effects and get your testosterone levels back within the healthy range.
Hormonal Deficiency or Excess May Cause LowT Symptoms
Testosterone replacement therapy is usually the easiest and most efficient way to do so. However, the symptoms of low testosterone might be attributed to a number of other causes such as hypothyroidism (resulting in reduced production of thyroid hormone) or hypoadrenalism (low cortisol and / or low DHEA) and other hormonal deficiency. Going with testosterone replacement therapy in this case may provide a short-term relief of the symptoms but will address the problem only partially. The best approach is to look into the hormonal deficiency or excess (in some cases, overproduction of estrogen might also cause the symptoms of low testosterone) as a whole and devise a custom-tailored plan for each patient.
Start Living a Healthier and Fuller Life
In a sense, low testosterone is something almost all men face when they age. The hormonal levels start to decline after the age of 30 with 1% per year. This decline speeds up as your body ages which leads to more than 50% of all men above the 40 to experience and struggle on a regular basis with the symptoms of low testosterone. The best way to know whether the root of your health complaints is testosterone deficiency is by getting tested – some of these screening tests include total testosterone and free testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin, PSA, and estradiol. In reality, testosterone deficiency rarely happens in isolation and might be linked to other hormonal problems. Even without the obvious complications associated with low testosterone – such as decreased libido and erectile dysfunction – the condition can lead to a myriad of other health complaints, so seeking a physician with expertise is essential in order to reverse the problem and start living a healthier and fuller life.