Testosterone is the most critical male hormone. However, testosterone levels decline as you age. For some men that decline has little or no impact, but others may significantly feel the effects of low testosterone, also known as low-T.
You may have heard of menopause, the series of symptoms that women go through due to the hormonal changes in their bodies that occur as they age. But did you know that as men age, they go through a similar condition known as “andropause” or low-t. While different, the problems related to low-T can be just as debilitating for men, as menopause can be for women.
These symptoms can include thinning hair, weight gain, fatigue, loss of muscle tone, depression, and sexual wellness issues.
The principal male hormone is testosterone. Produced primarily in the testicles, testosterone helps maintain your:
- Bone density
- Fat distribution
- Muscle strength and mass
- Red blood cell production
- Sex drive
- Sperm production
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When it comes to the production of testosterone, most men hit their peak around the age of 17. Levels will hover pretty close to that maximum through your 20s, and then slowly start to drop-off in the 30s and 40s. By the time any man reaches 80, his testosterone level will likely be about half of what it was when he was at his peak. For some men, the decrease in production has little effect. But for many men, as you hit your 50s, 60s and older, you may actually start to feel the impact of the reduced level, experiencing low testosterone or “Low-T.” Symptoms of Low-T include reduction of libido or sex drive, a feeling of reduced virility or vitality, changes in mood, erectile dysfunction, decreased energy, reduced muscle and bone mass, and memory issues.
Another important male hormone related to peak performance and youth is DHEA. DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands, and it is essential in stimulating the production of testosterone. As you age, DHEA production also drops, and this contributes to a lower testosterone level, as well as other symptoms of andropause.
As testosterone and DHEA levels start to decline, you will begin to notice changes in your mood, weakness and a loss of vitality, a decreased desire to have sex, or decreased ability to perform sexually, and just an overall feeling of “not being your best.”
What Are the Signs of Low Testosterone?
For many years the signs and symptoms of Low-T, were just thought to be the normal signs of ageing. We now know that the symptoms usually associated with “growing old” – fatigue, depression, mood swings, and sexual issues – are more likely related to low testosterone.
However, the only way to know if you are experiencing andropause, or Low-T, is to have your testosterone levels properly evaluated. Once diagnosed with Low-T, you may be a candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
After your lab work, if you are found to have low testosterone, one of our hormone replacement specialists will design a testosterone therapy regimen to fit your needs and lifestyle. That is one of the things that distinguishes us from other facilities. We do not take a cookie cutter approach to testosterone therapy. We treat every man who needs testosterone therapy as an individual, and customize your program for your unique needs. It is all part of our holistic approach to making aging irrelevant, so you can continue to do all of the things you love!