Lots of good things come with getting older—we get wiser, we gain emotional maturity, and we get to enjoy the benefits of everything we have worked for. But with age comes some downsides. As men get older, they often start to lose some of their testosterone production. Testosterone is responsible for sex drive, bone mass, fat distribution, muscle mass and strength, and other important bodily functions. Fortunately, you don’t have to just standby and watch these things fade thanks to testosterone hormone therapy.
In order to better understand why someone might consider getting treatment for low testosterone (or low T as it is often called), we first need to understand what the symptoms are.
Symptoms and Side Effects of Low Testosterone
Here are a few of the symptoms of low testosterone, as well as information on what you can do about it so you can get back to feeling like yourself.
Increased Body Fat and Other Physical Changes
As men age, they lose some of their strength and stamina. This includes losing mass, strength, and flexibility in the muscles. This loss of strength is believed by researchers to be caused by a loss of testosterone.
Testosterone helps to build muscle mass and strength in men. As testosterone levels naturally decline, it can cause a loss of muscle mass, strength, and, along with that, self-esteem.
In order to prevent this loss of muscle and strength, men can supplement their testosterone with hormone therapy. This can not only improve muscle strength, but it can help prevent broken bones, lack of balance, and other issues.
Aging doesn’t have to equal a loss of strength.
When you lose testosterone, you also lose energy. This means you won’t be as motivated to work out or exercise, which in itself, can result in a loss of muscle and gaining weight.
In addition to a loss of strength, low T can also cause other physical changes like:
- Loss of body hair
- Increased bone fragility (osteoporosis)
- Increased cholesterol levels
- Decreased in red blood cells (carry oxygen to organs and tissue)
- Increased body fat
- Breast development (gynecomastia)
Decreased Sexual Function
Testosterone also plays a large role in sex drive. When your levels of testosterone decrease, you might also see a decrease in your libido. A loss of sex drive can affect your relationships, self-confidence, and cause anxiety.
There’s no such thing as a “normal” libido, but if you find your lack of desire for sex is declining, you may have low testosterone.
Men with testosterone loss also often experience fewer spontaneous erections and are at a higher risk of being infertile.
Changes to Sleep
A lack of energy due to low testosterone can also result in altered sleep patterns, and possibly insomnia. You could have trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep all night long. When you wake up, you might feel fatigued, or tired all day.
If you have sleep apnea—a condition that disrupts breathing while sleeping—it could cause you to have lower testosterone levels. Sleep apnea can cause your amounts of REM sleep to be reduced which often leads to low-T levels. Evidence shows a strong relationship between low testosterone and a sleep-breathing disorder like sleep apnea.
Emotional and Mental Changes
Low testosterone doesn’t just result in physical changes. It can also have a profound effect on your emotional and mental health as well.
Men with low-T will often deal with mood changes, making them more prone to being irritable, or even being depressed.
A lack of testosterone can also lower your motivation levels and sap your self-confidence. It can even affect your cognitive abilities. You might not feel as focused as before, and you might have difficulty with your memory.
Low T can also cause:
- Mood swings
- Brain fog
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
Causes of Low Testosterone
In addition to aging, there are a lot of other issues that can lead to a loss of testosterone. These are just a few.
- An injury, such as a trauma that has interrupted the blood flow to the testicles
- An infection of the testicles
- Chemotherapy treatments
- Problems affecting metabolism
- Pituitary gland issues
- Alcohol abuse
- Kidney problems
- Inflammatory conditions
- Genetic issues
- Weight-related issues, such as obesity, or losing an extreme amount of weight
- Previous use of anabolic steroids
- Certain types of surgical procedures, such as brain surgery
If you are suffering from any of the conditions mentioned above, there’s a chance the reason could be low testosterone. Talk to your doctor to rule out health issues such as the ones listed above.
ProHealth Solutions Can Help You to Boost Your Testosterone
You don’t have to simply accept low testosterone levels. You can do something about it and it’s easier than ever. ProHealth Solutions may have your answer: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT.
The idea behind BHRT is simple—to provide your body with the same type of testosterone your body used to produce.
There are two methods we use to administer BHRT treatments: injections and pellets.
Injections – We can provide you with direct injections of testosterone that your body will immediately absorb. You’ll eventually learn how to inject yourself, but we will always be available to provide you with any sort of assistance you need.
Testosterone Pellets – If you don’t want to deal with needles or routine injections, pellets are a great alternative. This treatment involves the insertion of small pellets into the upper hip area. These pellets are about the size of a grain of rice so you won’t even notice they are there. This treatment provides a consistent dose of testosterone over several months and mimics how the body typically releases the hormone.
Testosterone Treatment Near Me
If you are trying to find the most affordable and easy-to-access testosterone treatment near you, then your search is over.
The medical professionals at ProHealth Solutions are ready to help you tackle low T and feel better than you have in years.
If you would like to learn more about our testosterone treatment programs, please contact us online or give us a call at 727-873-6536.