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study performed in 2007 found that 24% of males between the age of 30-79 years old were testosterone deficient. Of that 24%, only 5.6% of men showed symptoms of hormone deficiency. No matter if you’re feeling a bit “off” or don’t feel like you used to, it may be time to get your hormone levels checked. Keep reading to learn a little more and see how you could benefit. 1. Araujo AB, Esche GR, Kupelian V, et al. Prevalence of symptomatic androgen deficiency in men. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2007;92:4241-7. 10.1210/jc.2007-1245
What is andropause?
Men at mid-life are just as susceptible to an age-related drop in hormone production as their female counterparts. Andropause, the so-called male menopause, signifies the retreat of the key male hormone testosterone. As a man ages, his body naturally makes less testosterone. In fact, by the time a man is in his mid-forties, testosterone levels can be down by 40%. Lifestyle factors such as excessive stress, weight gain and lack of exercise can lower levels even further – impacting stamina, drive and virility. Men tend to notice a subtle downward shift in strength and energy first, followed by lack of enthusiasm for life’s challenges like work and competition. A man may also lose interest in sex. The hidden imbalances contributing to these factors generally include:
Low Testosterone: Leads to decreased stamina and libido, fatigue & erectile dysfunction
High Estrogen: Results in weight gain, increased chest and belly fat, hot flashes, night sweats & excessive need to urinate (BPH)
High Cortisol: Results in insomnia, anxiety, sugar cravings, feeling tired but wired & increased belly fat
Low Cortisol: Causes chronic fatigue, low energy, food and sugar cravings, poor exercise tolerance or recovery & low immune reserves
Thyroid Imbalance: This condition is commonly missed in men and may often mimic symptoms of low testosterone
CardioMetabolic Issues: This includes high blood pressure and diabetes, and may mimic some symptoms of low testosterone – like fatigue or erectile dysfunction
High DHT: Results in excessive need to urinate (BPH), hair loss, acne
Common signs of testosterone deficiency?
Decreased muscle mass and strength
Persistent fatigue with lack of interest in exercise
Decreased sex drive and erectile dysfunction
Fat accumulation in the abdomen, hips , and breasts
Joint and muscle pains
Decreased body hair and male pattern baldness
Lowered self confidence
Decreased concentration and poor memory
Anxiety and excessive worrying
What does testosterone do in the body?
Libido – Testosterone is the most important hormone for maintaining sex drive. Normal levels can increase sexual satisfaction, in addition to increasing sexual desire and responsiveness. It can have a beneficial effect in men with erectile dysfunction.
Blood Sugar & Insulin – Testosterone can decrease obesity by reducing fat mass and increasing lean muscle mass. Testosterone also helps decrease the incidence of diabetes by its action of increasing the efficacy of insulin.
Brain, Mood & Memory – Depression is one of the major symptoms associated with low testosterone levels. Normal levels have a significant effect on mood, sense of well-being, interpersonal relationships, self-confidence and self-worth.
Skin – Testosterone is responsible for male pattern hair growth. Testosterone preserves skin collagen, which protects the skin from thinning. It also increases sebaceous gland activity, which helps lubricate the skin.
Bones – Testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) directly stimulates receptors on the osteoblasts (bone building cells) to stimulate bone growth, bone mineralization and repair of damaged bone. It also works together with estrogen to preserve and rebuild the joint cartilage between bones
Heart – Testosterone has a relaxing (vasodilating) effect on coronary arteries and can decrease symptoms of angina (chest pain) and lower blood pressure. Testosterone can reduce blood cholesterol and minimize atherosclerosis. It also can decrease blood clot formation by increasing “anti-clotting” activities in the blood.
How is testosterone deficiency diagnosed?
Testosterone deficiency is diagnosed through a blood test. Here at Keep Glowing Medical Spa we use a blood spot test created by ZRT Laboratory. This test is simple and can be done at home. All it requires is a simple finger stick, putting a few drops of blood on the card, sealing up the pre-paid envelope and dropping in the mail. Results take 3-5 days to come back and we can quickly start you on treatment to get you feeling better and more youthful.
If a man is taking testosterone and wants to have children, what are his options?
He should consult with a male reproductive specialist. Men should avoid testosterone treatment until they are done trying to have their own biological children. If a man has a pituitary disorder that is causing the low testosterone, then he can be treated with a pituitary hormone (hCG) that will increase his T level without disrupting sperm production. When he is done having children, he can take testosterone to treat his low T level directly.
What do I do next?
If you feel like you may have low testosterone, want to see if you are one of the people who have low testosterone without having any symptoms or just want to learn more, simply contact our office. We can have you come in for a visit, or set up a tele-visit, and see if you are a candidate for testosterone replacement. We will send you home with a test kit with full instructions and can make a treatment plan based on your results. Click the “schedule now” button on the top of the screen to get in touch with us today and see a doctor asap!