*The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors.
Low T, Andropause, Low Testosterone
As men get older, the ability to produce testosterone declines. This decrease in Testosterone production is sometimes referred to as Andropause or “male menopause.” As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines, typically about a 1% decrease a year after age 30.
Symptoms of low Testosterone can vary from one man to the next and may include:
- Decreased or lack of energy
- Decrease in libido or sex drive
- Difficulty in sexual arousal with weaker erections
- Erectile dysfunction
- Cognitive concerns
- Weight gain
- Muscle loss and weakness
- Decrease in strength and endurance.
- Aches, pains and stiffness
- Inability to sleep
- Lack of skin elasticity
- Thinning of bones or bone loss
- Thinning and dry hair
Andropause Is The Male Equivalent of Menopause:
By the time men are between the ages of 40 and 55, they can experience a phenomenon similar to the female menopause, called andropause. Unlike women, men do not have a clear-cut signpost such as the cessation of menstruation to mark this transition. Both, however, are distinguished by a drop in hormone levels. Estrogen in the female, testosterone in the male. The bodily changes occur very gradually in men and may be accompanied by changes in attitudes and moods, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive and physical agility.
Low Testosterone Can Cause Severe Health Issues:
What’s more, studies show that this decline in testosterone can actually put one at risk for other health problems like heart disease and weak bones. Since all this happens at a time of life when many men begin to question their values, accomplishments and direction in life, it’s often difficult to realize that the changes occurring are related to more than just external conditions.
When there is less Testosterone available to do its work, the Testosterone target-organ response decreases, bringing about many changes. Since there is great variability in testosterone levels among healthy men, therefore not all men will experience the same changes to the same extent.
Blood Tests To Diagnose Testosterone Imbalance:
A blood test is the only way to diagnose a low Testosterone level. Both Total and Free Testosterone studies should be measured to adequately evaluate Testosterone levels. Free Testosterone is the more valuable of the two, reflecting the amount of hormone available to perform useful work. For men, 300 – 11109 (ng/dl) are given as a normal laboratory range for men 20 to 70 years of age. However, a decline of 70% from more youthful levels produces symptoms yet can be called “within normal range.” A more accurate approach is using the upper end of normal range, adjusted for age. This is the healthy range.
The new road map of Bioidentical hormone replacement for men
is to measures and balance not only Total and Free Testosterone, but also Estrogen levels too. Because there are specific hormone target levels and balance required to achieve optimal results. The Harding Medical Institute specializes in men’s hormone health.
Testosterone Imbalance Test:
To see if you are at risk for low testosterone, answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions. If you answer “yes” to question 1 or 7, or at least three of the other questions, you may have low Testosterone. Be sure to discuss the results of this quiz with our physicians’ at the Harding Medical Institute.
Choose the responses below that best describe how you have been feeling.
- Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
- Do you have a lack of energy?
- Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
- Have you lost height?
- Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment of life?”
- Are you sad and/or grumpy?
- Are your erections less strong?
- Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
- Are you falling asleep after dinner?
- Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?
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