Low testosterone plagues as many as one in four men over the age of 30, and by the time many men reach 70, their testosterone levels have plunged as low as 50 percent of their previous levels. Millions of men turn to hormone therapy because the symptoms of low testosterone become extremely uncomfortable—or even unbearable. To help, testosterone therapy for men is offered by doctors at Greenwich Gynecology, to discuss whether this treatment is right for you, call today.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone Leading to Diagnosis
Most men start experiencing symptoms of low testosterone as they age. Because these aren’t widely publicized—particularly when compared with the symptoms of women’s hormone decreases, for which we see television commercials, print ads and more—many of these men have no idea what they’re experiencing.
A trip to the doctor often reveals that these men are suffering from low testosterone, which is often characterized by:
- Muscle weakness and loss of muscle mass
- Reduced libido
- Difficulty achieving erection
- Hair loss
- Depression and mood changes
- Loss of mental acuity
- Increase in body fat
Fortunately, these symptoms are generally reversible with the right testosterone therapy treatment in Connecticut.
The official diagnosis? Hypogonadism, which is what occurs when your body produces little or no sex hormones. Other names for low testosterone include gonad deficiency, andropause and low serum testosterone.
In order to diagnose a man with low testosterone, other disorders with similar symptoms need to be ruled out. A physician will determine whether medications are causing the symptoms, as well.
Testosterone and Muscle Mass
If you’re trying to gain muscle mass, you probably know that exercise and a high-protein, nutritious diet are the foundation of building lean muscle. What you may not know is that without the proper balance of testosterone, your bodybuilding routine may be less efficient. A lower level of testosterone is part of the reason why women tend to have less muscle mass than men, proportional to their overall body weight.
Balance is Key
Within a certain range, testosterone levels and muscle mass are directly proportional. There is, of course, an upper limit; your hormones need to be in proper balance for good health. So while higher-than-normal levels of this important hormone won’t help you build muscle, low-T can definitely slow your efforts. Even the best personal trainer and optimal diet can’t help you reach your full potential without adequate levels of testosterone, in proper balance with other endocrine and sex hormones.
If you’re finding that you’ve hit a plateau with your muscle-building routine, it may be wise to have your hormone levels checked. Low-T can restrict your muscle mass or even cause you to lose muscle tone and strength. Thankfully, you can easily treat low-T with bioidentical hormones, enabling you to better benefit from a good workout.
Low testosterone, if left untreated, can lead to a variety of health problems. In addition to a higher prevalence of depression, the chances of developing other health problems increase. These problems include:
- Coronary heart disease
- Bone fractures
- Metabolic syndrome
- Reduced pumping ability in the heart
Testosterone was widely prescribed during the 1940s and 50s, but it wasn’t a natural testosterone. It was a synthetic substitute called methyltestosterone, which caused cancer and heart disease. As a result, prescriptions declined until the 1980s when bioidentical testosterone and Connecticut testosterone therapy for men became available.
Bioidentical testosterone is a replica of the testosterone your own body produces. Bioidentical testosterone provides men with a wide range of benefits, including:
- Positive effects on moods
- Increased energy level
- Improved verbal fluency
- Increased muscle size
- Decreased body fat
- Increased bone density
Additionally, bioidentical testosterone has an anti-depressant effect. Although treatment does not provide immediate relief from symptoms, the long-term benefits are clear; in a Marsh and Jones study, testosterone treatment reduced the six-year mortality in a group of diabetic men by more than 50 percent.
A bioidentical hormone is a substance with the exact chemical structure as the hormones you produce in your own body.
The reason that bioidenticals are more effective than synthetics is simple: they’re shaped the same and have the same makeup as those you produce, which enables them to bind to other molecules and perform their jobs in your body. Synthetic hormones just can’t replicate the performance of bioidenticals, and they often have additives that can be dangerous to your health.
Low Testosterone Treatment Options
In the U.S., testosterone is a Schedule III controlled substance. It’s not available without a prescription, so many over-the-counter treatments that claim to tackle low testosterone don’t actually contain any testosterone.
A real treatment plan includes in-depth testing to find out whether you’re testosterone-deficient, how low your levels are and testing to ensure that you’re not suffering from any other conditions that could cause similar symptoms.
Generally, bioidentical hormone treatment includes dietary changes as well as vitamin and mineral supplements. If you think you may be suffering from low testosterone, we may be able to help you through a man’s testosterone treatment plan. Call our Connecticut office today for a confidential consultation.