Andropause is generally defined as a collection of symptoms experienced by men after the age of 30 and attributed to a decline in testosterone levels. This can be measured by a simple blood test to determine how much free testosterone and total testosterone is available to support the body’s needs.
These symptoms almost always include fatigue and a decrease in libido, but they can wreck havoc with a wide range of functions from loss of muscle mass and weight gain to brain fog and forgetfulness. Andropause most often concerns the progression of low testosterone, but it can also include symptoms caused by deficiencies in other hormones, such as human growth hormone.
This is sometimes referred to as male menopause, however, andropause is actually much more insidious than its female counterpart. It comes on much more gradually as testosterone production typically declines about 1.5% percent per year. Most men don’t realize they are experiencing a serious medical condition until they are already 10 to 20 years into the process.
In fact, when consulted, most general practitioners and family doctors will attribute these complaints to simply growing older. They may run tests to rule out major issues like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, but andropause is rarely diagnosed or treated unless a specialist is consulted.
Causes of Low Testosterone in Men
While most primary care physicians will say that andropause and low testosterone levels are just a normal and natural part of growing older, our doctors who specialize in Low T treatment know that it is can be a crippling condition. Our doctors prescribe testosterone injections for those who need them, as verified by a blood test and evaluation. Experience has shown us that this can be a real game changer. Help is available – suffering is optional.
Testosterone is secreted by the testes, one of the glands in the endocrine system. There is a delicate balance between the glands in this system, and lifestyle, medications and injury can upset this balance in many ways.
Among the lifestyle choices a man might make, it is the presence of stress which usually causes the most damage. When stressed, most people make choices which relieve the stress in the short term, but they are not necessarily the best options for the long term.
People will often forego sleep in order to meet important work deadlines or to meet family obligations. Good nutrition is often sacrificed when time is short and fast foods are chosen.
A rock-solid commitment to workouts at the gym can become less and less frequent when time is short and energy is plummeting.
Symptoms of Low T
The symptoms of low testosterone affect men physically, mentally, and psychologically. This isn’t just a matter of convenience or comfort. Researchers have found that mortality rate is significantly higher among men with Low T.
In other studies, we find that 91% of the men with low T experience a decreased sex drive. They have fewer spontaneous erections and a less firm erection. Lower stamina also leads to less satisfaction, in general.
There is a direct relationship between a man’s testosterone level and his overall mood. Psychiatrists have found that the lower the testosterone level, the more severe the depression he experiences. Other emotional issues include decreased self confidence and motivation, along with a difficult remember things and being able to concentrate.
Low energy, fatigue, lethargy … whatever you call it, Low T can cause it. If that wasn’t bad enough, poor quality sleep and insomnia can also be brought on by decreased testosterone.
This vital hormone is involved in the maintenance of healthy bones. When Low T becomes an issue, osteoporosis (brittle bones) can be a result.
The relationship between fat and low testosterone is particularly frustrating. When the hormone level is low, abdominal fat collects more easily … AND when the body has more abdominal fat, an enzyme in that fat converts testosterone to estrogen. This leads to even more fat storage and lower testosterone creating a very vicious cycle.
What do I do now? Low T Treatment Options
The most important step to take is contacting our advisers. With years of experience in testosterone replacement therapy, they can answer any questions and get the process started. The steps you’ll follow include:
- Get a blood test at a nearby laboratory
- Have a general physical giving our doctor a complete picture of your current health.
- Complete the medical history form under the forms section on this website.
These three pieces of information will provide our doctor a complete picture of your current state of health, and they will enable him to determine if low testosterone levels are causing your problems and ill health.
Getting started with Aging Well System is quick and convenient. Everything you need will be delivered to your door from our pharmacy, and we will support you 100% of the way to be sure your Low T Treatment is effective. It’s time to be healthy again … call today.