Testosterone is the male hormone responsible for developing the testes during puberty. It contributes to male attributes such as facial hair and a deepened voice, while affecting a man’s libido and even his mood. After the age of 30, a man’s testosterone levels naturally begin to decrease. This regression is usually gradual and spread out over the rest of his life. In some cases though, the levels drop rapidly, which leads to a host of symptoms. Some of these may include:
- Diminished sexual desire
- Weight gain, especially around the stomach
- Clinical depression
- Less energy
- Loss of bone density which will appear as a loss of height
- Decreased strength due to depleted muscle mass
- Weaker erections
- Obesity, type 2 diabetes, or problems with the thyroid
- Less semen during ejaculation
- Testicle shrinkage or numbness in the testicles
- Erectile dysfunction
- Causes of Low Testosterone (Low-T)
Low-T Testing and Treatment
At Advanced Anti-Aging, we will review your blood work to determine where your testosterone levels are at. In some cases they may already be dangerously low before any of the more serious symptoms have become apparent. We then will create a customized treatment regimen, unique for each patient.
Low-T Natural Boosters
In addition to medicinal treatments, there are many studies that have shown how you can try to boost your testosterone levels naturally. Overall, these are great health tips as well!
- Get more sleep!
- Not getting enough sleep can impact so many aspects of your life. A University of Chicago study showed that testosterone levels could be reduced by 15% due to lack of sleep! Get your rest and you may see some improvement. Please note: this does not serve as a solution to lower testosterone levels related to aging.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Studies have shown that overweight males are more prone to lower testosterone levels than those who are a healthy weight with a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet can contribute to a more balanced level of testosterone and hormones. In addition, managing weight can also help! If you’re noticing some of the above-listed symptoms, try making some small health changes and see if you begin to see an improvement.
- Minimize Stress!
- Stress can deteriorate your body…fast! Not only is it bad for your mental health, but physically stress can impact the natural functions of your body, including testosterone production. Try minimizing the stress in your life by integrating some relaxation time into your schedule. Try meditation, exercise or just some time to relax and work on your hobby. This will be great for your overall health and well-being.
Advanced Anti-Aging Can Help!
Whether your symptoms have begun to impair your quality of life or not, we always recommend that you pursue some type of treatment plan. Ignoring low testosterone can lead to more serious conditions over time such as a weakening of bone and muscle mass. Do not ever self-diagnose based on your symptoms. Please call our office to schedule an appointment and speak with our doctor about an appropriate treatment plan.