Telltale Signs of Declining Testosterone Levels
May 15, 2019
Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles that helps maintain a man's bone density, fat distribution, sex drive, sperm count, red blood cells, facial and body hair, lean muscle mass and overall strength. For most men, testosterone levels are the highest in the morning and lowest in the evening. Your testosterone levels should peak from adolescence through early adulthood. After that, most men experience about a one percent drop in hormone production each year. Hypogonadism is a disease where the body fails to produce enough testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or pituitary gland.
Although men over age 30 tend to lose about 1% of their testosterone production each year, it is important to determine whether their symptoms are due to a loss of testosterone hormone (hypogonadism) production, or not. Currently, the Federal Drug Administration recognizes testosterone replacement therapy as a viable treatment regimen for managing hypogonadism. Most men with below normal testosterone levels are good candidates for replacement therapy, which usually means an injection or transdermal patches.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone Hormone
Simple in-office blood work can verify your testosterone level. The normal range is 300 ng/dL to 1,000 ng/dL. Although testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day, chronic low levels can cause lead to the following conditions:
- Change in sexual desire
- Fewer spontaneous erections
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Increased body fat
- Decreased bone density
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Decrease in motivation
- Loss of sexual self-confidence
Hormone replacement therapy can help to reverse some of the effects of hypogonadism (or low-T). However, it is unclear whether testosterone replacement offers any significant benefits in men with normal hormone levels.
Testosterone is a sex hormone that is present in both men and women. It is primarily responsible for physical attraction and sexual arousal and plays a major role in satisfying sexual experiences. Testosterone replacement therapy can improve a man's mood and stamina. In fact, many men who take medications for erectile dysfunction would probably not need to if their natural testosterone level was restored. When testosterone levels are optimized, your body will typically respond with an increased desire for sex and better sexual response. If you are suffering with symptoms of Low-T and are wondering whether testosterone therapy might be right for you, contact MedWell to schedule a consultation to discuss the risks and benefits.