What is Low Testosterone (Low T)?
As men age, our bodies’ natural production of testosterone begins to decline. On average, it drops about 1% per year after the age of 30. That’s a problem. Why? Because testosterone is a hormone which regulates our sex drive, muscle mass, and energy levels, to name just a few of its myriad functions.
When your testosterone levels (or T levels) drop too low, you start experiencing these symptoms. We call that Low Testosterone or Low T. (The official medical term is hypogonadism, but most people are more familiar with Low T, so we’ll stick with that).
If you’re a guy over 30 years old, you might feel like you’re slowing down. Having a harder time gaining strength and muscle in the gym. Losing that “pep” you had as a younger man. And just not feeling like you’re bursting with energy like back in college.
For many men, that may be due to Low T.
Who is at risk of having “Low Testosterone?”
Testosterone levels peak during adolescence. Then, production typically starts to slow down sometime in our early thirties. This, to an extent, is natural. Our bodies’ diminishing capacity to produce natural testosterone as we get older is well-documented.
Although virtually every man experiences a drop in testosterone production as he gets older, not everyone will cross the threshold to meet the medical definition of “low testosterone”. The American Urology Association (AUA) identifies low blood testosterone (Low-T) as less than 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL).
It is estimated that up to 40% of men over the age of 45 will suffer from the effects of low testosterone, and that up to 25% of men over the age of 30 will as well. Although less common, even men in their twenties can sometimes be affected.
If you’re surprised by those statistics, we’re right there with you. Over the past few decades, average levels of testosterone have been dropping over time. And most people aren’t aware of this or why it’s happening.
Did you know that over 1 million men in the US are currently on some form of TRT? It’s a far more common treatment than most people realize.
What Are The Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
This is where your ears should be perking up. Testosterone is critical for the function of a healthy sex life, among many other areas of our health. When it drops below a certain level, it becomes difficult to achieve and maintain erections, and overall libido declines. Furthermore, testosterone affects sperm count and thereby our virility.
Testosterone also plays a role in the strength of our bones, our ability to put on muscle, and the bodies’ capacity to burn fat. In short, without healthy T levels, we risk becoming weaker, frail, and impotent.
Overall, Low T can lead to:
- Increased body fat
- Feeling fatigued
- Losing sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased muscle mass
- Feeling down
- Trouble focusing
- Lack of motivation
What can we do about “Low Testosterone”?
Fortunately, a diagnosis of low testosterone is by no means insurmountable. With Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), men are able to restore their testosterone to healthy levels. And by boosting your T Levels back up to a normal range, many men with Low T can get rid of their symptoms and get back to feeling great. In some ways, it’s like regaining your youth.
There are a number of different modes of application, including injections, and less invasive methods such as topical creams.
Although TRT requires a doctor’s prescription, advances in online medicine have made it possible for patients to meet with U.S. licensed doctors online who specialize in men’s health.
That’s what we offer here at FountainTRT. If you’re interested, you can start with a free evaluation and speak to one of our doctors at no cost.
Our founder, Doron Stember, is a board-certified urologist with many years of experience treating thousands of men who have suffered from the effects of low testosterone.
The benefits of treatment for this common condition are manifold. Restoring testosterone to healthy levels keeps our bones and muscles strong, helps to maintain an active sex drive, and can promote higher level of energy for the demands of daily life.
If you think you’re experiencing the symptoms of Low Testosterone, sign up today to get evaluated by a Fountain doctor for free, and take control of your health.