Testosterone is an important hormone in males, contributing to many aspects of development, which is why low testosterone can be so noticeable.
During your teenage years, testosterone initiated your facial hair to start growing, your voice to deepen, your muscles to strengthen, and your sperm to start producing. As you reached adulthood, your testosterone production plateaued and began to decline.
While the decline is normal, your testosterone may have dropped lower than expected, leading to some unwanted symptoms.
Understanding low testosterone
Low testosterone, also known as Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome, happens when testosterone production dips below what your body needs to function normally.
In healthy males, a normal level of testosterone in the blood is between 350 and 1,000 nanograms per deciliter, according to viTal4men testosterone replacement therapy clinic.
So, how will you be clued into low testosterone levels? Here are a few symptoms you may have noticed, according to the American Urology Association:
- Low sex drive
- Reduced lean muscle mass
- Erectile dysfunction
Low testosterone is not the only culprit behind these symptoms, as other issues — such as diabetes, drug use, and obesity — may be at play.
To help narrow it down, some specific symptoms are associated with low testosterone, according to WebMD:
- Small, soft testicles
- Large breasts
- Thinning muscles over time
- Loss of body hair over time
Another term for the natural decline in testosterone over the years is andropause which, like menopause, can affect your mental state, as well. For example, you may be moody or depressed and have a hard time concentrating. You may also have trouble sleeping and low energy and motivation during the day.
What you can do
When your low testosterone is connected to a medical or lifestyle issue, treating those causes can improve testosterone production. In other cases, low testosterone may not have an easily identifiable cause.
Fortunately, diagnosing low testosterone is as simple as taking a blood test, which viTal4men offers for free, along with a 10-to-15-minute consultation with a medical practitioner who specializes in treating low testosterone.
“At the viTal4men Clinic, we treat low testosterone levels with testosterone replacement therapy to get you back to your optimum level,” viTal4men says.
Testosterone replacement therapy will help raise and maintain your testosterone levels with options that you and your provider will choose, based on what works best for you. These may include gels, patches, injections, oral medication, or surgically implanted pellets.
Injections are one of the most common and effective methods, as the right dosage will lead to improvements in energy, muscle mass, sexual desire, and verbal memory, along with a decrease in body fat about three weeks after treatment. Your depressive symptoms may improve as well, although that can take about 18 to 30 weeks to kick in. Throughout the process, you’ll need to continue receiving injections every 7 to 9 days at 15-minute consultations.
In addition to testosterone therapy, viTal4men offers discount erectile disfunction medication; services for diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure management; fat-burning B12/MIC injections; flu vaccines; wellness exams; and other general health care. The clinic accepts most major medical insurances.
For more information and to make an appointment for your free testosterone level test, visit Vital4Men.com.