What is Testosterone Deficiency?
Testosterone deficiency, also known as Low-T, is a medical condition that affects an estimated 13 million men in the U.S.
Testosterone levels peak at age 30 in men and will start to decrease by 1-2 percent each year. As testosterone levels fall, physical and mental performance declines and the body starts to break down.
It is a virtual certainty: with age and lower testosterone levels, men will lose strength, endurance and energy. Without the proper testosterone levels, men over 30 will see a decline in muscle function, problems with concentration, sleep and mental sharpness and a decrease in stamina and endurance. Plus, you may be increasing your risk for diabetes as unused tissues turn into sugars and lipids, which increases both sugar levels and body fat.
What Are Normal Testosterone Levels?
Many men come to MMi who have symptoms of Low-T but are unaware of them or attribute them to getting older. In fact, many of our patients have been misdiagnosed as having “normal” testosterone levels by their primary care doctors when, in fact, their levels are much lower for their age group. The reason for this is because “normal” testosterone levels range from 200 to 1100 ng/dl. If you’re within these levels, your doctor may indicate that you don’t have Low-T when, in fact, a young, healthy man’s levels average between 800 to 1000; a testosterone level in the 200s is more like a reading for an 80-year-old man.
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What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)?
The goal of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is simply to raise your circulating testosterone to a more youthful level. This can be achieved with a skin patch, gels, a mouth patch or injections and implants. All of these have advantages and disadvantages, but MMi can help customize a treatment that fits your testosterone needs and your lifestyle.
What are the benefits of TRT?
- Increase your muscle strength
- Give you greater endurance
- Improve your energy levels
- Better your sleep patterns
- Improve your mood
- Assist in lowering cholesterol and insulin processing
- Improve your sexual performance
- Decrease your blood pressure
- Decrease your risk of heart attack
- Improve your memory and general attitude
- Improve your prostate health
How does testosterone affect athletic performance? Is TRT safe for athletes?
Testosterone increases muscle mass and bone density, and decreases body fat, which definitely enhances performance. For men who may be out of shape or overweight, testosterone replacement therapy can help increase energy levels, which can be a motivating factor in one’s fitness routine. Athletes who abuse testosterone as a performance enhancing drug will experience side effects such as steroid rage, decreased sperm function and a higher incidence of tendon ruptures.
Anybody, regardless of occupation, can receive testosterone replacement therapy if he experiences symptoms of Low-T. In fact, despite the prevalence of steroid abuse in professional sports, MLB recognizes that Low-T is a medical condition that must be treated. If a professional athlete were to seek supplements for Low-T, it’s completely legal. Men who are looking to receive TRT should consult with Board Certified doctors who can prescribe individualized treatment plans.
Are you one of the millions of men who may have Low-T?
You may have Low-T if you answer “yes” to questions #5 or #6, or to at least three of the other questions.
1. Do you have a lack of energy?
2. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
3. Are you sad and/or grumpy?
4. Are you falling asleep after dinner?
5. Are you experiencing a decrease in your sex drive?
6. Are your erections less strong?
7. Have you lost height?
8. Have you noticedd a decrease in your enjoyment of life?
9. Have you noticed your ability to play sports has deteriorated?
10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?