The low down on low T

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A recent study suggested up to 13 million men in the US have a condition that few of them have ever heard of, much less considered seeing a doctor for treatment. The medical condition is called hypogonadism, but it’s more easily referred to as “low testosterone” or “low T”.

A man’s testosterone level peaks around age 20-30 and then gradually declines at a rate of 1% a year - hardly noticeable. If a man doesn’t naturally have a lot of testosterone to begin with then his testosterone levels could drop below the 300ng/ml level which is usually considered the low end of “normal.” At a lower level, a man might feel any of the following symptoms: tiredness or loss of energy, low sexual interest, weight gain around the waist, problems getting or maintaining an erection, depression, small or soft testicles.

If a man is feeling any of these symptoms, he should see a doctor and have his testosterone level checked. It’s a simple blood test. If low T is the issue, there are treatment options.

Very simple treatments include regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, lose some body fat, and no smoking. The most popular medical option is a testosterone gel. This prescription product is applied daily to the skin of the shoulders, upper arms, or abdomen. The testosterone in the gel is absorbed in to the body through the skin. For many men, the gel will return hormone levels to normal and stay there. There are also patches and injections.

Testosterone replacement isn’t for everyone and should only be used with diagnosed hypogonadism. For many though it can renew interest in sex and promote energy in general.

Source: AFA


 
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