It is easy to get lost in the medical terminology and industry jargon when you start looking into what
Low T and testosterone replacement therapy is all about. The art of medicine has been hijacked by marketing to a great degree and often what is left over is only a glimpse of the problem at the heart of the matter.
It has become so commonplace to throw out words like libido and fatigue that the very real symptoms behind these issues often lose their meaning. More importantly, however, they can lose their relevance.
Relevance only exists for these terms when people understand that what they are feeling isactually what we are talking and asking about. Therefore, to better help you, the next several posts will address what the symptoms of Low T really mean.
THE IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE
When you notice that you are enjoying life less because of feeling tired all the time, a declining motivation toward sexual intimacy, reduced performance at work, or difficulty getting positive results with diet and exercise; it is paramount that that you realize that this is not normal, nor does it have to stay that way.
Stedman’s Concise Medical Dictionary For The Health Professions defines a symptom as: “any morbid phenomenon or departure from the normal in structure, function, or sensation, experienced by the patient and indicative of disease”. Disease is generally defined as a disorder of structure or function that produces specific signs or symptoms. As you can see, by definition, symptom and disease go hand in hand.
COMMON VS. NORMAL
When you consider the disease of Testosterone Deficiency, one can only speculate as to why many of us have been told that it is “normal” for our testosterone level to decline with age. The implication is that the associated symptoms of this disease state aren’t symptoms at all, but rather just part of “normal” aging. This is an archaic mindset that has been debunked by medical study.
Consider this: everyone likely personally knows someone who has faced cancer. Whether that someone is a mother, father, sibling, friend, child or even yourself, it is well known that cancer is all too common. Nothing about this dreaded disease is “normal”.
Common does not equal normal; Low T, while common, is most certainly not normal!
It is paramount that you realize it is not normal to experience these symptoms of fatigue, diminished libido, difficulty concentrating and others. It is not just “part of getting older”. The solution to your problem could be a phone call away.
So, as we talk about these symptoms individually I would ask that you take the time to ask yourself what each one of them mean to you. I would further ask you to answer honestly as well, and evaluate whether what you are going through feels “normal”.
The goal is to treat the right people for the right problem. Many studies have described Low T as a problem that is often not reported by many patients and frequently ignored by providers.
All of this boils down to you and your quality of life. Is Low T keeping you from being the person you are supposed to be? Or, perhaps it is your loved one’s life that has been affected and in turn it is now a mutual problem.
We encourage you to submit comments and/or questions as the discussion regarding the symptoms of Low T unfolds in upcoming posts.