It started innocently enough after our annual Halloween night watching of the 70’s film classic, Young Frankenstein. As the credits began to roll at the end, my wife looked at me in an odd way and mentioned how much the monster’s irritable, moody, and depressed state had reminded her of someone. My curiosity peaked, I chuckled and asked her who that could be. And I was more than a little concerned when she looked me right in the eye and said, “You”.
While it hadn’t taken place overnight, I had to admit that I’d lately become noticeably more touchy and easy to anger than in years past. As I thought more about it, I realized that unlike the old me, I now often felt down, became tired more easily, and seemed to have difficulty concentrating for any length of time. And when I half-jokingly mentioned the Halloween story to my doctor, he said that while he was sure I wasn’t becomingFrankenstein, it did sound like I might be exhibiting symptoms of low T.
A Steady Decline
Testosterone (or T) is one of the most important of a man’s many hormones that work as chemical messengers to direct and harmonize everything from your moods to your muscle condition. And just like in women, a man’s hormonal levels tend to naturally diminish as he ages. But unlike the abrupt drop that women experience during menopause, men’s levels fall gradually over many years, so the indicators of imbalance tend to sneak up on you. Recent trends and some studies suggest that this decline is occurring faster and sharper.
Normally, a man’s testosterone levels will drop by roughly 1% after the age of 30, but for many men this downhill slide is accelerated, and T levels get so low that the functions they support start to suffer. The problem is that many of these symptoms of low T are frequently mistaken for problems unrelated to a hormone imbalance, and are treated in isolation from the root cause.
Whether it’s the pitch of your voice, the hair on your chest, or the energy fueling your sex drive, this hormone is central to how men are able to operate in a host of ways. Yet, when T levels begin to drop to an abnormally low degree, the warning signs can be ambiguous. The most common symptoms of low T that are often mis-identified include:
Loss of muscle mass & strength
- Reduced self-confidence
- Lack of ability to focus
Quite often men are not even aware of all of their symptoms, and as a result may not even mention them to their doctor during routine physical exams. In fact, it may not be until someone close to you mentions noticing your increasing similarity to a certain infamous monster, that you notice the need to have your T-levels checked.
Defeating the Monster
The good news is that you need not resort to the extreme solutions of Dr. Frankenstein in order to get your aberrant signs of hormone problems under control, and resume normal living. Once it is suspected that your health issues are suspected of being symptoms of low T, there are tests that can determine if that is indeed the case.
Testosterone replacement therapy now offers men a way to stop simply treating the adverse effects of this problem, and get at the very origin of the symptoms of low T. These effective treatments are able to bring T-levels back to normal, restoring your balanced sense of well-being, and sending the monster in you away for good.