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Do I have Low T or Dementia?

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about aging movie and sports stars developing memory issues. You may be having your own issues with forgetfulness. Whether you can’t recall that famous play you made back in high school or what your wife claimed she told you, there actually could be a problem. Most men tend to think that dementia may be the cause of the problem and that they are just prematurely aging. You may even have a history of the disease in your family.  Here are a few ways to know whether you have Low T or dementia symptoms.

Dementia Symptoms

Dementia describes a group of symptoms that affect your social abilities and thinking so much that it interferes with your daily function. The cause of dementia is unknown. However, what is known is that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia progression.

Memory loss is the most associated symptom of dementia. You may forget names and dates or even how to complete simple tasks. With dementia, you may have difficulty doing things like:

  • Communicating
  • Planning things
  • Organizing daily tasks or events
  • Motor function and coordination (such as walking or reaching for items)

Disorientation is another symptom. You may get lost or confused when traveling to work or to the store. Your family and friends may notice personality changes. You may become less outgoing or you may notice that you don’t have the ability to reason like you once did. Additionally, dementia symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Inappropriate behavior
  • Agitation

The important fact to remember about the symptoms of dementia is that they sometimes mimic other medical issues and these symptoms alone do not mean you have dementia. In fact, you could be suffering from something else.

Low T

Low testosterone is known medically as male hypogonadism. Testosterone is a hormone which is the driving force behind male sex drive. The normal testosterone range for men is approximately 350 to 1200 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). When the hormone ranges below 350 ng/dL for your total testosterone level, you can experience low testosterone symptoms.

During puberty the hormone is what defined you, it’s what made you a man. It caused your voice to deepen your body to put on muscle. In adulthood, it’s what keeps your bones and muscles strong and your sex drive high. After men turn 30 years old they tend to gradually lose testosterone, this gradual decline is normal. However, what we are seeing now is a much more rapid and significant decline in men far too young to have Low T. Symptoms of Low T include:

  • Reduced energy
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Depressed mood
  • Reduced endurance
  • Reduced strength
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Erectile dysfunction
These symptoms are not entirely unique to those men suffering from Low T and the cognitive symptoms of Low T can sometimes mimic dementia. For instance, you may be experiencing irritability or difficulty concentrating. You may even have some memory loss. So, don’t be so quick to chalk up mild memory lapses to dementia. Consider your risk for having Low T.

Are you Experiencing Low T or Dementia?

You may notice you’re not able to concentrate like you used to. You may have lost interest in a lot of things like sports, playing sports or even sex. You may be experiencing forgetfulness. However, you may not be experiencing the symptoms of dementia.

Searching the internet is great for gaining a  general understanding of the difference between low testosterone and dementia, but if you are truly concerned it is best to speak with a trained medical professional to help you evaluated these symptoms. Going it alone can also create a lot of confusion and give you more questions than answers. The most important thing you can do about your symptoms is to get a proper diagnosis. Experiencing a lack of testosterone can happen at any time of your life. You can become overwhelmed. If you have or think you have a lack of testosterone, you need to start your comeback.

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(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C

(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C started his career in healthcare as a fireman/paramedic in West Texas where he served on the Midland Fire Department from 1998-2004.   He became interested in testosterone treatment after seeing how hormone replacement doctors helped those suffering from low testosterone.   After graduating from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program, he moved to DFW where he currently lives with his wife and three children.

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