It’s one of the worse feelings any parent can experience. Your kids are innocently playing, and doing what children do, when you catch yourself irritably snapping at them to “knock it off”. You realize that your behavior is an over-reaction, and you feel terrible as a result – but that undercurrent of grumpiness just won’t go away. What’s going on?
The fact is that mood swings of this type among men, seemingly coming out of nowhere, may be an indication of hormonal changes taking place within your body that are difficult to recognize as such when they first begin to appear. One growing reason for this is diminishing testosterone levels (or more simply – T levels) often related to aging, and a variety of health and environmental factors. And, while treatments for this problem exist, many men fail to seek them out simply because they do not know what the symptoms of Low T are.
Learning What to Look For
Testosterone is the hormone that is responsible for everything from giving men a deeper voice, to muscle mass, physical strength, and even your sex drive. It is without doubt the central element in the spectrum of hormones that work together to control a host of physical and psychological characteristics that define what being a man is.
Under normal circumstances, testosterone begins to slowly decline after peaking in most men around the age of 30. And while this drop in T-levels is completely normal, when other factors cause it to become too low, too soon it can throw the delicate balance of hormones, coordinating many of your body’s systems, completely out of sync.
One of the most difficult parts of identifying symptoms of low T is that many of them are often mistaken for being isolated issues unrelated to hormonal problems at all. This usually results in the single symptom being treated while the true underlying cause goes unaddressed. Some of the most common misunderstood symptoms of low T include:
- Sudden onset of midline fat growth
- Chronic fatigue
- Loss of self-confidence
- Lack of interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sudden loss of muscle mass
- Irritability & mood swings
What you may notice about these symptoms of low T is that they include both physiological and temperament related items. In other words, those emotional outbursts you’ve experienced that leave you wondering why your kids – whom you love – are suddenly really getting on your nerves, may be the result of something changing deep within your body. The good news is that these changes can be controlled, once you know what’s behind them.
Attacking the Underlying Cause
The importance of realizing that some of the health issues you may be experiencing could actually be symptoms of low T is that treatments for this hormonal imbalance are now available. Once tests have determined whether or not diminished T levels are at fault, you have a number of therapeutic responses available to get you back on the right track.
The most common treatment for symptoms of low t is some form of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). There are a number of FDA approved options within this category such as:
- Topical ointments and gels
- Skin patches
- Sublingual tablets
- Sub-dermal pellets
Each has it’s pro and cons, but these treatments work over time to re-establish the delicate hormonal balance that is essential for a healthy overall state of being. Once your health issues are identified as symptoms of low t, the road back to vibrant health can begin. And with the source known, your days of getting annoyed at your kid’s normal activity may, at last, be behind you.