Low testosterone (or Low T) is a condition which manifests gradually. According to the Mayo Clinic, starting around age 30 for men, testosterone levels should begin to decrease by only 1% per year or more. Other research shows an even more gradual reduction, starting at age 40 and decreasing by 0.3% per year. Regardless of the speed, a slow decrease in testosterone levels is natural and not something that would likely require treatment. What we have been seeing in recent years is something much different entirely.
The Misinformation Campaign About Low T
Due to the general knowledge of a natural decline, the progressively worsening symptoms of testosterone deficiency are often misattributed to normal aging. However, it has become commonplace for men in their 40’s (and even many in their 30’s) to be plagued by low testosterone levels and the many side effects associated with it.
Despite that fact, it is also commonplace to hear medical professional unfamiliar with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) say things like
“Low T is made up, you are supposed to feel this way.”
“Only bodybuilders need testosterone shots or TRT.”
“You just aren’t working out as hard as you used to, that’s why you are unhappy with your results.”
“You’re can’t gain muscle because you’re getting older, it’s normal.”
“Work stress is the reason you’re irritable all the time.”
“Forgetfulness is a normal part of aging, you can’t expect to be as menatlly sharp as you were 20 years ago.”
“You need better coping skills or a therapist, that’s why you’re feeling depressed.”
“You’re not 20 anymore! It’s normal to lose interest in sex.”
“You’re old now, playing sports is for younger men.”
“You should be happy you were so fit when you were younger.”
“Sleeping poorly is just a normal part of aging, you don’t have anything to worry about.”
The Truth About Low T
Have you been self-rationalizing, or have you heard some of the statements above when you have mentioned some of your symptoms to providers who don’t specialize in TRT? One of the biggest problems with diagnosing Low T is that many men with true biological reasons for their symptoms and end up never get tested. Worse still, is the worst advice we’ve ever heard about Low T is the type above, which says, “suck it up, you don’t need to get tested for anything, what you’re experiencing is normal.” If you are already feeling defeated and confused by your symptoms, this is the last thing that you need to hear.
To determine if what you are experiencing is because of low testosterone levels, you will need to seek out a trustworthy and ethical medical professional. Blood tests, which determine your testosterone levels, and a thorough discussion of your medical history and manifestations, are the first, easy steps. When it comes to low testosterone and your health you need sound advice, and, if therapy is right for your, you need a knowledgeable provider.
Nobody knows how you feel better than you do. Your symptoms may not be attributable to Low T, but contacting us to make an appointment today will determine if our safe and effective treatment can get you feeling like the “you” you are supposed to be.