Whatever you may decide to call it, andropause, male menopause or mid-life crisis, it’s a real condition for men. Declining testosterone is something that all men will experience as they age. Some men will notice the reduction in testosterone production as early as their 30’s while others will be older. Testosterone is the primary sex hormone produced by men. It is widely known for being responsible for sperm production, libido, and muscle tone. However, testosterone is responsible for so much more.
As men age, the production of testosterone naturally slows over the years. The testosterone that is produced in an older man is also less efficient in its’ performance. Chronic illnesses and the medication used to treat may also reduce testosterone levels. Since older men are more likely to develop chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity, or heart disease than younger men, this makes the deficit in testosterone much more of an issue.
It is debated that many symptoms that indicate low testosterone in the absence of low levels in blood work. Some practitioners argue that every man is different and there is not a one size fits all range for ‘normal’ testosterone levels. If a man is symptomatic and at an apparent age for testosterone deficit, it is appropriate to discuss the possibility of testosterone replacement with bioidentical hormones.
Side effects of testosterone deficiency have a broad range of symptoms. If your testosterone is low, you may notice that you don’t have the energy to perform your daily tasks. It is also common to see a loss in sex drive when levels are low, even erectile dysfunction. Testosterone can even be responsible for maintaining your mental health, from depression and anxiety to loss of memory.
Low testosterone can be responsible for an increased risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity, and heart issues. Meeting with a bioidentical hormone specialist to discuss treatment options is a good start. Evaluating your lifestyle as a whole is also a good idea. Including adjustments to your diet and exercise routine. You only get one body, and there is no magic treatment that will reverse the aging process. It requires good advice from a medical professional and common sense choices like moderating alcohol intake and managing stress in addition to healthy eating habits and more physical activity. If you begin testosterone replacement therapy and do nothing else to improve your lifestyle, it’s similar to flying to a lavish island for vacation but staying inside of the plane the entire time.
Once you begin testosterone therapy, keep in mind that your body will not restart making testosterone again. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is usually a lifelong commitment if you want your levels to stay optimal. This is why it is vital to establish a relationship with a hormone replacement specialist that can keep a record of your hormone replacement journey and health record through the process.
In rare cases, some men produce therapeutic levels of testosterone all the way up to age 80, but this is not the norm. If you believe that you are symptomatic and could benefit from testosterone therapy, contact a bioidentical hormone specialist to find out if this is an option for you.