How To Know If I Have Low T
Low Testosterone: How Do You Know When Levels Are Too Low?
The only accurate way to know when low testosterone levels are too low is to get the proper blood testing completed. When you work with a reputable clinic, they will mandate that blood testing and a physical examination be completed. The clinical advisor with whom you work will set up the appointment for you in a local hormone replacement therapy HRT clinic in your city.
Blood testing is very simple. It is a quick and easy process, such as what you would get in a routine physical exam. Once completed, the blood work will be sent back to the clinic where the licensed physician of endocrinology (or a related medical field) will analyze the results. Our trained doctors are highly skilled in reading blood work and can tell a patient whether or not he or she is dealing with low T.
After a blood sample confirms low T, the doctor can then presume that the problems a person is dealing with physically, emotionally, mentally and sexually may be symptoms of low testosterone levels. This is when they can correctly diagnose a patient and prescribe the right medication and dosage for the unique needs of each individual patient.
Symptoms Of Low Testosterone Levels
There are many physical, emotional, mental, and sexual symptoms of low testosterone levels. The following is a comprehensive list of the issues that a person may be dealing with when their testosterone levels become too low.
Physical low testosterone symptoms:
- no energy
- low stamina and endurance levels
- high cholesterol levels
- high triglyceride levels
- a higher risk for heart related problems such as stroke or heart attack
- a higher risk for developing diabetes
- low bone mineral density
- a higher risk for bone fractures, breaks or osteoporosis
- a weakened immune system
- the risk of getting sick more often with colds or the flu
- difficulty with healing from injuries or wounds
- poor sleeping patterns
- hair loss
- weak skin elasticity leading to more wrinkles and crow’s feet
- weight gain, especially around the abdominal area
- loss of lean muscle mass
- a gaining of cellulite
- weaker vision
- shrinking organs
- body, joint and muscle aches and pains
Sexual low testosterone symptoms:
- loss of sexual drive
- low sexual libido
- erectile dysfunction
- the inability to have an orgasm
- vaginal dryness
- uncomfortable sexual relations
- hot flashes
- night sweats
Emotional low testosterone symptoms:
- anger outbursts
- mood swings
- a poor attitude
Mental low testosterone symptoms:
- loss of memory short-term and long-term
- difficulty with immediate memory recall
- mental fogginess
- feeling disconnected or lost
Not all people will feel all of the symptoms listed above. In addition, some people will feel mild symptoms, while others will feel major and life altering issues. This is why it is important to work with a clinic whose doctors treat each patient as an individual. Physicians should create tailor made treatment plans and prescriptions.
Causes Of Low Testosterone
There can be several causes of low testosterone levels. Our clinic works with those who are over 30 and are experiencing low T, due to the aging process. This means that the body has slowed down in all of its functioning. This will include the slowing of the organs that produce testosterone; the testicles in men and the ovaries in women.
When we work with clients that are experiencing low T, their low testosterone causes are usually not due to disease or other medical problems. In these cases, other medical treatments may need to be sought.
When it comes to aging and reversing low testosterone, our clinic has a very successful track record for helping to give quality back to those who have low T due to growing older. We help our patients to understand what causes low testosterone and how to treat the issue.
What is low testosterone? As a man ages, his testicles will not produce as much testosterone as they did when he was in his 20’s. Likewise, as a woman ages, her ovaries will slow in their production of testosterone. This is what will cause the symptoms of low T.
The good news is that levels of low testosterone in men and women can be increased and balanced out with the proper amount of testosterone medication. These will come in the form of injections for men and a cream for women. All medication must be prescribed by a licensed physician. It is never safe or legal to purchase testosterone in any form from an unqualified source.
When a person gets a prescription for testosterone injections or cream, their use of it must be medically supervised. This will help eliminate any negative side effects from occurring. It will give a person a smooth and successful testosterone replacement therapy experience when the cause of low T is aging.
How To Measure Your Levels
To have your levels of testosterone measured, you must partake in a blood test that is done specifically to test for low T. This must be done by a professional clinic and test results must be read by a licensed specialist in the field of endocrinology or a related medical practice. This is how you will know if you may benefit from low T treatment or not.
It is never recommended to get medications from any unknown sources or from any clinic that does not mandate testing. You must know your testosterone levels in order to presume that your symptoms are due to low T.
Is It Dangerous To Have Low Testosterone
Is it dangerous to have low testosterone? That will depend upon the symptoms that low T causes. Although it may not be seen in general as being “dangerous” to have low T levels, the person who has depleted testosterone may experience some very uncomfortable symptoms.
Some low T symptoms can be very mild and not cause much problem. However, other issues can be life altering, cause depression, withdrawing from the world, uncomfortable pain in the body, no sexual desire or high cholesterol levels. Can these symptoms be considered dangerous? Perhaps.
The best way to stay healthy overall and to avoid losing quality of life due to feeling warn out and lethargic is to keep your hormone levels balanced and leveled. One way to lessen the risk of cardiovascular problems or breaking bones due to osteoporosis (which can both lead to dangerous situations) is to make sure to keep testosterone levels in the right range for your body.
How To Treat Low testosterone
Treating low testosterone levels is easy with therapy using injectable medications that are doctor prescribed. Women will use a cream. When prescription medication is taken as directed and a healthy lifestyle is lived, a person can be in the best shape physically, emotionally, mentally and sexually than they have been in a long time.
Following your prescription and treatment plan exactly as written is imperative. In addition, living a healthy lifestyle will consist of eating right, sleeping enough hours per evening, exercising daily, keeping stress levels low and keeping alcoholic consumption to a responsible amount.
Making sure to keep up with medical supervision and keeping in close contact with your clinical advisor is important too. Never allow any negative side effects (which are rare) to go unattended. Use responsible judgement while in treatment and if anything seems out of the ordinary, inform your advisor.