Low Testosterone: Why Do We Lose It?
Low testosterone is an issue most will face in their life at some point, especially men. Testosterone is important hormone in our bodies that regulates many aspects of our heath. As our levels decline and hormones become imbalanced, our bodies experience many symptoms that can be detrimental to both our physical and mental health.
When we’re talking about low testosterone, a common first question we get is- why am I losing it? Or, why are my levels dropping? Our goal is to help make some of these answers clear and break down exactly what you can do if you start noticing symptoms of low testosterone.
By Your Wellness Center
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
Let’s start by briefly breaking down some of the symptoms of low testosterone. You may be experiencing some or even most of these as your levels drop:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Lack of energy, focus, or drive
- Decreased sex drive
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Inability to lose weight
- Loss of muscle mass
- Hot flashes or night sweats
- Increase in body fat
- Joint pain or osteoporosis
- Changes in mood, anxiety, or depression
- Brain fog
These are the most common symptoms you’ll see with low testosterone, so it’s important to keep this list in mind as we age or go through life. While we can initially chalk up some of these symptoms as having other causes, oftentimes the issues can be directly linked back to our hormones.
Why do we lose testosterone?
Men can start to experience a drop in testosterone levels as early as 30 (or even younger in some cases). Though most commonly men will start to see symptoms as they approach their late-40’s and 50’s. As men age and start to lose testosterone, it’s referred to as andropause, or the “male menopause” in other terms.
This main reason for the decline in testosterone is natural. Our bodies naturally and gradually start to lose testosterone as we age, typically beginning in our 30’s as mentioned above. Not only do we start losing it with age, but the testosterone receptors in our bodies are unable to bind testosterone as well either. Meaning that any possible testosterone being generated by the body will find a harder time of sticking around. Thus, the struggle for our bodies to maintain optimal levels.
Other factors that may contribute to low testosterone are:
- Obesity or excessive weight gain
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Steroid use
- Chemotherapy for cancer treatment
- Bodily trauma (i.e. head injury)
With many of these additional factors, your testosterone levels are most likely dropping due to some form of synthetic medication you’ve been put on by another physician. While these medications may be helping one issue, they are hurting your testosterone levels which can cause even more issues for your health.
Can it be prevented?
The short answer? In terms of the gradual decline as we age – unfortunately not. This is a process all of our bodies with go through, it just hits at different points in life for everyone. What’s important is that we recognize the signs and symptoms of low testosterone and know what our options are once they begin to appear.
Generally speaking, however, living a healthy lifestyle can help to slow the process to some degree. A balanced and nutritional diet, exercise, avoiding excessive drug and alcohol use- all of these factors can only help our bodies.
So while decreasing testosterone levels cannot be prevented, there is a way that they can be treated- and treated naturally!
How to Treat It!
The first thing you should do if experiencing any of the above symptoms is to get your levels checked. Simple bloodwork and can see where you levels lie and also any other factors that may be contributing to some of the issues you may be facing.
Our suggested and also the most effective way to treat low testosterone is natural hormone replacement therapy. Learn more about our HRT program here! Through the use of micronized testosterone pellet therapy, you can achieve optimal and balanced levels of testosterone (as well as your other hormones).
This should be done using bio-identical hormones, like the ones we use here in our office, not synthetic ones. If your provider wants to prescribe anything other than bio-identical hormones, we’d strongly urge you to look for treatment elsewhere. Here in our practice, we want to treat you as naturally and effectively as possible. We’re only going to put back into your body a substance and hormone that was already there to begin with!
If you’d like to sit down with us, get your levels checked, or discuss options- please fill out our initial consultation form. After some bloodwork, you’ll sit down with one of our trusted hormone experts to discuss where your levels are and how we can move forward in helping you regain your vitality.
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