Is Low T to blame for fatigue, flailing libido? Effective therapy starts with expert diagnostics
A lack of enjoyment doing the activities you once loved. Chronic fatigue that interferes with your ability to participate in sports at the high level that you once did. Stubborn fat and loss of muscle strength, despite a healthy diet and exercise. These are just a few of the many symptoms that can indicate low levels of testosterone (Low-T). Multiple therapy alternatives are available for patients diagnosed with Low T at the Frisco, TX office whose very name conveys our considerable skill in supporting men’s health: Low T Guru.
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Testosterone refers to the male sex hormone made by the testes. Critical to normal development and sexual function, testosterone is made during the teen years (through puberty) and the levels of this hormone generally decrease as men get older. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic notes that, after age 30, testosterone levels decrease by 1% each year. Nearly 40% of men aged 45 and older have Low-T.
As defined by the American Urology Association, Low-T is characterized by levels that are less than 300 nanograms (ng) of testosterone per deciliter (dL). Such measurements of Low-T are often coupled with “characteristic” symptoms, such as:
- Low libido
- Lack of energy
- Mood changes; for instance, depression and irritability
- A reduction in lean muscle
- Difficulty getting or keeping an erection.
- Cognitive impairment (problems concentrating or with memory)
Dr. Jeffrey Buch is a nationally recognized authority in male sexual health and infertility. He has the experience and technologies to accurately identify if these symptoms and findings are rooted in Low-T. For instance, several medical conditions share these common symptoms and can often “mimic” the effects of Low-T. These conditions range from diabetes and metabolic syndrome to major depression and heart disease.
Challenges to accurately measuring testosterone levels and, in turn, diagnosing Low-T, are also presented by the fact that this hormone’s levels tend to fluctuate throughout the day. This can be due to everything from a lack of sleep and stress or tension, to what you eat (or drink, notably, alcohol consumption). We know when and how to measure these levels, and may conduct other evaluations, which provide us with clues as to what may be at work. Dr. Buch, for example, takes great care to also monitor the likes of female hormones. High levels of estrogen can contribute to testosterone-related dysfunction. And, furthermore, the presence of this hormone can cancel out the benefits associated with therapies that effectively elevate testosterone levels.
Treatment for Low-T
If we determine that Low-T is at the heart of your life-altering symptoms, we can help you to get your well-being, quality of life, personality, and youthful vigor back! Testosterone replacement therapy (TT) may be appropriate. The hormone can be administered, largely, in five different ways:
- Through the skin or into the muscle as an injection (transdermal or intramuscular)
- As gels or patches on the skin (topical)
- As pellets placed underneath the skin (subdermal) that provide several months of therapy
Some products for testosterone replacement may resonate and be more suited to your lifestyle than others. Likewise, we can discuss alternatives to testosterone therapy. TT can negatively affect the production of normal sperm. If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, we may recommend alternative therapies. So, sperm counts can be managed while also treating low levels of testosterone. These options include Clomid, which blocks estrogen from interacting with the pituitary gland and, in turn, increases testosterone levels. We may also recommend non-drug therapies. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is good idea for any man and can be particularly beneficial for individuals to also maintain normal testosterone levels and all the good things that go along with it — from healthy bone density and robust muscle mass to an active sex life and an overall sense of well-being.
First, we need to see what is really the cause for any concerning physical, mental, or emotional changes that you have noticed. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Low T Guru.