Feeling sluggish and moody, noticed a few more pounds added on the scale or maybe your hair has begun to fall out? You may be chalking these symptoms up to too much stress, or even getting older, but they may be symptoms of low testosterone This important male hormone doesn't just affect a man's sex drive. It also tells the bone marrow to produce sufficient red blood cells, distribute fat throughout the body, and build bone and muscle mass to give you strength. Without the right amount of testosterone in the body (more than 300 ng/dL), you will begin to experience all kinds of health problems including fatigue, loss of muscle mass, insomnia, infertility, and a reduction in overall strength. If left untreated, a severe testosterone deficiency can result in such serious medical issues as osteoporosis (weakened bones), depression and even heart disease.
So what causes low testosterone? There are two main types of Hypogonadism (the testicle's inability to produce enough testosterone): primary and secondary. Primary Hypogonadism is caused by an inherited trait (like undescended testicles, Klinefelter's Syndrome, or Hemochromatosis), an accident or trauma to the testicles, or an illness such as the mumps, HIV infection or cancer. The primary version of the condition is often harder to treat. Secondary Hypogonadism is usually the result of an illness, medication usage, stress, obesity, or simple aging. Treatment options will vary depending on the root cause of the problem and can range from simple diet changes to complete replacement therapy.
The first steps to getting those levels back to normal is to look for its root cause. Review any medications you are on and make the appropriate changes if necessary. If a medical condition or recent trauma is causing your Low Testosterone, then ask your doctor for ways to speed your recovery. In the meantime, eat a well balanced diet and get plenty of exercise. And if all else fails, don't be afraid to begin a testosterone replacement therapy program. Sometimes that is all that is needed to help your body start producing the right amount of this important hormone once again.
When it comes to testosterone replacement, there are a lot of options these days. While pills may have once been the go-to treatment, they usually don't work well because they are broken down by the liver before they can offer any real help. Better options usually include, patches, gels, nasal sprays and injections. Androderma patches work well, supplying the body with constant levels of testosterone through the skin. But they can be pricey, with a monthly cost between $500 and $600 without a prescription. Topical gels like AndroGel are cheaper and work well too, but can be transferred to women and children, making them less desirable. Nasal sprays help alleviate cross contamination but must be used three times each day. Many men prefer injections since they are only required once a month, cost as little as $20 a dose and work well, but don't like the fact that they require a visit to the doctor's office.
With so many treatment options available, there really is no excuse for any man to suffer with low testosterone. See your doctor right away for a consultation to discuss your options.