How Low Testosterone Affects Your Life

Kryptonite is to Superman as low testosterone is to men — it robs you of your strength and virility, and leaves you feeling defeated, physically and emotionally. Fortunately, as a man suffering from low testosterone levels, you fare much better than Superman donning his anti-kryptonite suit.

Dr. Gene Meisenberg and the expert team of health care professionals here at Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery in Brooklyn, New York, provide the most innovative anti-aging medicine and aesthetic surgery options available today. They treat the cause of your low testosterone levels so you can feel like a superhero again, or at least like your masculine self. Learn how low testosterone affects your life and what you can do about it to feel better.

Physical changes

You’re not alone if you’re over 60 and feeling the unpleasant effects of low testosterone levels. Research indicates that nearly 2 in 10 men experience low testosterone levels once they reach 60, and this number increases to 3 in 10 after age 70.

Low testosterone, according to the American Urological Association, means your testosterone levels have fallen below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). The normal range should be 300-1,000 ng/dL.

As you can imagine, when your body stops producing enough of the hormone that’s responsible for your sex drive, muscle mass and strength, bone density, and several other important functions directly related to your masculinity, you’re going to notice a difference in your physical health, appearance, and well-being. The most common physical signs of low testosterone (low T) — among them the one nearly every man fears — include:

And these are just the physical changes you may experience.

Emotional toll, too

Fatigue, low sex drive, irritability, and depression often accompany low testosterone levels. All of these unpleasant side effects — physical and emotional combined — can put a serious strain on your personal relationships. In some cases, you have a hard time focusing on work, trouble remembering things, or endure feelings of inadequacy. Men with low T often have difficulty sleeping and deal with sleep apnea, too.

The thing is, low testosterone and the numerous unpleasant effects that come with it aren’t a normal part of getting older, like menopause is for women. While it’s true that after 30, your body’s testosterone production decreases at the rate of 1% each year, which is totally normal, levels that dip below 300 ng/dL are not simply a result of the inevitable aging process.

Low testosterone is highly treatable

You don’t have to resign yourself to low T levels and all the accompanying physical and emotional issues being an inevitable part of your life. Low testosterone could be an indication of a more serious health condition such as:

Low T may even be the result of certain medications, alcohol use, or a genetic condition. Once the team at Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery determines the underlying cause of your lower-than-normal testosterone levels, you can get the appropriate treatment. If it’s simply that your body isn’t producing enough anymore, testosterone replacement therapy may alleviate symptoms and get you back to feeling like yourself.

Dr. Meisenberg often recommends subcutaneous hormone pellets that can be easily injected under your skin to release a slow, steady stream of testosterone. Over the course of a few months, as your body absorbs the hormones, you begin to feel better and notice a gradual improvement in both the physical and emotional symptoms of low T levels.

The bottom line is, if you have low testosterone, don’t lose hope. Give our office in Brooklyn a call or schedule a consultation using the online system. The sooner you receive an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment, the sooner you’ll look and feel your best.

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