Do you suffer from low testosterone levels?
Or maybe you do and don’t even know it!
Did You Know Sleep, Diet and Exercise Can All Attribute to Low T?
Understanding the basics…
Hormones (including testosterone) serve a very important function in our bodies. Hormones serve as chemical messengers that transfer a wide range of instructions throughout our body. In men, testosterone is responsible for sexual health, muscle generation and overall vitality. If a man has experienced a deficiency in one of these areas he may be suffering from testosterone deficiency, otherwise known as “Low T”. The production of testosterone can be impaired by age, obesity, injury, or for genetic reasons like hypogonadism, either primary or secondary. It is common and should not be taken lightly. A man who is experiencing low testosterone production should seek help from a health practitioner as opposed to using “Dr. Google.”
What can affect testosterone production?
As men hit their 40’s it is common for testosterone levels to decrease just as a woman experiences menopause. Classic symptoms of a man suffering from a decrease in testosterone in this age group are low libido, erectile dysfunction, mood swings, depression, fatigue, and loss of muscle mass. There is no cure for aging but testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can help.
With weight gain a man experiences a series of physiological processes that can hamper testosterone production. As a man gains weight the fat cells metabolize testosterone into estrogen which in turn lowers testosterone levels. With obesity also comes the reduction of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), protein that carries testosterone in the blood. Looking to make an impact on your health in both hormones and overall health of your body? Put your sneakers on and pick a cardio workout….it could be simply going for a walk each day to get your heart rate up.
Injury to the testicles:
Did you know the testicles are the primary elements needed for testosterone production? If you participate in sports an athletic supporter will be your new best friend. Long term damage to the testicles can occur if injury persists which will hamper testosterone production.
Performance enhancing drugs:
The use of untested performance enhancing drugs is happening across the U.S. Many men are using drugs that have little to no testing done prior to using them. These drugs often modify the hormone levels in men so they can stay at their peak performance for a longer period of time. This could damage the overall hormone health in a man. Testosterone levels can be greatly impaired by such performance enhancing drugs.
The pituitary gland, which controls testosterone production through the production of Leutinizing Hormone (LH), Is not secreting enough LH to stimulate production of testosterone by the testicles, or Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) a hormone produced by the adrenal gland has levels that are abnormally low preventing the proper amount of testosterone production.
testosterone (Low T) is fairly common in men and is not something to be embarrassed about…
For years men have tried to battle “Low T” on their own, using herbal treatments and over the counter products. Seeking a medical professional to assess your hormone levels is a safer alternative so you avoid side affects from “self medicating.” An effective treatment plan should take into account a patient’s age, overall health and wellness and any pre-existing conditions such as heart, lung or kidney problems as well as diabetes.
If you or your loved one suspects they may be suffering from low testosterone we invite them to call our men’s health clinic in Indianapolis. All appointments are confidential and we offer several amenities for a comfortable visit including: males nurses, men’s magazines and sports television channel in the waiting area.
We treat patients from the surrounding areas including those living in Indianapolis, IN, Bloomington, IN, Muncie, IN, Lafayette, IN and Noblesville, IN. To schedule your confidential appointment please call (317) 689-0252 or schedule an appointment through our website.