What is Low Testosterone (Low T)?
Low testosterone, also referred to as “Low T”, is an underproduction of the hormone, testosterone. In men, testosterone levels rise throughout adolescence and adulthood, ultimately peaking around age 30. After this point, testosterone levels fall by approximately 1% per year. This is a normal part of the aging process for men, and low testosterone is common in men greater than 30 years of age.
Testosterone is required for male sexual development and is produced in the testicles. Testosterone affects muscle mass, fat distribution, red blood cell development, bone density, and sex drive.
What Causes Low Testosterone (Low T)?
In addition to the normal aging process, low testosterone (Low T) can be caused by type 2 diabetes, obesity, liver disease, kidney disease, endocrine disorders, or nutrient deficiencies.
What are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone (Low T)?
The symptoms of low testosterone (Low T) include loss of muscle mass, increased body fat, restless sleep or insomnia, reduced libido, sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction (ED), and infertility. Low testosterone (Low T) can also produce psychological changes including depression or lack of motivation.
How is Low Testosterone (Low T) Diagnosed?
A diagnostic test that measures total and free testosterone in the blood is used to determine if men have low testosterone (Low T). In conventional medicine, the normal testosterone range in men is 300-1200 ng/dL.
How is Low Testosterone (Low T) Treated?
There is truly a difference between normal and optimal when it comes to lab values, especially as it relates to hormones. Low testosterone (low T) is a reality for men at some point in their lives as it is part of the normal aging process. While many men who have suboptimal testosterone don’t seem to be bothered by symptoms, there are some men who experience depression, emotionality, fatigue, low sex drive and metabolism changes very acutely. For those men, we have options from herbal treatments to bioidentical testosterone replacement. Before and during testosterone replacement therapy, hormones are measured in a detailed way so that all the information needed to balance testosterone and other hormones in the pathway is obtained.