Most of us know that testosterone plays a huge role in our sexual health. But that’s just the beginning. Testosterone is involved in several biological processes to keep everything running smoothly, like building strong muscles and bones.
Aging tends to slow down testosterone production. We peak in our teens and then begin to steadily decline at around 30. Many men have low T, which means our levels are lower than 300 ng/dL, but not enough of us get tested.
If you’re reading this, then you’re taking the first step. The more you learn about testosterone and its effects on your body, the better. You may even find that you’re the perfect candidate for HRT.
What is Testosterone?
We start producing testosterone in the womb; physicians find we can begin as early as 7- 9 weeks after conception. Most of your testosterone is created in the testicles and then spreads to the rest of your body.
Once we hit puberty, our testosterone levels go into hyperdrive. It’s the reason why our voices tend to crack and then get deeper and, if we’re lucky, we start growing facial hair too.
Testosterone is also responsible for giving us toned muscles and healthy bones. One of its many roles is signaling the neurotransmitters that promote healthy tissue growth and protein synthesis. Basically, testosterone “talks” to the cells in your bone marrow and reminds it to create more red blood cells.
It keeps us lean by metabolizing carbohydrates and fats. The higher your T levels, the easier it is for you to keep the weight off.
Your T levels can dictate your mood. For some of us, it’s the reason why we’re naturally competitive. In fact, studies show that the frequency you participate in competitive activities like contact sports can actually cause your levels to rise or fall.
In many ways, testosterone is our confidence-boosting hormone. Low T levels can make you feel depressed, unmotivated, and even affect your ability to focus.
How do I know if I have Low T?
Low T is quite common. According to the American Urological Association, at least 2 in every 100 adult men have a hormone deficiency. Typically, men can schedule a consultation with a hormone specialist, to conduct a physical evaluation and run blood tests to know for sure.
There are a few tell-tale signs.
Scientists are still uncovering the links between low libido and low T, partially because every man is different. What one man might consider a low sex drive, might be perfectly fine, or even high to another. Not to mention, environmental conditions like stress and lack of sleep can also diminish your libido.
That being said, researchers have noticed that low libido often accompanies low T in most men.
Extra body fat, especially in the midsection and chest tend to signal hormonal imbalances. Gynecomastia is when you notice your body producing too much breast tissue. At times, it can go away on its own; however, it’s triggered by a drop in T levels.
If you think you’re experiencing gynecomastia, you’re not alone. According to the Mayo Clinic, 1 in 4 men between 50 and 69 years old are affected.
How are you sleeping at night? Are you having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? One study found that sleep apnea, a medical condition that can affect your ability to breathe steadily while you rest, is linked to low T Levels.
Most of us don’t know that our body replenishes our T levels while we sleep. Therefore, low T levels can cause a snowball effect; the less you sleep, the more your levels drop.
How to Find Low Testosterone Treatment in Miami
With almost 500,000 people living in Miami, it can be difficult to find a parking spot, much less a hormone replacement clinic. The city is experiencing rapid economic growth; Miami’s employment rate shot up a staggering 5% from 2017 to 2018.
There are currently 57 clinics for you to choose from including, Renew Vitality, the nation’s leading expert in Low Testosterone Treatment. Our state of the art office is run by the world-renowned anti-aging and virility specialist, Dr. Thierry Jacquemin, and it’s a stone’s throw away from the most beautiful beaches on the east coast.
Visit Renew Vitality
Don’t let the stigma of being diagnosed with low T keep you from getting the help you may need. Our concierge team offers personalized service that combines the latest research in men’s health and wellness with holistic care.
We build wellness plans that are clinically proven to help you manage the effects of low T, so you can get back to living your life. If you think you may have a hormonal imbalance, you don’t have to go through it alone. Dr. Thierry and his team will be with you every step along the way.