Low T or hypogonadism is more common than many men may think. Current findings suggest that around 2 in every 100 adult men are grappling with abnormally low testosterone levels. It’s hard to estimate exactly how many men are affected for a few key reasons.
There’s clearly a stigma associated with being diagnosed with hypogonadism. Medical professionals believe that many adults are reluctant to see a hormonal expert for an official diagnosis due to the fear of being perceived as “less of a man.”
It’s safe to say, there isn’t nearly enough information about low T. This makes it difficult for men to even recognize if they are experiencing any of the common symptoms. Researchers believe that low T may actually affect approximately 2% of American men.
What are the symptoms of Low T?
Testosterone is one of the primary male sex hormones. If your levels dip below 300ng/dL, it’s quite normal to notice drastic changes in your sexual health.
Low T is often associated with decreased libido in men over the age of 30. It’s natural for sexual interest to fluctuate. Depending on environmental factors, like stress or fatigue, you may not have the same interest level as your partner(s) at any given moment. However, men with low T experience prolonged periods of low libido.
Researchers have even found a link between low T and erectile dysfunction (ED). Testosterone has the ability to stimulate the tissue within the penis to produce nitric oxide, and a host of several biological reactions, resulting in an erection.
While there are several psychological causes for ED like anxiety, arguments, depression, etc. clients with low T tend to have issues getting or maintaining erections.
Low T can also inhibit reproduction processes in adult men, resulting in temporary or permanent infertility. It’s one of the many risk factors for male sterility, along with drug use, smoking, and obesity.
Humans are programmed with a 24-hour sleep and wakefulness cycle called the circadian rhythm. This cycle can vary depending on a series of factors like how many hours of daylight we get per day, how much energy we expend, and our nutrition.
Testosterone plays a significant factor in the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. Low T can cause sleep disturbances that can progress to sleep apnea. According to one study in 2012, involving over two thousand male law-enforcement officers, the participants with sleep apnea were almost 50% more likely to have low T than participants that did not have sleep apnea.
Low T can also chip away at muscle tone and encourage excess weight gain. Testosterone builds muscle mass by synthesizing the protein found in the food men eat. Instead of building muscle, excess food tends to cling to the midsection, causing men to put on extra pounds. In extreme cases, low T puts men at risk of becoming obese.
Unexplainable mood swings are another classic sign of a hormonal imbalance. With over 16.1 million adult Americans diagnosed with depression, and 30% of them being men, it’s critical to pay attention to any drastic changes to your overall mood and sense of well being. Low T can cause irritability, depression, and anxiety if left untreated.
Every client’s body responds differently to depleted testosterone levels. Keep in mind, a significant amount of men who are diagnosed with hypogonadism may only experience a few of the symptoms described above. Before self-diagnosing, we suggest you meet with a hormone specialist to identify if you have any imbalances.
Diagnosing Low T
While the symptoms of low T are significant, they are not the only indicator for diagnosing low T. Typically, a medical professional trained in hormonal imbalances and endocrinology will meet with you for a consultation. They will be searching for signs like weight gain, loss in muscle tone, and irregular testicular or prostate size.
They will also perform blood tests to get a clear picture of your current hormone levels and rule out other medical conditions.
Finding Testosterone Therapy in Miami
With over 460,000 residents, Miami is undoubtedly the largest metropolitan area in the state of Florida. You can find 48 clinics offering testosterone therapy to Miami locals and vacationers. Choose wisely, by choosing Renew Vitality Miami.
Renew Vitality Miami can Help
Dr. Thierry Jacquemin, a world-renowned internal medicine specialist, leads the Renew Vitality Miami concierge team. We work with men just like you to restore or optimize testosterone levels so clients can get back to living their lives. You can find us at 3850 Bird RD, Suite 402B, Miami, FL, 33146, close to Merrick Park, and Four Points by Sheraton Coral Gables.
Contact us to book your first consultation at 800-785-3945, or send us a quick email at [email protected] Business hours are Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.