What Most Men Don't Realize About Their Testosterone Levels

What Most Men Don't Realize About Their Testosterone Levels

Testosterone (T) is the hormone that sets your manhood in motion. In adolescence, this important androgen made your voice squeak and scratch, sprouted hairs on your chin and chest, and made you interested in sex.

However, testosterone is responsible for more than your secondary sex characteristics. How much testosterone you have circulating in your body affects everything from how you feel to your muscle mass and how you perform (or can’t perform) in the bedroom. 

When your testosterone is low, you don’t feel like the man you once were. At Low Testosterone & Weight Loss Center in Allen, Texas, our medical professionals believe that balanced hormones are one of the keys to a balanced and healthy life. While you may not think much about your T, what you don’t know could be hurting you. 

“Low” testosterone differs among individuals

Maybe you suspected you had low T and consulted a doctor about it. They took some blood and, a while later, declared that your T levels were “normal” — generally about 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL).

As you can see, the normal range of T levels is extensive. So, if you’re at the low end of “normal,” you may not feel as good as you could.

When we evaluate you for low T, we don’t just look at the results of your lab tests. We look at those results in the context of the symptoms, as well as your body-mass composition. If we think your normal levels are too low for you, we recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Here's how your T levels affect you.

T affects brain function

Brain fog and cognitive decline are not normal signs of aging. Though many factors could contribute to feeling “fuzzy-headed” or losing focus and memories, one of them could be low T.

When your T levels are low, you may also have trouble sleeping. Restless nights leave you feeling drained rather than energetic. Without sleep, your brain doesn’t function as well. If we prescribe TRT, you should notice an improvement in sleep as well as an improvement in daily alertness, sharpness, and focus.

Another hormone that affects cognition is thyroid. We test both your T levels and your thyroid when you come for a consultation. 

Low T adds fat

Even if you haven’t changed your gym routine or diet, you may notice that you’ve developed a roll of fat around your middle. You might even have a slight (or more than slight) potbelly. 

As we discussed, T helps you build muscles. That’s one reason why men usually have larger muscles than women — men’s T levels are much higher than women’s. But low T slows your metabolism, so it’s difficult to burn off fat. That’s why it accumulates around your midsection.

Fatty tissue produces the hormone estrogen. Although it’s normal to have some estrogen, when that “female” hormone eclipses your “male” hormone, the result is even more fat. The combination of low T and high estrogen also makes it more difficult to build muscle mass.

Low T causes ED

Perhaps the most obvious sign of low T is when your performance in the bedroom falters. If you struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED), it could be because of low T. Your body needs T to achieve and maintain erections.

In addition, when your T is low, your interest in sex may decrease. Your low libido may make you disinterested in fixing your ED. However, a healthy sex life is vital for overall health and your intimate relationships, too.

Low T damages your bones

Without testosterone, it’s not just your muscle tissue that degrades. Your bones do, too. Lack of T is one of the prime causes of osteoporosis in women, and it puts you at risk, too.

Normally, your muscles put enough pressure on your bones to keep them strong. But when low T degrades both your muscles and bones, you have an increased risk for significant bone fractures.

Low T is treatable

You don’t have to accept low T. With customized TRT and lifestyle changes — including more protein in your diet and increased weight-bearing exercise — you can reverse the unwanted changes of low T.

Find out if low T is the reason you don’t feel like yourself anymore. Call us today at 214- 383-7411. You can also use our online form at your convenience.

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