They say that the only constant in life changes, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to your body. From the moment you were born, you’ve been transforming daily, developing from a baby to an adolescent to a young man in his prime. But once you hit your 30s and 40s, some changes seemed to regress instead of progress.
While certain aspects of human development are inevitable, many men mistake medical symptoms for the normal effects of aging. Low testosterone, or low T, is one of those tricky conditions that many men suffer through silently, assuming they have no choice.
Here to dispel that myth is Dr. Michael Tachuk at Viva Wellness Medical Group in San Diego, California. He understands that low T is common among men over 45 and that many of them don’t realize it’s a treatable condition, and he diagnoses and treats low T to help men regain their health and vitality.
But the first step is recognizing the symptoms so you can come in for an exam and treatment. Here’s what to watch for with low T.
Signs of low testosterone
When you go through puberty in your teens, testosterone is the hormone responsible for developing your unique male features like your deeper voice, facial hair, stronger muscles, and sperm production. Most men maintain a level of about 300 nanograms per deciliter, but around age 30, they begin to lose about 1% of their testosterone every year.
Hormone imbalance of any kind produces effects. When you have low T, you may be experiencing an array of symptoms, including:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss (head, face, and body)
- Trouble sleeping
- Inability to focus/concentrate
- Loss of muscle mass and bone density
- Low self-confidence
- Decreased mental clarity
While these symptoms are classic effects of testosterone deficiency, they may also point to other medical conditions as well. That’s why it’s important to avoid the temptation to self-diagnose. Instead, seek a professional diagnosis from an expert like Dr. Tachuk.
Causes of low T that aren’t age-related
A gradual decline in testosterone is to be expected as you age, but low T can occur as a result of other conditions as well. For example, if you were born with certain medical conditions, such as Noonan syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, or atypical genitalia, you may produce less testosterone than normal.
You can also develop conditions that affect your testosterone levels, including:
- Testicle injury or removal
- Cancer treatment (i.e., chemotherapy and radiation)
- Pituitary gland issues
- Autoimmune diseases
- Medications such as antidepressants and narcotics
- High cholesterol
- HIV and AIDS
If you have a condition that hinders your testosterone production, your hormone level may resolve itself when you address the underlying condition. However, Dr. Tachuk may advise bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to correct your testosterone deficiency as part of your overall treatment plan.
Once your testosterone level is back in balance, you can expect to experience more energy, better sleep, better sex life, less body fat, and more muscle mass. These improvements put you in a better position to fight whatever medical condition is causing your low T.
To find out if the symptoms you’re experiencing are signs of low T, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tachuk at Viva Wellness Medical Group online, or call us at 619-369-3081 today.