Low T Myths and Facts: What You Need to Know
Posted on August 23, 2023 by root
In the last few years, there has been an onslaught of advertising directed to men about low testosterone. All types of supplements and products claim to increase testosterone and address “low T.” While there are many men who do suffer from low T, these commercials can be misleading. There are many myths about lower testosterone and how it affects your health and quality of life. Here are some facts about low T and when you should seek treatment.
Almost all men will experience lower levels of testosterone as they get older. Most men will peak in testosterone production by age 30, and then begin to slowly make less every year. This is normal and even though testosterone is declining, it does not have a dramatic impact. It is when hormone levels drop suddenly or excessively that those symptoms of low T are noticeable.
When testosterone levels drop extensively, it can change how you feel, look, and perform. However, there are many other conditions that can cause similar symptoms – just because you have one or two of the following symptoms does not mean you have low testosterone. Some of the most common low T symptoms include:
- Low sex drive
- Diminished energy or fatigue
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Reduced strength or stamina
- Increased fat storage/weight gain
- Hair loss
- Gynecomastia (male breasts)
It is important to seek a medical diagnosis if you are experiencing a combination of these symptoms. Over-the-counter supplements that claim to reverse low T only contain nutrients that can support a healthy reproductive system. They are not a replacement for diagnostic testing and treatment for low T, ED, or other male health conditions.
There are primary and secondary causes of lowered testosterone production. These can vary from brain function to physical changes to the testicles and health conditions that affect overall hormone balance. Lifestyle and other factors can also contribute to low T. Some of the possible causes of low T include:
- Testicle injuries
- Weight gain
- Inactive lifestyle
- Infections that cause testicular damage
- Certain medications and medical treatments
- Tumors or cancer
The cause of lowered testosterone can impact the recommended treatment. In some cases, the cause is not known, but hormone replacement therapy can help raise levels and reduce the symptoms of low T.
If you have wondered whether your symptoms are related to lowered testosterone, you should seek medical advice. At the practice of Justin Houman, MD, we can perform diagnostic testing and exams to determine whether you have low T or another health condition. There are effective treatments available, but you should never self-diagnose or treat low T. Contact our office in Los Angeles, CA to schedule an appointment with Dr. Houman to discuss low T and treatment options.
Posted on behalf of Justin Houman MD