If you turn on the TV, it won’t be long before you see a commercial for Low T, or Low Testosterone. The same goes for the radio and the internet. Even your emails aren’t safe from these messages. If you feel that Low T is suddenly a trending topic, you would be right. In many cases, this is just Big Pharma playing to our fears of losing our manhood. In other cases, Low T is a genuine concern that shouldn’t be taken lightly. So what causes Low T and how do you know if you should be worried?
To answer this question, it is a good idea to understand fully what Testosterone is. Testosterone is a male hormone that is produced in the testes. This is what contributes to sex drive and sperm count. It also affects other bodily function such as bone density, muscle mass, and fat accumulation. Low T is not the same as merely having less Testosterone, however.
Low T is when there is a sudden drop in Testosterone. This is often confused with the signs of aging, all of which mimic the effects of Low T. The difference between the two is that with some minor lifestyle changes you can improve your Testosterone production. You cannot fight the aging process. So if you can identify with these symptoms, not all hope is lost. There are ways you can boost your Low T levels using natural methods.
It’s common for men to wonder if they have Low T when they or their partner notices a reduced sex drive that usually occurs in most men as we age. Libido naturally tapers off with age, but men with Low T may feel like a different man overnight. This is because his body has halted the production of Testosterone, and is not fueling his sex drive or sperm production. If you feel that your sex drive is diminishing slowly, and you are over 40, then you may be aging gracefully.
Testosterone plays a role in the production of semen, which is the milky fluid that aids in the motility of sperm. It’s pretty simple: The more testosterone a man has, the more semen he produces. Men with low T will notice a decrease in the volume of their sperm during ejaculation.
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If however, you are under 40, then you may be a candidate for Low T. Men as young as 20 can experience Low T. Theoretically, as soon as a man produces Testosterone he can also stop, which means he can be diagnosed with Low T. The cause of why this hormone stops being made is currently unknown, although scientists do believe that environment plays a factor. If you are overweight, smoke, are unfit, or consume a lot of additives, you are at risk.
While we have covered some of the common symptoms of Low T (weight gain, decreased sex drive, male pattern baldness) you won’t know for sure unless you talk to your doctor. Your doctor will take a simple blood test and do a physical. He will ask you questions about your lifestyle, and combine these tests to determine if you have Low T. It is important to note that you should always get a second opinion before starting a prescription treatment.
A simple blood test can reveal your testosterone level. The normal range is 300 ng/dL to 1,000 ng/dL—remember that testosterone levels fluctuate throughout the day. Because they are normally highest in the morning, your doctor will probably want to do the blood test in the morning.
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