LOW TESTOSTERONEKnow the Symptoms
If you have low testosterone, by no means are you alone. Low T is often referred to as hypogonadism, a gonad deficiency in which the testicles produce little to no testosterone.
Low T can be congenital or acquired. Congenital low T (hypogonadism) is a condition you are born with, such as Klinefelter Syndrome. Acquired hypogonadism is a low testosterone condition that develops over time. Some acquired examples include: andropause, drug and alcohol abuse, childhood mumps, hemochromatosis, and traumatic brain injury.
Testosterone Levels Naturally Drop with Age
A normal testosterone level is anywhere from 300 to 1,100 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). Keep in mind that this varies with age. However, any testosterone level under 300 ng/dL is considered low, for any age. According to a study conducted by the New England Research Institute, one in four men over 30 have low testosterone. Regardless of the cause, there are natural low T solutions available for you.
Other Low Testosterone Causes
+ Xenoestrogen exposure
+ Genetic disorders
+ Pituitary gland dysfunction
+ Certain medications
+ Inflammatory disease
+ Injury or infection to the testicles
Low Testosterone Symptoms
Reduced Sex Drive
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
+ High body fat
+ Weakened muscles
+ Frail bones
+ A decrease in body hair
+ Increased fatigue
+ Elevated cholesterol
+ Low sex drive
+ Sleep apnea
Restoring Your Testosterone Levels
It’s important to find a doctor who will look for the underlying causes of your symptoms instead of just medicating the symptom. Your doctor will test you for total testosterone or free testosterone in the blood. You should get tested in the morning, as testosterone levels change throughout the day. However, keep in mind that your symptoms are more important than the lab results.
Testosterone levels change as you age, so it’s natural to not have the same level at age 40 as you did at 17. Your testosterone levels decrease about 1 percent each year after 30 in a gradual decline known as andropause, or “male menopause.”
When you hear your lab results, remember that the “average” testosterone is the cumulative average of other men your age. If you are getting lab work, and reading about low testosterone, it’s likely you are not satisfied with average. Don’t let averages keep you from seeking safe methods to regain the vigor and energy that result from restoring your testosterone levels to what they were at your peak performance.
Traditional vs. Natural Methods
Just because a medicine for your symptoms exists, does not mean that medicine is what you need. Traditional physicians often fail to provide all the tools necessary to truly understand your situation. Without much counsel or direction, you may be or have been given a prescription for antidepressants, cholesterol-lowering drugs, or a medication for erectile dysfunction. These are often just quick fixes for something most synthetic drugs can’t fix: a hormonal imbalance.
Consider turning to natural alternatives before taking prescription drugs or ignoring the problem altogether. Your depleted testosterone can be replaced by using bioidentical hormones. These human-identical hormones simply replenish what was once there and bring your body back to its prime. A low, regular dosage helps maintain a healthy testosterone level.
Marshall Eggers, a successful Texas business owner, husband, and father of two, hit a wall in his early 50s. Where he once commanded the attention of a room, he now found himself dodging phone calls and not wanting to get up in the mornings. He had low energy, difficulty focusing, lack of motivation, and depression. He considered selling his business. Traditional physicians’ diagnoses and treatment recommendations didn’t help, so he reached out to Dr. Hotze at Hotze Health and Wellness Center. As it turns out, Marshall had low thyroid function and low testosterone levels.
Watch the video to find out how Marshall did a 180, renewing his health, wellness, and his career, too.