When people feel bad, many times they chalk it up to a bad day or a dietary imbalance. Of course, you might suffer from a vitamin or mineral deficiency, but many times people eat well enough to prevent this from happening. Another cause could be a chronic condition or disease, but again if you are getting regular checkups at the doctor’s office, these should be spotted rather quickly. One of the most common conditions that is also rarely self-diagnosed accurately, is having low testosterone.
Although testosterone is usually seen as a “male” hormone, the truth is that both males and females need it. Testosterone is a common hormone in both sexes used for muscle and bone strength and is essential to maintain high energy levels. Women produce less testosterone after menopause and often have to supplement their bodies during this time. Estrogen boosters also reduce testosterone levels in women (the same goes for men, but men rarely supplement with estrogen).
Some common low testosterone symptoms are fatigue, difficulty gaining or maintaining muscle, depression, and loss of strength. More than four million men suffer from low testosterone levels, largely in part because many either don’t seek treatment or don’t understand the condition. Low testosterone is a problem that is generally believed to occur among older men, however men in their 30′s and 40′s also suffer from low testosterone levels.
The reason that athletes take steroids, which include testosterone among other hormones, is that they help reduce body fat, improve muscle growth, and improve energy levels. A testosterone deficiency can have the opposite effect, which usually goes hand in hand with depression.
Our physicians can prescribe hormone therapy to increase the testosterone levels in your body so that you don’t have to suffer from mood swings, irritability, and a lack of energy. If you are active, then any sort of physical exercise can deplete your testosterone levels, leaving you constantly fatigued and unable to heal.
You can ask your doctor for a blood test, where you can find out for certain if you suffer from low testosterone. A blood test is quick and easy and you can usually have your results back within a few days. Sometimes, we can give you an on the spot reading so that you can start hormone therapy immediately.