Ladies, is your man’s hair thinning while his middle is thickening? Have you noticed him becoming grumpier and less motivated in recent months?
Men, has your ability to focus declined, along with your libido? Are your muscles taking a longer time to recover after heavy labor or strenuous exercise?
What many people simply chalk up to the “normal aging process” can actually be due to a decline in the production of the critical male hormone, testosterone.
Now while it is true that a man’s production of this hormone wanes with aging (just as a woman’s estrogen production slows), sharp declines can really bring some unwelcomed changes. In addition to the features I mentioned above, lower-than-normal testosterone carries with it these other signs and symptoms: a decline in energy, decreased bone and muscle strength, sleep disturbances, and sexual dysfunction (difficulty obtaining, or maintaining an erection).
Normal testosterone levels are between 300 and 1200 (ng/dl). An estimated 10-25% of men over 50 have low testosterone (< 300) and in some cases men’s levels can drop below 300 long before the age of 50. A simple blood test can determine your level, and if it’s found lacking, you will be advised to begin hormone replacement therapy. This usually consists of an initial treatment of an intramuscular injection of testosterone (if you are very deficient), followed by daily application of transdermal (through the skin) testosterone gel.
This problem of “Low T”, though quite life-altering, is largely undiagnosed and yet, once detected, is easily amended. If you or your loved one is exhibiting some of these telltale signs, do schedule an appointment with your doctor. Better, brighter, stronger (and hairier days!) are ahead.