Welcome To The New Male Lexicon
Ever notice how Americans have a penchant for abbreviating? In keeping with that penchant, many people now refer to “testosterone” simply as “T”. And “low testosterone” is commonly called “low T” these days.
The good news is that this trend toward abbreviation signals the growing awareness men have about the decline in testosterone that comes with aging, and the resultant symptoms that compromise quality of life.
Could It Be Low Testosterone (Low T)?
Testosterone levels start to decline when men are in their late 20s, and most men will begin to feel the effects of low T by the time they’re about 35, with symptoms becoming more and more pronounced as they get older. This phenomenon is called andropause, and is similar to what women experience as menopause. Symptoms of low T include the following:
- Depression, or a loss of enthusiasm for life
- Fatigue, and a lack of desire for physical activity
- Mental fogginess and difficulty concentrating
- Decreased desire for intimacy
- Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
- Decrease muscle tone
- Increase in body fat, particularly around the midsection
- Hot flashes and/or night sweats
- Trouble sleeping
- Mild to moderate irritability
Symptoms of low T generally come on slowly. As a result, men often have a difficult time recognizing that they’re feeling less than optimal. They have just gradually adjusted to feeling poorly, and often have a difficult time remembering what it was like to feel good. We also know that admitting to not feeling well, and acknowledging that low testosterone may be the cause, is considered by many men not to be the manly thing to do.
What Drives The Search For Solutions?
When we initially talk to people about what we do at Anti Aging Northwest, many assume that our clients are primarily concerned about specific things like sex drive or erectile dysfunction. It’s true: our clients are indeed concerned about their sex lives, and the many other specific symptoms that come with testosterone deficiency.
But the most common statement we hear from new clients is, “I just want to feel better.” That often means losing the mild depression they might not be aware they have. Prior to treatment, these men have lost their “zest for life”, or as some men describe it, they have lost their “Mojo”.
Treating Low Testosterone (Low T)
Don’t be fooled by the slow manner in which andropause comes on. Think about how you felt when you were 30, and think about how you feel now. Reflect on the symptoms shown above, and see if they line up with what you’re experiencing. And whatever you do, don’t let your male pride get in the way of getting help. Low T is treatable. You can feel like yourself again, in your personal life and at work. And as long as treatment for low T is done correctly, it’s safe and effective.
Anti Aging Northwest has been helping men with low testosterone get back their "Mojo". And 4-6 weeks after your hormones are balanced, you can feel better.