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We all know that neglecting the health of our teeth, our eyes, or any other vital organ is all but guaranteed to result in undesirable consequences. Yet are the consequences of having low testosterone levels also likely to result in some unwanted changes to a man’s health? There has been much clinical evidence produced to indicate that this is precisely what the development of Low T does.
A man’s male hormone supply does much more than to keep his confidence in his virility strong; it is also needed to support the healthy function of all of his body’s organs and systems – that’s right, all of them. Even though it is often referred to as the male sex hormone, females also produce and require a much smaller but still biologically significant amount of testosterone; and they can also develop Low T symptoms. However, the percentage of the female population who develop this condition is much smaller than it is for adult men aged 30 and older.
The symptoms experienced by many men (more than 5 million in the US alone) who have developed Low T include low energy, weight gain and a much lower sex drive; but these are not the only undesirable consequences of having low testosterone levels. This particular type of hormone deficiency disorder can cause feelings of depression and anxiety; it can reduce a man’s cognitive function and contribute to memory loss; it can lead to losses in healthy muscle mass; and it can also prevent him from being able to sleep restfully.
And those are just the immediate consequences. Low T contributes to the loss of a man’s bone density, which can result in the development of osteoporosis during his later years of life. His risk for developing other degenerative conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, is also elevated as a result of his testosterone deficiency. Fortunately, men with Low T who decide to use a medically prescribed program of testosterone replacement therapy can help to avoid the development of all of these health consequences.
How does a man discover that he has abnormally testosterone levels? It’s a discovery that can often evolve over an extended period of time because the symptoms of Low T tend to follow the same slow but steady progression that is typical of male hormone loss. Yet even after a man realizes that the consequences of having low testosterone levels are symptoms that have become chronic problems, he will need to have a specific type of blood testing performed that measures his available male hormone supply.
It is a simple blood draw test, but the results it produces are the product of many years of sophisticated biochemical research. The test has been proven to provide hormone therapy doctors with a high degree of accuracy, from which they can determine whether a patient should be diagnosed with Low T. Testing is typically performed during the morning, since this is when an adult male’s testosterone levels (which naturally fluctuate) tend to be at their highest point of the day. At times, a patient’s doctor may decide that a single blood test is not enough to conclusively diagnose hormone deficiency and have additional blood testing performed.
Every man has two parts to their body’s testosterone supply, known as free and total levels. It is the free amount of male hormone a man has that is critical to his healthiness, because that is the portion of his total supply that is biologically available to his body to use. So that makes it the portion that is also going to help him to avoid the unwanted consequences of having low testosterone levels – and it is what the use of male hormone replacement therapy is going supplement for him.
The same type of blood testing is used throughout a patient’s program of treatment to periodically monitor his hormonal levels. It is not an expensive clinical test to have performed but it is one that is an essential component of every patient’s safely and successfully administered program of Low T treatment. Another essential component in administering this type of treatment effectively is prescribing the exact dosage that will maximize a patient’s results while at the same time, minimize his risk for experiencing any adverse side effects.
If a man decides not to use doctor prescribed treatment for his male hormone deficiency, then he leaves himself no other choice but to live with the consequences of having low testosterone levels. But if he decides to control the situation instead of letting it control him, then he will need to choose the form of Low T treatment that he will be using to increase and sustain the healthy levels of his male hormone supply.
However, the wisest way to do this is with the professional input of his hormone therapy doctor. While a man might feel strongly about using one form over another, it is still a good idea to discuss the pros and cons of all of his treatment options with his doctor before making a final decision. Currently, those options include the use of bio-identical testosterone injections; topically applied gels; implanted pellets; adhesive patches; and orally absorbed forms. Of these choices, it is the use of either the injections or the topical gels that are the two most widely prescribed types of medical Low T treatment.
But your doctor will want to review your health history, your blood test results, your current physical condition, and your goals for treatment before advising you on the most advantageous and appropriate form of treatment for you to use. And that’s because experienced hormone therapy providers understand that the consequences of having low testosterone treatment should all be ones that benefit your overall health.
You can learn a lot more about your Low T treatment options by contacting Nexel Medical and discussing them with one of our knowledgeable clinical advisors. Your advisor will be happy to answer all of your questions and provide you with information that you can really use in deciding what you want to do about eliminating your chronic and unhealthy Low T symptoms.
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