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Why is it so important for a man to have the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in males clinically verified before using corrective medical treatment? It is important for several reasons, starting with (1) using treatment to increase Low T levels is not medically appropriate if a man’s supply is already at normal and healthy levels; (2) bio-identical testosterone is a controlled substance that requires a medical prescription from a doctor who has verified the patient’s condition of male hormone deficiency; and (3) the symptoms a man has been experiencing could be related to a different medical issue that requires attention.
Let’s begin by examining the symptoms that are related to Low T more closely, which will help you to understand how they can be overlooked or misinterpreted by many of the men who have developed them. The one that most men notice first is a decline in their normal sex drive often accompanied by the development of erectile problems, such as the inability to get or maintain erections. This can be confused, especially by a man’s sexual partner, as a loss of sexual desire tied to a loss of loving feelings. But there are other signs and symptoms of low testosterone in males that have nothing to do with sexual intimacy.
Low energy levels; the loss of healthy muscle tone and mass; excess abdominal fat; chronic fatigue; and changes in a man’s emotional stability and wellbeing can all be indications of significant testosterone loss. But many of these issues can also be indicative of other health problems, and some men even brush them off as just the signs of age-related decline. Yet there are men who are well into the mature stages of the lives who don’t suffer from these issues, so men can be selling themselves short in terms of their health and lifestyle satisfaction by accepting these changes as inevitable.
All it takes to verify the development of symptomatic Low T is a blood sample test that measures a patient’s available testosterone levels; so why is it that many men don’t pursue having this testing performed? Perhaps it’s because they are unsure of what they would do if it turns out that they qualify for using a medically prescribed TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) program.
There is nothing wrong with being uncertain about what to do about the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in males, but allowing that uncertainty to prevent you from doing anything at all can have far-reaching effects on a man’s overall wellbeing. Maybe some men believe that if they could just figure what has caused them to develop Low T symptoms, they could correct the situation on their own. But the reality is that it is possible for a symptomatic testosterone deficiency to develop all on its own, even in adult men who are in good physical shape and practice a healthy lifestyle.
The development of a hormonal imbalance like Low T can be exacerbated by obesity, stress and other unhealthy lifestyle habits such as using nicotine and alcohol; but some men are simply biologically programmed to lose their normal male hormone supply at a faster rate, or to a greater extent, than others. Medical professionals know that a man’s testosterone levels start to decline naturally at about the age of 30 and that this decline progresses at a rate of between 1% and 2% every year. However, this natural decline does not typically cause a man to experience the extent of health issues that someone with abnormally low levels will often have to struggle with.
While living a healthier lifestyle can help to prevent the associated signs and symptoms of low testosterone in males from occurring – or from occurring as significantly – some men are only going to be able to reduce or eliminate their symptoms through the use of medically prescribed and supervised TRT to supplement their deficient male hormone levels. Without using this treatment, their levels will continue to decline even more and their symptoms will become more chronic and/or worsen. But what man ever wants to feel old, depressed and out of shape, which is what testosterone deficiency can cause in men who are still in the prime years of middle age? Hormonal imbalances such as Low T have been clinically shown respond very positively to treatment and any man who doesn’t at least find out what those treatment options are is going to be selling himself short.
Extensive medical research has proven that the only way to effectively eliminate the signs and symptoms of low testosterone in males of any age is by introducing supplemental bio-identical male hormone into the patient’s system. This can be accomplished by having the patient use self-administered injections several times a month during treatment; by using a gel or cream that is applied topically every day; or by using a few other less successful methods, such as skin patches, buccal forms that are orally placed between the gum and cheek, and subcutaneously implanted pellets that release over time.
Aside the various delivery forms of treatment, the medical protocols involved in using TRT are the same. For all patients, these include having a diagnostic blood test and medical exam; a careful review of the patient’s previous health history; and regularly scheduled monitoring of the patient’s testosterone levels during and after each cycle of prescribed treatment. The prescribing doctor will also want to evaluate the patient’s current signs and symptoms of low testosterone in males and be made aware of all medications that the patient is currently using. Hormonal levels have a substantial influence on an adult’s physical and emotional wellbeing and it is critical for anyone using TRT to follow their dosage instructions exactly as prescribed. The goal of this therapy is to restore each patient’s male hormone supply to the levels that are optimal for that individual, based on their requirements and any other personal physiological factors that may apply.
The many benefits of treatment are maximized when patients have reached their optimal hormonal balance; to increase testosterone levels excessively provides no additional benefits to patients and can actually lead to causing other very significant health risks. As a controlled pharmaceutical substance, the use of bio-identical testosterone treatments must be medically monitored in order to provide treatment that is both effective and safe for patients to use.
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