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Because you can’t see a hormone deficiency, you have to rely on the occurrence of symptoms that commonly indicate this type of medical disorder. But how will you and your doctor know for certain when to treat low testosterone levels? Does it depend on the results of male hormone measuring blood testing; does it depend on the severity of your symptoms; or are both of these factors evaluated by the doctor who is going to prescribe your treatment when it becomes clinically appropriate?
It’s a medical decision that is made on an individual basis, rather than a generalized recommendation for all men of a particular age group, for instance. It actually has a lot less to do with an adult male’s chronological age than his state of hormonal balance, specifically the balance of his free and total testosterone levels. While it is a fact that male hormone levels naturally decline with age in all men (and women), the detrimental effects that often accompany this type of hormonal imbalance are typically going to be experienced by every adult uniquely. So for some adults, the rate of their own body’s testosterone loss is not going to cause significant symptoms; but for others, the development of male hormone levels that fall below the norm for adults of their age is going to accompanied by a number of symptoms that are detrimental to their health and wellbeing.
Low T testing is typically not performed on individuals who are not exhibiting any of its common symptoms. However, doctors do rely on the results of specific blood testing – along with their medical evaluations of each patient – in order to advise patients of the appropriate time for when to treat low testosterone levels through the use of a testosterone replacement therapy program. And experienced TRT doctors will also want to review every patient’s personal health history and have their current condition of health verified by a medical exam. Unless all of these preliminary steps have been taken, prescribing treatment for Low T is medically irresponsible.
Is there anything that adult men can do in order to delay when to treat low testosterone levels using a doctor prescribed program of hormone replacement therapy? This question is asked more often by younger men than by older men, especially those who believe that they are “too young” to have Low T symptoms. But age is not the only reason for the decline of a man’s male hormone levels. Studies have shown that there are a number of other physiological factors, such as obesity, an unhealthy diet, lack of regular exercise, and living with additional stress, that have been shown to have an affect your body’s ability to produce an adequate supply of testosterone.
So even if you are still in your twenties, you can help to protect yourself against developing a male hormone deficiency by following a healthier lifestyle routine. You can watch your weight; make sure that you routinely focus on good nutritional habits; try to reduce the stress factors in your life; and exercise on a regular basis. And these are all things that can support your male hormone supply at any adult age.
Yet they may not be enough to forestall the inevitable – Low T also can develop in men who are dedicated to staying healthy and fit. They often decide on when to treat low testosterone levels after consulting with a knowledgeable physician about their symptoms, symptoms that they have been puzzled by such as declines in their muscle mass despite getting regular exercise; the development of excess abdominal fate despite following a healthy diet; and the loss of mental and physical energy despite.
If your body is no longer producing sufficient amounts of testosterone, you can try to increase them on your own. But if your deficiency has reached the point of causing you to experience Low T symptoms, it is highly likely that you will only receive a substantial improvement in them by using a medically prescribed TRT program.
Until your testosterone levels have been clinically measured by a blood test developed specifically for this purpose and your TRT doctor evaluates your test results, you really won’t be able to receive a definitive answer to this question. Obviously, there is always a chance that your symptoms could be attributable to some other disorder; but because Low T symptoms are so similar among patients, this is the first logical cause for your TRT provider to investigate. Your doctor will determine when to treat low testosterone levels based upon the diagnosis that is reached after your symptoms and test results have been clinically evaluated.
The testosterone tests that are used by clinicians today are very precise; if your male hormone levels were to test in the high end of the normal range or even above that range, then your doctor would most likely rule out Low T and suggest another form of testing to get at the cause of your symptoms. But if your levels are below normal, or at the lower end of the normal range for a man of your approximate age and physical condition, then prescribing a program of TRT for you is a medically prudent and responsible decision.
There are very few medical conditions that produce symptoms exactly like those associated with testosterone deficiency. While it’s true that a number of medical conditions can lead to experiencing low energy and changes in your emotional wellbeing, it is the combination of symptoms including the diminishment of sexual desire and performance that strongly indicates the development of a male hormone deficiency disorder. Taken in totality, it is the review of all of your symptoms that typically determines when to treat low testosterone levels. An adult whose testosterone levels are already within the high end of the normal range will receive not health benefits from using TRT and may even acquire other health issues that are related to sustaining excessively high testosterone levels.
The use of doctor prescribed a Low T therapy program is a long-term commitment to your masculine vitality and overall health. You will be using it because your body’s endocrine system is longer capable of producing adequate levels of the testosterone that all adults require to keep their organs and system functioning optimally. So if you have been diagnosed with a male hormone deficiency, you will need to continue using hormone replacement therapy for as long as you want to maintain a healthy testosterone supply.
Should you decide for any reason that you want to discontinue using TRT, you will want to discuss the proper way to do that with your doctor. He or she will be able to advise you on the proper dosage adjustments that need to be made in order to transition you off your treatment with minimal side effects. Stopping treatment suddenly, unless a medical emergency requires it, is never a good idea. Your body will need some time to adjust to its progressively reduced testosterone levels; and just as your TRT doctor can help you to decide when to treat low testosterone levels, your doctor will also be able to advise you on the best means for how and when to stop your treatment.
As your body adjusts, the health and vitality benefits that you have been receiving from your treatment will progressively decline over time and your pre-treatment symptoms will eventually return. It is for this reason that many men do decide to stay on TRT indefinitely; and as long as they using the appropriate dosage and having their testosterone blood levels monitored as advised to by their doctors, there has been no evidence produced showing the extended use of testosterone replacement therapy to be unsafe.
What is very unsafe, however, is the illegal use of powerful biosimilar hormones such as testosterone without having the appropriate medical authorization and supervision. Some adults decide to get around the legal and medical requirements attached to TRT by illegally purchasing and using injectable testosterone and other controlled substances; they often buy them online. Not only is it extremely risky to purchase these substances from illegal and/or foreign-based manufacturers who are not in compliance with our federal drug standards, having excessively high male hormone levels is attached to a number of health problems.
Trust your instincts and use only a medical provider for your TRT that you can trust to be deeply experienced, highly qualified and fully licensed. This is what Nexel Medical provides to each of our patients.
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