If you are considering low-testosterone therapy, it’s important that you understand what testosterone is and what it means for your body.
Testosterone is a hormone produced in the body of both men and women. For men, testosterone is produced in the testes and adrenal glands and drives the growth and development of sexual organs, muscle growth, sexual drive, energy, endurance and performance.
A decline in testosterone levels is a part of the aging process. Beginning at age 35, men can begin to see their level of testosterone drop approximately 1% each year. Low-testosterone levels can result in changes in mood, mental clarity, shrinking muscle mass and an increased in body fat, decreased energy levels, and lack of sexual desire. Luckily this process can be reversed.
Blood tests and a doctor’s evaluation can help determine whether or not testosterone levels are in ideal reference ranges and if treatment would be beneficial. A physician is the best person to evaluate your tests, and begin a conversation about your lifestyle to understand your goals. Together, a road map can be made to lend your body a helping hand in a regaining the vitality, performance and youthful state of mind you once had.