How Low Is Too Low?

As men get older, a drop in testosterone is considered normal. But sometimes, a significant reduction in testosterone can adversely affect a man’s quality of life. What is the difference between natural aging and abnormally low testosterone?

ReNue Rx Is Low Testosterone A Natural Part Of Aging

What is considered normal?

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone. The hormone is responsible for regulating sex drive, fat distribution, muscle mass, bone mass, and sperm production. Depending on the individual, normal levels can vary considerably. The range is of what is considered normal is so broad, men can have difficulty determining whether levels are concerningly low or just a natural part of aging.

Age and testosterone

Testosterone levels are expected to decrease with age. Low-T is also often referred to as hypogonadism. Much like women experience hormonal imbalance through menopause, men have the same imbalances during andropause. Low testosterone levels can put men at a higher risk for osteoporosis.

What are the symptoms of a deficiency?

When men have abnormally low testosterone, some symptoms can occur. The most common of these include reduced sex drive, loss of pubic hair, decrease in energy, feelings of fatigue, depression, or disrupted sleep. Men often also notice a reduction in muscle mass and strength.

When to see a doctor

Men who experience any of the symptoms of a deficiency should schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider. An endocrinologist is the best specialist to diagnose hypogonadism. A proper diagnosis is necessary to determine if the cause is nature or some underlying pituitary issue.

Causes of low testosterone

Sometimes low testosterone is simply part of the aging process. In other cases, there may be an underlying factor or condition. Some of these include depression, thyroid gland conditions, or excessive alcohol use. Some chronic illnesses such as diabetes, kidney disease, or morbid obesity can also cause levels to drop.

Treatment options

When someone has a deficiency in this hormone, a doctor may recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). The treatment is available as an oral medication, patch, topical cream, or injection. People also opt for TRT to help increase energy, boost sexual drive, lose weight, or increase muscle.

How do you know your testosterone is low?

A gradual decline in testosterone is to be expected with aging. However, if low testosterone is affecting a man’s quality of life, TRT may be an option. Speak with a healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more about diagnosis and treatment options.

RECENT
ARTICLES

  • October 6, 2022

    Booster flu shots protect children and adults against the influenza virus. All people aged 6 months or older need the flu shot annually.

    Continue reading
  • October 4, 2022

    Adenoiditis or swollen adenoids can cause pain and discomfort. Try these home remedies before opting for surgery.

    Continue reading
  • September 30, 2022

    Don’t be surprised that nutrition can impact mental health. Learn what nutrients and supplement options work best.

    Continue reading
  • October 6, 2022

    Booster flu shots protect children and adults against the influenza virus. All people aged 6 months or older need the flu shot annually.

    Continue reading
  • October 4, 2022

    Adenoiditis or swollen adenoids can cause pain and discomfort. Try these home remedies before opting for surgery.

    Continue reading
Frisco Chamber of Commerce
EveryDay RX Provider
Texas Pharmacy Association
Texas Pharmacy Association

Our Patients Say

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service to our community. Here are a few things that the community is saying about us.

Convenient and quality service. Ive never had my prescriptions filled quicker and the pharmacist took the time to tell me about what I was taking.

RENUE Pharmacy IconReNue Hampton

Excellent experience! Friendly, knowledgeable staff!

RENUE Pharmacy IconReNue Frisco

I have been a customer since they opened. Julie and Hiten have both treated me with the utmost respect and have always been ready to take care if my needs with a smile

RENUE Pharmacy IconReNue Plaza