Are you one of the millions of men who are feeling older than their actual age? Too many men over the age of 35 are feeling much older than their biological age. Sadly, too many believe that feeling so crummy is just part of normal aging. “I’m just getting older” as the saying goes.
By itself, aging usually does not cause testosterone deficiency. Clinically low testosterone levels tend to have a medical origin, although it can be challenging to discover the cause. Problems with the pituitary, hypothalamus gland, or testes can affect the amount of testosterone hormone the body can produce.
Some infections and autoimmune disorders can decrease the amount of testosterone. Certain prescription drugs can cause a drop in testosterone levels, such as morphine and other opiate drugs or tranquilizers like haloperidol. Steroids can lead to low testosterone levels as well.
However, the most common cause for low testosterone in men could very well be stress. Prolonged effects of stress can elevate the hormone Cortisol. Cortisol appears to have a negative effect on Testosterone. In fact, research suggests that Cortisol excess will suppress testosterone production. Here are some of the common symptoms people report when Cortisol levels are too high. You likely notice that some of the symptoms of feeling stressed and low testosterone are exactly the same, and they include the following:
Regardless of the cause, any person with low Testosterone or any of these symptoms should get a professional medical evaluation. Over the counter supplements can seem appealing but most of them fail to provide any benefit and can be dangerous if used inappropriately.
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) could be the answer for a man who wants to feel the way he used to when his body did not have testosterone deficiency. People with untreated low testosterone levels tend to feel worse as time goes by because their levels continue to decrease. They continue to gain excess weight, have low energy, low sex drive, brittle bones, facial and body hair loss, and less muscle mass every year.
The medical professionals at Next Direct Primary Care offer more than primary care. They are experts in hormone replacement therapy and can customize a treatment program that targets the cause of low testosterone. Targeting the root cause of hormone deficiency is the best way to begin feeling younger and prevent future disease.