What is LOW TESTOSTERONE?
Typically men with a low sex drive, fading energy, mood changes and erectile dysfunction may have low testosterone levels, also known as low-T. Women can also experience low testosterone.
Signs of Low Testosterone include:
- Anemia (low iron)
- Depressed mood or irritability
- Fewer and weaker erections
- Less energy
- Less muscle mass and strength
- Loss of calcium from bones
- Low sex drive
- More body fat
Why Does Testosterone Drop?
During puberty, the male sex hormone, testosterone helps boys develop male physical features like body and facial hair, deeper voices and muscle strength. Testosterone is also needed for men to make sperm. When a man does not have enough testosterone in his body it is called hypogonadism, or low-T. Levels of the hormone normally decrease with age. About 4 out of 10 men over the age of 45 have low testosterone. It is seen in about 2 out of 10 men over 60, 3 out of 10 men over 70, and 3 out of 10 men over 80 years old. Men with certain health problems, including diabetes and obesity, also tend to also have low testosterone.*
What is TRT?
TRT or Testosterone replacement therapy is a form of hormone therapy that can be used for men or women who suffer from low levels of testosterone, either because the testes (men) do not produce enough testosterone or if the body cannot process it effectively. TRT works to help bring the levels back into a healthy range so the person can experience all the benefits of having optimal levels of testosterone. With routine labs (blood tests) it can be determined if the amount prescribed is adequate or not. We recommend injections as this has been proven to be the most effective method of delivery.
Benefits of TRT:
- Increased mood and energy levels
- Improved sex drive
- Improved body composition
- Decreased body fat
- Increased lean mass
- Improved workouts and recovery
- Enhanced drive and motivation
- Overall improved health and wellbeing
Talk to your Schrock Medical provider to find out if TRT is right for you. The only way to know your testosterone level is with a blood test. You may talk to your healthcare provider about a testosterone level test if you have symptoms of low testosterone. Not everyone with low testosterone has symptoms but these can include low sex drive, hair loss, fertility problems or erectile dysfunction.
TESTING FOR LOW-T:
After your labs (blood work) we want to establish the level of testosterone your at. Our goal is to have a starting number to work with and from there we can set a target to bring your levels back into a normal range. In most cases, testosterone levels can range from 200 on the low-end up to 1000 in men. Depending on your symptoms and diagnosis from your provider we will set a target number to reach through your TRT program. In order to properly diagnosis, treat and monitor low-T, our providers may monitor the following:
- Total Testosterone
- SHBG (Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin)
- Estradiol (E2)
- LH (Luteinizing Hormone)
- FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone)
- PSA (Prostate)
- TSH (Thyroid)
- CBC (Complete Blood Count)
- Comprehensive Metabolism
THE TREATMENT PLAN:
Once your blood work is recieved, your provider will go over the results, including how we intend to treat your low-T, the benefits and the risks associated with it. Through a series of injections, one may notice benefits in as little as 1 month. Results vary for each individual and proper monitoring is crucial to ensure optimal levels are meet and maintained.
The number of people with low testosterone levels is on the rise, with 20% of men aged 60-70 years old having such problems. This figure jumps to a whopping 50% for men aged 80 years old and above.