Signs You May Have a Testosterone Deficiency

Low testosterone can have a significant impact on how you feel and function in your daily life. While testosterone production declines as men get older, it can drop abnormally low, which can happen at a younger age than most men think.

Nearly 40% of men have low testosterone by age 45, and a quarter of men experience sluggish levels by age 30. By the time men reach age 65, testosterone levels decline significantly. 

Through his El Centro, California practice, expert internal medicine physician Prabhdeep Singh, MD, and our compassionate clinical team use a patient-centered approach to help men, women, and teens maintain health.

Many men are unaware that inadequate testosterone may be impacting their life, and even fewer are aware that it is very treatable with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Read on to learn how TRT can restore your testosterone levels to normal and ease your symptoms.

Identify the symptoms

Reproductive hormones play a significant role in a wide array of body functions. When levels decline too much, you may experience symptoms that you weren’t aware were related. Identifying the symptoms is the first step to getting relief. Low testosterone commonly causes:

The symptoms may seem subtle at first and gradually worsen with time. Some men notice that they feel different but aren’t able to pinpoint the problem. If you don’t feel like yourself lately, it’s good to see a physician for a wellness evaluation.

Testosterone testing

Checking your testosterone levels requires a simple blood test. Dr. Singh will carefully interpret the results. A testosterone blood test checks the level of testosterone in your blood. Because levels fluctuate throughout the day, it’s best to draw blood for a testosterone test in the morning when levels are usually at their highest.

Once your results are available, Dr. Singh will check whether your levels are healthy for your age. To get a clear picture of your testosterone level, Dr. Singh may check total testosterone as well as “free” testosterone. Free testosterone monitors the small amount of biologically active testosterone circulating in the blood.

Most of the testosterone circulating in the blood is bound to a protein. Checking the bound and unbound testosterone enables Dr. Singh to confirm a diagnosis of low testosterone.

Testosterone replacement therapy  

TRT restores your body’s testosterone levels to normal through regular administration of testosterone. Treatment is available in various forms to fit your needs and lifestyle. These include:

If you suspect your testosterone levels are off, TRT specialist Dr. Singh can get to the bottom of your symptoms. Many men who choose testosterone replacement report feeling better within weeks of starting treatment. We offer a range of men’s health services. To get started, contact our clinic to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singh. You can call our friendly staff or book your visit online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Is Your Lifestyle Fueling High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure often causes no symptoms, and the habits you adopt in your day-to-day life may contribute to persistently elevated blood pressure. Fortunately, blood pressure usually responds well to targeted lifestyle changes.

Signs of Three Common Prostate Problems

Staying on top of your health by scheduling and attending regular men’s wellness checks is crucial for all ages, especially as you grow older. These check-ups catch problems early when treatment is likely to be successful.

How Often Should I Schedule Pap Tests?

Pap smears save lives. This critical screening tool detects abnormal changes to cervical cells to prevent and detect cervical cancer. It’s crucial to schedule regular pap tests and make your health a top priority.

Understanding the Different Types of Arthritis

Arthritis is a group of joint diseases that cause swelling, pain, and stiffness of the joints. Symptoms and treatment depend on the type of arthritis. Visiting a healthcare provider is an excellent place to start.

Important Screenings for Women

If you’ve put off preventive health screenings, don’t wait. Screenings are a vital part of maintaining health. Even if you feel fine, it’s critical to keep your health on track by scheduling routine screenings.

Hormonal Management for Men

Testosterone levels decline naturally with age, but it’s when levels dip below normal that you may experience a wide variety of uncomfortable and frustrating symptoms. Fortunately, testosterone replacement therapy can help.