You haven’t been feeling yourself lately. You’re exhausted all day and up all night. You’ve cut out junk food, and go to the gym five days a week, yet you’ve still got a beer belly. Your confidence and your libido are at an all-time low.
From the outside looking in, you have everything a man could want, but you’ve got this feeling that the older you get, the more depressed and unmotivated you become.
Does this sound familiar? If so, you could be experiencing the side effects of Low T.
What is Low T?
Most men know that testosterone is an essential part of our sexual health, but we have no idea how it’s produced, how much of it we need, and what it’s purpose is.
It all starts in your endocrine system. Think of your endocrine system and the testosterone making process as a long and complicated game of telephone.
Your hypothalamus tells your pituitary gland to secrete gonadotrophic substances, which essentially stimulates testosterone production in your testes.
Your T levels are constantly fluctuating; however, once you reach adulthood, they should be between 280 and 1,1000 ng/dL. When they drop too low, under 300, ng/dL, then you could be diagnosed with Low T, also called hypogonadism or testosterone deficiency.
There are two distinct types of hypogonadism; primary and secondary. Men with primary hypogonadism have a defect somewhere in the testes that causes their T levels to plummet. In some cases, the origin could be related to past trauma or infection in the testes.
If you are diagnosed with secondary hypogonadism, then the issue is likely in your pituitary gland or hypothalamus. Researchers believe opiate pain prescriptions and obesity are some of the likely causes associated with secondary hypogonadism.
Your doctor will go through a few steps before officially diagnosing you, like a blood test and a physical exam.
What are the symptoms of Low T?
As men get older, our testosterone levels can significantly drop. By the time most of us reach 45, 4 out of 10 men will be diagnosed with low T. Typically, men begin to notice the following symptoms before scheduling an appointment with a hormone expert.
We all expect our sex drive to slow down the older we become. It’s only natural. However, there’s a high correlation between T levels and libido, so when your T levels drop, so does your libido. Occasionally, men with low T can even develop erectile dysfunction.
Testosterone controls more than sex and reproduction. Your body uses testosterone to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and synthesize proteins. If you have a hormonal imbalance, instead of your body converting your food into muscle, it’ll turn into fat and stick to your midsection.
There’s also a relationship between your energy levels and your T levels. Many clients diagnosed with low T report feeling fatigued throughout the day, despite taking naps and getting a good night’s sleep.
Low T doesn’t only affect your physical appearance. Did you know that your brain cells rely on testosterone to regulate your mood? Hypogonadism can cause irritability, mood swings, and depression.
Are there Hormone Replacement Therapy Clinics in Westchester County?
Westchester county is comprised of 6 cities, 19 towns, and 20 villages, with over 900,000 highly educated residents making a median household income of $92,700 a year. You can find competitive higher education institutions, hubs for massive non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, and research centers.
Currently, there are only 21 clinics in Westchester County, including Renew Vitality NY. Most of your options are clustered around the Long Island Sound and the Hudson River.
What makes NY natives choose us again and again? You want to work with a provider with education and experience in endocrinology and vitality.
Our NY team is comprised of medical professionals that specialize in promoting men’s health and longevity. We have a concierge staff that goes beyond the call of duty to ensure we exceed expectations and provide excellent service.
What is the next step?
If you think you may have low T, come see us at Renew Vitality NY. You don’t have to go through this alone. The first step is booking a consultation. Our offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm, and we’re right next to The Plaza at 30 Central Park South, Suite 10A, New York, NY 10019.
You’ll go through a physical, we’ll gather your information about your medical history, and take a blood test to measure your T levels.
We want to make sure we are treating the source of your condition. Sometimes we experience a few symptoms like fatigue or low libido, but our T levels are within the normal range. Our customized wellness plan is centered around designing the perfect balance of medical intervention, nutrition, and lifestyle changes.
Not in NY? No problem, we’ve got ten facilities scattered throughout the US to help men reclaim their health.