Dealing with the symptoms of low T can be an incredibly frustrating and confusing experience. For many men, the signs are often weight gain, loss of muscle mass, and fatigue. It can make clients feel like they just aren’t themselves.
Most men will struggle with the symptoms without even knowing there’s a solution. Luckily, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has steadily become more popular since securing FDA approval in the mid-1990s and popping up in medispas nationwide. According to the NY Times, its popularity with middle-aged men has steadily increased, tripling since 2001.
If you’re considering testosterone injections, you’re not alone.
What Causes Low T?
It’s normal for T levels to vary with your circadian rhythms throughout the average day. Throughout one’s lifetime, there is also a predictable pattern indicating when T levels tend to rise and fall. For instance, teen boys tend to experience a spike to stimulate growth and sexual development. Around 30, researchers find testosterone levels decline by around 1% each year.
Typically, healthy adult males should have T levels between 300 ng/dL to 1000 ng/dL. When they consistently drop below 300 ng/dL, men are diagnosed with low T.
Age is not the only reason T levels can dip and cause concern. Direct trauma to the testes can affect T levels years after the initial incident. Even if players aren’t professional athletes, men should always wear protective gear to lower the risk of injury and medical complications down the road.
The production of testosterone requires a healthy hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The term secondary hypogonadism is a specific case of low T in which the function of either the hypothalamus and pituitary gland has been compromised. Diseases like HIV/AIDS can cause secondary hypogonadism in adult males.
Research documenting the effect of chemotherapy for adult male cancer patients has noted that extensive treatment is linked to low T and infertility. In several cases, the infertility is not permanent; however, doctors still suggested adult males take precautions and freeze sperm before starting treatment.
Certain medications like opioids can also cause low T. Patients can develop Opioid-Induced Androgen Deficiency (OPIAD) if prescribed opioids to manage chronic pain. Almost 86% of men diagnosed with OPIAD struggle with clinical consequences like low T, diminished sexual function, mood swings, and higher body fat composition.
What are the Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Low T can drastically impact male sexual health and function. If ignored, symptoms like low libido and erectile dysfunction (ED) can adversely affect healthy relationships. TRT has treated several clients with ED and low libido so they can get back to having satisfying sexual experiences.
Low T limits a man’s ability to metabolize protein and fat. Over time, men may notice they can’t build muscle or shed fat no matter how strict their diet is or how often they workout. Greater muscle mass and a leaner build are some of the common reasons men turn to TRT.
Testosterone helps the brain function properly and manage emotions. Men with low T tend to grapple with unexplainable mood swings and brain fog. Research shows that TRT can protect men from developing Alzheimer’s, a progressive brain disorder that attacks cognition and memory. TRT treatment improves spatial memory for men ages 34 to 70.
TRT promotes a better sense of well-being and self-esteem, making many clients feel like they got their lives back. It also dissipates feelings of depression, fatigue, and irritability.
Men with low T are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis.TRT increases bone mineral density (BMD), making bones stronger and less susceptible to breaks and fractures. In one study, TRT increased BMD for participants by 9%.
Because TRT gradually lowers body fat composition and raises muscle mass, it can reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease. It increases healthy blood cell production and creates conditions for a healthy heart, so clients are 24% less likely to have a heart attack and 36% less likely to have a stroke.
Finding Low T Centers in Miami
Miami is a sunny south Florida city with over 460,000 residents and the most eclectic beach town scenes on the east coast.
There are currently 48 clinics offering testosterone replacement therapy, and Renew Vitality Miami is the number one choice for many South Florida locals and snowbirds. We’re located at 3850 Bird RD, Suite 402B, Miami, FL, 33146, close to Merrick Park, and Four Points by Sheraton Coral Gables.
Try Renew Vitality
The Renew Vitality Miami team is lead by Dr. Thierry Jacquemin, a board-certified internal medicine specialist and one of the leading experts in hormonal replacement therapy. Our team has over a decade of experience providing individualized health and wellness programs that target the source of our client’s issues. Our holistic approach provides a synthesis of prevention and optimization to restore energy and vitality at the cellular level.