Low testosterone is something that affects most every man at some point in his life regardless of how healthy the individual may be. By age 40 over 50% of all men suffer from low testosterone and by the age of 50 the numbers reach a staggering amount, upwards of 80%. As we age our testosterone levels naturally decline, it is inevitable but we do have the ability to offset the end outcome. You've seen the commercials advertising treatment for "Low-T" which is simply a simplified version for saying low testosterone and there is truly only one remedy; anabolic steroids, most notably testosterone therapy. Through sound therapy we can see our levels return to a stable and more efficient range however many men choose to ignore the problem and assume the ill-effects are simply due to natural causes. It is true, age plays an important role but as our lifestyles have increasingly become sedentary coupled with nutritional intake that's dirty at best, many times the problem is far more exasperated than need be. However, if we can recognize the symptoms and understand low testosterone we can largely eliminate the problems associated.
As discussed, we age and our natural testosterone levels fall but in many cases the process is so slow and building over time that it largely goes unnoticed. For many men by the time their levels are truly low they have become so accustomed to the slight changes they accept them as "normal". There are some men who will experience a rapid decline in a very short period of time, even at a much younger age but they are in the minority and for most the effects will not be felt or noticed until we enter into our thirties and much more pronounced as we enter our forties.
There are many negative effects brought on by low testosterone levels and while an inactive lifestyle and poor diet can cause many of these problems low testosterone will only make them worse. From physique and physical related to sexual performance, the effects are vast and often dramatically felt; common effects of low testosterone include but are not limited to:
If you suffer from any of these symptoms there's a very good chance you suffer from low testosterone, however, in most cases if you suffer from one you will suffer from multiple effects listed above; in many cases every single one. The good news is there is treatment and we can largely reverse every single negative effect associated with this problem and the truth is it is rather a very simple process.
There is no cure for low testosterone; once your levels become low they will forever remain naturally low; however there is remedy. While we cannot cure the problem we can treat the symptoms and although we do so by supplementing with the same hormone you now produce in lower levels for all intense purposes this synthetic treatment is just as good. The reactions your body undergoes through its own natural production will be identical when a synthetic version is applied; your body will not know the difference, it simply has a desire and need for testosterone.
Once you begin therapy you will rapidly notice improvements but as there is no permanent cure continuous therapy is of the utmost importance. Once you begin therapy if you decide to discontinue your low testosterone levels will return very quickly. Granted, this is for some a little annoying but ask yourself one question, would you rather undergo therapy that is very simple or suffer from low testosterone?
To increase your testosterone levels you have several options and each one holds its own specific place in the order but some will prove to be more effective and efficient than others. By-in-large the form of testosterone treatment you undergo can be a very individualistic type of thing; what is best for you may not be best for another, however, this will not change the facts associated with each form of treatment. The most common forms of treatment include:
This will prove to be the most effective and efficient type of therapy we can use. For most, a single injection of testosterone once every 10 to 14 days will correct the problem and will generally be well-tolerated by most who use it. Some individuals will need more frequent injections but this will largely be dictated by the type of testosterone you use. Some men will find the idea of injections to be bothersome but we can assure you it is a painless process and if you’re looking for an absolute remedy this is and will always be your best option.
AndroGel is a transdermal testosterone cream. This is simply a cream or lotion type substance applied directly to the skin that absorbs into the body. A much higher dose of AndroGel will need to be used in comparison to the injectable form due to topical absorption having a far less efficiency rating. Further, unlike the injectable form you will need to perform treatment every single day; failure to miss a day of treatment will not be the end of the world but for the best results every day is optimal. If you miss multiple days you will find your low testosterone to return very rapidly.
Everything that was said of AndroGel can be said of AndroDerm. As a transdermal medication the only difference is in its form; while AndroGel is just that, a gel, AndroDerm is a patch we apply directly to the skin for a 24 hour period of time. Once the 24 hour mark has passed we simply apply a new patch.
With both transdermal medications there is the possibility of skin irritation at the applied area in the form of burns or rashes. If these symptom exists in you injectable testosterone may be your only option, however you will find skin irritation is not a problem when testosterone is administered by intra-muscular injection.
If you believe you suffer from low testosterone you will need to schedule a visit to your local physician or hormone replacement clinic. If you have a hormone replacement clinic in your area this will many times be your best option as this is what they specialize in. Once you schedule your appointment a simple blood work test will be performed. By sampling our blood we can determine how much active testosterone we have in the body, determine where our levels are and how much therapy we need to increase them to a more stable and normal level.
While treatment will increase your levels there is an interesting fact we cannot ignore. Low testosterone is not easily defined; there is no set standard, no accepted level. Granted, certain readings will be deemed low by all physicians and generally there is a more or less accepted low reading(s) but where they should end up is often highly debated. Due in-part to a lack of education regarding anabolic steroid hormones in general is largely responsible for these discrepancies among many physicians; again, this will make a hormone replacement clinic a far superior choice in most cases.