Low testosterone, or low T, is a condition that affects many men regardless of age. Low T can cause various symptoms, including fatigue, decreased sex drive, and mood changes.
If you’re struggling with these symptoms, no matter how old you are, it’s possible low T is the cause.
Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding low T that can make it difficult for men to understand and manage this condition. Here’s what you need to know about the reality of low T for men.
Myth #1: Only Older Men Can Have Low T
While it is true that low T is more common in older men, it can occur in men of any age.
In fact, it is estimated that up to 40% of men over the age of 45 have low T. However, younger men can also experience low T due to various factors, such as genetics or injury to the testes.
Myth #2: Low T Only Affects Sexual Function
While low T can certainly cause sexual problems, such as low libido and erectile dysfunction, it can also cause a variety of other symptoms.
These can include a lack of energy, depression, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. In some cases, low T can even increase the risk of developing osteoporosis or cardiovascular disease.
Myth #3: Low T Is Just a Part of Aging
While it’s true that testosterone levels naturally decrease as men age, low T is not a normal part of aging. In fact, many men have normal testosterone levels well into their 70s and 80s.
If you are experiencing symptoms of low T, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan.
Myth #4: Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) Is Dangerous
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a common treatment for low T. However, there is a myth that all TRT is dangerous and can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and prostate cancer.
The studies that have suggested a possible link between TRT and these conditions are problematic at best and have many issues that make the study results extremely questionable. The evidence just isn’t there for natural testosterone replacement therapy.
In fact, a recent study found that TRT caused no increased risk of heart attack in the first year. In fact, the opposite may be the case — low T has been linked to heart issues, meaning TRT might actually help men who have heart problems.
TRT can be safe and effective when prescribed and monitored by a healthcare provider.
Myth #5: Low T Is Just a Normal Part of Being Overweight
While it is true that being overweight or obese can increase the risk of low T, it is not the only factor.
Low T can occur in men of any weight or body type. Additionally, low T can make it more difficult to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
Let’s Talk About Whether Testosterone Replacement Therapy Is Right for You
If you think TRT is right for you, let’s talk. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about hormone replacement therapy and discuss your options.