Nearly nine out of ten men with this condition do not seek treatment for it. Amazingly, it is thought that 13 million American men suffer from this illness. What is it? Low testosterone.
Low testosterone, also known as testosterone deficiency or “low T,” denotes an usually low level of testosterone. Although testosterone levels in males reach their peak around age 30 and slowly decreases thereafter, low T is considered severely low. Common symptoms of low testosterone include decreased strength, increased levels of body fat, lowered libido, lack of focus and energy, and depression. There are even reported links between low T and lowered life expectancy. Avoiding treatment, needless to say, puts your health and overall well-being at considerable risk.
As stated, 13 million American men are thought to have low T. However, the distribution of the illness based on age is not equal. Studies have shown that as a man ages, his chances of developing low T increases. Men over 60, for example, has a 20% increased risk of contracting the illness. The risk turns into 30% for men over 70 and an astonishing 50% for men over 80!
Fortunately, testosterone deficiency is perfectly treatable. Testosterone replacement therapy is commonly used to treat it, with excellent results. Under the treatment, synthetic testosterone is administered to the body by either injections, pills, gels, or even small pellets embedded under the skin. Regardless of how it is administered, testosterone replacement therapy can restore testosterone levels back to normal, greatly improving the quality of one’s life.
If you are a man and notice some of the symptoms of low T such as a lack of focus or a decrease in muscle mass, consider testosterone replacement therapy. At the very least, get yourself tested for the illness. Ninety percent of men with the illness do not seek treatment and many of them may not even be aware that they have it. That, if anything, must change.