Low testosterone is a common issue that almost every man will have to deal with at some point over the years. As you grow older, your body’s supply of this important hormone will eventually drop, and that can cause a wide variety of complications. When left untreated, low testosterone often results in chronic fatigue, apathy, erectile dysfunction, and a loss of muscle mass, among other issues. If you have recently noticed any changes to your overall health and well-being, then it might be time to have your hormone levels tested. Our team at Rapid Slim by Bigenics is proud to offer a wide variety of treatments and services to patients who are struggling with low testosterone levels and other hormonal imbalances.
What Causes Low T?
Many different health problems and lifestyle habits can alter your hormones. As a general rule, a man’s testosterone production peaks in his early 20s, and those levels should remain relatively high until he is well into his 30s. Around the age of 40, most men experience a decline in the production of this hormone. That decline is usually extremely gradual, and very few men notice any sudden changes to their energy levels or muscle mass. Unfortunately, other factors can impact your production as well.
A number of ailments or disorders that affect your overall health could alter your testosterone production. Your lifestyle habits must be taken into consideration as well. Sticking to a healthy diet, exercising multiple times a week, and getting plenty of sleep can all increase your production of this hormone. Smoking and heavy drinking are two other factors that must be taken into consideration when treating low T.
Side Effects and Early Warning Signs
When your testosterone levels drop, you most likely won’t notice any distinct side effects right away. That is one of the reasons why many people never realize that they are having issues with their hormones. The side effects can gradually become more pronounced over the course of years, and you might assume that those issues are a natural part of the aging process. As your levels drop, you will most likely experience a wide variety of subtle problems. Some of the most common side effects include chronic lethargy, forgetfulness, mood swings, and a loss of muscle mass. Some men also notice distinct changes to their libido. A gradual decline in your sex drive is completely normal, but such changes don’t often happen suddenly.
This hormone impacts your metabolism and digestive tract as well. Many older men gain weight even though their lifestyle habits hardly change. Once your testosterone levels drop, your body may try to retain as much fat as possible. The fat usually collects in the midsection, but you might also notice changes in your arms, back, and face. Obesity and low T have been shown to be closely intertwined; those who have extra body fat tend to produce much less of the hormone.
Other Risk Factors
Certain areas of your brain trigger the production of testosterone, and that is why cognitive issues can alter your hormone levels. When an individual is constantly stressed or angry, their body will suppress the production of this essential hormone so that it can focus on producing other chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol. Researchers have discovered that depression is another major risk factor for hormonal imbalances. In addition to seeking out professional treatments, you might also think to explore different ways to balance your hormones naturally. Our treatments are extremely effective, but you might not notice major improvements if you are constantly anxious or depressed.
Diagnosing Low T
If you have recently noticed any changes to your overall health, then it may be time to have your blood tested. While those changes can be caused by a wide variety of factors, it is always a good idea to regularly test your blood. In order to accurately diagnose low T, we would need to carry out a serum test. That test essentially tells us exactly how much of the hormone is circulating in your blood. Most experts agree that healthy men should have between 300 and 1000 nanograms per deciliter of blood. If you have under 300 nanograms per deciliter, then we may advise you be treated.
The test itself is relatively simple, and it can usually be completed in just minutes. Before you have the test carried out, we will need to go over your medical history and ask you some questions. Many different chemicals can impact your hormone levels, and you might need to refrain from taking certain medications or supplements in the days leading up to your test so that we can get the most accurate results. We would also schedule the test when your testosterone levels are the highest. For most men, the production of this hormone peaks first thing in the morning.
Coming Up with a Treatment Plan
Treating low T is easier than ever, and our team can help you come up with a comprehensive plan that is both safe and effective. The two most popular treatment options are injections and daily hormone replacement therapy. The injections are generally administered regularly, but some patients require them more regularly than others. These injections typically only take minutes to administer, and you can resume all normal daily activities following your appointments. The injections should take effect immediately, but your hormone levels won’t peak for a few days. Your levels will then slowly decline until your next set of injections.
These injections are highly effective, but some men may not want their hormones to fluctuate every single week. For those patients, we typically suggest daily hormone replacement therapy. With this treatment, you will have a constant supply of testosterone flowing through your bloodstream. If you opt for daily hormone replacement therapy, then you may need to take a pill or apply a patch to your skin every morning. This treatment requires commitment, but you won’t have to worry about fluctuating hormone levels or regular injections.
What to Expect
You may notice changes to your energy levels and mood within just days of your first treatment. Many of our patients claim that their sex drive increases dramatically after this time frame, and you can maintain those results as long as you continue to schedule sessions and/or take your medications. You may also notice that it is easier to pack on muscle. When you are exerting yourself physically, you might be able to push yourself much harder than you used to.
Balancing your hormones should positively impact your cognitive abilities as well. All of the hormones that your body produces work with one another, and a single imbalance could impact many facets of your physical and mental health. Patients often claim that they feel more optimistic and motivated following their treatments. The injections and patches won’t get rid of a serious mental health disorder, but these treatments could minimize some of the worst side effects.
In order to determine if you are a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy at our office, you must schedule a consultation and medical exam with our team. During that meeting, we will go over all of the symptoms that you have been experiencing. We will also need to take a close look at your medical history to see if any other health complications must be addressed. A key step in this process is carrying out the blood test to verify your hormone levels. As a general rule, treating low T is a great option for relatively healthy men who are going through andropause. We might also suggest one of these treatments if you have any health conditions that are impacting your pituitary gland. Damage to that gland can result in low T levels.
The New and Improved You
We believe that having low testosterone is a life-altering health condition that no one should ever struggle with on their own. Our team understands just how troublesome this issue can be, and that is why we are proud to offer our clients some of the most effective hormone treatments out there. With a comprehensive treatment plan, you could turn your life around in a matter of days. These treatments can boost your energy levels, increase your sex drive, and give you more energy, just to name a few benefits.
If you believe you might be struggling with a hormone imbalance, reach out to Rapid Slim by Bigenics and make an appointment! We would be happy to answer all your questions and get you feeling like yourself again. Contact us today to schedule your consultation! Our office is conveniently located in Atlanta, GA.