Diagnosing Low Testosterone
Sometimes it is hard to know if what you are feeling is the result of normal aging or low testosterone. Andropause and Hypogonadism share many of the same symptoms as aging. Fortunately, a simple blood test can solve this dilemma.
Low Testosterone and Aging
What happens when people age? Things start to slow down a bit. Body cells do not divide as quickly, blood pressure increases.
Unless you push yourself to exercise on a regular basis, you might catch yourself slowing down, feeling tired and inactive, and having a lower sex drive – especially if you have been with the same partner for a long time. It’s all just part of growing old. Or is it?
Not always – aging is partially a result of the fact that we also stop producing as many hormones as we used to.
Symptoms of low testosterone levels
Low testosterone can result in diminished libido and concentration as well as a number of other symptoms; Erectile Dysfunction, Fatigue, Depression, loss of bone density, weight gain and muscle loss are all commonly associated with aging. How many of these might be to some extent caused by hormonal imbalance? As you can see the symptoms are very similar.
A physician can help you determine whether symptoms you have are simply the normal signs of aging, or due to low T. After a physical exam, a blood test is used to measure the levels of testosterone. The test is usually done in the morning since levels of testosterone fluctuate during the day. After making a diagnosis, your physician can present you with a number of possible treatment options. If low testosterone is indeed the culprit, these can greatly improve both your health and your sense of well-being.