The ABCs of Low Testosterone
Anyone with low testosterone (or “low T” as it is often referred to) can tell you how poor sleep can affect your life. Why? Because lack of sleep is one of the common symptoms of lot t. Poor sleep has been shown to increase blood pressure and limit tissue growth among many other medical ailments. Not good for anyone who has to work throughout the day or, for that matter, has to do anything throughout the day.
That is not all. If left untreated, low testosterone can lead to decreased strength, increased fat, lack of energy, lowered libido, and depression. At its worst, testosterone deficiency can lead to a lower life expectancy. What is perhaps more troubling than the symptoms is the fact that many men with low testosterone don’t even realize it. Approximately 13 million men in the United States may have low testosterone yet only 10% of them will seek treatment.
Why the discrepancy? Many men do not realize they have low T because testosterone levels go down naturally as they age. Men typically reach their highest testosterone levels around the age of 30. From there, testosterone levels decrease by 1 to 2% every year. Many men dismiss signs of low T (such as fatigue and lowered libido) as mere effects of aging.
However, low T is unique in that it reduces a man’s testosterone levels well below what is considered average. Without proper treatment, such as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), men can see those “effects of aging” increase in severity. TRT is a safe and reliable method of treating low T that increases a man’s testosterone levels using synthetic testosterone administered by a doctor or other medical professional. Patients who undergo therapy can see improvement in a matter of weeks (depending on the frequency and application, of course).
Don’t be the guy that can tell people with great accuracy how poor sleep can affect your life. Seek treatment if you need it.