It is estimated that about 13 million men in the United States have low testosterone, and testosterone also decreases with age after men reach the age of 30. However, not all men necessarily need hormone therapy because they are aging. You should always talk to your doctor before starting hormone therapy, but here are a few common conditions that could indicate that you may benefit from testosterone therapy.
You have Type II Diabetes
One third of men with Type II diabetes also have low testosterone. The problem is somewhat cyclical: while exercise can help prevent and stave off the effects of type II diabetes and increase levels of testosterone, low testosterone can make it harder to increase muscle mass necessary to do so. If you have type II diabetes and also have trouble gaining muscle or exercising, it could be beneficial to talk to your physician about balanced hormone therapy or testosterone replacement therapy.
Heart Disease Runs in the Family
According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, men with low testosterone are at higher risk for heart disease. While hormone therapy for men does not necessarily improve heart health, treating low levels of testosterone at an earlier stage should be able to reduce risk of heart disease from developing later on.
You have Anxiety and/or Depression
Anxiety have long been connected with hormone imbalances in the form of hyperthyroidism or adrenal issues. While this is most often discussed in relation to female hormonal imbalance (perhaps because women are more likely to seek treatment for anxiety and depression) it’s important that men look into the various causes of their mood changes. If your physician has recommended anti-depression medications, it’s worth asking if the cause could be related to testosterone.
Hormone therapy for men may seem uncommon, but thousands of men seek treatment for low-testosterone every year. Asking your doctor about hormone supplements, hormone imbalance treatment, or hormone pellets can have tremendous benefits for your physical and mental well being. Checking your hormone levels can be as simple as taking a blood test, and treatment can take several different forms to find the solution that works best for you.