Is It Low Testosterone?
You’ve no doubt seen the multitude of TV commercials, or heard the many radio ads, explaining what the symptoms of having a low testosterone level are. These ads send you off to a website and then to your doctor to ask him “Is It Low T?” Now you have a $150 office visit and what is most likely going to end up being an expensive prescription drug bill, as well as being labeled by your health insurance company as having a chronic hormone problem since a Low Testosterone level will never go away, most likely.
What Is Testosterone Actually?
Testosterone is a male hormone (androgen) made by the body in the testes.
- Maintain reproductive tissues
- Stimulate sperm production
- Stimulate and maintain sexual function
- Increase muscle mass and strength
- Maintain bone strength Aid in Protein Synthesis
What is a normal level of Testosterone.
Just like your cholesterol or blood pressure, there is a numerical range of testosterone levels (also known as T levels) that are considered normal. The brain and the testicles work together to keep testosterone within this range. When levels of testosterone are below normal, the brain signals the testicles to make more. When testosterone levels reach a normal level, the brain signals the testicles to make less.
The signs of a Low Testosterone Level
- Reduced Sex Drive
- Decreased Energy
- Unwanted Body Changes
- Mood Changes
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Higher Body Fat %
- Decrease in Muscle Mass
What are the causes of low Testosterone levels?
One of the biggest causes for dropping testosterone levels in age. As early as 20 years of age your testosterone levels can start to fall. It’s perfectly natural for men to produce less testosterone as they get older, but when testosterone levels fall below a certain level, around 300 ng/dL, it’s generally considered to be to low.
Low test levels can happen when there is a signaling problem between the brain and the testes that causes a drop in the amount of testosterone being produced by testes. Your hormonal system works on a loop feedback. Your body measures the amount of testosterone and if the brain feels that there is too much testosterone in the body, it can signal the testes to slow production. There are plenty of other reasons that can cause the testes to act in this way; you cannot produce enough testosterone due to a defect in the testes, exposure to outside estrogen, high use of soy protein, exposure to chemicals, the use of drugs, and others.
Low test levels may be a result of a medical condition called hypogonadism. Your doctor can tell if you have hypogonadism by giving you a medical exam to assess your signs and symptoms, then performing blood tests.
So why all the ads?
These ads are directed at men who may be experiencing these symptoms and problems. The ads also want you to visit their website, which has been sent up my the drug manufacturer. This is all well and good because having a low testosterone level does dimish ones quality of life and can be remedied, and can lead to serious health issues if not remedied. Issues such as; obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Their site discusses what Low T is, what you can do about it, contains basically the same information you are reading here, but then promotes AndroGel, a prescription testosterone replacement therapy gel. This is one of the gels that have been recently required by the FDA to provide updated warnings about secondary exposure, again, especially with regard to children.
Here is the issue. The product they sell is a great product and it will raise your level of testosterone in your blood stream, however the big problem is it is a transdermal gel. This means that it transports the drug, a steroid, directly through your skin. A user typically puts the gel in areas that the skin is thin; scrotum, arm pits, behind the knees.
User Beware and Handle Testosterone Gels With Care
If you uses a product like this and don’t follow the instructions carefully and wash his hands properly every single time, or others come in contact with with the gel on your clothes, or you have sex with your wife without washing it off, or allows others to come in contact with the areas where the gel has been applied, guess what they are now taking testosterone. This is especially dangerous for pregnant women and children. What can happen is children do come in contact with the gel?
- Unusual enlargement of sex organs
- Premature development of pubic hair
- Aggressive behaviors
- Increased sexual drive
As I mentioned early one of the main reasons why men may be inclined to pursue this treatment option is to boost their sex drive. However product instructions and warnings inform users to cover application areas to avoid transferring the drug by skin to skin contact to others. This is kind of hard to do with your female partners. So you either have to stop what you are doing, cover the area, (with what I have no clue, maybe duct tape) or take a shower, or just say no to the sexual activity. I guess there is one other option, you could just go ahead and not protect your female partner, she may just grow a beard, but it is your call.
There are other ways to bring your test levels up, they have injections, needles, so you have to go to doctor once a week or so to get them. A patch that you put on your scrotum, you have to shave it first, then peel that sucker off later. NO THANK YOU! Or the best way is by using a scientifically proven oral testosterone booster.
Oral Testosterone Boosters
There is a simple daily product you can take that is clinically proven to boost level of free testosterone. One such product is called Testatrol, made by Foundation Nutriceuticals. A company that has been around since the late 1990’s. The products has been sold to hundreds of thousands of men who suffer for Low T, falling testosterone levels, and ED.
There a few other brands that have emerged as well since the drug maker has really brought the issue of lower test levels to light. We have no data on them as most are new, but the Testatrol product has been sold for 10 years now.
One last thing! Unlike the drug company, Foundation Nutriceuticals is so sure of their product they offer a money back guarantee. If you do not feel the benefits of the product just send it back to receive a full refund of the purchase price of the product. I would say they are putting their money where their mouth is.