Talking about testosterone levels or “low T” can be a touchy subject for men of a certain age. Despite being produced in both men and women, testosterone is the hormone that controls the development and maintenance of male characteristics, including the growth of facial and body hair, bone and muscle mass, the deepening of the voice, libido and many other bodily functions. However, when testosterone levels begin to drop naturally with age or other health conditions, all of the functions the hormone regulates can start to suffer, along with a man’s sense of masculinity.
According to new research from the New England Research Institutes, as many as one out of every four men over the age of 30 have low testosterone levels, but only one out of 20 men displayed symptoms linked to testosterone deficiency. The survey tracked men aged 30 to 79 and compiled data based on factors such as testosterone levels, symptoms of testosterone deficiency and medications that may impact hormone levels. Based on their findings, researchers predict that by the year 2025, there may be as many as 6.5 million American men between the ages of 30 and 79 with symptomatic testosterone deficiency — a staggering 38 percent increase from the year 2000.
At Body Symmetry MD, many of our providers understand firsthand how detrimental the effects of low testosterone can be to your intimate relationships, self-esteem and quality of life. We also know that despite its prevalence, low testosterone is a condition that often goes undiagnosed and untreated in adult men. In fact, it’s estimated that only five percent of men with low testosterone are receiving testosterone replacement.
If you suspect you have low T and are experiencing adverse systems, now is the time to get your testosterone levels checked. Side effects of low testosterone can feel emasculating or be wrongly attributed to getting older, but you do not have to suffer these symptoms in silence. Low testosterone is a common condition that can be treated safely, effectively and affordably with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) at Body Symmetry.