Could I Have Low Testosterone Levels if I Don’t Have Low Sex Drive or Erectile Disfunction?
YES! The most common complaint and symptom we face is low energy, not erectile disfunction or low libido. Are you drained or fatigued nearly every afternoon? Does your low energy affect your work/job at the end of the day, or your evenings?
Has it become harder for you to be motivated throughout the day?
Here are other very common symptoms that many do not associate with low levels of testosterone:
- Loss of body hair/less facial hair growth
- Loss of lean muscle mass
- Weight gain or obesity
- Depression or anxiety
- Difficulty focusing/poor memory
Having Low Testosterone is a Common Health Issue, but it is Very Underdiagnosed
Researchers estimate that low testosterone affects anywhere from 2 to 6 million men in the United States – yet it remains extremely underdiagnosed, with only about 5% of those who suffer from low testosterone levels receiving treatment. – Harvard Health
The various stigmas and misunderstandings surrounding TRT, as well as many feeling uncomfortable or embarrassed to address it, has led to a vast degree of underdiagnosed patients.
Our goal at Rise Men’s Health is to change this mentality.
We educate our community on the true risks and benefits, and encourage a comfortable environment for discussions in order to provide the best possible healthcare.
The Importance of Quality Labs and Testing
It is unfortunately very common that a patients labs are misinterpreted or their testosterone levels aren’t checked at all.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine this year raises concern over this issue and estimates that –
“up to 25% of men who receive testosterone therapy do not have their testosterone tested prior to initiation of treatment”
“nearly HALF do not have their levels checked after therapy commences.” – Source
This is due to a wide variety of reasons – including but not limited to the great rise in popularity and administration of TRT…
Lack of proper knowledge of normal levels of testosterone and related symptoms.
The fact that historically this area wasn’t a high interest for medical professionals.
When levels are not properly monitored and regulated correctly, not only will you continue to suffer from your present symptoms related to low testosterone levels, but also further problems can occur. At Rise Men’s Health, we take this very seriously.
Quality lab work and proper testing is so important to us that we actually have our own CLIA Certified in-office lab to test your bloodwork for a wide variety of levels, and we will provide you with your results in less than 30 minutes!
We also ensure that your levels continue to be monitored throughout your treatment, which we recommend to be done once every 3-6 months depending on your personal treatment plan.
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Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Prostate Cancer
Testosterone Replacement Therapy does NOT increase the risk of prostate cancer. In fact, recent and more extensive medical research proves the opposite:
“In this population-based study, we found that patients who received TRT did not have an increased risk of overall prostate cancer, a longer duration of adherent TRT was not associated with greater risk, and patients who received TRT had a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer.” – Source
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Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Cardiovascular Diseases
Many years ago, some studies displayed a possible relationship between Testosterone Replacement Therapy and a heightened risk of cardiovascular diseases, but more recent and detailed research are suggesting otherwise, just as with the possible link to prostate cancer explained above.
For example, reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Hayes of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital explains that many of these studies had notable limitations, and she stated that “in one study, TRT doses were much higher than what would usually be prescribed, and the subjects tended to be more frail, with other health problems.”
During the 2015 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, their study of TRT given to nearly 1,500 men with low testosterone levels and no previous history of heart issues between the ages of 52-63 concluded that TRT did not result in a heightened risk of strokes, heart attacks, or mortality.
Recent research has also found no relationship with blood clots in veins and TRT in a study that examined 30,000 men.
More on the information mentioned above can be found at Harvardhealth.com
What is Testosterone? Hormone or Steroid?
It is very common for Testosterone Replacement Therapy to be incorrectly associated with anabolic steroids, which are illegally used often at extremely high levels in order to produce a greater degree of muscle mass and athletic ability.
While they may have a similar compound chemically, they do not have the same denotation as their purposes, health outcomes, doses, and risks are incredibly different. Rise Men’s Health will not administer TRT to a patient unless their labs demonstrate a need for this hormone.
Testosterone is vital for your body to function the way it is meant to. It is an important part of maintaining:
- Energy and strength
- Quality of sleep
- Mental health, mood, focus, and memory
- Muscle mass
- Bone strength and density
What is the difference between Testosterone Boosters and Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Simply put, testosterone boosters are supplements that are used to help bodybuilders build more mass and strength. Also known as an alternative to anabolic steroids, this is nowhere near the real, FDA approval Medical grade protocols that we offer at Rise Men’s Health.
T-Boosters as they are popularly called, are meant to help you do more and achieve greater results whilst working out and training. Think of it as a “steroid” of sorts.
Boosters lack medical evidence and are not approved by the FDA. There are no known proofs of it being able to help boost your testosterone levels – apart from the usual testosterone boost you get from high intensity workouts – no matter how much that’s used in the products’ sales copies. All reports about testosterone boosters being able to help increase motivation seems unfounded and lacking in authenticity.
What Happens if I Stop the Therapy?
Your body will return to its original testosterone levels before you started treatment if you stop TRT, which will also result in the return of your original symptoms associated with your low levels. If you wish to stop treatment at anytime, we can work with you to slowly lower your dosage in order to alleviate your side effects.
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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.
Medically reviewed by our Providers. Written by Our Editorial Team
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