Male testes are a part of your endocrine system and are responsible to produce testosterone. However, the signal to produce testosterone is conveyed from hypothalamus to pituitary gland.
Why low T level?
Testosterone hormone stimulates man’s sex drive and sperm production. It also helps to increase bone mass and muscle. Basically testosterone production reduces as men age. In addition, illness or an external factor can affect testicles, pituitary glands, or hypothalamus, which causes low testosterone level. Before testosterone therapy program is devised all the above situations are considered to get to the root of this issue.
How low-T therapy is determined?
Average testosterone range in an adult male is 300 – 1,000 nanograms/deciliter. Remember, even if your levels are near this normal range then therapy is discouraged due to increased risks. The doctor even evaluates the active and free testosterone in your body.
What are the options of Low-T replacement?
Common methods of low T replacement are –
- Skin patches
Oral forms are believed to affect your liver. Users can also any forms but only under the guidance of their physician.
Bodybuilders can opt for OTC testosterone supplements because these are effective on healthy people, who wish to enhance their testosterone levels to build mass. However, they can discuss this with their trainer or doctor about the risks and benefits.
The actual fact is that desperate bodybuilders, weight-lifters and other athletes abuse anabolic steroids, which affect their health.
Physical and psychological benefits of TRT
Testosterone is beneficial to your body but it takes some time. You may start feeling elated and good in a couple of weeks.
- Sexual benefits are noticeable in 3 weeks
- Depression gets reduced in 6 weeks
- Anxiety and cerebral cortex stimulation starts improving in 3 weeks
- Insulin sensitivity increases in 2 weeks
- Lean body mass and strength increases positively but depends on lifestyle, diet and training
- Increases bone density thus reducing risk of osteoporosis
- Reduces body fats and risk of diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome
What does the doctor monitor while taking Low-T treatment?
Doctor typically monitors for signs of –
- Breast growth
- Sleep apnea
- Low urinary tract disorder
- Lower bone mineral density
Low-T treatment cost
The cost of low T treatments is significantly high because it needs full body monitoring, extensive diagnostics, tests and drugs for long-term.