Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is recognised as a successful way to treat low testosterone levels. If you find yourself struggling with weight gain, tiredness, poor concentration and a reduced libido, you may have low testosterone and may, therefore, benefit from TRT. It could be the best way to live a happier and more fulfilling life.
Testosterone is the hormone responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics. The impact starts in the womb but becomes particularly notable in puberty when it can lead to increased muscle mass and lower body fat, a deeper voice, the growth of facial hair and a range of cognitive impacts such as better memory, concentration and spatial awareness.
As men age, their testosterone levels begin to reduce. This is a natural process and for many men, it should not present too many issues. It is sometimes known as the andropause, or male menopause, in comparison to the female menopause (although it tends to be far more gradual than the menopause). For other men, however, it can have a major negative impact, particularly if they develop the condition known as late-onset hypogonadism.
If you think that you may be suffering from low testosterone levels, the first step is to visit your GP. They can establish your current testosterone levels with a simple blood test, but they will also rule out other potential causes of your symptoms, such as stress. As so many of the symptoms are associated with normal ageing, however, it is not always immediately obvious that low testosterone is the cause.
If you do not ask for it, it may not be your doctor’s first diagnosis. There is also some disagreement as to what constitutes low testosterone, with symptoms potentially appearing before the clinical threshold for diagnosis.
Once diagnosed, you may be able to help control your symptoms through lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. If this fails, however, testosterone replacement therapy may be the best option. TRT is available in a variety of forms, including as an injection, a patch and a gel. If you are suffering because of your testosterone levels, it should take a few months at most to see the symptoms relieved. This includes seeing your energy levels and muscle mass increase, your body fat decrease and your memory, concentration and mood dramatically improved.
Long-term health benefits of TRT include lowered cholesterol, improved heart health as well as improved bone density (which, in turn, reduces the risk of osteoporosis). Your libido should also improve. The effects are also cognitive. In addition to improved memory (which includes a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease) and concentration, higher testosterone levels are associated with better spatial awareness. Improved mood alongside reduced irritability and fatigue will also help you lead a more satisfying life.
The success of TRT is apparent from its increasing popularity, especially with celebrities. Robbie Williams is a particularly notable example. After discovering that his testosterone levels were those of a man in his eighties, despite only being in his thirties, he began to use TRT. It dramatically increased his energy levels and helped to relieve the depression from which he had been suffering. TRT is also getting more favourable coverage in the media of late.
TRT is not a magical panacea that can cure all evils, but it does mean that you do not just have to accept the negative symptoms of ageing. The effects of low testosterone can build slowly over many years, but TRT is a quick and effective treatment that will soon have you feeling younger and healthier. It can offer a new lease of life for the more mature man.