The Low Down on Low T– What’s Normal and What’s Not

As men age, testosterone levels decline. That’s just a simple fact of life. It’s not that men’s bodies don’t need this important hormone, it’s that the body produces and utilizes the hormone less and in different ways as time goes on.

Often, men begin to notice symptoms of low testosterone (Low T) around age 60, but men in their 40s and 50s can be affected by Low T and the unwelcome changes to their bodies and sexual wellness.

Symptoms of Low T typically include:

  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Low sex drive/low libido
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Loss of bone mass
  • Erectile dysfunction

Testosterone Levels by Age

Puberty to Age 30:

Testosterone triggers the onset of puberty in boys and revs up a man’s sex drive. Testosterone levels peak when a boy reaches puberty and stay at this high point up until about age 30. Men in this age range have increased muscle mass, high energy, as well as strong erections and a healthy sexual appetite.

While Low T is uncommon in a man’s 20s, young men with a decline in the hormone can experience a decrease in fertility and should consult a physician.

30s and 40s

In a man’s 30s, testosterone levels begin to slowly decline – about 1% a year. Most men have little to no symptoms of this decline in their 30s, although some experience weight gain and bouts of lower energy as they move into their 40s. Symptoms of Low T can generally be controlled through lifestyle changes such as improving diet, increasing exercise, and quitting smoking. However, if symptoms interfere with quality of life, it may be time to seek help from a health care professional.

While some men experience a lower sex drive as they approach their 40s, a total lack of sexual desire and issues such as erectile dysfunction or chronic fatigue may be signs of an underlying medical condition including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

If you’re experiencing Low T symptoms at any age, it’s time to schedule your testosterone check at Men’s Health Memorial.

50s, 60s, and Beyond

By his 50s and into his 60s, a man’s testosterone production has dropped to around 55 – 60% of what it was at its peak in his 20s. Men begin to experience issues with low sexual desire, fatigue, weight gain and muscle loss, and erectile dysfunction. While a decline in the hormone is common with age, a man who exhibits life-altering symptoms of Low T should talk to a provider at Men’s Health Memorial about available treatments such as Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and GAINSWave® Therapy for treating erectile dysfunction.

The good news is, Low T doesn’t have to get in the way of living or having a satisfying sex life at any age. There are treatment options for men experiencing the symptoms of Low T at every stage of life.

 

Call Men’s Health Memorial today to schedule your testosterone check – 832-900-2427 – or contact us here to learn more about our life-changing treatment options.