A man’s health is governed to a surprising degree by his reproductive hormones, namely testosterone. From your sexual health to your muscle mass, the role of these tiny hormonal messengers is extensive and influences your overall wellness in significant ways. Unfortunately, we often take their role for granted until they go missing when their absence rings loud and clear.
At Dolce Vida Medical Spa, under the experienced direction of Scott B. Callahan, PA-C, our team understands the role that hormones play in your health, which is why we offer hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical hormones by BioTe®.
To help you better understand whether you may be suffering from lower-than-normal testosterone (low T) levels, here are five warning signs to watch out for.
1. Low sex drive
Since your testosterone is considered a reproductive hormone that controls your more male characteristics, let’s start with your sexual health. Testosterone is believed to control your libido, as well as your ability to perform sexually. While testosterone isn’t the only factor — there are many contributors to an active and healthy sex life — these hormones are fairly essential to your sexual health.
So if you’re struggling with low libido, low level of satisfaction, or erectile dysfunction, it’s worth having us check you out to see whether low T may be at play.
2. Loss of muscle mass and a redistribution of fat
Other big areas that your testosterone controls are your muscle mass and fat distribution. If you find that your muscle is disappearing, only to be replaced by stubborn fat, low T may be to blame. Of course, this assumes that you haven’t simply traded in the gym for the doughnut shop, which is another matter entirely.
If, however, you’re losing muscle mass despite your best efforts, and you’re developing abdominal fat, it’s time to take a closer look.
3. Losing bone strength
Your testosterone also plays a role in the strength of your bones. If you suspect that your bones are weakening and losing density, it may be due to low testosterone levels. Of course, aging plays a large role in the loss of bone mass, which is a perfectly natural occurrence. But abrupt loss may signal a problem with your hormone levels.
4. Mood swings
If you find yourself more anxious or moody, this, too, may have something to do with your testosterone levels. Of course, life is full of people, places, and things that can affect your mood, but if you find that your mood changes occur for no reason, this may be a warning flag.
If your energy levels aren’t what they used to be, there are many possible causes, including low T. Fatigue is a common complaint among men with low T, even those who report getting adequate sleep every night. If your motivation for even the smallest efforts is waning, a quick test to determine whether you have low T is in order.
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, we urge you to come in so that we can perform a thorough evaluation of your health. If we find that low T is behind your issues, we offer an incredibly effective treatment through BioTe hormone replacement therapy, which can bring your testosterone levels back up to normal.
To learn more about low T and hormone replacement therapy, please call one of our three locations in Westport, Trumbull, or Hamden, Connecticut. You can also request an appointment using our convenient online booking feature, or send us a message here on our website.