Testosterone is a hormone produced naturally by the body that helps a man maintain: energy, mood, bone strength, sex drive, sexual function, muscle mass and strength. Most of the testosterone in a man's body is produced in the testicles.
Testosterone peaks during adolescence and early adulthood. As you get older, your testosterone level gradually declines — typically about 1 percent a year after age 30. It is important to determine in older men if a low testosterone level is simply due to the decline of normal aging or if it is due to a disease (hypogonadism).
Low testosterone can be caused by a signaling problem that occurs between the brain and the testicles that causes the production of testosterone to drop below normal. The brain may also signal the testicles to cut testosterone production if it feels the body has too much testosterone. Low testosterone also can occur when your testicles can't make normal levels of testosterone. Low testosterone affects more than 13 million men in the U.S. over the age of 45. Even though it's natural for men to lose testosterone as they age, the medical condition hypogonadism, also known as low testosterone, is not a natural part of aging. Typically, there is no cure for low testosterone. It is a medical condition that may require ongoing treatment.
Low testosterone can be easily diagnosed with a simple blood test and treated with testosterone replacement therapy to bring your testosterone levels back to normal. Here at transformyou the testosterone replacement therapy options available are:
- intramuscular injections
- sublingual troches taken daily
- testosterone creams that are applied daily to the shoulders, upper arms, or abdomen