Low testosterone (known colloquially as “Low T”) in men has become quite an epidemic. Countless men across America – and the rest of the world – are being prescribed testosterone (either as an injection, gel, or skin patch) to restore their health and vitality. While the advantages and benefits of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) are promising, is TRT safe for men?
Read on as this article details the nature of low T, why more men are being prescribed TRT and the safety concerns of TRT you should know about. You can learn about Low T on our page here or sign up for a free consultation on our TRT San Diego page.
Low T can arise due to a variety of reasons, many of which act in insidious manners. For example, not sleeping enough and being chronically stressed out are two common factors that decrease testosterone in males. By the same token, drinking excessive alcohol and being obese can also reduce testosterones.
As you can see, lifestyle factors play a role in your testosterone levels. This is not to say that low T can also come about due to factors that are out of your control, such as a pituitary malfunction or an accident that critically damages your testicles.
It’s important to note that determining whether or not TRT will be safe for a man is something a skilled physician and and labwork will help determine. If you’re experiencing low T due to lifestyle factors, like poor diet, lack of sleep, and sedentary lifestyle, you should be proactive about changing those before resorting to TRT.
However, if you experience chronic low T despite living an otherwise healthy lifestyle, then you might be a good candidate for TRT (and it will be much safer).
For example, feeling tired, depressed, and/or having a low sex drive doesn’t necessarily mean you have low T, nor is that adequate information to diagnosis low T. Blood testing is imperative to get to the root cause of your symptoms.
Furthermore, if your blood tests come back normal/healthy, chances are TRT isn’t going to treat the symptoms you’re experiencing. Taking testosterone in a case where you already have adequate endogenous testosterone production can be unsafe and exacerbate other health issues. Remember, always confirm the suspicion that you have low T with proper blood tests.
Misinterpreted or inaccurate blood test results can lead to a false diagnosis of low T or potentially cause someone who has low T to go undiagnosed.
Testosterone levels naturally peak in the morning hours, between 7 AM and 10 AM. Therefore, you should try to have your levels checked during that time frame for proper accuracy.
You will likely need to confirm your initial blood work results with a follow-up blood test. The specialists at GameDay will help interpret your results and answer any questions you have. If you are diagnosed with low T, you should consider TRT – especially if the symptoms are reducing your quality of life.
Before starting (and during) TRT, having a completely open line of communication between you and your physician is the most practical and straightforward way to ensure your safety. This is precisely why one of the core values at Gameday Men’s Health is direct, simple, and ongoing communication with our patients.
If you’re dealing with a physician who is giving you the runaround and not answering your questions about the safety of TRT, they might not have your best interest in mind.
Here are some questions and concerns Gameday Men’s Health physicians often hear from prospective TRT patients:
Contact us today and set up an initial consultation. We will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you have about TRT.