Low testosterone is a tough condition to live with. While not fatal, hypogonadism, as it is clinically known, can have a seriously negative effect on one’s quality of life.
Also known as “low t,” the condition is often experienced by aging men. As the body becomes older, it becomes less and less equipped to produce healthy levels of testosterone.
By a male’s later 20’s to early 30’s, the body will lose an average of 1% of its total testosterone every year. By the time a man reaches age above the age of 40, he suffered a 10% statistical chance of being burdened by hypgonadism.
Young adults may suffer the condition as well, however. It is more rare for a young adult to experience hypogonadism, but physical trauma to the testes or pituitary problems could cause the condition for even young men. Those suffering from low t may experience hair loss, muscle loss, increased body fat, fatigue or even depression.
At the end of the day, low t is no laughing matter. Luckily, there is an answer.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
For many suffering from low testosterone, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is an alleviating source of respite from hypogonadism. TRT does serve some health risks, but a new study suggests that there may be a way to circumvent them.
Increasing the levels of testosterone in the male body can increase one’s risk of prostate cancer. Beyond that, TRT has been linked to an increased risk of experiencing a heart attack or a stroke. Dr. Robert Nam of Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has since performed a study that suggests taking TRT for at least five years has seemingly proven to be entirely beneficial to one’s health. Those that have used TRT for short periods of time, on the other hand, are reportedly at risk for heart attack, stroke and prostate cancer.
In the end, it would appear that prolonged use of TRT may be a nifty workaround from the potential health risks proposed by the testosterone booster. At any rate, it is always important to check with your doctor before deciding what is best for you.