Sunday, April 27, 2014

Is it low T that makes you feel like crap?

Men with true low T can feel many symptoms.  Such symptoms can include:

  • lethargy and fatigue
  • irritability
  • brain-fog--or inability to concentrate
  • depression
  • weight gain
  • difficulty losing weight
  • insomnia
  • decreased libido
  • impotence
But, and here is the rub, many other things can cause these exact symptoms.  For example:
  • job stress
  • life stress
  • marital discord
  • inactivity
  • smoking
  • poor sleep habits
  • illicit drug usage
  • alcohol usage
  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • over-eating
  • thyroid disorders
  • depression
  • anti-depressant medication
  • marijuana usage
  • your kids in your bed!
And the list goes on and on. . .
So before you blame all your problems on low T and either self-medicate with illicit testosterone or get treated by a doctor with less-than-rigorous standards for testosterone replacement therapy, perhaps you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get a through and accurate evaluation for low T.  

Low T evaluations begin with a thorough and detailed medical history and physical exam.  Blood testing include AM testosterone levels, SHBG levels, and comprehensive metabolic testing.  Patients get treated only after undergoing accurate testing and a complete informed consent process.  

Oh, you just want the drug?  Go somewhere else.  I am not the doctor for you.

Men on illicit TRT can often develop a physique like this guys.  I can tell if he is on TRT easily--even if told otherwise--simply by examining the testicles and testing gonadotropin levels.  
Beware.  I will not be fooled.