IS YOUR MAN TIRED? NO SEX DRIVE? CHECK THE “T”!
Testosterone levels peak around age 20-30 and then start a gradual decline of about 1% a year. If a guy didn’t have a lot of testosterone to begin with (and guys vary a lot in that department) then his testosterone levels could drop below the 300 ng/ml level which is usually considered the low end of “normal.” At these levels, a guy might feel any – or all – of the following symptoms:
- Tiredness or loss of energy
- Low sexual interest
- Weight gain around the waist
- Problems getting or maintaining an erection
- Depressed mood
- Decreased sense of well-being
- Small or soft testicles
First off, there are things a guy can do to raise his T levels naturally:
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy diet
- Lose some weight (fat – especially belly fat – acts like a testosterone “sponge”)
- Quit smoking
Testosterone replacement isn’t a cure-all, and it shouldn’t be used unless a guy has true hypogonadism. But I’ve seen it work for many of my patients, who report having more energy and a renewed interest in sex.
And I’ll end with a note to any women who might be reading this: most guys don’t know anything about low T, and they are generally hesitant to see a doctor about anything related to sex. Women partners can play a key role in this kind of situation. By recognizing the symptoms of low T, explaining that it’s a medical condition affecting millions of other guys, and suggesting that their man see a doctor, women can help restore lost sexuality that both they and their partner desire.