• Can Testosterone Therapy Increase My Energy?

    on Apr 19th, 2018

Can Testosterone Therapy Increase My Energy?

Are you finding it harder to muster energy throughout your day, even when you’re faced with something you normally love to do? If you’re begging off of your weekly golf outing with the boys because your energy levels are at an all-time low, you may be dealing with low testosterone.

Alex Ferro, MD, is having great success helping his patients in Miami, Beach, Florida, bounce back from low energy through testosterone replacement therapy. To find out whether this therapy is just the ticket for putting a little skip in your step, we’ve pulled together a few things you should know about low testosterone, or low T.

Understanding your testosterone

We all joke about testosterone making men “menly,” and the truth isn’t far from this ribbing. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for your male characteristics, including libido, muscle mass, bone health, fat metabolism, and strength.

Your testosterone production begins in earnest as you pass through puberty, readying your body for reproduction and manhood. Your voice drops, your muscles build, and hair springs up around your body as high levels of testosterone course through your biomechanical systems.

In general, you sustain these levels until you hit your 30s, at which point your testosterone production begins to decline, usually at a rate of 0.4-2% every year.

And this is perfectly natural and comes with the territory as you age.

Know the signs

Since your testosterone levels naturally fall with age, it can be hard to parse out whether your energy levels are low because of an unnatural drop in hormones, or as a result of the natural aging process.

In the end, you know your body best, and if your lack of energy is abnormal and hampering your ability to function throughout the day, it’s time to get checked out. Also be aware of other telltale signs of low T, which include loss of muscle mass, lower libido, and erectile dysfunction.

How low is too low?

Since your testosterone levels naturally diminish as you age, it’s difficult to put a hard and fast number on the amount of testosterone you should have. What we can do is work with ranges. Most men function perfectly well on testosterone levels between 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dl) and 800 ng/dl.

After we draw your blood and run a test, we can determine where your testosterone levels fall. If they fall within the normal range, your low energy levels may be due to something else that bears further investigation.

If, however, they fall near or under the low end of the range, it’s a good sign that low testosterone may be behind your low energy. If this is the case, you may be a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy.

The replacements

If you embark on testosterone therapy, you may have to wait a bit to see whether the therapy works. While some men see changes right away, others reap the benefits a few weeks after starting.

During this time, monitor your body and be on alert for signs of improved energy levels. Perhaps you’re not as groggy in the mornings, or you’re no longer fighting to keep your eyes open during your child’s recital. You may also experience an increase in libido and gain back some muscle.

Dr. Ferro monitors you, checking your levels as you go, and makes any tweaks he feels are necessary along the way.

If all goes well, you’ll be ruling the links again in no time.

If you’d like to explore how testosterone therapy can restore your energy, please give us a call, or use the “appointment request” button on this website to schedule a visit.

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