Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome Explained
Experience lower energy levels ?
Noticed a decrease in libido?
Experience a decrease in your strength and/ or endurance?
Lost/gained weight recently?
Feel sad or irritable?
Experience weak erections?
Noticed a deterioration in your work performance?
Then you might be suffering from a condition known as Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome!
What is Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome exactly?
Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome (medical term- male hypogonadism) is a health issue that men suffer from as they get older. It can be described as sperm production and testosterone biochemical deficiency. These are major functions of the testicles.
Andropause vs Male hypogonadism
Interestingly, the concept of andropause (Male Menopause) does not exist in the medical world.
The reason for this is that there is no significant decrease in testosterone levels in men the way there is a notable drop in estrogen in women. So, there is no “pause” per se. The more accurate way to refer to the condition is to describe it as a testosterone or Androgen deficiency or Male hypogonadism.
20 to 30-year olds have the Highest Testosterone Levels
Normally, men record their highest levels of testosterone between the ages of 20-30. By age 80, testosterone levels can decrease by 30%. While testosterone deficiency is by no means life-threatening, it can negatively impact your quality of life and relationship. Testosterone deficiency is not always easy to diagnose since some symptoms are nonspecific. These include mood swings, tiredness, and weight gain. You may be misdiagnosed for a stress-related condition or simply no
Why is Testosterone so important?
Testosterone plays a major role throughout a man’s life. It is responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics during the fetal developmental stage. The external male genitalia needs testosterone at the right time for normal development. It triggers secondary sexual characteristics in males such as pubic hair, facial hair, penis, and testicles growth to adult size during puberty.
Testosterone remains as a critical component of sperm production. Testosterone is also necessary for good bone health. Some of it is also changed to estrogen that also aids in bone health maintenance. It also preserves muscle mass which indirectly improves fat levels in the body.
Testosterone also directly affects sex drive, mood, and ability to have an erection. Research has also shown that testosterone can also affect your cardiovascular health. Several studies have indicated that men who had lower testosterone levels may predisposed to coronary disease.
How can I tell I have Low Testosterone levels?
The most prevalent symptoms that men experience include:
- Erection Issues (difficulty achieving and maintaining an erection)
- Diminished Libido
- Irritability and mood swings
- Low energy/lethargy
- Poor Concentration/Brain fog
- Diminished Muscle Strength
- Obesity caused by worsening metabolic disease.
Is having Low Testosterone levels dangerous?
(Should men be worried?)
There is a growing concern in the medical community that low testosterone levels can be linked to cardiovascular risk and other metabolic conditions such as:
- Fatty liver
- Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol)
Are there any non-medical alternatives for low testosterone?
If you are not experiencing any symptoms, your doctor may decide that treatment is not necessary.
However, there are non-pharmaceutical ways to boost your testosterone levels. They are enumerated below.
1.High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
This type of exercise increases testosterone levels by up to 17%. Studies show that an increase can be observed after 6 months.
2.Resistant Weight Training
Resistance weight training has been shown to boost testosterone temporarily.
3.Body Fat Reduction
Reducing your body fat through diet and exercise may cause increase your testosterone levels.
What treatments are available for low testosterone?
Fortunately, there are several options for Testosterone that you can access in Singapore.
If you are not fond of needles and prefer to take a pill, this is the ideal option for you. However, you should note that absorption is better with a high-fat meal.
This option is ideal for those who do not want to take daily medication. The injection is administered once every few months.
This option offers better absorption and most stable levels when compared with Injection and capsules. This gel is applied to the skin. The disadvantage with this method is that it can be accidentally transferred to your sexual partner and children.
What should I do after my diagnosis?
Our clinic is committed to caring for you in a holistic way. As such we will want to discuss treatment of other medical conditions that could be contributing to your symptoms. There are other conditions that mimic the symptoms of low testosterone. If it is deemed necessary, you could also discuss the possibility of Testosterone Replacement Therapy with your doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions on Hypogonadism
1.Is there any difference between Hypogonadism and Low Testosterone?
Yes, there is. Your testosterone levels can be low, but as long as you are not experiencing any symptoms, you do not have androgen deficiency or testosterone deficiency.
2.How common is Hypogonadism?
According to statistics, 1 in 10 older males may develop testosterone deficiency syndrome.
Additionally, low testosterone levels are linked to obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels. It has also been found that morbidly obese males have testosterone levels 25% lower than men with a healthy weight.
If you are concerned that you may have Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome, please contact our clinic so together we can get you to optimal health.