Can Testosterone Replacement Therapy Make You Feel Younger?
Posted: September 9, 2022
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is a common treatment for men with testosterone deficiency, also known as hypogonadism, low testosterone, or low T. You might even know someone who has started TRT and talks about how it has made them feel better and improved their life. Many men report higher energy, libido, and overall quality of life, leading them to say that they feel like a younger version of themselves. In this article, we’ll explore this idea and the science behind why treating low testosterone might just help you feel younger.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy May Help Low Testosterone Patients Feel Younger
Testosterone replacement therapy doesn’t necessarily have anti-aging properties, but it can help you feel like your younger self if you’re experiencing symptoms of low testosterone. TRT can help improve your overall quality of life and alleviate many symptoms that you might think are due to aging but are actually due to low testosterone levels. That’s why many men say that testosterone has helped transform their lives as they get older.
Because of the positive effects from testosterone replacement therapy, many men with low testosterone say that they feel like their younger selves due to improvements in things like energy, mood, and sexual function.
Therefore, if you’re experiencing symptoms like fatigue, low sex drive, low mood, or lost muscle mass, talk to one of our providers. Don’t just assume that it’s aging that’s causing your symptoms. We can test your testosterone levels and determine if testosterone replacement therapy may be a good option to help you feel your best.
Low Testosterone is a Common Issue for Men as They Age
The link between testosterone and aging is a complicated one. Many past generations believed testosterone was like a fountain of youth. However, research shows this isn’t exactly the case. It’s not going to make you physically younger or grant you immortality. What research does support is that low testosterone may cause symptoms you might mistake for aging. This is especially true because the risk for developing low T increases as you age.
Testosterone levels naturally start to decline in your 30s for most men, decreasing about 1% to 2% each year. As we get older, our bodies also produce more sex-hormone binding globulin (SHBG), which binds to testosterone and makes it unavailable for tissues to use. This leads to gradual reductions in free testosterone in your body.
While this is a natural process and practically all men can expect lower testosterone levels in their 50s compared to their 20s, sometimes your testosterone levels drop too low. Usually this is when you have less than 300 nanograms of testosterone per deciliter of blood. A simple blood test can identify low testosterone levels.
Symptoms of Low T Can Make You Feel Sluggish and May Affect Your Sex Life
Low testosterone can cause many different symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Difficulty concentrating
- Low muscle mass
Some men describe the symptoms of low T as a general “slowing down” physically, sexually, and mentally. Also, symptoms typically come on gradually as testosterone levels continue to decline over time. Because of this, many people mistake low testosterone symptoms for signs of aging.
It’s true that with age our bodies don’t generally function at the same level as in our younger years. However, if your symptoms are interfering with everyday life, then it may be that you’re suffering from an underlying condition. Therefore, if you’re suffering from symptoms of low testosterone, talk to our providers.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy can Help Treat Low T Symptoms
The good news is that men with low T can typically treat their condition with testosterone replacement therapy. There have been many studies into testosterone and how it affects your body and quality of life. Research shows that TRT can alleviate many of the symptoms associated with low testosterone. Many men say that they feel more like their younger selves after beginning a TRT regimen to treat their low T levels because they notice many of their symptoms get better or even disappear.
What the Research Says about Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Men with Low Testosterone
There’s been a lot of research into testosterone replacement therapy and how it helps men with hypogonadism. Countless studies show similar improvements in quality of life and overall health. Here are some of the many ways TRT can help men suffering from low testosterone feel better:
It Can Boost Your Energy & Mood
Many men report feeling more energetic and positive after beginning testosterone replacement therapy. Low energy is one of the biggest reasons men come in to get their testosterone checked, as it can make day-to-day life difficult when you’re constantly fatigued. After getting your testosterone levels in check, you might find that you don’t feel the need for that extra cup of coffee or for a nap in the afternoon.
Studies show that testosterone replacement therapy can also help improve your overall mood. Depressive symptoms are common for men with low testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy can also improve depressive symptoms for men with low testosterone who don’t have a depressive disorder.
Therefore, many men say that the boost in energy and mood make them feel younger because they can take part in the activities and lifestyle they enjoy.
TRT Can Increase Libido & Sexual Function
Low T can also wreak havoc on your sex life. It can cause low libido and erectile dysfunction, often leading to significantly lower sexual activity for men with hypogonadism. Many studies show a positive effect on sexual function for men with low testosterone once they start taking testosterone replacement therapy. Men using testosterone replacement therapy often see increases in libido, stronger erectile function, as well as more sexual activity after beginning treatment.
Many men report feeling more youthful because of the improvements in their sexual symptoms. Some note that they start having just as much sex as they did when they were younger.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy Can Help with Muscle Mass & Strength
Another benefit of testosterone replacement therapy is that it can change your body composition. Testosterone plays an important role in fat distribution and muscle mass. If you have low testosterone, you might be more prone to higher fat mass and lower muscle mass. Evidence suggests testosterone replacement therapy can help reduce the amount of fat in the body and increase both muscle mass and strength, particularly when paired with a healthy exercise program.
A lot of men who start testosterone replacement therapy say they feel and look younger because of improvements in their muscle mass and strength.
Who is a Good Candidate for Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone replacement therapy is for men with low testosterone in their bodies who also experience symptoms of low T. If you think you have low testosterone, our providers will do a blood test to evaluate your hormone levels and other important health markers. For low testosterone, we also do a second test to confirm low T before starting you on a testosterone replacement therapy program. Our team will also look at your overall health and help you weigh the pros and cons of treatment before you start testosterone injections.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for testosterone replacement therapy, the first step is coming in for a comprehensive health assessment from our team. During this time, we’ll discuss your symptoms, complete a full physical, and also look at a full blood panel to find underlying causes of your symptoms.
Comprehensive Health Care for Men at Low T Center
Our team at Low T Center is dedicated to providing men with comprehensive health care. We believe health care should be simple, convenient, and affordable for all. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to reinvent men’s health care. We provide everything you need to feel your best. Our providers treat a variety of common health conditions. We offer diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing treatment monitoring to help you achieve your health goals. Get in touch now to make an appointment at one of our convenient locations!
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