When it comes to Low T, doctors may have difficulty recognizing symptoms for what they are. This is because the symptoms of Low T are subtle and often very similar to those of other conditions, or are conditions in and of themselves. Doctors are only human, and as your own best advocate it is your responsibility to recognize that low testosterone, or Low T, may be the culprit and ask to be tested. Why is this important if the symptoms are subtle and testosterone levels reduce with age anyway? Lower than normal testosterone levels can lead to issues such as fatigue and loss of sexual function that are unnecessary to live with due to the treatments available.
If you are suffering from symptoms that could be related to Low T, doctors may not make the connection until you point it out. Those who suffer from Low T are also at a higher risk for other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity. If these conditions are present and other symptoms are present, mention it to your doctor. If he finds through a blood test that Low T is the culprit, he can discuss treatment and the possibility of symptoms being reduced.
With Low T, doctors do not always jump to the right conclusions at first. They are focused the issue at hand and more common causes for the symptoms. For example, aging, poor diet, medication, and depression can cause many of the same symptoms that Low T causes, and these conditions cause these symptoms much more frequently than Low T. Doctors may not even think to test for it unless prompted by the patient. Therefore, the patient must be an advocate for himself and bring up the subject of blood testing to determine if testosterone levels are lower than they should be.
Once the existence is established of Low T, doctors may suggest hormone therapy. This may be in the form a pill taken orally or a gel that is absorbed through the skin. Either way there are treatments that have been approved by the FDA to reduce symptoms caused by Low T. There is no need to suffer. Discuss the possibility of Low T with your doctor today and it may just put you on the road to the feeling more like your old self in no time. Just take the initiative and start the conversation. You may be glad you did.