Testosterone is one of the most important hormones in the male body. It plays a key role in the development of male sex organs, facial hair, muscular growth, and other masculine features. The amount of testosterone produced is regulated by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, and generally ranges from 300 – 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (or ng/dL).
As men get older, their bodies naturally begin to produce less and less testosterone. Most men peak at about age 20, and productions levels may begin to decline by as much as 1% per year afterward. In some men, this drop occurs much more rapidly, and can lead to undesirable side effects, such as:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Lack of energy
- Decrease in muscular strength/endurance
- Hair loss
- Decrease in bone mass
- Mood changes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Deterioration in work/sport performance
If you want to feel good and function at your best, it is important to maintain healthy testosterone levels. While this is largely dependent on genetics, age, and other factors outside of your control, there are behavioral changes you can make to combat declining testosterone levels. These include:
- Getting adequate sleep every night.
- Exercising regularly.
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
- Not drinking alcohol in excess.
- Avoiding soy products, which are estrogenic.
- Living a stress-free lifestyle.
- Quitting smoking cigarettes.
If you suspect that your testosterone levels are below the normal range, the first thing you should do is speak with your doctor and have a blood sample taken. If you do suffer from low testosterone, professional treatment may be required.
NuWave Medical, PLLC offers low testosterone treatment to men on Long Island and New York City. Our injections are pain-free, and many patients report seeing results in as little as 2-3 weeks. Schedule an appointment online, or call (631) 343-7144.