Natural testosterone production occurs but is thwarted by modern-day societal living. Living in cities, working all day under fluorescent lights, and eating manufactured GMO food is destroying our bodies.
Environmental pollutants, contaminants, and particulates in the air are bombarding our endocrine system. Men are particularly susceptible to hormone-suppressing phytoestrogens (like soy protein) and a host of other toxins our bodies were not meant to handle.
Exposure to phthalates (chemicals found in plastics and personal care products) is feminizing males by blocking normal testosterone production. Sperm counts are falling due to pesticide exposure, along with endocrine-distributing chemicals like BPA (bisphenol A) found in commonplace items like water bottles.
Hypogonadism (suffering from low levels of testosterone) has two types:
- Primary – Results from defects of gonads
- Secondary – The testicles are normal but don’t function properly due to the problems listed above. This is where most aging men fall.
When to Begin TOT
There is nothing ethically or morally wrong with optimizing your body’s testosterone levels. When you have a headache, do you think twice before taking aspirin?
Testosterone levels peak in men between ages of 20-30 and begin declining thereafter. 10 years ago, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) wasn’t considered for men under 30. Now, it’s becoming more commonplace because men are getting educated about the best ways to address their natural decline in testosterone.
Using it productively is a lifelong strategy. It’s like a gym membership and should be factored as such and budgeted for every year.
Low T is a clinical diagnosis, not a lab diagnosis.
- Mental fog or loss of focus
- Indecisiveness or hesitancy
- Lack of energy
- Decreased work performance
- Decreased sex drive or sexual performance
- Decreased strength and endurance
- Decreased enjoyment of life
- Noticeable change in behavior
If you have 4 or more of the above symptoms, you should consider further testing under the supervision of a medical provider to explore TOT.
Testosterone Levels and Ranges
- Free Test (free)
- Total Serum (total): 300-1100
Free testosterone is the amount of testosterone that is ready to be used by the body.
Vital Life Markers Necessary for TRT
(Meet Minimum of 2)
- Age 30+
- Free testosterone levels lower than 600 ng/dL on blood test
- Experiencing symptoms of low testosterone recognized by physician
- For men in their 20s and 30s, test 1-2 times a year.
- For men in their 40s, test 2-3 times a year.
- Topicals – An impractical delivery system. Patients have to avoid activities that would affect application area for hours. Absorption rate is based on other factors (dry skin, body hair, etc.)
- Oral – Convenient but not effective. Clinical data doesn’t support efficacy.
- Pellets – Hard to control dosage and must limit activities involving water. Requires a recovery time with limited activity and water avoidance, and also has potential scar-tissue problems.