Low T: Truth Through Education

National Health Education Week (NHEW) occurs this month during the week of October 18th-22nd. NHEW focuses on increasing national awareness of major public health issues and promoting a better understanding of the role of health education. In celebration of this initiative, this blog features common myths about low T. These misconceptions continue preventing men from getting the help they need. Through education, we’ll expose the truth about low T so we can begin to normalize seeking help for this condition.

Myth #1: Low T is a part of the aging process.

Low testosterone can happen at any age. Although it’s normal to have lower testosterone levels when you’re older, it doesn’t mean you have low T.  Furthermore; other underlying health issues can also cause low T. Symptoms are often resolved once treated.

Myth #2: Low T only affects sexual drive and performance.

The impacts low T has on a man’s sexual health are possibly the best-known symptoms. The reality is low T causes other physical and emotional problems such as:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Less muscle mass and strength
  • More body fat
  • Anemia
  • Loss of bone density and strength

Myth #3: Testosterone therapy increases the risk of heart disease and cancer.

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) continues to be the gold standard for treating low T. As with any medical treatment, individuals with certain existing health conditions should not use TRT. To add, not every person with low T needs treatment, and many see improvement with healthier lifestyle changes. Your provider can help you determine the best route for you.

The Biggest Misconception of All

Perhaps the biggest misconception is that the perception of men who sought medical advice changed somewhere between evolution and history. If you didn’t “rub dirt in it and move on,” somehow, there was an instant decrease in manliness. Men became less likely to visit the doctor, eventually ending with an average shorter lifespan than women.

Now that you know more about low T, what’s next? Well, if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms, talk with your doctor. Most men experience an improvement in symptoms with treatment and healthier lifestyle changes. If you have low T, participating in clinical research studies may help also. Participants learn more about their condition, receive regular care from study experts, and gain potential access to cutting-edge therapies not yet on the market.

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