Wow, in the recent year’s testosterone replacement therapy has really become a booming market, especially for men over 30 years old. Why? Well, research shows that men over 30 have a decline in testosterone production, after 35 it’s said to be around 1% per year. However, through my own personal experience as well as others, I can say that some men decline much faster. You may even find yourself off the charts low with your testosterone when you reach age 30, 35 or even before. Myself included, I was at 187 at the age of 36 and just two years prior to that I was slightly over 300 which is considered in the normal range.
For men over 30, does the testosterone number mean everything? No, actually, if you have a good doctor it’s more about how you feel. Do you have symptoms of low testosterone? Theses are questions you should ask yourself and speak with your doctor about as well. Testosterone replacement therapy may be just what you need to get back to feeling normal, but you won’t know unless you get your levels checked and discuss with your doctor.
Low Testosterone Symptoms
- Low Libido (Not having the urge for sexual activity)
- Slow or no muscle gains despite working out
- Muscle loss
- Weight Gain
- Brain Fog
- Low Energy
- Achy Joints
These are just some of the more common symptoms that are related to low testosterone and if you are a man over 30, you should probably bring these up to your doctor and request to get your levels checked by a blood test. If your levels are under 300 then you may be a candidate for TRT, also known as testosterone replacement therapy. There are a few options for this but by far the most efficient is going to be injections. There are also gels and pellets but they are not effective typically and I would recommend avoiding them. A typical starting dosage for TRT is 50mg per week via injection with Testosterone Cypionate. Your dosage may increase over time depending on how your body responds to the TRT treatment and your doctor. It is suggested to do weekly injections to avoid peaks and valleys but every doctor and patient is different. However, I wouldn’t suggest 1 shot per month as this will leave you feeling pretty bad a week or so before your next injection.
There are also diet changes you can make that may help increase your bodies natural testosterone production. Make sure to take a vitamin D3 supplement and have plenty of healthy fats in your diet. Remove processed foods and fast food as much as possible. These things can help but you may still need TRT to get back to normal ranges.