This blog is written by our clinicians and aims to keep patients informed with up to date information on medical conditions.
“I just don’t have the energy…”
You hear yourself say. It never used to be like this, but on reflection you’ve actually been feeling like this for months now. You still love your partner, but the desire to perform has evaporated. In fact, the lack of energy seems to have permeated other parts of your life – the gym membership hasn’t been used in months, and since your diet remains the same, that lean muscle has slowly been enveloped by a ‘dadbod’. Work hasn’t helped, you’ve just not been able to concentrate properly, you’ve been less motivated, and your team is making you even more irritable.
So, what is going on?
Maybe not all of these issues apply to you, but it is possible that your male hormone levels (including testosterone – produced in men by the testes) are low, and influencing important parts of your life
- Did you know that from the age of 30, a man’s testosterone level starts to naturally decrease?
- And did you know that nearly 40% of men over the age of 45 are ‘testosterone deficient’1 – and yet only 5% are actually diagnosed and treated for it?
Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome
Has also been branded the “Man-opause”, as well as the “male menopause’, the “andropause” and “age-related hypogonadism”. Although hormone (oestrogen) deficiency will affect 100% of women over time, advancing years doesn’t automatically mean your testosterone will wane, though if you experience one or a handful of the symptoms below, then you may wish to consider arranging a consultation with us:
- Sexual: Reduced sex-drive; erectile dysfunction; decreased frequency of morning erections; poor performance
- Body: Increased body fat; decreased lean muscle mass; reduced strength; loss of energy; reduced vitality; low iron; flushes; loss of facial, armpit and pubic hair; decline in feeling of general well-being
- Psychological: Depression or low mood; mood changes; irritability; inability to concentrate; insomnia and sleep disturbances
What can you do about it?
Modifying dietary and lifestyle factors – including exercise, sleep, smoking and stress can play a huge part in helping to get back on track, and we recognise that these things look simple on paper, but often require the right mind-set to initiate and then sustain change.
Here at ROC our clinicians undertake a discrete and comprehensive assessment – comprising a detailed history and physical examination, along with morning blood tests to determine your testosterone status.
We offer bespoke advice, and if you are lacking testosterone, then we will work with you to tailor an ongoing therapeutic hormone replacement regimen in a supportive environment, aiming to restore your vitality.
Want to find out more? Get in touch to ask for more details or book an appointment.