“Low T” Panel
Ads for prescription TESTOSTERONE for men, applied to the skin, are all over television and print media these days.
Andropause—decline in testosterone production—is the male counterpart to menopause. But while women experience a drastic decrease in estrogen at a certain age, the production of testosterone in men decreases gradually. If it decreases more than it should, men can experience a wide range of symptoms.
Testosterone plays a key role in a man’s libido. As men age, most of them experience a decline in sex drive to varying degrees. Someone with “low T” will likely experience a more drastic drop in his desire to have sex. During sex, low levels of testosterone can also make it difficult to achieve an orgasm.
Testosterone plays a role in several body functions, including hair production. Balding is a natural part of aging for many men. However, men with “low T” may experience a loss of body and facial hair.
Men with “low T” have reported extreme fatigue and a noticeable decrease in energy levels. Men with “low T” might notice a decrease in both muscle mass and strength, especially in their arms, legs, or chest. Those who try to reverse the muscle loss through weight training might find it difficult to build or rebuild muscle. And, if losing muscles wasn’t bad enough, men with “low T” also experience an increase in body fat.
Men with “low T” can also experience bone loss because testosterone aids in the production and strengthening of bone. Men with “low T”—especially older men who have had “low T” for years—are more susceptible to bone fractures, usually in the hip, feet, ribs, and wrists.
Testosterone is often described as “fuel” for men. It drives many physical processes in their bodies. It also boosts their mood and mental capacity. Men with “low T” are more likely to experience depression, irritability, or a lack of focus.
So, what can you do? Well, you can make an expensive appointment with a physician who will subject you to a number of expensive lab tests, or (if you do not live in NY, or CA) you can get a “LOW T” PANEL , which measures DHEA (the hormonal precursor of Testosterone), and Testosterone, in SALIVA.
It’s simple: purchase the test through The Green Willow Tree. The fully licensed, CDC and FDA approved lab North Bay Diagnostic will send you a kit and a questionnaire. You fill out the questionnaire (they need to know your age, meds you are taking, etc.), collect your SALIVA sample, and mail it back to them. In a few weeks they will mail back the results to you, giving you the Normal and Expected Ranges of your DHEA and TESTOSTERONE.
If one, or both are LOW, then go to your physician…and bring the test results.
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