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The technical term for Low-T is called Hypogonadism, and medically speaking, it refers to the diminished functional activity of the gonads (testes) whereby your body is not producing a "normal" amount of T.
Technically speaking a range of 300 - 1000 ng/dL (nanograms per deciliter) is considered in the range of normal. Keep in mind that a male in his 20's will typically have a normal testosterone level of 900 - 1000 ng/dL whereas a male in his 40's will have what is considered a normal level for his age from 400 - 600 ng/dL.
Typically treatment is considered when levels fall below 350 ng/dL. However, treatment may still be considered at higher T levels. For example, a male in his 20's may have a testosterone level of 380 ng/dL which is considered in the "normal range" - except that the norm for men in his age group is 900 - 1000 ng/dL. Low T may be to blame if he starts exhibiting signs of Low-T since he has a testosterone level that is more common with a man in his 70's or 80's putting him in the bottom 5% in his age group.
First, let me say that the most definitive way to tell if you have Low-T is to go to the doctor and have a test run on you that measures your exact testosterone level.
Generally speaking, there are some symptoms or signs of Low-T that are generally pretty good indicators that your test levels may be low, especially if you have multiple symptoms together.
If you have low Test levels what happens is that your body can't maintain peak metabolic function, and that can manifest itself in the following symptomatic ways:
You see this a lot as men hit their forties. All of a sudden they start getting the pot belly even when they were not overweight in their 20's and 30's
Typically men with Low-T will just have a general lack of interest in sex, and they'll typically blame it on being tired.
You can barely get an erection when you normally would be rock hard, or you can't seem to get an erection at all when you normally would be able without a problem
You experience a loss in energy and stamina find yourself constantly tired (which kind of goes along with the no interest in sex) and not really feeling like doing anything. You may just feel weaker over all and can't seem to keep up with people or activities like you used to.
You just don't feel like doing anything with people like you used to. It feels like too much effort and you would just rather not be bothered. Sometimes your overall confidence takes a hit as well and you might not perform as well in your personal or professional life.
Muscle size and definition appears to noticeably diminish as well your strength which kind of go along with losing energy, stamina, and feeling fatigued.
You can see how these collectively can create a real negative domino effect. It's like all the symptoms feed off of each other.
Just one of these symptoms alone would be extremely difficult to deal with.
Imagine how you would feel if you were dealing with more than one or all these symptoms.
Simply put, the way you fix or address low T levels is to raise your levels of testosterone.
The question is how do you raise it?
There's more than one way to address this problem.
Natural test boosters are much different than testosterone replacement therapy. The best test boosters with the right blend of ingredients and dosages provide your body with a blend of natural components that help your body produce more of its own testosterone.
Testosterone replacement therapy (also called TRT), on the other hand, is an actual medical treatment prescribed by a medical doctor whereby you most commonly inject outside testosterone into your body. (There are also topical creams and pellets available as well)
The biggest downside to TRT is that it encourages your body to "turn off" production of its own T because "it thinks" it is producing more than enough of the hormone due to the outside testosterone you are receiving.
So what ends up happening is usually once you start testosterone replacement therapy, you're pretty much committed for life if you want to maintain the higher levels of T.
Not to mention the other downside items like the high cost of the treatment and all the potential negative side effects (mood swings, fluid retention, testicle size reduction, gynecomastia (male breasts or "bitch tits"), increased blood pressure, spleen enlargement, blood clots, increased hematocrit levels, increased oily skin or acne, and negative effects on your sperm fertility).
We are not saying you'll encounter all of these negative side effects or even just a few of them with testosterone replacement therapy, but all these potential negative side effects are NON ISSUES with test boosters because they are all natural and they give your body exactly what it needs to produce more testosterone and increase your T levels naturally!
You're not injecting outside testosterone into your body with T boosters like you are with T replacement therapy.
There seems to be a growing market trend about safety concerns with Testosterone Replacement Therapy - particularly heart attacks and strokes.
The Journal of American Medical Association published a study in November of 2013 that really put TRT on the FDA's radar.
A study was done on 1,223 men (average age of 60) who had been diagnosed with Low-T and had undergone TRT.
The study indicated that these men had a 30% greater risk of stroke, heart attack, and death compared to men who did not receive the outside testosterone.
Another study conducted by PLOS One found that heart attacks increased 2X in men 65 or older after only 90 days of beginning TRT.
Those men that were under the age of 65 with a history of heart disease had a 2x-3x risk of having a heart attack in the same time period.