This condition is so common that it has become known as male menopause. In addition to weight gain, men with decreased testosterone production may experience joint pain, impaired memory, lower energy levels, and decreased sexual drives. Other symptoms of decreased testosterone levels may include any of the following:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Gynecomastia (male breast growth)
- Night sweats
- Problems with normal urination
While these symptoms can become severe enough to affect daily living, there is a way to compensate for reduced hormone production. By taking testosterone hormone replacement treatments, older men can correct the hormone imbalance. This can help supplement the testosterone your body normally produces and may even jumpstart your body's natural testosterone production. Some studies indicate that testosterone therapy can even help protect men against developing heart disease and diabetes.
As hormone replacement therapy begins, men will start to notice the previously mentioned symptoms gradually decreasing. In addition, they may experience improved sex drives, better control of sexual organs, an increase in muscle mass and strength, lower rate of body fat, and stronger bone density. Each individual will benefit differently from treatments, depending on the severity of the condition, but all individuals should experience some improvement.
While injections are the most common method of delivery, testosterone replacement therapy can also be administered via other methods. Creams, gels, and implanted pellets are also widely used as methods for hormone replacement treatments. You should discuss your options with your healthcare provider to determine which method is best for you. The important thing is that you get the treatment you need to restore balance to your body.