Aging male athletes and testosterone
Guys, if you struggle with endurance and stamina in your sports, listen up. It could be testosterone. Aging male athletes know this challenge all too well. For runners, swimmers, weightlifters and others, hormone imbalance wreaks havoc on their performance. This is especially true in sports that require endurance, the culprit is often testosterone.
In men, testosterone is the big sex hormone. Puberty, facial hair, sperm count. Testosterone gives you all of that and more. As men age, testosterone takes a huge dip. Beginning at age 30 testosterone naturally begins to wane. Unfortunately, the symptoms of what’s known as Low T can be vague. Fatigue. Unwanted or unexplained weight gain. Irritability. Lower sex drive. How many of us could contribute these same things to stress or an overscheduled lifestyle? But the results of low T can be life altering and dangerous.
Aging male athletes usually take notice of Low T when their performance is off.
In addition to endurance, testosterone plays an important role in blood cell activity. For male athletes, testosterone boosts red blood cell count. These cells carry oxygen to the muscles to help with healthy stamina as well as recovery. Without a normal testosterone level, low red blood cell count occurs. Red blood cell activity in the existing cells is down as well.
If you’re an avid athlete and have undetected Low T, you can easily over train. Your normal activity level can, over time, turn into what your body interprets as an overtraining level. Why is this a big deal? Overtraining sends your body into overdrive. It depletes muscles and increases risk of injury. If you have Low T, your recovery from these fatigued muscles and injuries – mild or severe – will be much longer.
Many cases of Low T go undetected.
One of the top reasons men finally seek help is low sex drive: generally lower desire or physical symptoms such as fewer morning erections and inability to maintain or sustain an erection. If you experience this or find your athletic efforts to be yielding half the results with double the effort, this could be you.
Low T is detected through a simple blood test here in the office. The great news is that now there are many options for getting your T back to where it needs to be. BioTE® BHRT is one option many aging male athletes are choosing. Safety and results without side effects of traditional hormone replacement therapy offer athletes like yourself a viable avenue to get your game back on without sacrificing other areas of life.
Could you have Low T? Get back in the game with an easy conversation at Inner Beauty Med.