May be you should first try to improve the testo level naturally before going in for replacement. Your level is low, but possibly you could make it up with some additional efforts.
First of all ensure that you get your daily requirements of macro nutrients including ZINC from your daily food. There is FDA recommendation available for the same, you can google and get it. Do also moderate exercise to reduce fat in the body.Avoid all types of junk food and canned beverages.
If you have put on weight recently, may be you have more estrogen levels which would have reduced the testo levels. In this case,doing exercises and reducing weight would be beneficial.
A test of free testo levels in addition to the total measured now will reveal if you have sufficient free levels inspite of having a low total testo level. In this case you may also check your SHBG levels as well as blood sugar levels. Diabetes can reduce testo levels.
Generally speaking, if after regular exercise along with balanced food intake and adequate sleep, your testo levels are not improving, you could consult an Endo for full hormone testing and try to solve the basic problem. Keep the option of hormone replacement as the last choice.
Thanks for the advice.
I have been on the diabetes borderline for some time now. My HB A1C last Fall was 5.9. I take a statin for cholesterol (now 170 total) and 2 meds for blood pressure (now 110/70).
About 20 months ago, I had minor surgery for repair a blocked artery in my leg following a botched angiogram. It was kind of a wake up call. I basically gave up junk food and soft drinks. Once fully recovered, I purchased an elliptical machine and free weights and started a "moderate" exercise program. I had actually lost 15 lbs in the 12 months prior to my last physical.
So last Fall I was probably in the best shape I've been in for many years. The diagnosis of low testosterone was kind of devastating. I haven't exercised since - sore leg, too tired, too busy at work, not feeling well, etc. I have gained back 10 lbs.
I've done enough research in the last few months to know that the problem is complex. Multiple glands, multiple hormones, multiple feedback mechanisms, etc. Thats one of the reasons I'm so ticked at my GP who was so quick to push HRT on me.
I know that I'm obsessing over this and I need to fix my frame of mind, but I need something substantial to hang my hat on.
Needless to say that in your case, exercising and keeping out of stress are the best medications. Take balanced food, do some meditation, if possible do some Yoga under a teacher and moderate exercise like walking, these should help you to improve your health.