Those Commercials


When I am watching a show that is not on Hulu or Netflix, I get stuck viewing commercials. Often the ones I see are for a medical condition, and the commercial goes on about how 1 in 5 guys will suffer with something and I usually dismiss this as “oh that stuff won’t happen to me, it can’t happen, I am not like those guys, I am normal”. Well guess what? I was wrong, it did happen to me.

A few months ago I started to eat healthy as well as started going to the gym 3 to 5 times a week. I started to feel good, energy was up, I was feeling more positive, and you know all that wonderful stuff that happens when you actually eat right and exercise. About 2 months into the “new me”, I started to get extremely tired. My energy level was horrible and I would wake up feeling like I didn’t good sleep or get any rest. I couldn’t figure it out, I was working out and eating right, I should not be getting worse, I should be getting better.

After about 3 weeks of feeling exhausted I was sitting in my recliner, trying to find the strength to get up and go do something, I saw one of them dreaded commercials again. Feeling tired? No energy? Feeling down or depressed? Every symptom I answered a yes to, the commercial was about low testosterone. Again that can’t be why I am tired, I am in my early 40’s, I am getting into shape, I am active. So I decided to go see my doctor, who in turn ran a few simple blood tests. A few days later I got a call from the doctor. He said your testosterone is 200, normal is between 300 and 800. So that was it, that’s why I was feeling so horrible I was one of those guys in that commercial with the low testosterone.  The doctor gave me two choices, come in to his office every two weeks and get a shot, or apply a gel every day to your shoulder; I took the gel on the shoulder route. It took about 2 weeks to get back to normal, but now life is back to feeling grand and I can get back to eating right and logging those miles on the treadmill.

So fellas, if you notice an unexplained change in your mood or energy level, do yourself a favor, go get checked out. The fix might be easier than you think. Life is too short to sit around not feeling well from something that is actually common to us “normal” guys. Take a few minutes to take care of yourself.

*Testosterone Facts

  • Testosterone is made in testes of men ,ovaries in women and the adrenal glands, located above the kidneys in both men and women
  • Low Testosterone is called Hypogonadism
  • Low testosterone has a high connection to belly fat.
  • You are more likely to have sleep apnea if you have low testosterone levels.
  • Testosterone helps women and men strengthen and maintain bone density, reducing the risk of developing osteoporosis.