How many times have you lost your keys or misplaced your wallet this week? Do you find it difficult to concentrate on work or tasks at home? Do you wake up some mornings not knowing what project you’re working on or what needs to be done?
If you think these missteps are just normal signs of aging, you may want to think again. Testosterone levels begin to decline naturally around age 30, but some men experience a drop below the healthy range, which can lead to several symptoms including difficulty concentrating.
Difficulty concentrating and Low T in men are closely linked. Low T causes cortisol levels to rise, which if left untreated, can damage the hippocampus, and impair learning and memory.
What are the symptoms of being unable to concentrate?
Being unable to concentrate affects people differently. For some, it may be more difficult to concentrate at certain times of day or in certain settings, while others may have a difficult time remembering appointments or meetings. Common symptoms include:
- Difficulty remembering things that occurred a short time ago
- Difficulty sitting still
- Difficulty thinking clearly
- Frequently losing things or difficulty remembering where things are
- Inability to make decisions
- Inability to perform complicated tasks
- Lack of focus
- Lack of physical or mental energy
- Making careless mistakes
How is being unable to concentrate diagnosed?
There are many reasons men have difficulty concentrating, so it’s important to talk to a medical professional. First, your provider will gather your health history and talk to you about your specific symptoms. Next, they will review any current medications, supplements, or herbs you may be taking to determine whether they could be affecting your mental acuity. Once they’ve gathered this information, they will know which tests to order to make a diagnosis.
Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests:
- Blood testing to determine hormone levels
- CT scans to view possible brain abnormalities
- Electroencephalography (EEG), which measures electric activity in the scalp
How is Being unable to concentrate treated?
Just as there are many reasons men have difficulty concentrating, there are many possible treatments. Depending on the lab results, some men may be able to make lifestyle changes to improve concentration, such as:
- Eating healthy foods
Maintaining a healthy diet of whole grains, lean meats and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can help boost your memory and focus, help prevent disease, and maintain mental acuity as you age. Opting for several smaller meals throughout the day will also help maintain blood sugar levels and stave off symptoms of brain fog (memory issues or lack of mental clarity).
- Getting more sleep
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend 7-9 hours of sleep per day for adults aged 18 years and older. Chronic sleep deprivation leads to lower alertness and concentration. It also makes it difficult to perform tasks that require logical reasoning and complex thought.
- Reducing caffeine intake
While caffeine is considered a stimulant that can boost the brains’ ability to focus and concentrate, overconsumption can lead to anxiety, an inability to focus, insomnia and irritability.
- Lowering stress
Stress can increase concentration for a very short time, but prolonged or chronic stress has a shrinking effect on the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Taking steps to reduce stress, like meditating, writing in a journal or enjoying a hobby, can help reverse the negative effects of stress and improve your concentration.
Others, however, may be struggling with Low Testosterone. According to the Cleveland Clinic, Low Testosterone affects nearly 40% of men aged 45 and older. In this case, your doctor may recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) to help restore not only your mental health but your physical, emotional, and sexual health as well.
Restore mental acuity with Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Difficulty concentrating and Low Testosterone in men can be safely treated with medically supervised testosterone replacement therapy, which can be administered in several ways. At SynergenX, we have identified the most effective way for men to receive testosterone therapy to be via injection. Other, less effective methods of absorption include:
- Testosterone patches, replaced and applied daily
- Testosterone gels, applied daily
- Testosterone pellets, implanted under the skin every two months
Men receiving TRT from SynergenX are tested continually, and dosing is varied, meaning it is specific to each patient, as unique testosterone levels rise and fall. This will minimize side effects and help most men achieve a noticeable positive change in concentration, memory, and executive function.
Having difficulty concentrating?
If you’re having difficulty concentrating, or any of the other symptoms listed below, the specialist providers at SynergenX Health encourage you to get your testosterone levels checked.
- Lack of energy
- Declining libido
- Weak erections
- Poor sleep
- Decreased muscle and strength
If you’re struggling with symptoms of Low T, call SynergenX at 888.219.7259 to schedule an appointment, or fill out our online form. We can confirm your diagnosis and provide safe, effective testosterone replacement therapy to help restore your testosterone levels so you can get back to focusing on your work, projects, honey-do lists and hobbies.
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