Alleviating Low Testosterone Issues

In men, testosterone is an important hormone, as it’s responsible for the normal growth and development of male sex organs and other secondary sexual characteristics. Here are the effects of testosterone:

● Growth and maturation of the prostate and other male sex organs
● Development of male hair distribution, such as facial hair
● Changes in body muscle mass and strength and fat distribution
● Sex drive and sexual function
● Mood and energy level
● Bone strength

Low Testosterone

Hypogonadism, also known as andropause or low serum testosterone, affects about 39% of men over 45; low testosterone increases with age. Low testosterone increases from 20% in men over 60 to 30% of men over 70, and 50% in men over 80. Signs of low testosterone include:
● Poor erectile function
● Low libido (desire for sex)
● Weaker and fewer erections
● Reduced sexual activity
● Increased body fat
● Decreased energy and fatigue
● Reduced muscle mass
● Depression

Diagnosis

In healthy men, the testosterone levels tend to be between 300 to 1,000 mg/dL. Normally, the brain works with the testes to make more or less testosterone, depending on the fluctuating levels. When the communication between the brain and testes is interrupted, low testosterone may result. Low testosterone is determined by a blood test. When you go for one, physicians will also do a PSA (screening test for prostate cancer) and hematocrit (measurement of red blood cells present).

Treatment Options

Thankfully, low testosterone is not a permanent condition. Options for testosterone replacement therapy include:
● Skin gel
● Injections
● Long-acting pellets
● Patches
● Oral inserts

Speak with our doctors about your symptoms today.