Low T

How is Low Testosterone Treated?

Low Testosterone levels can lead to a whole host of issues including loss of muscle, loss of sex drive, loss of mental clarity and drive and is one of the most common undiagnosed causes of depression.

There is currently an epidemic of low testosterone among men throughout the world but especially in the United States — for more information see my previous post here.

When ever encounting symptoms of low testosterone it is important that the cause is determined and corrected. Many times low levels of testosterone can be treated with testosterone replacement therapy. Many times correcting the cause of the low testosterone will lead to an increase in natural testosterone as well. Testosterone comes in many forms, including shots given in the muscle, gels placed on the skin, or even slow release pellets that can be placed under the skin.

It is important to get the right level of testosterone for you. The reason being that levels of testosterone that are too high might increase the chance of heart attack or stroke in some men. This is rare and we are still researching exactly why this happens.

If you are older than 60 you should consider having testosterone replacement if:

●2 or 3 blood tests show very low testosterone levels

●Symptoms of low testosterone such as decrease libido, decrease muscle mass, and depression are bothering you.

●Your doctor has made sure that the symptoms you are experiencing are not caused by another illness

Men with testosterone replacement need regular testing. These include tests to measure blood testosterone levels and screening tests for prostate cancer.

If you or someone you love is dealing with symptoms of low testosterone please reach out by clicking here.

Low T

What Causes Low Testosterone?

As mentioned in my previous post there is an epidemic of low testosterone among men throughout the world.
Low Testosterone is often caused by:

●Exposure to heavy metals such a lead and mercury (these are build up over a lifetime of exposure)

●Damage to the testicles (where most of the testosterone is created) from trauma or infection

●Many of the treatments used for cancer, especially radiation, chemotherapy, and even hormone therapy medications for prostate cancer

●Problems with the pituitary gland (gland at the base of the brain). This gland controls most of the hormone-producing organs.

●Many medical problems can cause Low T, particularly liver and kidney illness, high levels of obesity, diabetes, and occasionally infections disesases.

●Rare genetic problems

When should I see a doctor?

If you are suffering from the symptoms of low T, please reach out to us by clicking here. There are many illnesses that can masquerade as symptoms of low T. We can often determine the exact cause of Low T with tests we can perform in our office and the use of blood testing. Often a simple blood test can show if you have low levels of testosterone, but many times other tests are needed to identify the cause.

What Causes Low Testosterone?