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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.

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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?
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Symptoms of low T?

The symptoms of low testosterone are different depending on how long you have had low testosterone.

Initially, those suffering with low testosterone experience:

●Lethargy — Feel tired, particularly at the end of the day

●Lack of interest in Sexy — When you have little or no interest in sex, this can be referred to as having “low libido”

●Depression — Feeling sad, “feeling blue” or “down”, this often starts slowly

If you have had low testosterone for many years, most men develop other symptoms and often other medical problems:

●Decrease of muscle

●Decrease of bone strength

●Loss of body hair (often starts slowly)

●The appearance of breasts where the pectoral muscles are usually located the medical diagnosis for this is gynecomastia.

Symptoms of low testosterone.  Diagnosis of low testosterone.
Symptoms of low testosterone. Diagnosis of low testosterone.
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Low T: What it Really Means and Why it’s Happening

What Exactly Is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a specific hormone but is also a catch all all name that is commonly used when talking about a few different “male hormones” or what we call “androgens.” Testosterone is one of the most important male hormones. The male hormones and especially testosterone helps with strength of muscles, sex drive, and even bone strength.

What does it mean to have  “low testosterone” ?

Symptoms of High and Low Testosterone

Having low testosterone occurs when your body makes too little testosterone. The exact medical term for when this happens is “androgen deficiency” but most people refer to it as just “low T”   As we get older, levels of testosterone tend to get a bit lower.  Compared to our ancestors our testosterone levels are already very low.  When the levels of testosterone in your blood get too low, symptoms occur

According to a recent report from JAMA, the number of men being treated for “low T” is on the rise. From 2010 to 2013, prescrions and treatments for “Low T” have more  than doubled.  Most men today will have less testosterone compared to men of the same age even a generation ago. While we are not exactly certain why this is happening researchers believe it is related to a complex web of social, environmental, and behavioral factors.
Research indicates that men’s testosterone levels have been declining for decades! A study that was performed in 2007 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed a large drop in american men’s testosterone levels since the 1980s. According to the research, a 60-year-old man in 2004 had testosterone levels 17% lower than those of a 60-year-old in 1987! A study of  Danish males showed very similar findings, with double-digit declines among men born in the 1960s when compared to men born in the 1920s.

If you or someone you care about is suffering from the symptoms of low testosterone please seek help. It is very important to get this challenge solved. Click here to reach out to our office.