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.