Testosterone is an important hormone in the male body, produced mainly in the testes, which helps regulate a wide variety of bodily function, from red blood cell production to muscle mass, bone density, fat distribution and sex drive. Low levels of testosterone, known as hypogonadism, can have a wide range of effects on a man’s health. The latest research is discovering more and more connections between overall men’s health and testosterone levels. Some very major illnesses and health concerns have been linked to low testosterone, including:
- Cardiovascular Problems
While low testosterone is not the known cause of these illnesses, the discovered links between them suggest that regulating and improving testosterone levels can also help treat these associated issues.
Where does low testosterone come from?
Men typically experience a gradual decline in testosterone levels somewhere between the ages of 40 and 55. This decline is typically known as andropause or “male menopause”. This is an unavoidable natural phenomenon and affects an estimated 13 million men in the United States. Also, an increasing number of men under the age of 40 are experiencing low levels of testosterone due to lifestyle factors such as stress, dietary problems, lack of physical activity, and little or poor sleep.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
If you suffer from low testosterone, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Decreased strength and/or muscle mass
- Frequent fatigue or general lack of energy
- Poor or declining sleep
- Irritability and/or depression
- Inability to concentrate
- Declining libido
- Weak erections
Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT)
If you believe you suffer from low testosterone, know that treatment is available. Using an injectable testosterone cypionate, our office can provide Testosterone Replacement Therapy, or TRT. Testosterone Replacement Therapy has been shown to have a number of positive effects on men suffering from low testosterone, including improving strength and muscle mass, boosting energy, and improving sex drive and cognitive functions.
Diagnosing Low Testosterone
While there is no age limit to who may benefit from or receive Testosterone Replacement Therapy, not all men are viable candidates for the treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, the first step is to contact our office and schedule a consultation so that we can properly diagnose whether you have low testosterone levels. A brief examination, review of your medical history and a blood test can tell our experienced medical providers whether you have low testosterone and, if so, whether or not you are a candidate for this treatment.
If you undergo Testosterone Replacement Therapy, you will have a series of injections, typically every 7-10 days, usually injected into the gluteal muscle. Depending on many factors, including the severity of your condition, these injections can potentially continue indefinitely. Testosterone Replacement Therapy is meant to supplement your lack of testosterone: it does not stimulate your body’s own testosterone production. Side effects of TRT are minor but may include decreased testicular size, fluid retention, liver toxicity, increased red blood cells and acne. If you are already experiencing sleep apnea, TRT may also make your sleep apnea worse.
If you have any questions about low testosterone or Testosterone Replacement Therapy, please download our Low Testosterone PDF or contact our office. We will be happy to address any questions you may have.