Low testosterone is a common condition among aging men. Men of any age may also be at risk for Low T if they suffer from obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Testosterone levels gradually decrease with age because the body is no longer producing the hormone at the same levels which are seen in younger men. Over time, hormone production slows down. The change in male hormone levels, as a natural result of aging, is known as andropause.
Why Is Testosterone Important?
Testosterone has several important functions in the male body:
Testosterone levels are measured within a certain number range. Results above or below the “normal” range can cause many different symptoms, both physical and emotional. We give a Low T diagnosis for patients whose level of testosterone falls below 300 nanograms per deciliter of blood.
What Is Andropause?
Similar in many ways to menopause, andropause is the series of hormonal changes which progress in men as they age. However, andropause begins much earlier in life than menopause, and continues gradually into old age. Hormones affected in this way include not only testosterone but also the thyroid hormones, human growth hormone (HGH), and DHEA.
The process of andropause often brings about weight gain (especially around the abdomen), reduced muscle tone, decreased heart and lung capacity, and diminished sexual function. Andropause may also contribute to feelings of depression, fatigue, and irritability.
Is It Low T?
There are many symptoms relating to Low T:
If the symptoms listed above sound all too familiar, you may be suffering from Low T. This diagnosis can be confirmed through a simple medical exam and blood test. Once test results are in, we can address whether male hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help alleviate your symptoms.
Treatment through the use of medically supervised testosterone replacement can return hormones to their optimal levels and restore vitality. Our hormone replacement therapy doctors administer testosterone in one of two ways: either through topical cream which is applied to the skin, or by weekly injections. Injections may be self-administered, or can be performed by our in-house nurse as a quick outpatient procedure during an office visit.