Low Testosterone (Low T)
Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles which helps maintain a man’s sex drive, muscle mass, fat distribution, bone density, and body hair.
As men get older testosterone levels gradually decline, typically about 1 percent a year after the age of 30 or 40. In addition, certain medical conditions such as heart, kidney, and liver disease, diabetes, and obesity are contributing factors.
Signs and Symptoms of Low T
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone include changes in sexual function such as low libido, increased body fat, difficulty maintaining muscle strength, decreased bone density, hair loss, and emotional changes such as fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
What is Low T Caused by?
The most common causes of low testosterone results from the testicles not producing an adequate amount of testosterone or the pituitary gland not producing an adequate amount of releasing hormones. Other less common causes include genetic disorders, certain medications such as opioids, damage to certain areas of the brain, and testicular disorders.
What are the Treatment Options for Low T?
Low testosterone is diagnosed by a blood test. Once low T is diagnosed treatment options range from daily gels or patches, nasal-delivered testosterone, weekly to monthly injections of testosterone cypionate, and testosterone pellets placed under the skin that last 3-4 months.
Questions About Low Testosterone or Treatments?
If you think you have Low T or have questions about Low Testosterone (Low T) treatments, contact our adult urology experts at Advanced Urology Associates at 815.409.4930 or request an appointment.