Low Testosterone Treatment
If you are feeling run down and tired, you may be suffering from more than just the normal effects of aging. Low testosterone is a common medical problem for men that often goes undiagnosed.
Many men assume that the symptoms of low testosterone are just normal signs of aging, but that is definitely not the case.
If you are feeling abnormally fatigued or otherwise unwell, you need to have your testosterone levels checked. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about low testosterone and low t hormone therapy. If you can’t find an answer to your question below, The Men’s Clinic is here to help answer your questions and get you back to your normal self. Contact us to learn more!
What are the Signs You Have Low Testosterone?
If you want to reclaim your good health and feel better, it is important to know the warning signs of low T. Low testosterone levels can cause a wide variety of problems, and it is easy to miss the warning signs, especially at the beginning.
In many cases, the first sign of low T is simply a feeling of tiredness. You may find it a bit harder to get out of bed, or you may feel tired after even a small amount of physical activity.
Other symptoms of low testosterone may include:
- Muscle loss
- Weight gain
- Extreme, persistent fatigue
- Erectile dysfunction
- Lower sex drive
- Sleep problems
- Hot flashes & night sweats
- Extreme irritability
- Hair loss
- Urinary problems
- Memory loss
What Causes Low Testosterone Levels in Men?
As men age, their bodies start to gradually produce less testosterone. Typically, this starts after age 30 and drops by approximately 1% per year for the rest of a man’s life.
There are many potential cause of low testosterone, but some of the most common causes include:
- Delay in puberty
- Injury or infection of the testes
- Alcohol abuse
- Severe obesity or extreme weight loss
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes
- Congenital birth defect
- Certain conditions, such as cirrhosis of the liver,
- chronic renal (kidney) failure,
- severe primary hypothyroidism, and HIV/AIDS
How is Low Testosterone Diagnosed?
If you think you might have low testosterone, it is important to get a firm diagnosis. There is help available for your low testosterone, but until you know your numbers you will not be able to develop an effective treatment plan.
During your appointment at our men’s health clinic, our medical staff will test for low testosterone by taking a blood sample first thing in the morning, when men’s testosterone levels are at their highest. The normal range for testosterone in men is between 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter. If your levels are below that range, and you have symptoms of low T, such as fatigue and sexual dysfunction, you likely have low testosterone.
But don’t worry – If our medical staff determines that you have low testosterone, we can create a personalized treatment plan for you based on your health and lifestyle, and get you back to your normal, healthy self.
Types of Hormone Therapy for Men
If your doctor believes that you might suffer from low testosterone, there are several treatment options available including:
- Testosterone injections
- Testosterone patches
- Topical testosterone gel
Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising frequently, and cutting out alcohol and cigarettes can also help improve testosterone levels.