What is Low Testosterone?
Low Testosterone refers to any situation in which the body’s levels of the testosterone hormone fall below the range of levels considered by the medical community to be “normal”. Low Testosterone, or Low T, can be the cause of health and sexual problems, but it can also be the result of other health issues or treatments.
Testosterone is a naturally occurring hormone that is most prevalent in men. It helps regulate and control a variety of sexual functions, but also contributes to muscle and bone strength. Thus, while Low Testosterone can lead to a variety of sexual problems, it also has implications for men’s total health.
Testosterone levels are frequently checked in a variety of standard blood tests, but unfortunately the standards for “normal” testosterone levels are compared against men’s peers of similar age. Men whose testosterone levels fall within “normal” range may still experience the common symptoms of Low Testosterone. Men with these symptoms could benefit from professional evaluation:
- Loss of Libido (sex drive)
- Fatigue and decreased energy levels
- Muscle Loss
- Weight Gain
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Memory Loss
- Sleep apnea
- Hair Loss
- Irritable Male Syndrome
What causes Low Testosterone?
As men age, their bodies naturally produce lower levels of testosterone than they did in early age. In some cases, this is normal and has no effect on sexual health or daily functioning. In other cases, men may grow accustomed to living life at “lower” levels than might be possible if their hormone levels were properly balanced by a licensed and trained physician.
How is Low Testosterone diagnosed?
Low Testosterone can be diagnosed with a simple blood test.
How is Low Testosterone treated?
Treatment options include hormone therapies and/or replacement. Physicians at the Carolina Men’s Clinic work with each individual patient to identify and treat Low Testosterone when it is affecting your sexual health and overall vitality.