Testosterone may be the hormone that is most well known. It is credited with strength and masculinity and it fuels sex drive. What you may not know is that it helps regulate mood, bone density, and helps to control many other functions within our bodies.
As we age our production of testosterone starts to fall, typically around the age of 30 to 35. The gradual decline of testosterone as men age is sometimes referred to as “andropause” or “male menopause”. For many men there is a gradual decline that may not cause any issues. However, by the age of 50, or sometimes even before that, there may be a sudden drop in testosterone. Low testosterone gives into dominance by another hormone in our body, estrogen.
This imbalance can cause troublesome issues that may include:
- Loss of energy and motivation
- Decrease in sex drive
- Loss of strength
and muscle mass
- Mood swings and/or Irritability
- Erectile dysfunction
- Larger Breasts
- Testicular atrophy
- Loss of body hair
- Poor concentration
- Low sperm count
- Loss of bone density
- Urinary problems
- Weight gain
- Memory loss
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
The most common reason testosterone levels drop is because of aging, however sometimes significant health issues can be the underlying cause.
These include type 2 diabetes, liver disease, obesity, pituitary gland problems, injuries to the testicle, tumors, alcohol or substance abuse. Some medical treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy can cause testosterone to drop, and medications such as steroids can also contribute, stress and diet also make an impact on your hormone balance. It is important to be examined by a qualified provider to evaluate your situation.
The providers at Medical Specialists obtain a health history, do an exam and perform laboratory tests to carefully examine where your levels are at and try to get to the root cause of any symptoms you may be experiencing. They review the results with you and work with you to create a plan for treatment that you are comfortable with.
If your testosterone is low it can be treated with bio-identical testosterone injections, gels, creams, lozenges, or pellets that are placed under the skin. The solution is customized based on your needs and preferences. Often, symptoms will be resolved with treatment.
Once your testosterone is at an optimal level you will be amazed by how good you feel!
Our goal is to help you live your BEST life at any age!
Reclaim your balance,
Reclaim your energy,
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