Low Testosterone Therapy in Tallahassee, FL
What is Low Testosterone?
Low Testosterone is a very common condition that usually affects men over 60 but can happen as early as the teen years in some cases. Low testosterone is a branch of a broader condition known as Hypogonadism, which is the failure of gonads. This means the testicles are not producing enough testosterone, which results in a deficiency, meaning the body does not have enough needed testosterone. According to the American Urology Association (AUA), low testosterone is less than 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). When the testosterone gets too low men can feel tired, depressed, moody and grumpy. In addition, men commonly lose a sense of vitality, have reduced libido and reduced physical strength. They also don’t think as clearly and don’t sleep as well.
Dr. Kenneth DeLay offers testing, diagnosing, and treatment options for low testosterone to help determine which treatment option will work best for you. Patients from all over the Florida Panhandle and Southern Georgia come to see Dr. DeLay for his expertise in men’s sexual health. Schedule a consultation today at our urology office in Tallahassee, FL today!
What are the Causes of Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone is very common and currently affects about 4 to 5 million men in the U.S. This may seem like not a lot, but that’s because the majority of men affected are above the age of 40. About 19-39% of older men experience low testosterone, at different levels.
After a man turns 30, testosterone begins to decrease in production. This fall in testosterone accelerates male aging. This happens to every man, but for many, testosterone production decreases faster than most. This can be caused by:
- A family history of low testosterone
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver or kidney disease
- Pituitary gland tumors
- Radiation treatment
- Development issue in the testicles
- Injury to the testicles
- Excess estrogen
What are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
Low testosterone can have a tremendous effect on the male body, physically and mentally. You may have low testosterone if you experience the following:
- Low sex drive
- Weight gain
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Decreased muscle mass
- Quick mood changes
Low sex drive and weight gain are the 2 most common symptoms. Testosterone is one of the hormones prominent in sexual development and drive. Without it, your body has no desire or ability for reproduction. On top of that, fat cells metabolize testosterone, and having a lack of testosterone can lead to obesity. Low testosterone can also lead to many other diseases and complications.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
While there’s no cure for low testosterone, there are many ways for men to control their hormone levels. For this reason, many men try testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Testosterone replacement therapy can quickly reverse these signs and symptoms of aging. TRT can also increase muscle mass, improve muscle strength, and cause belly fat to be lost. It can help lower cholesterol and triglycerides as well as decrease inflammation and improve blood sugar. This isn’t an option that suits every man though. It is important to meet with Dr. DeLay to discuss treatment options for low testosterone and to see if testosterone replacement therapy is right for you.
If very minor, sometimes changes in lifestyle can help treat low testosterone, such as losing weight and improving your diet.