Urology Associates Medical Group
Urologists located in Burbank, CA
In some cases, it’s normal for a man’s testosterone levels to start decreasing as he gets older. But it’s usually not anything he should worry about until much later on in life. If you suspect you have low testosterone, visit Urology Associates Medical Group in Burbank, California. Their highly skilled urologists will run lab tests to see if you have low testosterone and suggest treatments for this condition.
Low Testosterone Q & A
Why is testosterone important?
Testosterone runs so many functions in your body. You need it to:
- Rev up your sex drive
- Produce sperm
- Create and maintain muscle mass
- Distribute fat evenly
- Keep your bones strong
- Produce red blood cells
What causes low testosterone?
Your testosterone should be between 300-800 mg/dL, depending on the lab running the analysis. Reasons why your testosterone level might be lower than this can include:
- Injury to your testicles
- Type 2 diabetes
- HIV or AIDS
- Testicular cancer
- Hormonal disorders
- Liver or kidney disease
- Genetic disorders
- The use of certain prescription medications
Are there symptoms associated with low testosterone?
Yes, although some are more obvious than others. If your testosterone is on the low end, you might have:
- Hair loss
- An increase in body fat
- Muscle tone loss
- Muscle weakness
- Fragile bones
- Increased fatigue
- Hot flashes
- High cholesterol
- Tender breast tissue
How is low testosterone treated?
Once your doctor determines you have low testosterone, treatment options will depend on the severity of your symptoms.
If your testosterone is just borderline low and your symptoms aren’t too cumbersome, for instance, you may benefit from lifestyle changes alone. Getting more physically active and losing weight can help you improve your testosterone levels.
What testosterone replacement therapy is available?
Your doctor will determine which type of treatment is best for your needs. You might need to get testosterone injections directly into muscle mass once every few weeks, but some types of testosterone formularies come in gels or patches that are applied directly to your skin.
Pellet testosterone therapy is another option. With this treatment, the pellets are inserted underneath the skin of your buttocks (usually). Your body absorbs testosterone as it needs it, so the pellets last for months at a time.
It’s also possible that you only need to have certain symptoms treated. If you’re having trouble sustaining an erection, for example, your practitioner can prescribe erectile dysfunction medication. If your primary complaint is difficulty sleeping, you might do just fine with taking prescription-strength sleeping medication.
The bottom line is that treatment options vary and are entirely based on your needs.
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