The diagnosis of low testosterone, or low T, is increasingly common. As men age, they often experience fatigue, weakness, and a loss of sex drive — all symptoms of low testosterone. If you believe you might be experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with Ashkan Zand, MD, and the team at Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas. Call the office in Houston, Pearland, or Pasadena, Texas, or request an appointment online today.
Testosterone is the primary hormone in adolescent boys and men. During puberty, testosterone helps build muscle and boosts the size of both the penis and testes.
In adulthood, sufficient testosterone levels help keep your bones and muscles healthy. Testosterone also assists men in maintaining their sex drive and adequate sperm production.
After age 30, most men experience a gradual decline in testosterone. The bottom of a man’s normal total testosterone range is roughly 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL), while the upper limit hovers around 800 ng/dL.
Another reason men experience a decrease in testosterone is hypogonadism, a disease that presents in males and happens when the testicles don’t produce enough testosterone (often in the latter years of life). Men with testosterone levels under 300 ng/dL are typically diagnosed with hypogonadism.
Without sufficient levels of testosterone, your body can feel the repercussions.
According to studies, almost 40% of men older than 45 have abnormally low levels of testosterone, or low T. These low levels can cause adverse symptoms including, but not limited to:
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, the team at Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas can help determine if it’s due to low T.
Testosterone replacement therapy is most commonly used to treat men with abnormally low testosterone. Testosterone can be prescribed as pills, patches, or gel that is either applied or injected.
The team at Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas can offer effective treatments if you’re wrestling with the effects of low testosterone. They offer hormone testing to help determine where you stand and can create an effective treatment plan that caters to your specific needs.
To schedule an appointment to determine if you have low testosterone, call Endocrinology and Osteoporosis Centers of Texas, or book online today.