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Low Testosterone (Low T)

Low serum testosterone, also known as hypogonadism or Andropause, affects roughly 39% of men over the age of 45. The prevalence of low testosterone increases with age. Researchers have found that the incidence of low testosterone increases from approximately 20% of men over 60 to 30% of men over 70 and 50% of men over 80 years of age. There are both sexual and non-sexual signs and symptoms associated with low testosterone.

Low testosterone risk factors include:

  • Age.
  • Diabetes.
  • Depression.
  • High Blood pressure.
  • Coronary artery disease.

Symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Low sex drive.
  • Poor erections.
  • Increase in body fat.
  • Lower energy.
  • Reduced muscle mass.
  • Feeling depressed.
  • Anemia.
  • Loss of calcium from bones.

How is low testosterone diagnosed?

Low testosterone is diagnosed through a blood test. Hormone levels will be significantly lower.

How is low testosterone treated?

There are many choices to help raise the levels of testosterone. Testosterone replacement therapy can be given in many forms including skin gels, shots, long-acting pellets, patches and pills. You should talk to your doctor before beginning any of these treatments to decide the best option.