Low testosterone can cause a host of unwanted symptoms in men, including decreased sexual desire, decreased strength, and low energy levels. Balanced Medical Solutions offers advanced treatments like hormone replacement therapy for low testosterone at their clinic in Hayward, California. If you think you may have low testosterone, call the San Francisco Bay Area office, or book an appointment online today.
Low Testosterone Q&A
What is low testosterone?
Testosterone is the primary hormone in men, though women also have it. In men, testosterone plays a crucial role in developing and maintaining muscle and bone mass, sexual vitality, and red blood cells. Testosterone also regulates your sexual and reproductive function and boosts your mood.
Low testosterone, also known as low-T, happens when your testicles don’t produce enough of this critical hormone. About 40% of men age 45 or older have some degree of low testosterone, but adult men can suffer from this condition at any age.
What causes low testosterone?
Testosterone levels peak in early adulthood and fall gradually as you grow older. Starting at about age 30-40, your body produces about 1-2% less testosterone every year. However, certain conditions can speed up the decline of testosterone, including:
- Obesity or extreme weight loss
- Alcohol abuse
- Uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes
- Injury or infection to the testicles
- Endocrine disorders, such as hypothyroidism
- Certain medications, such as opioids and steroids
- Previous anabolic steroid use
- Tumors of dysfunction of the pituitary gland
- Congenital disorders and defects
If your low testosterone is due to a health factor, such as obesity or uncontrolled diabetes, treating the underlying condition may improve your levels.
How do I know if I have low testosterone?
Symptoms of low testosterone vary depending on certain factors, such as age. A man with low testosterone may have some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Difficulty getting an erection (erectile dysfunction)
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering
- Decreased bone density
- Difficulty sleeping
- Low sex drive (libido)
- Hair loss
- A decrease in muscle mass
- Increase in body fat
- Low energy levels
- Mood swings and irritability
- Depression and anxiety
These symptoms can be detrimental to your sexual wellness, intimate relationships, and overall quality of life, but the team at Balanced Medical Solutions can help. Visit our free hormonal imbalance quiz to see if you might have low testosterone – click here.
How is low testosterone treated?
First, your Balanced Medical Solutions provider performs a physical exam that includes lab tests to measure your testosterone levels. If you have low testosterone, they develop an individualized treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Treatment may include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), traditional TRT or peptides to optimize your hormone levels. If your testosterone levels are low due to an underlying condition, the team at Balanced Medical Solutions makes sure to address that first.
For compassionate, confidential treatment for low testosterone, call Balanced Medical Solutions, or book an appointment online today.
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