Low Testosterone Symptoms & Treatment
Androgen Deficiency of the Aging Male (ADAM) aka andropause, a syndrome in aging men, consists of physical, sexual, and psychologic symptoms that include diminished sex drive, erectile dysfunction, weakness, fatigue, reduced muscle and bone mass, impaired hematopoiesis, lowered sperm count, depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, memory impairment, and reduced cognitive function.
Free testosterone levels begin to decline at a rate of 1% per year after age 40 years. It is estimated that 20% of men aged 60-80 years have levels below the lower limit of normal. However, hormone levels should not justify treatment alone. Symptoms of testosterone deficiency are required to justify treatment. Once the symptoms of “low T” are identified then two separate T levels will be obtained to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment is usually initiated after a thorough discussion of the risks and benefits of testosterone replacement based on your individual characteristics.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased erectile/sexual function
- Decreased energy, strength and endurance
- Decreased mental quickness and sharpness
- Less desire for DAILY activity and exercise
- Night sweats and trouble sleeping
- Decreased muscle and increased body fat
- Mild to moderate depression and irritability
- Depression and/or loss of eagerness and enthusiasm for daily life
What can be done to treat Low Testosterone?
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing the symptoms of Low T, then it is best to come see the only fellowship-trained Men’s Health urologist Dr. Anand Shridharani in Chattanooga, TN.
Testosterone changes can be tested in connection with the biochemical changes, hormonal fluctuations, continual stress, and loss of male identity that you might be feeling. By talking to those you trust, including Dr. Shridharani, then progress can be made to make sure that you are not suffering alone and changes can be made to make you feel healthy and like your old self.
For more information about Low Testosterone read about diagnosis, causes and treatment options on our webpage here: http://www.drshrid.com/services/low-testosterone/
Dr. Anand Shridharani and the team at UT Erlanger Urology in Chattanooga, TN are here to help. Dr. Shrid can answer any questions you may have. If you are or someone you know may be suffering from Low T call our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Shrid makes educating his patients a top priority through one-on-one consultation, patient seminars, educational websites, our blog, and social media.