What Is Low Testosterone?
Testosterone is one of many hormones that our body produces naturally. Testosterone itself is created in the testicles. Like the other hormones in the body, the production of a level in the body is vital to help with normal function and development.
Unfortunately, testosterone development decreases as we age, with some men experiencing a noticeable decline in the hormone level. When the level of testosterone in the blood falls below the established range, this is called Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome or Low Testosterone (Low-T).
Low-T itself does not necessarily cause harmful health effects. However, it can cause several other harmful symptoms that may interrupt your daily life. Some of the most noticeable symptoms of Low-T include a low sex drive, fatigue, a reduction in lean muscle mass, and erectile dysfunction. If severe enough, Low-T can also cause irritability and/or depression.
There are some definitive causes of Low-T that primarily are the result of injury or damage to the testicles. Low-T can also be caused by certain metabolic conditions and the use of particular antidepressant and narcotic medications. In some men, however, Low-T is simply the result of aging.
While there is no cure for Low-T or Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome, there are a few treatment options that may help increase the level of testosterone in your blood. After a comprehensive examination, Dr. Shridharani will create a treatment plan specific to your needs to include the treatment options best for your situation.
Available testosterone therapy options include topical gels or creams, testosterone injections, or small testosterone pellets implanted just under the skin to release testosterone over a 3-6 month period. Over time, these may help increase the level of testosterone in your blood but require periodic check-ups and treatments.
Some symptoms of Low-T or Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome can also be caused by other health issues. A comprehensive exam by an expert doctor can help rule out other medical concerns and determine if Low-T is the cause.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that you believe might be caused by low testosterone levels, call Dr. Shridharai in Chattanooga, TN, at 423-778-4636, or visit www.drshrid.com to schedule a consultation today.