What is Testosterone Deficiency or Low Testosterone (Low-T)?
This occurs when the level of the testosterone hormone in the body begins to drop below the body’s usual range. A deficiency of testosterone does not produce a singular symptom that alerts the individual of the issue. Many men suffering from low testosterone already have symptoms but do not understand that a hormone deficiency causes the problem.
Four to five million men in the United States have low testosterone, and only 10% of these men are being treated. In addition, most of these men are over the age of 45. Adult or late-onset hypogonadism, also known as andropause (80% of all men), is quite normal in men, as testosterone levels naturally begin to fall at a rate of nearly 1% per year after the age of 30. Other causes of Low-T may include stress, alcoholism, obesity, certain prescription medications, and chronic illness. Symptoms often vary, and the severity depends entirely on the individual.
Diagnosis of Low Testosterone
It can be challenging to diagnose low testosterone without comprehensive testing by a medical provider specializing in men’s sexual health. Try answering this questionnaire to assess symptoms often associated with low testosterone; contact our office for a consultation, and our primary care provider will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses all your sexual health concerns.
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