Testosterone naturally declines as we get older. Symptoms might include lower sex drive, increase in body far, hair loss, decrease in sleep quality and mood shifts. Fortunately, a urologist can perform a blood test do determine if your testosterone levels are below healthy levels. If our office determines you have low testosterone, we will present you options for testosterone replacement therapy.
Low testosterone (low T) occurs when levels fall below 300 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). A normal range for men is typically 300–1,000 ng/dL, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Other health conditions may lead to low testosterone, including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, HIV/AIDS, and chronic opioid use.
Treatment options, testosterone replacement therapy, include gels and creams; a mouth patch applied the upper gums; a skin patch; or injections or implants. Each protocol has its pros and cons and ultimately the method may be matched to your lifestyle.
No matter what, if you think you may have low testosterone, speak to a qualified urologist about your symptoms. We can get you on the path to feeling better.