5 Signs You Could Be Suffering from a Testosterone Deficiency

To set up a consultation, call the Advanced Urology Medical Offices location nearest you, or use the online booking tool. 

Low testosterone levels, or Low-T, can decrease your enjoyment of many activities, sex included. If you think your level may be low, it’s time to see a qualified urologist who can test it and help you make adjustments to get your energy and enthusiasm for life back.

At Advanced Urology Medical Offices in Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, and Culver City, California, our team of professional urologists can accurately diagnose whether or not you have Low-T and offer you a range of treatments to get your testosterone levels back within a normal range. Restoring your T-levels can have many positive effects on your health and lower your risk for some serious conditions.

How testosterone affects the male body

Testosterone is produced by the testes, and it kickstarts the puberty process. Your voice gets deeper, your muscle mass begins to change, and you start to grow facial hair. Testosterone also contributes to red blood cell production (hence the saying, “a healthy, red-blooded male”) and helps keep your bones strong.

Testosterone peaks in your body when you reach adulthood, and it stays fairly level until your thirties, at which point you begin to lose 0.4%2% per year. By age 60, two out of 10 men have lower than normal testosterone. By age 70, that number goes up to three out of 10. Low-T is diagnosed when levels are 300 nanograms or less of testosterone in a deciliter of blood (<300 ng/dL).

Symptoms of low testosterone

There are five main signs that you could be suffering from testosterone deficiency. The more signs you have, the more likely it is that you have Low-T. 

1. Sexual difficulties

Many men first realize they have low testosterone due to sexual health problems, like a decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, and a lowered amount of semen produced. 

2. Low energy

Constant fatigue with no other apparent cause can also be attributed to low testosterone.

3. Mood and memory changes

Irritability, abrupt changes in mood, depression, and memory can all be affected by the advance of testosterone deficiency. 

4. Rapid hair loss

Hair loss often picks up pace when testosterone levels begin to drop. You might notice you are not just losing hair on your head, but also on your chest, armpits, groin area, and face.

5. Physical health changes

Loss of muscle mass, decreased bone mass, an increase in fat deposits, and low red blood cell counts (anemia) also plague men who are experiencing Low-T. 

Hypertension, hyperlipidemia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic kidney disease have all been linked to testosterone deficiency. Low-T alone does not cause these conditions, but it can be a contributing factor.

At Advanced Urology Medical Centers, we can help you figure out if your testosterone levels have dipped below normal and prescribe testosterone therapy to help raise your levels, if necessary. With appropriate treatment, your symptoms can recede and you can enjoy feeling vital and virile once again. 

To set up a consultation, call the Advanced Urology Medical Offices location nearest you, or use the online booking tool

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