Low Testosterone: Symptoms and Treatments

Low testosterone is a medical issue in which the testes (male reproductive glands) produce less testosterone. A broad integrative medicine approach has been shown effective in treating low testosterone and its side effects. It combines diet and lifestyle changes with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), if necessary.

Contact Atlanta Integrative Wellness Centers to learn more about how integrative therapies can help.

What is Low Testosterone?

Testosterone is a male sex hormone produced in the testicles. Normal male sexual development and function rely on it.

During puberty, testosterone helps boys develop facial hair, a deeper voice, and muscle strength. To produce sperm, men require testosterone. Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, and older men tend to have lower blood testosterone levels. 

Normal testosterone levels are challenging to define. They fluctuate throughout the day, but they are also influenced by age, body mass index (BMI), nutrition, alcohol consumption, illnesses, and certain medications. Low testosterone is diagnosed when hormone levels in the blood are registered at less than 300 NG/DL.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Low-T has the following symptoms:

  • Low sex drive
  • Night sweats
  • Tiredness
  • Less lean muscle mass
  • Irritation
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Depressive disorder

What is the Prevalence of Low Testosterone?

According to current research, low testosterone affects up to 40% of men over the age of 45. It is a natural part of aging, but some men have low levels of testosterone that occurs early, a condition known as Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome.

 

What Causes Low Testosterone?

Low testosterone can be caused by a variety of factors, including testicular injury (trauma, blood clots) or infection, cancer therapies, and acute or chronic illnesses. Metabolic disorders, including pituitary gland dysfunction or tumors, as well as medications, such as opioids, and hormones have also been implicated in causing low testosterone in men.

Other causes include:

  • Abuse of alcoholic beverages
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Obesity or rapid weight loss
  • Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Congenital defects
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Growing Older
  • Excessive estrogen
  • Previous use of anabolic steroids
  • Pubertal retardation
  • Previous brain surgery or radiation exposure

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Low Testosterone manifests itself in a variety of ways. Some symptoms are more related to Low-T levels than others. Your doctor will assist you in testing your situation using blood tests. You can help your doctor by reporting symptoms like:

  • Less sex drive
  • Impaired erectile function
  • Hair loss on the body
  • Reduced beard growth
  • Decreased lean muscle mass
  • Constant feeling of exhaustion (fatigue)
  • Weight changes
  • Depression symptoms

Non-specific symptoms may include:

  • Reduced energy, endurance, and physical strength
  • Impaired memory
  • Difficulty finding the right words to say
  • Not able to concentrate
  • Not performing well at work
Treatments for Low Testosterone

Treatment for adult men includes testosterone replacement therapy to restore testosterone levels. It is the most used treatment for male hypogonadism. Male hypogonadism traits are as follows:

  • Decreased sexual drive
  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased facial and body hair
  • Loss of muscular mass
  • Bone density

Testosterone can help. We recommend visiting an advanced healthcare provider to learn more about the full range of treatment options available. Atlanta Integrative Medicine offers a range of tools that address the whole mind and body, restoring balance for natural healing and improved symptoms

Types of Testosterone Therapy

Testosterone replacement therapy is available in many forms. Oral testosterone preparations are not used to treat hypogonadism as they are less effective in maintaining consistent testosterone levels and may cause serious liver problems. 

Instead, other options to consider include:

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Low Testosterone

In some cases a pituitary problem can cause low testosterone. In these instances, pituitary hormones can be given to promote sperm production and restore fertility. A pituitary tumor may necessitate surgical removal, medication, radiation, or hormone replacement.

To learn more about Low Testosterone and its treatments, contact Atlanta Integrative Wellness Centers today. 

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