Urology Specialist Group
Urologists serving Hialeah, Miami Lakes, and Miami, FL
As most men age, low testosterone becomes a leading health concern. Although testosterone levels generally decline with age, getting older isn't the only factor that can result in low testosterone. If you suspect you’re experiencing low testosterone levels, the expert urologists at the Urology Specialist Group in Hialeah and Miami Lakes, Florida, can determine if there’s an underlying cause and offer treatments such as hormone replacement therapy. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today for help with low testosterone if you’re in the greater Miami or Fort Lauderdale areas of South Florida.
Low Testosterone Q & A
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone that helps regulate a number of the body’s processes, including fertility, sex drive, muscle mass, fat distribution, and red blood cell production. Although testosterone is known as the male sex hormone, it’s also present in small amounts in women. In women, testosterone is responsible for sex drive, bone density, and muscle strength.
What causes low testosterone?
Testosterone levels can drop for a number of reasons. Because men produce testosterone in the testes, any damage to the testes can cause low levels of testosterone. Chronic conditions that affect the body’s hormone balance can also result in abnormal testosterone levels.
Some of the most common causes of low testosterone include:
- Injury or infection in the testicles
- Hormone disorders
- Type 2 diabetes
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
Testosterone levels also gradually drop with age. Although low levels of testosterone can be diagnosed as hypogonadism, most cases of age-induced low hormone levels can be attributed to the normal effects of aging. For most men over 50, having lower levels of testosterone is perfectly normal, but treatments are available to boost testosterone levels.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
Some of the symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Decreased facial and body hair
- Decreased muscle mass
- Loss of bone mass
- Development of breast tissue
Because low testosterone levels can make it difficult to lead a normal life, it's important that you discuss your symptoms with an experienced physician. At the Urology Specialist Group, the team has over 30 years of combined experience helping men address their sexual and reproductive health concerns.
How is low testosterone treated?
The first step in treating your low testosterone levels is to diagnose the cause of your hormonal imbalance. Your urologist can measure your testosterone levels using a blood test. If your low testosterone is caused by an underlying condition such as diabetes or an injury to your testes, then the best option is to treat that condition first.
To help increase your testosterone levels, there are treatment options such as testosterone replacement therapy that help replace and regulate hormone levels. Testosterone replacement therapy can be administered in the form of injections, topical gels, patches, and pellets.
To discuss the right option for treating your condition, call the Urology Specialist Group or schedule an appointment online today.
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