Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Testosterone is a hormone responsible for the proper development of male sexual characteristics that is produced by the testicles. Testosterone is also important for maintaining bone density, muscle mass, red blood cell levels, sense of well-being, and sexual function.
However, as men age, the amount of testosterone gradually declines. This decline naturally starts after age 30 and continues throughout the remainder of a man’s life. If testosterone levels get too low, energy, mood, muscle mass, and overall health are affected. Testosterone replacement therapy can alleviate these symptoms.
What is Low Testosterone?
Testosterone levels are considered low in men if they fall below 300 ng/dL. Low testosterone affects more than 13 million men in the U.S. over the age of 45. Even though men naturally lose testosterone as they age, hypogonadism, also known as low testosterone, is a medical condition that is not a natural part of aging. In general, there is no cure for low testosterone. However, testosterone replacement therapy can return testosterone to healthy levels.
What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?
In general, symptoms of low testosterone include:
- depressed mood
- decreased sex drive
- difficulties with concentration and memory
- erectile dysfunction
- loss of muscle mass
- increase in body fat
- decreased sense of well-being
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