Low testosterone, or 'Low T', can lead to many signs and symptoms often associated with age. That is because, after the age of 30, men's production of testosterone begins to decline. Without medical intervention, signs and symptoms of Low T include low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, loss of muscle, weight gain, and much more. The specialists at Tennessee Men's Health can diagnose, treat, and effectively manage testosterone levels, making sure you feel and look your best!
What is Testosterone and Why is it Important?
Hormones are complex chemical messengers sent primarily through the blood and bodily fluids to organs and tissues to alter and control functions. Hormones affect every aspect of our body's functions, from growth and sexual maturity and mood to how well one sleeps. Testosterone is a hormone found in both men and women, though it is the main sex hormone in men and found in much smaller quantities in women. It plays a crucial role in regulating sex drive, mental wellbeing, bone density, muscle strength, and weight regulation.
Testosterone is responsible for the dramatic changes (increase in muscle and physical appearance, deeper voice, and sudden acute interest in sex) adolescent men during puberty. In adulthood, it helps to keep a man's energy levels up, weight gain down, and sex drive going.
After Age 30 Men's Testosterone Gradually Declines.
After the age of 30, men's bodies begin to decrease the amount of testosterone produced. This decline begins subtle and increases with age. As testosterone levels drop, signs and symptoms begin to intensify. The most common initial symptom is a loss of interest in sex.
Initial Exam & Diagnosis
Medical conditions like diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure often have similar symptoms of Low T. In the past, this led many physicians to misattribute the symptoms of Low T to an underlying condition. Modern medicine recognizes the significance of healthy testosterone levels.
During the initial exam, a thorough medical history and physical exam is conducted. More serious explanations for symptoms must first be ruled out. A simple blood test will be done and sent to a lab to determine the specific levels of testosterone.
Doctor-Supervised Testosterone Therapy
TMH's medical team and board-certified physicians administer testosterone for men whose physical exam, medical history, and blood composition test results confirm a diagnosis of Low Testosterone. Regular routine blood composition tests are provided on a timeframe dependent upon your needs. Based on these results the provider may prescribe specially-formulated supplements to correct overall hormone levels.
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