Dr. Jason T. Hayes
Testosterone is a male sex hormone. It plays a key role in male sexual and physical health. As men age, testosterone in their body may lower causing "Low T".</p.
Conditions that may cause or contribute to Low T are:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Liver Disease
- Treatment with certain steroids or painkillers
- Injury or infection of the testicles
What Are the Symptoms of Low T?
- Less interest in sex
- Erectile dysfunction
- Less bone and muscle mass
- Tired and having trouble concentrating
How is Low T Diagnosed?
- Physical exam and testosterone blood test ordered by your doctor.
- If you have Low T, more blood tests may be needed to find the cause.
How is Low Testosterone Treated?
- Testosterone replacement therapy can treat Low T if it's primary failure.
- It can be treated with an injection, patch, cream or gel (Avoid using around children and women in reproductive age.)
*Of note, other causes of Low T may need other treatments and a Endocrinologist (hormone specialist) referral.
Facts from American College of Physicians Patient Education Center