Low testosterone is more common in men than you might think.
Feeling sluggish these days? Noticing a loss of muscle or areas that are holding fat more easily? Are you noticing thinning hair? If so, you could be dealing with low testosterone. This is a common problem among men, particularly with age. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic reports that nearly 40% of men 45 years and older are dealing with low testosterone. Need to have your testosterone checked? This is where our Lakeland, FL, internal medicine doctor Dr. Chester Miltenberger comes in.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
It’s important to keep in mind that many of the symptoms of low testosterone are also symptoms of other conditions, so this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have low testosterone; however, it’s worth turning to our Lakeland, FL, team to check your testosterone levels if you are experiencing,
- Low sex drive
- Increased irritability or mood swings
- Loss of lean muscle
- Erectile dysfunction
- Hair loss
- Low energy
- Brain fog
- Memory or concentration issues
What Causes Low Testosterone?
While rare, certain congenital disorders can lead to low testosterone levels. Low testosterone may also be caused by infections, autoimmune diseases, chemotherapy, pituitary gland diseases or trauma to the testicles. Aging, obesity, metabolic syndrome and certain medications (e.g., antidepressants) may also cause low testosterone.
How Is Low Testosterone Treated?
Testosterone therapy is the best way to restore healthy testosterone levels. There are several ways in which testosterone can be administered: transdermal, injection, oral or pellets. During your consultation, we will talk to you about the different testosterone therapy options to help you choose the right one for you. While undergoing testosterone therapy, you’ll need to visit our office to test your testosterone levels to ensure you have the ideal dosage. Some men notice the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy in about six weeks to three months. You’ll also see an improvement in muscle mass, energy and strength within three to four months.
If you are experiencing low testosterone, it’s the perfect time to schedule an evaluation with our Lakeland, FL, doctor Dr. Miltenberger and the Vanguard Medical Care team. Call (863) 686-3633.