Testosterone deficiency

What is testosterone deficiency?

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone that is important for physical and mental health. As men age, testosterone levels naturally decline, which can lead to testosterone deficiency (also called low T or hypogonadism). This occurs when the testes do not produce enough testosterone.

Some signs and symptoms of low testosterone include:

Low testosterone has been associated with other medical conditions like metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Diagnosing low T involves getting a simple blood test to measure your total testosterone, free testosterone, and other hormone levels.

If low T is detected, treatment options include lifestyle changes, medications, and testosterone replacement therapy. Lifestyle changes like eating healthy, exercising, limiting alcohol, and getting enough sleep may help boost your testosterone. Your doctor may prescribe testosterone medications if levels are very low.

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Here are some common questions about low testosterone:

What causes low testosterone?

As men age, testosterone production decreases. Weight gain, chronic diseases, inflammation, certain medications, sleep apnea, alcohol use, stress, and other lifestyle factors may also contribute to declining testosterone. Genetic conditions like Klinefelter’s syndrome can also cause abnormally low testosterone.

How do doctors test for low testosterone?

Doctors check blood levels of total testosterone and free testosterone (the active form that tissues can use). Levels often are tested more than once since testosterone has natural daily fluctuations.

What are the treatment options for low testosterone?

Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, medications, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), or addressing underlying health conditions. Doctors work to optimize your testosterone levels through safe, effective solutions suited to your unique health profile.

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