Testosteroneis a hormone present in everyone’s bodies, but it plays a particularly important role in men. Testosterone influences the growth of hair on a man’s chest, his sex drive, his muscle mass, and more. It also promotes strong bone growth.
It is normal for testosterone levels to decrease over time—lower levels are usually found in men who are 40 years old or older. However, as many as 13 million men produce less testosterone than is medically normal.
Low testosterone not only leads to decreased sex drive, but it can also cause a drop in bone density, which can lead to fragile bones that are prone to breaking.
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Causes of Low Testosterone
Age is a common cause of low testosterone, and in some cases, the cause is unknown. However, a few conditions have been known to result in low testosterone:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Injury to the testicles
- Testicular cancer
- Chronic live or kidney disease
- Hormonal disorders
- Certain medications
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
You might not always experience symptoms with low testosterone, which is why it’s important to see your physician regularly. If you do experience symptoms, they might include:
- Low sex drive
- Weaker and fewer erections
- Reduced muscle mass
- Increased body fat
- Decrease in strength or endurance
- Loss of height
- A decreased enjoyment of life
How Can Urology Specialists of Georgia Help Me?
If you think you have low testosterone, it is important to talk to an experienced urologist as soon as possible. Your urologist will discuss the best options for treating your low testosterone. A few treatments we offer include replacing testosterone through: intramuscular injections, placing a patch or gel on the skin, or placing pellets under the skin.