What is Low T?
What are the symptoms of Low T?Many of the symptoms of low testosterone are mirrored with other medical problems; that is, other medical problems may arise as a result of low testosterone; including, but not limited to, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease many of these stemming from obesity:
- Fatigue or decreased energy.
- Reduced sex drive (libido)
- Sexual dysfunction (weak erections, fewer erections)
- Depressed mood.
- Increased body fat.
- Reduced muscle mass and strength.
- Decreased bone strength.
- Loss of body hair (reduced shaving)
What Causes Low T?
After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. A decrease in sex drive sometimes accompanies the drop in testosterone. Many men mistakenly believe that their loss of interest in sex is simply due to getting older. It has also been suggested that on average men lose 1-2% of their testosterone production every year past the age of 30. Are you one of them? What prevents men from seeking help from a Men's T Clinic is the assumption that their symptoms are merely a result of getting older.
Prolonged Use of Prescribed Opioid Medications
Men who are treated with Opioids for chronic pain for a prolonged period of time might find that their testosterone production will be suppressed with continued use. Corporate medical director, Dr. Campo, specializes in pain and is well versed on the effects of these Opioids on testosterone production.
At any age, significant obesity has been linked to hypogonadism.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Studies have shown a close association between traumatic brain injury and pituitary dysfunction. Because the pituitary gland is responsible for regulating testosterone production its dysfunction can cause significant reduction in testosterone levels in men.
Anabolic Steroid Use
Anabolic steroid use is common in men under 40 who have significantly reduced testosterone levels or hypogonadism. Steroid induced hypogonadism is one of the most common causes of significant hypogonadism in young men.
Direct Injury to Testicles
Because the primary production source of testosterone in men are the testes, injury or removal of testicles can significantly affect a man's ability to maintain proper testosterone levels.
Treatments such as chemotherapy can have a devastating effect on a mans ability to maintain proper testosterone levels.
Any type of abnormality in the pituitary glad such as a tumor, radiation or injury can impair the glands ability to release hormones to prompt the production of testosterone in the testiclesMen in many cases are unaware of the condition or that there is treatment options such as testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). In general, men are reluctant to see any form of regular medical exams until well into their late 40’s or early 50’s. Usually they seek exams only if they have trouble with erectile dysfunction (ED), depression, or cardiac event. Often their primary care physician will only treat the symptoms with an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) for depression, Viagra (or similar medication) for the ED, and blood pressure/cholesterol medication for the cardiac event. In some cases the real underlying issue is Low T. Thanks to dedicated facilities the awareness of Hypogonadism has increased and any stigma associated with treatment is decreasing at a fantastic rate.