Although estimates of low testosterone levels in men over the age of 50 varies greatly, (with some studies indicating anywhere between 10 and 30%) an overall increase in the number of men receiving testosterone treatment in the United States rose almost fourfold between 2000 and 2014. Similar increases have also been observed in 37 other countries.
A Step Closer
Age plays a rather large factor in the decrease of testosterone levels, however, there are other factors to consider, and they vary greatly from person to person. Understanding the symptoms of each patient and their specific prognosis is the first step towards deciding proper treatment. The male hormone, testosterone, is produced in the testicles and regulated by glands in thebrain.Whether a patient’s Low T is determined by factors in the brain or the testicles, treatment options may vary but many of the symptoms remain the same. Symptoms may include loss of interest in sex, difficulty getting an erection, fertility problems, tiredness, lack of energy, depression, loss of bone density, muscle weakness and loss ofbody hair.
The Relationship of Chronic Conditions and Low T
Some men diagnosed with chronic conditions have an increased likelihood to have low testosterone levels. These conditions may get worse with age. They include type 2 diabetes, abnormal cholesterol levels, chronic lung disease, and HIV/AIDS. Other reasons attributed to low testosterone include; opiate pain killers, other hormone disorders like pelvic radiation, and genetic conditions such as neurologic disease.
Each man’s diet and lifestyle is unique and should be considered when choosing a method of treatment. A 2014 study reported that, while some therapies may help, they can also increase the risk of a heart attack among men 65 and older. This is why the treatment decided should be personalized to ensure a specialized path towards improvement in testosterone without sacrificing one’s overall health. Check out all the different methods on how to treat your Low T here.
Dr. Paul Gittens MD, FACS, board-certified urologist, specializes in treating men with Low T, by monitoring each patient closely while prioritizing their health and benefits to achieve a better understanding of Low T, aiding in the prosperity of men’s health. Centers For Sexual Medicine is proud to serve both men and women in understanding their symptoms and options towards better personalized health. Learn more today on how the Centers for Sexual Medicine can help you.