Low Testosterone (Low T) (cont.)
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
In this Article
- Low testosterone (Low-T) facts
- Low testosterone (Low-T) definition
- What are the normal levels of testosterone in men?
- What causes low testosterone (Low-T)
- What are the symptoms of low testosterone (Low-T)?
- Is there a test for low testosterone (Low-T)?
- What is the treatment for low testosterone (Low-T)?
- What are natural ways of boosting your testosterone?
- What are the risks of testosterone therapy?
- Should I take testosterone?
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What are the symptoms of low testosterone (Low-T)?
It is important to distinguish between a normal decline of testosterone levels and hypogonadism.
Signs and symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Change in sleep patterns: insomnia or sleep disturbances
- Physical changes: increased body fat and reduced muscle bulk
- Sexual changes: reduced sexual desires, sexual dysfunction, or infertility
- Emotional changes: decreased motivations, depression
- Worsening of sleep apnea
- Worsening of congestive heart failure
Although testosterone therapy helps with hypogonadism, whether it helps in the reversal or slowing of normal effects of aging and lower testosterone levels is unclear. Several published research articles have conflicting results and more research is needed to make a final determination about the use of testosterone for healthy aging males.
Is there a test for low testosterone (Low-T)?
The diagnosis of low-T is based on correlating a low blood level (300 ng/dl or below) with symptoms.
Most of the symptoms are very apparent (see above) but some need to be further investigated (such as low bone density).
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