As men age, it is common for their testosterone levels to decline. This condition is known as “low T.” Low testosterone levels can cause a range of symptoms, such as decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, reduced muscle mass and bone density, and moodiness.
Although it is natural for testosterone levels to decline with age, low testosterone can also be caused by other factors, such as certain medical conditions or medications. There are treatment options available to help manage low testosterone levels.
Our healthcare providers here at Horizon Family Medical Group can help you determine the cause of your low T and create a treatment plan that is right for you.
Causes of low T
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to low testosterone levels. Age is the most common cause of declining testosterone levels. As men age, their bodies produce less and less testosterone.
Other causes of low T can include certain medical conditions or medications. Treatments for cancer or HIV/AIDS, for example, can often lead to lowered testosterone levels.
Some types of medications, such as steroids or opiates, can also cause low testosterone levels. If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of low T, it’s important to talk to your doctor to find out the cause and discuss treatment options.
Low T treatment options
If you have been diagnosed with low T, there are a variety of treatment options available to help you manage your symptoms.
Testosterone replacement therapy is the most common form of treatment. This therapy involves taking testosterone in the form of injections, gels, or patches.
Other treatments can include lifestyle changes, such as exercise and weight loss, and medications to treat underlying conditions that may be causing your low T.
If you think you may be experiencing symptoms of low T, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider. Low T can cause a range of symptoms that can impact your quality of life. There are treatment options available, and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Don’t hesitate to seek help if you think you may be affected. Our providers can work with you to determine the cause of your low T and create a treatment plan that is right for you.