Urology Austin explains Low T
Low T, or low testosterone, affects 1 in 3 men over the age of 45
Low T is the popular name for low testosterone. It’s also known as hypogonadism, andropause and even male menopause. The physicians at Urology Austin have expertise and experience with Low T, which is a treatable problem.
What is Low T?
Testosterone is the hormone that is responsible for producing sperm cells in men–the force behind their libido–and the hormone that keeps men’s muscles and bones strong. Testosterone naturally decreases as men age; in fact, men’s testosterone levels begin to decrease around age 32.
Simply having low levels of testosterone, which is generally defined as less than 300 nanograms per deciliter, does not mean that a man has Low T. Some men have low levels of the hormone, and they feel fine and are symptom-free, while other men with the same levels will have symptoms that affect their daily life.
Urology Austin physicians take more than just a patient’s testosterone levels into account when diagnosing Low T. They also take a thorough medical history and conduct an examination. They may also order more tests to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms. If this thorough evaluation reveals that a patient has Low T, our urologists have many options for treating Low T.
How does Low T affect men?
Men experiencing Low T may exhibit several symptoms, both sexual and non-sexual.
- Low or reduced sex drive or interest in sex
- Weaker or fewer erections
- Lack of energy or fatigue
- Feeling depressed or negative
- Problems with concentration and focus
- Increased body fat
- Loss of muscle mass
- Changes in metabolism
- More muscle soreness, longer recovery time after exercise
Other symptoms that our Urology Austin doctors find after testing may include a low blood count or anemia, or a reduction in bone density.
What causes Low T?
Aging is the most common cause of Low T, but there are other factors that can cause low levels of the hormone. For example, certain medical conditions contribute to Low T, including:
- Hyperlipidemia (associated with high cholesterol and triglycerides)
- Autoimmune diseases that affect the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands
- Drugs (anabolic steroids, morphine, opioids)
When should I see a doctor?
In the past, men often assumed that symptoms like losing interest in sex, being tired or loss of muscle mass were just a natural part of aging; today we know that Low T can be a symptom of other conditions. It is also a treatable condition so men do not need to accept the status quo.
No matter what your age, if you have symptoms associated with Low T, and these symptoms are affecting your daily life and well being, then it’s time to see a doctor.
The dedicated and highly trained urologists at Urology Austin are experts at both diagnosing Low T and treating Low T. Contact us to make an appointment with one of our 17 Austin Urologists.