Normal testosterone levels in men should be 350-1,000 ng/dL. When the body is healthy, the brain and the testes work as a team to keep testosterone levels within that range. The brain generates the signal hormones that then prompt the testes to make testosterone. Once the body's testosterone levels are in the optimal range, the brain slows in the sending of the signal hormones.
Low testosterone can have a number of damaging effects on men, both physically and mentally. The physical effects of low testosterone include:
Some of the emotional effects men with low testosterone may suffer are:
As you get older, your testosterone levels will likely go down. But sometimes men in their 20s and 30s might have low testosterone. Because it can happen at any time and testosterone powers so many processes in your body, it isn’t anything to be taken lightly. You might have low testosterone if you have:
Low testosterone sometimes also occurs if you’re overweight or obese, so it might be reversible if you get yourself to a healthy weight. Some medications may also impact your testosterone levels. This is why it’s important to go over all of your medications with your doctor, even if they’re just over-the-counter dietary supplements.
Low testosterone is often a normal part of aging, but other reasons it may be low include:
At Urology Associates of South Florida, the testosterone treatment plan is tailored to the individual.
Testosterone injections may be used to place the needed testosterone directly into the bloodstream.
Testosterone pellets are another excellent treatment option for many men today. Pellets are injected into fatty tissue in an unobtrusive place on the body. Those pellets then release testosterone at regular intervals to get the body's testosterone levels up to proper levels.
The urologists at Urology Associates of South Florida are highly experienced in testosterone management and will work with each patient to help them achieve the right testosterone balance for their particular case. Proper management of testosterone may require occasional adjustments, especially as a man ages. As long as patients see the doctor regularly, there's no need for them to suffer from many of the uncomfortable effects of low testosterone.
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