Low Testosterone Q & A
What is low-T?
Low testosterone, often referred to as low-T, occurs when testosterone levels fall to levels below that necessary for proper physiological functioning. Testosterone, the male sex hormone, impacts many aspects of a man’s life, including his sex drive, muscle mass, energy levels, and bone density. As you age, testosterone levels decrease, causing a host of issues.
Also called hypogonadism, low-T impacts four out of ten men over the age of 45 and causes a range of symptoms, including:
- Low sex drive or libido
- Erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Low energy
- Reduced muscle mass and strength
- Low iron (anemia)
In some men, low-T leads to weight gain, sleep disturbances, and irritability. Because it’s it is comparable to what women experience during menopause, age-related loss of testosterone is sometimes called andropause, or androgen deficiency.
How is low-Testosterone treated?
Dr. Lasater offers three options for male hormone replacement and may recommend:
- Transdermal cream applied daily on your thighs
- Intramuscular injections self-injected twice a week
- Implanted subcutaneous pellets which release testosterone over three months
Dr. Lasater also offers treatments to improve your overall health and wellness, which may naturally boost your hormone levels and improve your low-T symptoms. He will test your body composition, thyroid, arterial stiffness, and pulmonary function, among others.
If you’re concerned about the visual signs of aging on your skin, Dr. Lasater also offers a skin age evaluation and treatment plan to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles along with your treatment for low-T symptoms.
If low testosterone impacts how you function, call Optimal Wellness Medical today to schedule your appointment or book it online.