Both men and women need healthy levels of testosterone in order to function well in their daily lives. However, as we age, our bodies go through hormonal changes, which sometimes means depleted levels of testosterone.

Luckily, our kind and caring staff at the Caudle center is here to help you through this confusing and scary time.

Men

If you’re suffering from low levels of testosterone, you may experience the following side effects:

  • Loss of sexual interest and function
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Increased breast size
  • Hot flashes
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Mood problems such as irritability and depression
  • Smaller and softer testicles
  • Loss of muscle strength and weakened bones

When testosterone production is low in men, sexual dysfunction is a common complaint. Other nonspecific symptoms such as depression, mood changes, weight gain, and fatigue have been reported as well.

Men with diabetes are more likely to have low testosterone and are more likely to develop diabetes later in life. Testosterone helps the body’s tissues take up more blood sugar in response to insulin. Men with low testosterone more often have insulin resistance.

Research has shown that nearly 40% of obese men over the age of 45 have a low testosterone blood levels. Men with low testosterone also are more likely to become obese. Losing weight through exercise can increase testosterone levels.

Women

If you’re suffering from low levels of testosterone, you may experience the following side effects:

  • Hot flashes
  • Irritability
  • Loss of sexual desire
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Decreased bone density (osteoporosis)

Since testosterone helps to maintain sex drive, sperm production, pubic hair and body hair, maintain muscles and bones, etc., it’s no wonder why people so often feel defeated when their system is thrown off balance.

Many people with low testosterone have no symptoms. Only a blood test can determine a person’s testosterone levels.

At your visit to the Caudle center, your symptoms will be logged and a simple blood test will be taken to check your testosterone levels.

Upon confirming a diagnosis, testosterone replacement therapy may be recommended. The treatment consists of testosterone injections to be administered on a schedule based on your doctor’s recommendation.

Quality of life in our patients going through testosterone hormone replacement therapy significantly improves after several injections. It is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine for the therapy to work to the fullest extent.

Unfortunately, about 9 out of 10 men who have symptoms of low testosterone may not seek treatment. They may attribute their symptoms to other conditions, or think their symptoms are a normal part of aging.

 

If you have symptoms and believe they are having an impact on your quality of life and well-being, give us a call today at (423) 926-2400.