Low Testosterone Treatment in NYC
Do you often have trouble concentrating, feel tired, or find your sex drive to be low or non-existent? Low testosterone or Low-T affects approximately 40 percent of men in the United States over the age of 45 and 14 million men overall. Also known as hypogonadism, low testosterone is associated with andropause, which is the male equivalent to menopause in women. In men, testosterone influences more than muscle growth and sex drive; it also plays an important role in the health of your brain, kidneys, bones, and liver.
Research has shown that men will be at peak testosterone levels around the age of 18 and will gradually decrease as they age. Once those levels drop below the optimal level, men may be diagnosed with low testosterone and can begin to experience a wide range of symptoms.
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Robert Valenzuela, MD is a board-certified urologist with extensive experience providing the full spectrum of sexual dysfunction treatment for men in Manhattan and surrounding areas of Queens, Brooklyn, and The Bronx. Schedule a consultation for low testosterone treatment at his urology clinic in Midtown Manhattan, NYC.
What is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a male sex hormone that plays a major role in their sexual development and fertility. Varying levels of testosterone within a man’s body will affect many bodily functions, including:
- The production of both body and facial hair
- Muscle strength
- Sexual drive
What are the Causes of Low Testosterone?
It is completely natural for testosterone levels to decrease with age, leaving approximately half of men over the age of 80 with low testosterone (Low-T). Other common factors that lead to Low-T include:
- Side effects of certain medications
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Injury or infection of the testes
- A congenital condition
- Side effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatments
- Issues with the pituitary gland
- An existing autoimmune disease
- A prior diagnosis of HIV or AIDS
What are the Symptoms of Low Testosterone?
We have already discussed how testosterone levels contribute greatly toward a man’s sexual health, which is why it makes sense that low testosterone levels would result in impaired sexual function.
In addition to a decrease in sexual desire and problems with erectile dysfunction, individuals with Low-T will also often experience:
- Loss of body or facial hair
- Constant fatigue
- Decreased amounts of lean muscle mass
- Signs of depression
- Weight gain
- Difficulty in articulating their speech
How is Low Testosterone Treated?
Testosterone Supplements & Dieting
There are a wide variety of potential solutions to a person’s low testosterone. Depending upon the particular patient and their case, natural options such as supplements or a new diet plan may be sufficient in boosting these hormone levels.
Some form of hormone replacement therapy is another popular option when it comes to treating Low-T. These may be in the form of an oral/intranasal medication, injection, or as hormone pellets. Different patients will have different techniques for testosterone administration based on their personal preferences and lifestyle.
Schedule Your Low-T Consultation at Washington Heights Urology
The best way to begin treatment for low testosterone is to meet with a board-certified urologist and discuss your options with them. Dr. Robert Valenzuela is a men’s health specialist that can accurately diagnose and treatment symptoms of low testosterone in men. To schedule an appointment at our urology clinic in NYC, please call (212) 781-9696 or request an appointment through our secure online form.