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Low Testosterone: Facts You Need to Know

Low Testosterone

Low testosterone impacts more than just male sex drive. Testosterone is just as crucial for the female libido, but the effects of testosterone do not stop there.

Low levels of testosterone left untreated can increase the risk of fractures due to osteoporosis. Testosterone is one of the most important hormones for maintaining bone density.

Testosterone is also vital for your heart. Red blood cell production in bone marrow is stimulated by testosterone. You may begin to feel tired due to anemia and experience increased cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Since testosterone helps to open blood vessels, you may have reduced cardiac output to support exercise (crucial for heart health).

Low testosterone levels also influence brain functions. Androgen receptors in the brain that do not receive enough testosterone cannot perform their tasks. Memory, attention, cognitive processing, and emotions are all impacted by Low T. Dementia risk increases as testosterone levels decline.

Low testosterone also increases risk factors for:

  • Type 2 diabetes – due to impaired glucose uptake
  • Obesity – due to reduced metabolic performance
  • Atherosclerosis – clogged arteries from high LDL cholesterol
  • Depression – due to changes in mood and long-term symptoms
  • Loss of strength and structural integrity – due to declining muscle mass

What Are Low Testosterone Levels in Men and Women

Now that you understand the importance of maintaining a healthy supply of testosterone let us look at actual levels.

What is a low testosterone level and how do I know if I have Low T?

After contacting a hormone specialist and discussing your symptoms, you will likely be sent for a low testosterone blood test. The test measures not only testosterone levels but other crucial hormones and blood levels, as well.

  • Low Testosterone Testing – the following total testosterone ranges are considered normal. Anything below or even in the lower end of normal may be regarded as Low T with concurrent symptoms.
    • Men: 300 to 1,000 ng/dL
    • Women: 15 to 70 ng/dL

Low testosterone in women may have extreme effects due to the naturally lower level of testosterone in the body. Females often notice a decline sooner, and with more severe symptoms. Doctors who are not hormone specialists may want to give estrogen therapy, but that is not always the best option. That is why contacting a hormone practitioner for testing is the optimum choice.

What Does It Mean if You Have Low Testosterone

If your blood test shows low testosterone levels, it means that your testes or ovaries are not producing enough testosterone to keep up with demand.

The reasons for a low testosterone level can be as simple as aging (menopause and andropause). Unfortunately, Low T can also be caused by tumors, illness, injury, medical treatment, and genetic abnormalities. That is also the reason why the hormone specialist runs a complete panel of blood tests to rule out other potential causes.

Adverse low testosterone effects can have a dramatic influence on your life. You may suffer from decreased drive, reduced productivity, and feelings of social isolation. You may be moody, depressed, and tired all the time. Weight gain, hair loss, muscle decline, and other physical changes may cause you to look older than your age.

Ignoring the signs of Low T can lead to further health concerns. The sooner you take action, the quicker you can reverse any symptoms of low testosterone.

I Have a Low Testosterone Diagnosis – Now What?

Once you receive a low testosterone diagnosis, it is time to take immediate action. Testosterone levels will not increase on their own.

Here at Kingsberg Medical, our hormone doctors and clinical advisors work together with you to create a treatment plan to boost your body’s levels of testosterone. Supplemental testosterone is one of the safest forms of hormone replacement. It can even be used by many women who cannot receive estrogen therapy.

At our low testosterone center, we offer many options for treating Low T. Our goal is to help you achieve the benefits you desire for a happier, healthier, more energized life.

Kingsberg Medical begins the process with a free, confidential consultation by phone with one of our experienced and caring advisors. Complete the form above or call today to find out more about low testosterone and your treatment options.