Low Testosterone 2

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Low testosterone levels affect millions of men in the United States. Learn about the signs and symptoms from Dr. Edward Hill in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

During puberty, testosterone helps build a mans muscles and deepens his voice. After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone.

Some of the signs and symptoms of a decrease in testosterone may include:

Sexual dysfunction and reduced sex drive

Decreased energy

Loss of body hair, reduced shaving

Depressed mood

Increase in body fat

Decrease in bone strength, and

Reduced muscle mass

If you have any of these symptoms, dont ignore them. If you have low blood levels of testosterone and symptoms that affect your daily life, your doctor may suggest taking supplemental testosterone. Not everyone with low testosterone will need treatment.

If you need treatment, your doctor may prescribe testosterone to boost your levels. Some studies suggest this can strengthen a mans muscles, protect his bones, and improve his sex drive. But the effects can be quite different from one man to the next.

Testosterone comes in several forms including shots, gels, patches and tablets you place on your gums.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.