LOW TESTOSTERONE (LOW T)
Testosterone is the most important hormone for the normal growth and development of male sex and reproductive organs. It’s responsible for the development of male characteristics such as body and facial hair, muscle growth and strength, and deep voice. Normal levels influence sexual function and production of sperm, and promote a healthy sex drive.
Low Testosterone, and treatments...
Men’s T levels naturally decrease as they age, which leads to Low T. But if the levels drop below the normal range – whether be-cause of age, injury to the testicles, pituitary gland or hypo-thalamus, or a genetic disorder – some uncomfortable and often distressing symptoms may develop, including:
Diminished interest in sex
Regression of secondary sexual characteristics, such as facial hair and deepening of the voice
Impotence or erectile dysfunction
As many as six million men may suffer from Low T, often associated with a condition called hypogonadism, but only five percent are being treated.
Left unchecked for too long, this condition is linked with significant, long-term health problems, such as loss of muscle mass and even osteoporosis. Fortunately, though, testosterone deficiency is usually very treatable.
Treatment can take the form of testosterone replacement therapy, which helps provide and maintain normal levels of testosterone. Men should ask their health care providers whether testosterone replacement therapy is appropriate for them.
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