Why Low Testosterone May Be Steering You Into the Rocks
Between high profile athletes and performance enhancing drugs, testosterone seems to be a popular subject. But what does all of that really mean to a man’s overall health? Let us break it down for you.
What is testosterone?
Testosterone is a steroid hormone that stimulates development of male secondary sexual characteristics, produced mainly in the testes, but also in the ovaries and adrenal cortex. In males, testosterone is responsible for growth and maturation of the prostate and the sex drive and sexual function.
What does testosterone do?
Testosterone influences muscle mass, strength, fat distribution, mood and energy level. In women, testosterone may be linked to sex drive, but on a much smaller level than men. According to David. P. Choen, MD, some birth control pills contain a very small dose of a testosterone derivative. Low testosterone is not much of a concern for women, as it is men.
How is testosterone measured?
There are two types of testosterone; the kind that travels through the bloodstream connected or “bound” to proteins and the remaining testosterone, which is not “bound” to any other substance, but rather considered “free.” Total testosterone measures the two; bound and free, together.
What is low testosterone?
Low testosterone, aka hypodgonadism, is a condition where the body does not produce enough testosterone. Some males are born with low testosterone, while others develop it from injury or infection. The severity of the condition depends on when low testosterone occurs. Some types of low testosterone can be treated with testosterone replacement therapy.
Symptoms of low testosterone?
Symptoms of low testosterone include:
- Low sex drive
- Tiredness and decreased energy
- Increased body fat
- Reduced muscle mass
- Decreased Height
Urologists like Dr. Fredrick J. Snoy can provide treatment recommendations if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of low testosterone.. Please contact our office for an appointment if you would like to discuss with Dr. Snoy.