Low testosterone has become a common problem for men in recent years. The reasons for the increased incidence are unclear, although modern lifestyles and diets are commonly blamed. Here, you can learn about the causes of low testosterone and many treatments available today.
Low Testosterone Causes
Aging, injury and medications are the three most common causes of low testosterone levels in men. Testosterone production naturally decreases with age. A 70-year-old man will typically have much lower levels than a 30 year old and still be in the normal range.
After the age of 50, testosterone production may decrease enough to cause symptoms. This is sometimes referred to as male menopause.
Injuries to the brain, the testicles or any anatomical structure involved in testosterone production can cause low blood levels and the associated symptoms. Medications used to treat the trauma can also play a role.
Many medications commonly taken by older men interfere with normal testosterone production. Cholesterol-lowering drugs are an example. The drugs reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing cholesterol production and the risk that cholesterol will build up in the arteries, causing heart disease. However, cholesterol is an essential ingredient for the production of male sex hormones.
The benefits of the drugs are great enough to suggest a therapy for raising hormone levels without allowing cholesterol production to increase. That brings us to the treatments.
Oral Medication and Supplements
Oral medications are typically not prescribed because oral testosterone cannot raise blood levels of the hormone. A variety of “testosterone boosters” are sold over the counter and are quite popular, despite the lack of proof of their effectiveness.
Hormones can be absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream, although the amount absorbed is very low. One treatment involves the regular use of a solution typically applied under the arms like a roll on deodorant. The effectiveness varies.
Injecting the hormone into the bloodstream is effective for raising blood testosterone levels. The disadvantages to this kind of therapy include cost, pain at the sight of injection and inconvenience.
The pellets require the implantation of a device under the skin, often on the buttocks. The device must be refilled every couple of months. High cost and skin discomfort are among the disadvantages.
Creams applied to the groin area are among the most effective and are relatively inexpensive. If you are struggling with the symptoms of low testosterone, you may want to consider this kind of treatment as your first choice. Make an appointment today to get a full evaluation and get the help you need.