Low Testosterone

Testosterone is a hormone produced by men and women, but most often is called the Male Sex Hormone. Testosterone drives more than just your sex drive. In men, it affects physical appearance, mood, bone density, energy level, sex drive, muscle mass and more. 

Testosterone deficiency, also known as low testosterone or Low-T, is defined as low levels of testosterone combined with a cluster of symptoms tied to low testosterone levels. If you don’t have both symptoms and low levels of testosterone, testosterone treatment may not be right for you.

Being told you have low testosterone should come from your health care provider. A diagnosis calls for blood work, a review of your medical history and a physical exam.

It is estimated that 

several million men 

in the United States
have low testosterone. 

Testosterone Therapy is a treatment for Low-T. 

It comes in skin gels, shots, patches and pellets placed in the body. Skin gels are the most common form of testosterone therapy.

Research has shown being overweight and having type 2 diabetes are linked to low testosterone. 

In one research study, 30% of overweight men had Low-T, compared to only 6.4% of those with normal weight. The same study found diabetes to be a risk factor for Low-T. In another study, 24.5% of men with diabetes had Low-T, compared to 12.6% of those without diabetes

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