Nearly 40% of men aged 45 and older suffer from low testosterone. A decrease in testosterone levels may affect your energy, mood, and libido. If you’re feeling less like your usual self and don’t know why, Ned Weiss, MD, at Abington Endocrinology in Horsham, Pennsylvania, can help. He provides comprehensive evaluations and treatments to improve your low testosterone and your symptoms. To schedule an appointment, call the office or click the online booking button.
Low testosterone means your body isn’t making enough of the male sex hormone to maintain normal blood levels. Testosterone is made in your testes and is responsible for many of the characteristics unique to men, including:
The hormone also helps maintain bone health and strength.
As you get older, your production of testosterone decreases. This process usually begins around age 30 and production continues to decrease by about 1% every year thereafter.
Though aging is the most common cause of low testosterone, you may also develop a drop in hormone levels from:
Your testosterone levels may also decrease from an acute or chronic illness.
Low testosterone symptoms may vary depending on your age and the underlying cause of your hormonal changes.
Common symptoms of low testosterone include:
In addition to the physical symptoms, your low testosterone may also increase your risk of infertility, hair loss, and osteoporosis.
When you come in for a low testosterone evaluation at Abington Endocrinology, you can expect a thorough and comprehensive assessment.
Dr. Weiss first asks detailed questions about your symptoms, medical history, family history, and the types of medications and supplements you take. He also asks about your diet, exercise habits, and daily routine.
To confirm or rule out low testosterone, Dr. Weiss orders blood tests to measure your testosterone levels.
Dr. Weiss develops a comprehensive plan to treat your low testosterone. To restore hormone levels, he prescribes testosterone therapy, which may be provided as a pill, patch, shot, or pellet.
As an endocrinology specialist, Dr. Weiss may also address any underlying health issues contributing to your low testosterone, such as poorly controlled diabetes, a pituitary condition, or obesity.
Low testosterone is a common problem that can affect your health and quality of life. For comprehensive care from a patient-focused physician, call Abington Endocrinology or click the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.