What is Testosterone and Why is it important?
Testosterone is a hormone produced primarily in the testicles and it helps many men with energy levels, sex drive and mood changes. Testosterone levels tend to peak in adolescence and gradually start to decline after age 30. Four out of ten men over the age of 45 have low testosterone. Low testosterone levels can be the cause of aging or due to hypogonadism, a disease that hampers the ability to produce normal amounts of testosterone due to a problem with the testicles or with the pituitary gland that controls the testicles.
Testosterone replacement therapy can be in the form of injections, pellets, patches or gels and can improve the signs and symptoms associated with low testosterone. Some signs of low testosterone can be changes in sexual desire or function, physical changes such as increased body fat, reduced muscle bulk and strength, decreased bone density, hair loss, emotional changes like depression, decreased motivation, and trouble concentrating. A blood test is used to diagnose a low testosterone level. After starting testosterone therapy, proper follow up and management of your levels will reduce the risk of other complications. There are risks and benefits associated with testosterone therapy and Dr. Speck has extensive training to manage your therapy properly. He is your specialist when it comes to taking care of Men's Health.
Testosterone therapy can help to reduce side effects from low testosterone. If you are wondering if testosterone therapy is the right choice for you please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Speck at 830-304-1666.