Low testosterone (low T) affects millions of men, especially those over age 50. Testosterone is the male sex hormone, and when there is not enough of it, you may feel fatigue, gain weight, lose hair or muscle mass, experience depression, loss of sex drive, or have erectile dysfunction. Over time, there is an increased risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. Treating low T can improve many areas of life, but there are myths about the condition that should be cleared up.
Myth: Only older men have low T
Low T is more common among older men, but it can affect men of any age. If you have any of the symptoms listed above, you should see a urologist and get tested. A physical injury to the pituitary gland or testes can affect testosterone production. And many men with type 2 diabetes have low T.
Myth: Low T is just part of getting older
Growing older doesn’t mean low testosterone levels. We all experience fluctuations in hormone levels throughout life, but clinically low levels of testosterone are not normal and can be treated at any age. Low T can seriously affect your quality of life, and treating it can make a huge difference!
Myth: Hormone replacement therapy is a cure for low T
Hormone replacement therapy can be an effective treatment for low T, but it must be maintained by your physician and hormone levels must be monitored as treatment progresses. If your body stops making sufficient testosterone, raising the level is an ongoing process that must be carefully managed.
To learn more about low T and hormone replacement therapy, you can attend Dr. Richard Natale’s seminar on Tuesday, November 14 at Homewood Suites in Charlotte, North Carolina. To reserve your seat or for more information, call (877) 433-2873. Dr. Natale of Carolina Urology Partners is a board-certified urologist with advanced training in treating low T and other men’s health issues. Call (704) 786-5131 or request an appointment online today. We have offices in Concord or Charlotte, North Carolina.