Symptoms of low T in the short term include fatigue, hair loss, reduced sex drive, or even erectile dysfunction (ED). Testosterone plays an important part in several body systems. If your testosterone levels are low, chances are you are not going to feel great. The long-term effects of low T can have a serious impact on your health, including:
1. Heart disease – testosterone is involved in red blood cell production. Insufficient testosterone means reduced red blood cell production and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
2. Osteoporosis – Testosterone helps your body build and maintain healthy bones. Low T is associated with lower bone density, and this could lead to osteoporosis in the long run.
3. Depression – low T affects your mood, and along with the other effects on your body and energy level, depression can be a serious side effect of low testosterone.
4. Infertility – testosterone is responsible in part for sperm production. Low sperm count can prevent conception.
Treating low T with hormone replacement therapy can alleviate both short and long term symptoms. Determining whether you have low T is simple. See your doctor for a blood test that will indicate whether your testosterone levels are too low, or in a reasonable range. You can discuss treatment options and any concerns you have with the safety and effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. Richard Natale is a board-certified urologist at Carolina Urology Partners, specializing in men’s health. He is holding a seminar on low T on Tuesday, November 14 at Homewood Suites in Charlotte, North Carolina. To reserve your seat or for more information, call (877) 433-2873. Call (704) 786-5131 with your questions or for your consultation today, or request an appointment online. We have offices in Concord and Charlotte, North Carolina.