Weight Loss and Vitality
Medical Weight Loss & Cosmetic Surgery located in Alexandria, VA, Manassas, VA, Washington, DC & Gaithersburg, MD
Low testosterone is a common condition that affects millions of men over the age of 40 in the United States. If low testosterone is an issue for you, see the specialists at Weight Loss and Vitality in Manassas and Alexandria, Virginia; Gaithersburg, MD and Washington, DC, for effective treatment. Testosterone therapy can help you lose weight, gain muscle, and get your sex drive back for more confidence and enjoyment in life. To schedule a consultation, book a visit online or call the office today.
Low Testosterone Q & A
What is low testosterone?
Low testosterone, also called low-T, is a condition that develops in men when the production of testosterone decreases. This is common as men age but can also be associated with certain men’s health conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- High cholesterol
There is also an association of low testosterone with some types of medications including chemotherapy drugs and antidepressants.
What are the signs of low testosterone?
Low testosterone symptoms are widespread since testosterone is essential to many biological processes. Common signs of low testosterone include:
- Weight gain, especially in the abdominal area
- Decreased muscle mass
- Decreased libido or sex drive
- Mood disorders, including anxiety and depression
- Decreased facial hair growth
- Erectile dysfunction
You can experience low testosterone for months or years without knowing the cause or thinking your symptoms are a normal part of aging. At Weight Loss and Vitality, the team understands that low testosterone is a real condition that requires effective and personalized treatment to improve your overall health and quality of life.
What causes low testosterone?
Low testosterone develops when your testes produce less testosterone, the male sex hormone. During puberty and into your 20s, testosterone levels are at their highest. As you age, testosterone levels naturally decrease as your testes become less efficient at producing testosterone.
Certain lifestyle factors can further decrease testosterone production, such as being overweight or obese, being sedentary most of the day, and not exercising. Most men over the age of 40 show some signs of low testosterone. If your symptoms are becoming bothersome or you simply want to feel better, discuss treatment options with the team at Weight Loss and Vitality.
How is low testosterone treated?
Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is the best way to treat low testosterone. TRT is a type of hormone replacement therapy that uses synthetic testosterone to boost your blood testosterone levels and relieve your symptoms. Different types of TRT are available, including:
- Topical gels
- Topical patches
- Injectable testosterone
- Oral testosterone
- Intranasal sprays
- Pellets placed underneath your skin in a minor surgical procedure
Some of these TRT options need to be used daily, while others are longer lasting and only need to be repeated weekly, monthly, or every 3-6 months. Weight Loss and Vitality primarily uses injectable testosterone which provides great control and adjustments as needed. The team regularly tests your testosterone levels through treatment to ensure your dosage is correct.
To find out if low testosterone is causing your symptoms, call Weight Loss and Vitality or set up a consultation online now.
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