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Low Testosterone Causes and Treatments

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Low Testosterone Causes and Treatments

Mark Neumann

Most men are aware of the important role that testosterone plays in their sexual health, but they may not be aware of its effects on mood, body fat composition, liver functioning, and several other crucial functions of their body. This is one reason why low testosterone (“low t”) causes problems with sexual libido and erectile dysfunction. 

These issues are often the first indication of a hormonal imbalance. Some of the other symptoms of low t that you may recognize include:

- Fatigue
- Irritability
- Depression
- Loss of muscle mass
- Weight gain resulting in noticeable fat around your midsection
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Decreased bone density

For most men, normal aging is the cause of their struggle with low t. However, certain health conditions can make your symptoms more pronounced. These include:

- Obesity
- Alcoholism
- Klinefelter syndrome
- Hemochromatosis
- Pituitary tumors

The Benefits of Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is an alternative approach to hormone loss offered by Dr. Neumann at MSN Healthcare. 

As a holistic health provider, Dr. Neumann believes that BHRT is a superior choice to synthetic hormones. Bioidentical hormones, which grow naturally in several types of plants, have an identical chemical and cellular structure to the testosterone produced by your body.

You may start to have symptoms associated with low testosterone as early as age 30. For each decade of life after that, you can expect to lose approximately10 percent of the testosterone you once had. Testosterone replacement therapy is an ideal way to achieve hormonal balance and relieve your symptoms because it gives your body something it is already accustomed to having.

Injections and creams are the most common methods of delivering testosterone replacement therapy. Dr. Neumann will help you determine which option is best for you following your evaluation and lab studies. He will continue to periodically evaluate you to determine the ideal dosage you need to maximize your health.

Restoring your low testosterone levels with natural hormones resolves your symptoms and helps you feel enthused about life again.