Low testosterone is an unfortunate sign of aging that can cause low libido, loss of muscle mass, and other uncomfortable symptoms. At Aging Gracefully in Jenks, Oklahoma, functional medicine specialist Michelle McElroy, DO, uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to treat low testosterone levels. If you’re struggling with symptoms of low testosterone, call Aging Gracefully or schedule an appointment online today.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone created in the testicles. It controls many functions, including sexual development and physical masculinity. Just as estrogen depletion commonly affects women during menopause, men can experience low testosterone (low T) as they age.
In addition to causing erectile dysfunction and low libido, low testosterone may lead to several physical and emotional symptoms.
Low testosterone affects every man differently, but some of the most common signs include:
Erectile dysfunction — the inability to achieve or maintain an erection — is one of the most common signs of low testosterone.
Testosterone levels naturally drop by about 1% each year after a man turns 30. Other common risk factors for low testosterone include:
Carrying excess weight can lead to reduced insulin sensitivity, low energy, poor glucose control, and low levels of testosterone in the body.
Alcohol abuse can increase your estrogen levels and decrease your testosterone production. Consuming too much alcohol can also cause erectile dysfunction.
Many medications, including steroids, opioids, and prostate cancer treatments, may interfere with your body’s ability to create testosterone.
Renal failure, or kidney disease, can cause dysfunction in the testes called hypogonadism, which may reduce your testosterone levels.
At Aging Gracefully, Dr. McElroy is a certified bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) provider, who uses the treatment to replenish your testosterone levels. Bioidentical hormones mimic the hormones your body already produces to balance your testosterone levels.
BHRT is available in many forms, including oral pills, gels, creams, injectables, and implantable pellets. Dr. McElroy matches your treatment to meet your specific needs and regularly monitors your progress. After about six months, she reevaluates your individualized plan and makes any necessary modifications.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is an effective solution for chronic low testosterone levels.
To learn more about low testosterone, call Aging Gracefully or schedule an appointment online today.