Experts estimate that low testosterone affects 40% of men over the age of 45. Without proper treatment, low testosterone can negatively affect your libido, cause weight gain, and lead to muscle loss. At Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness, with four offices in the Greater Memphis, Tennessee, area, the caring team regularly works with men to diagnose and treat low testosterone. To schedule your appointment at the Collierville or Germantown Southwind office, call or book online today.
Low testosterone, also known as testosterone deficiency syndrome or andropause, occurs when a man’s body stops producing normal levels of the hormone testosterone. Testosterone is made in the testicles and plays an important role in sexual development and libido.
Almost every man experiences a decrease in testosterone levels as they get older, but extremely low levels can indicate an underlying disease or health condition. The American Urology Association defines low testosterone as blood testosterone levels of less than 300 nanograms per deciliter.
Low testosterone affects every man differently, but common signs include:
Many men with low testosterone also experience brain fog and forgetfulness.
A man’s testosterone levels decrease by about 1% each year after the age of 30. However, other factors can speed up the process, including trauma to the testes, dysfunction or tumors of the pituitary gland, and alcohol abuse.
Taking certain prescription medications, such as opioid painkillers or steroids like prednisone, may also increase your risk of low testosterone.
Diagnosing low testosterone begins with a thorough physical exam, a discussion of your symptoms, and a review of your medical history. Your Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness provider also orders blood tests to get a better idea of your current hormone levels.
Depending on your health history and age, your provider might recommend a total testosterone level test, a luteinizing hormone test to pinpoint the underlying cause of your low testosterone levels, or a blood hemoglobin test. If these measures don’t provide enough information, they might order an MRI of your pituitary gland, a bone density test, or chromosome tests.
Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness uses holistic, integrative treatments to manage low testosterone. In some cases, healthy lifestyle changes like losing weight, eating a balanced diet, and exercising regularly may be enough to boost your testosterone levels naturally.
If your symptoms persist even after these changes, you might benefit from testosterone therapy. There are several ways to take testosterone, including transdermal patches, testosterone pellets, injections, and oral supplements. Your provider develops a custom care plan that aligns with your individual needs.
To schedule your low testosterone appointment at Chiropractic Memphis Health & Wellness, call or book online today.