If you’re like most men, you’re probably not taking as good care of yourself as you should. Men are more likely than women to put off regular checkups and medical care. If it’s been a while since your last checkup or you’re not feeling yourself, it may be low testosterone or some other treatable health condition. Call Front Range Family Medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to set up an exam, or make an appointment online.
Men are more likely than women to take part in unhealthy lifestyle habits like drinking too much and smoking. Additionally, there are conditions that only affect men such as prostate cancer and low testosterone.
The top two causes of death among adult men are heart disease and cancer. Getting regular checkups and screenings can help you prevent or detect these and other diseases early, when they’re easier to treat.
Testosterone is the male sex hormone. It plays an important role in many male functions such as sex drive regulation, muscle mass, bone mass, fat distribution, and sperm production. It’s also responsible for facial, pubic, and body hair.
Low testosterone, also called hypogonadism or low T, happens with aging. As men get older, testosterone production slows down. About 40% of men over age 45 have low testosterone. Men with low testosterone levels may experience:
In addition to age, there are other factors that can affect your testosterone production. These factors include:
At Front Range Family Medicine, our providers conduct a physical exam, medical history, and blood test. Depending on your results, more tests may be done to rule out other conditions or to pinpoint the cause of your low testosterone.
The providers at Front Range Family Medicine work with you to develop a testosterone replacement therapy program that fits your lifestyle. Testosterone replacement comes in several forms, including:
After treatment, you should start seeing an improvement in your energy levels, sex drive, muscle mass, erections, and mood.
Potential side effects include acne, breast swelling or soreness, smaller testicles, and infertility. You should not use testosterone replacement therapy if you’re trying to get your partner pregnant.