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Low Testosterone (Low-T)

Low testosterone (low-T) facts

  • Low testosterone is a term used by physicians to describe below normal levels of the hormone testosterone in individuals.
  • Symptoms of low testosterone include erectile dysfunction in men as the most common symptom; there are many other symptoms that can occur in both men and women (for example, low sex drive, bone and muscle tissue loss, depression).
  • Causes of low-T are numerous; some are classified into primary, secondary or tertiary causes while others are due to underlying diseases or conditions and/or lifestyle factors.
  • Medical care should be sought for symptoms of low-T.
  • Low-T is presumptively diagnosed by clinical signs and symptoms; definitive diagnosis is usually done in adult males by a blood test that determines testosterone levels.
  • Treatment in males is done by prescribing testosterone shots or testosterone that can be adsorbed topically through the skin or gums.
  • The complications of low-T are many and include erectile dysfunction, depression, bone density loss, muscle loss, and many others.
  • The outlook for patients with low-T may range from good to poor, depending on a individual's sex, age, and response to treatment.
  • Low-T cannot be prevented in some individuals usually because of genetic or underlying diseases; however, in other individuals, low-T can be prevented or delayed by lifestyle changes and choices.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/17/2012

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