Alla Khalfin, DO
Endocrinologists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Long Island, Syosset, NY
Low testosterone levels can be a natural part of aging or related to underlying medical conditions. Either way, these hormonal changes can affect a man's sex drive, energy, and even cause depression. However, at Dr. Alla Khalfin’s medical practice in Syosset, New York, effective therapies are available to alleviate the symptoms of low testosterone that are interfering with your life. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about her low testosterone treatment options.
Low Testosterone Q & A
What causes low testosterone?
Testosterone is the hormone responsible for the male characteristics men have, including muscular builds, facial hair, and a deep voice. Testosterone aids in the production of red blood cells, ensures bone strength, boosts moods, and influences your ability to think.
In early adulthood, your testosterone levels hit their peak. After age 40, testosterone levels can drop 1-2% each year. Finally, as men reach their 50s, testosterone drops can trigger the start of physical symptoms of low testosterone.
Low testosterone may also be the result of infections, injuries, cancer treatments, or certain medications. If you consume alcohol or deal with persistent stress, you may also be at increased risk for low testosterone.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
It’s possible to have low testosterone and not experience any symptoms. You may have low testosterone levels if you experience symptoms like:
- Hot flashes
- Persistent fatigue
- Changes in sex drive
- Unexplained weight gain
How is low testosterone diagnosed?
If you experience symptoms of low testosterone, Dr. Khalfin performs a physical examination and carefully reviews your symptoms to make an accurate diagnosis.
If Dr. Khalfin suspects you have low testosterone, she requests blood tests to confirm the diagnosis. You may need to give blood samples at different times throughout the month due to the frequent fluctuation of hormones.
Low testosterone levels can lead to other medical issues, including osteoporosis. As such, Dr. Khalfin may also request bone density tests to monitor your bone health.
What are the risks for low testosterone?
Your overall health influences your levels of testosterone. Some conditions that can increase your risk for low testosterone include:
- Being overweight
- Being diabetic
- Having thyroid problems
- Taking certain medications
What treatments are available for low testosterone?
Initial treatment for low testosterone may include lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, diet improvements, and regular exercise to improve your symptoms.
If low testosterone interferes with your life, Dr. Khalfin may recommend testosterone therapy to alleviate your symptoms and rebalance your hormone levels.
To learn more about testosterone therapy, schedule a consultation online or by calling Dr. Khalfin’s office.
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