Low Testosterone Specialist

Integrative Health Associates

Integrative Medicine located in Greenville, SC

Low testosterone affects two in every 10 men over age 60, and is sometimes a health problem for men under 50 as well. At Integrative Health Associates in Greenville, South Carolina, the knowledgeable team specializes in integrative and chiropractic medicine and takes a whole-person approach to health care. They determine the cause of your low testosterone levels so they can treat both the cause and the unpleasant symptoms effectively. If low testosterone levels are affecting your quality of your life, call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.

Low Testosterone Q & A

Integrative Health Associates

What is considered a low testosterone level?

Testosterone levels peak for men in their teens and 20s, then slowly decline by about 1% each year after age 30. This is totally normal and nothing to be concerned about. However, if your testosterone level falls below the normal range of 300 nanograms per deciliter (300 ng/dl) to 1000 ng/dl, then you have low testosterone (low T). If your level drops below 300 ng/dl, your health care provider can determine the cause so you can treat it and the unpleasant symptoms that often come with low T.

 

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

When you have low T, you feel it with physical and emotional changes. The most common signs of low T include:

  • Fatigue
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low sex drive
  • Decrease in lean muscle mass
  • Increase in body fat
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss and decreased body hair
  • Low volume of semen
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Depression

Low testosterone not only affects your body and many of its systems, but it can also put a strain on intimate relationships and leave you feeling emotionally frustrated. Fortunately, in most cases, low T is highly treatable with hormone replacement therapies.

 

What causes low testosterone?

Existing health conditions that may lead to low levels of testosterone include:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Certain medications, like narcotics and chemotherapy
  • Problems or tumors in your pituitary gland
  • Infections
  • Chronic liver or kidney disease
  • Genetic disorders
  • Testicle injuries or problems

The team at Integrative Health Associates determines the underlying cause of your symptoms and creates an effective treatment plan to help you feel like yourself again. Losing weight, exercising more, and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy may help to improve your energy levels and your overall quality of life.

 

What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can balance your testosterone level. Bioidentical hormones are man-made hormones derived from plant estrogens that are identical to those your body produces naturally. Testosterone in the form of BHRT comes in various forms, like pills, patches, creams, and injectable pellets. Your health care provider helps you decide if BHRT can help restore your testosterone levels as part of your comprehensive treatment plan.

You don’t have to suffer from low T as a “normal” part of the aging process, because it isn’t. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to receive the help you need.