Testosterone 101

  • Posted on: Mar 30 2018
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Testosterone Replacement Gilbert AZAt Infinity Health & Wellness, testosterone replacement therapy is one of the main services we offer. It’s intended to correct low levels of testosterone.

To see why that’s important, you need to know about testosterone. So, here’s a little primer on this important male hormone.

What is testosterone?

Testosterone is the key male sex hormone. It regulates fertility, muscle mass, fat distribution, and red blood cell production. Testosterone is the hormone responsible for the development of male sexual characteristics. Hormones trigger necessary changes in the body.

Beyond its job in sperm production, testosterone also regulates some other functions such as:

  • Bone mass
  • Fat distribution
  • Sex drive
  • Muscle size and strength
  • Red blood cell production

If your testosterone level is too low, it affects sperm production, making you infertile.

What happens when you have low testosterone levels?

When you have low testosterone, this is also known as hypogonadism. The first signs of this will likely be:

  • Reduced sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low sperm count
  • Enlarged or swollen breast tissue

But if left unaddressed, low testosterone can lead to these problems:

  • Loss of body hair
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Loss of strength
  • Increased body fat
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue

Aging

As we age, our testosterone production drops. After you turn 40, that drop is around 1.6 percent every year. With this kind of decrease, a 60-year-old man would have low enough levels of testosterone to be diagnosed with hypogonadism if he were younger. This is called late-onset hypogonadism.

If you think you could have low testosterone levels, we should see you at Infinity Health & Wellness. We can run tests to measure your overall endocrine and metabolic functions. From there, if necessary, we can begin to boost your testosterone levels again.

Call us today at (480) 427-4305 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bond.

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