There has been a lot of confusion in the news lately about low testosterone treatments and the potential heart health risks associated with testosterone replacement. As of now, many studies have been done but no definitive link has been made between low T treatments and heart issues.
In fact, not only are there low risks to treatment, but there is also a great chance that testosterone replacement can have many positive benefits for men.
Symptoms and Testing Testosterone
As men age, testosterone level can drop leaving you with symptoms that could affect your quality of life. These symptoms can include:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Sleep difficulties
- Depressed mood
- Low energy
- Low muscle tone
- And more…
If you are experiencing these types of symptoms, it might be time to talk to your doctor. In order to test for low testosterone, your doctor will perform a simple blood test to check your testosterone levels. The lowest level considered normal in men is 250 to 300 nanograms per deciliter. If your levels are close to normal, treatment may not be as beneficial as someone whose levels are lower.
Though testosterone treatment hasn’t been linked to heart complications, there are still side effects that may impact your decision; which you can speak with us about at any time. However, many men choose not to get treatment if their levels are almost normal for this reason.
Once determined that your testosterone levels are low, the physicians at Philadelphia Urology Associates can work with you to find the low T treatment that works best for you. There are self-administered injections, skin patches, and gels available on the market; however, you may find one to be easier for you.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our Philadelphia urologists, call (215) 563-1199 or contact us online.