Testosterone Replacement Therapy in Nashville, TN
Low testosterone, or “low T,” is one of the most dreaded symptoms of aging among men. The condition typically causes a loss of libido and weakened sexual performance, but testosterone actually affects many other important functions in both men and women’s bodies. If you live in Nashville, Franklin or nearby towns in Tennessee, find out more about low testosterone from regenerative and restorative medicine specialist Dr. Morgan Moor, who specializes in testosterone replacement therapy at her Brentwood office.
What Is Testosterone?
Testosterone is a sex hormone produced in the testes that supports the normal development of male reproductive organs, as well as secondary male sexual characteristics. Testosterone production is controlled by both the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Some of the functions and features supported by testosterone include:
- Development and maturation of the prostate gland and other male reproductive organs
- Male-pattern hair growth, such as hair on the chest, arms, and abdomen
- Increases in muscle strength and lean mass, and a decrease in adipose tissue
- Libido and sexual performance
- Energy levels and mood
- Bone density
- Vocal depth
What is Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Testosterone therapy, also known in the medical community as androgen replacement therapy, is typically used to correct hypogonadism (low testosterone levels) or Hypotesticular Function. Hypogonadism causes a man’s body to produce insufficient quantities of testosterone, which may be caused by underproduction in the testicles.
What Are The Benefits Of Testosterone Replacement Therapy?
Men experience a wide variety of benefits once they start to replenish normal testosterone levels. Typical benefits include:
- Increased energy levels and motivation
- Reduced irritability and mood swings
- Reduced tendency toward depression and anxiety
- Improved libido and sexual performance
- Improved hardness and frequency of erections
- Increased lean mass and muscle strength
- Improved verbal memory and visuospatial cognitive function
- Improved skin thickness and health
What Causes Testosterone Deficiency?
Men experience a gradual decrease in testosterone levels as the result of the aging process, which can begin as early as age 30. While there is much controversy surrounding the aging process and its effects on hormone production, scientists, researchers, and physicians agree that other conditions may also contribute to decreased testosterone levels, including:
- Injury or infection of the testicles
- Damage resulting from cancer treatments
- Genetic conditions, such as Klinefelter’s Syndrome
- Excessively high levels of iron
- Disorders affecting the pituitary gland
- Use of anabolic steroids
- Medications, such as antidepressants and corticosteroids
- Excessive consumption of soy leading to unnaturally elevated estrogen levels
- Kidney disease and failure
- Chronic infection or disease
- HIV and AIDS-related conditions
- Excessive stress
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Congenital diseases
- Chronic inflammatory conditions
What Are The Symptoms Of Testosterone Deficiency?
Low testosterone levels affect men in many ways and produce a variety of symptoms, including:
- Physical weakness and low energy
- Anxiety and depression
- Weakened memory and concentration
- Decreased libido and erectile dysfunction
- Irritability and mood swings
- Lack of motivation
What Are The Changes That Occur In The Body With Testosterone Deficiency?
Testosterone deficiency typically causes physiological conditions that may include any of the following:
- Increased adipose tissue and decreased lean mass
- Elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
- Decreased hemoglobin levels and risk of anemia
- Decreased bone density potentially leading to osteoporosis
- Loss of hair on the face, head and body
How Do I Find Out If I Have A Testosterone Deficiency?
To check your testosterone levels, Dr. Moor will take a blood sample and analyze the amount of testosterone level in your bloodstream. Since testosterone levels typically vary throughout the day, several samples may be required to determine an accurate measurement. Testosterone levels tend to be highest early in the morning; hence, Dr. Moor may recommend taking blood samples early in the morning.
Testosterone deficiency affects a gamut of physical and emotional conditions, and may be caused by aging or a range of medical conditions. For residents of Nashville, Franklin or the surrounding areas of Tennessee who want to know more about treating testosterone deficiency, contact our Brentwood office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moor.