- in Active Lifestyle, Antibody Testing, COVID-19, Dallas, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Mens Health, Testosterone, Uptown Dallas, Wellbeing
- on August 28, 2020
We all know that time is money and that it is also the most valuable non renewable resource we have. Having a specialty mens health clinic right in the heart of Uptown Dallas that provides primary care, testosterone therapy, weight loss solutions, hydration therapy, allergy testing and treatment and COVID-19 antibody testing is very convenient.
Most people avoid going to the doctor because it takes up too much time in their day. Our appointments are organized and designed to get you in and out as quickly as possible, depending on the reason for your visit, it should not take more than an hour. We have a strict scheduling policy in place that respects peoples time and schedule, perfect for those busy Uptowners.
Though we are a primary care clinic that is in network with most major insurance companies, we do specialize in testosterone treatment for men. If you do not know the causes and symptoms of low testosterone here is some great information for you.
How common is low testosterone?
Low testosterone affects almost 40% of men aged 45 and older. It is difficult to define normal testosterone levels, because levels vary throughout the day and are affected by body mass index (BMI), nutrition, alcohol consumption, certain medications, age and illness.
What causes low testosterone?
As a man ages, the amount of testosterone in his body gradually drops. This natural decline starts after age 30 and continues (about 1% per year) throughout his life.
There are many other potential causes of low testosterone, including the following:
- Injury (trauma, interrupted blood supply to the testes) or infection of the testes (orchitis)
- Chemotherapy for cancer
- Metabolic disorders such as hemochromatosis (too much iron in the body)
- Dysfunction or tumors of the pituitary gland
- Medications, including opioids, hormones used to treat prostate cancer, and steroids (such as prednisone)
- Acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) illness
- Alcohol abuse
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Chronic renal (kidney) failure
- Inflammatory conditions such as sarcoidosis (a condition that causes inflammation of the lungs and other organs)
- Kallman syndrome (abnormal development of the hypothalamus, a gland in the brain that controls many hormones)
- Klinefelter syndrome (a genetic condition in which a male is born with an extra copy of the X chromosome). Also called XXY syndrome
- High levels of the milk-producing hormone prolactin
- Obesity or extreme weight loss
- Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus
- Congenital defect (present at birth)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Estrogen excess (usually from an external or environmental source)
- Previous anabolic steroid abuse
- Severe primary hypothyroidism
- Pubertal delay
- Trauma (head injury)
- Radiation exposure or prior surgery of the brain
What are the symptoms of low testosterone?
Symptoms of low testosterone depend on the age of person, and include the following:
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Decreased sense of well-being
- Depressed mood
- Difficulties with concentration and memory
- Moodiness and irritability
- Loss of muscular strength
Other changes that occur with low testosterone include:
- A decrease in hemoglobin and mild anemia
- A decrease in body hair
- Thinning of the bones (osteoporosis)
- Increased body fat
- Breast development (gynecomastia)
Checking Your Testosterone Levels
When you come in for your first appointment to get your testosterone levels checked we take 3 vials of blood. We run a full hormone and vitamin panel to get a full picture of how your endocrine system is working.
According to insurance we need 2 low levels of testosterone (below 350) in order to start treatment and have it be covered by your insurance company. So after your first appointment that establishes you as a patient your next appointment is faster and all appointments moving forward are between 15-30 minutes helping you to get back to your busy life with the energy you need!
If you are ready to book an appointment to get your testosterone levels checked or any other service we offer please call our office at 214-217-8633.