Low testosterone levels in the aging male can result in symptoms such as decreased libido or sex drive, lack of energy, erectile dysfunction, impaired sleep, depression, cognitive decline, easy fatigability or lack of endurance as well as decreased muscle and bone strength. Miami urologists David Robbins, MD and Amery Wirtshafter, MD are board certified urologists specializing in the diagnosis, management and treatment of testosterone deficiency in the aging male also known as male andropause.
Low testosterone is not just a problem for geriatric aged males. After the age of 30, most men will begin to develop declining levels of testosterone that are measurable on blood tests. This drop in testosterone value may be at the root of patient complaints related to decreased libido and energy level. Low T levels can additionally result in decreased bone density known as osteoporosis, decreased muscle mass, depressed mood and impaired cognition.
Low testosterone (Low T) levels often set in gradually as a man ages so that they do not even notice the slow changes over time. Men often just assume that the symptoms they are experiencing including decreased sex drive and energy levels are simply a normal manifestation of the aging process. Although there is no cure for low testosterone, there are certainly effective treatments available that can result in significant and noticeable changes in the quality of life of aging men.
Miami urologists David Robbins, MD and Amery Wirtshafter, MD have broad experience in the diagnosis and treatment of men with low testosterone (low t). After a formal hormonal evaluation that may include testosterone, free testosterone, SHBG, PSA and pituitary hormones such as LH, FSH and prolactin, testosterone replacement therapy may be recommended. Testosterone replacement comes in the form of topical gels and patches, injectable agents and even long acting pellets that are placed under the skin known as Testopel.
Low testosterone manifestations are certainly treatable and can result in improvements in a man’s quality of life and health. In addition to improvements in libido, energy, and cognition testosterone replacement therapy can promote improvements in muscle and bone strength and potentially improve cardiovascular and metabolic health. Miami urologists David Robbins, MD and Amery Wirtshafter, MD are experts in the field of testosterone deficiency and hormone replacement therapy. They are available for consultation regarding low testosterone (low T) at two convenient Miami locations.