When it comes to men’s health, there are certain numbers every man over 40 should know: cholesterol, prostate and testosterone levels. Studies tell us that in the United States alone more than 13 million men over the age of 40 suffer from symptoms of low testosterone. It has been estimated that 1 in 10 men are testosterone deficient. The Low T Center was founded to specifically address this need.
Symptoms of low testosterone include fatigue, weakness, loss of sexual desire (libido), difficulty with erections, loss of physical endurance, loss of muscle, increased body fat, and slowed growth of the beard and body hair. Young men or boys with low testosterone during the teenage years may fail to go through puberty normally. Infertility can occur with low testosterone. Over time, low testosterone can cause weakness in the bones (osteoporosis) and predispose to bones which break easily. The symptoms of low testosterone are “non-specific,” meaning that many other conditions cause similar symptoms, and not all men with these symptoms will have low testosterone.
Causes of low testosterone can be problems with the testes or problems with the brain or pituitary gland.
• Testicular problems. These include damage from injury, infection, or medications (such as chemotherapy), and certain inherited genetic abnormalities.
• Brain/pituitary problems. Often these are idiopathic (unknown cause) and are frequently seen with aging. Other potential problems include benign pituitary tumors, other tumors/growths near the pituitary, pituitary inflammation, high iron levels, and medications.
Testosterone is a hormone made by the body and is responsible for the normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for maintenance of other sexual characteristics. Some effects of testosterone include: growth and maturation of prostate, and other male sex organs; development of male hair distribution such as facial hair; changes in body muscle mass and strength and fat distribution; sex drive and sexual function; mood and energy level; and bone strength.
Founded in 2010, Low T Center has quickly evolved into a pioneering and innovative medical practice. Low T Center exclusively diagnoses and treats men with low testosterone levels, currently with 23 locations across the country and growing with the awareness and demand for testosterone therapy. Low T Center differentiates itself by focusing on the needs of their patients. Our goal is for every man to know their testosterone level. In healthy males, normal levels are between 350 ng/dL and 1000 ng/dL. At the Low T Center, our mission is to provide best in class patient care and service. Low T Center is able to perform most lab work on premise so the patient will know his results during the appointment. “We accept most insurance and schedule so that the busy man can be treated and on his way in under 10 minutes,” says Tom Jones, Joint Venture Partner of Low T Center.
Testosterone injections are the oldest and least expensive form of therapy available. This method is considered to be the Gold Standard of treatment. Therefore, the Low T Center relies on injections as our primary method of treatment. Injections of Testosterone Cypionate (a bio-identical hormone) are typically given every week into the muscle (hip). Most men find that this method of testosterone delivery is effective and easy. The “peak and trough” effects can be limited by giving a smaller dose of testosterone more often, and maintaining a good “physiologic level.”
On your initial visit, your blood will be tested on site for Testosterone and PSA levels. This will provide a baseline for treatment. Patients with low level ready to begin treatment can receive their first injection during the initial visit. Blood tests are periodically run to measure testosterone levels to. Additional blood testing is generally performed to monitor blood counts and PSA levels. Bone density testing may be performed by patient’s Primary Care Physician to evaluate for osteoporosis.
For more information, contact McKinney’s Low T Center, located on Eldorado Parkway.
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Ill.: siumed.edu/surgery/urology
Low T Center, LLC; Colleyville: lowtcenter.com
“Testosterone for Life,” Abraham Morgentaler, M.D. (Associate Clinical Professor of Urology, Harvard University & Founder of Men’s Health Clinic of Boston)