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Low Testosterone Level

Jeffery Tun, MD

Primary Care Physician located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Forest Hills, NY

Low testosterone impacts every aspect of your health, from your sexual capabilities to muscle mass. At his office in Midtown East, Manhattan in New York City, Dr. Tun can boost low testosterone levels with evidence-based treatments, like intramuscular injections, patches, or pellet therapy. Call Jeffrey Tun, MD, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about improving your testosterone levels.

What is a low testosterone level?

Testosterone is a male sex hormone that plays an essential role in bone growth, muscle mass, penile and testicular development, libido, and more. While men and women produce testosterone, men need far higher quantities to maintain their sexual health and male characteristics, like facial hair.

Low testosterone (low T) is when the testicles can’t produce enough testosterone, which can interfere with your physical, emotional, and sexual functions. If you have low testosterone levels, Dr. Tun can individualize the right treatment plan for you.

What are the symptoms of a low testosterone level?

Low testosterone levels affect every man differently, but some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low libido
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Poor concentration
  • Irritability
  • Infertility
  • Hair loss
  • Low sperm production

Some men with low testosterone levels also experience male breast development, anemia, and even osteoporosis — a condition that causes porous, brittle bones.

What causes a low testosterone level?

After age 30, men typically lose about 1% of their testosterone levels each year. Testosterone loss is a natural part of aging, but low T is not. The most common causes of low testosterone levels are:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Kidney failure
  • Certain medications (opioids, steroids, etc.)
  • Excess weight
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Excess estrogen
  • Chemotherapy
  • Head injury

Excess estrogen, typically from carrying excess fat or exposure to heavy metals or chemicals from plastics, can also cause testosterone levels to decline.

How is a low testosterone level diagnosed?

With an in-house laboratory, Dr. Tun can test your testosterone levels from the comfort of one of his New York City offices. A blood test measures the amount of testosterone in your system to determine whether your levels are low for your age.

What are the treatments for a low testosterone level?

To restore your testosterone levels, Dr. Tun may recommend hormone replacement therapy. Treatments for low testosterone levels include:

  • Testosterone patches
  • Implantable hormone pellets
  • Topical testosterone gels
  • Intramuscular testosterone injections

Dr. Tun can discuss your hormone therapy options after your blood work results are available to find the best option for you.

To learn more about low testosterone levels, call Jeffrey Tun, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.