Testosterone Deficiency

Testosterone Deficiency (Low Testosterone Treatment)

Testosterone is a male hormone primarily produced in the testicles. It is a vital hormone that helps maintain a man’s bone density, sex drive, facial and body hair, muscle strength and mass, sperm as well as red blood cell production.
Lack of testosterone, often nicknamed testosterone deficiency syndrome, can result in undesirable symptoms linked to the above factors.

What is testosterone deficiency syndrome?

Testosterone deficiency syndrome is a medical term used to describe male hypogonadism. As testosterone levels peak by early adulthood and decrease by nearly 1-2% annually by the time you hit your 40s, testosterone deficiency tends to be more prevalent among older men.
This condition can also be described as sperm production and testosterone biochemical deficiency.

What are the symptoms of testosterone deficiency?

There are numerous potential symptoms that you may experience while suffering from testosterone deficiency, including:

  • Depression
  • Obesity triggered by worsening metabolic disease
  • Diminished muscle strength
  • Erection problems which are characterized by achieving and maintaining an erection
  • Lethargy or low energy
  • Brain fog or poor concentration
  • Low libido

Are there any side effects of low testosterone?

There is increasing evidence that a lack of testosterone can potentially have long-term, serious effects on your body as a man.

In males with dangerously low testosterone levels, the bones can possibly become very weak, potentially resulting in a condition referred to as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that can make you highly susceptible to injury.

It is worth noting that one particular study also linked low levels of testosterone to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases as well as other metabolic conditions such as fatty liver, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels.

How can I check my testosterone levels in Singapore?

Diagnosing low testosterone levels require a blood test. Bearing in mind that the levels of testosterone can potentially fluctuate during the day, you may have to undergo at least two tests. Your doctor may take the blood test in the morning, which is when the amount of testosterone is highest.

How is testosterone deficiency treated in Singapore?

If your testosterone levels are very low and you also experience symptoms that could be impacting your overall life in one way or another, your doctor might recommend treatment.

Note: It is very possible to have low levels and not experience any symptoms. If you don’t have any key symptoms –such as sexual dysfunction and fatigue– it is recommended that you seek treatment too.

If there is no medical condition that’s contributing to your decline in testosterone levels, your doctor may suggest natural techniques to boost testosterone, such as;

  • Enhancing muscle mass through resistance training
    Research has proven that HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) exercise can potentially boost your testosterone production by up to 17%. An increase in testosterone levels can be felt within six months. Resistant weight training can also temporarily increase testosterone levels.
  • Reducing body fat
    You can safely and effectively minimize your body fat through diet and exercise.

However, if your doctor thinks testosterone replacement therapy is right for you, there are a variety of delivery techniques, including:

  • Oral therapy
    With this type of treatment, capsules are swallowed or tablets are attached to your gum or inner cheek twice daily. The hormone is then absorbed into your bloodstream.
  • Injections
    If you are not willing to take daily pills, then this type of testosterone therapy should be your ultimate option. The injection is administered once every month.
  • Gel
    This is arguably the best mode of testosterone therapy. This is because it leads to better absorption and the most stable levels compared to capsule and injection administration. This gel is applied to your skin. It is important to thoroughly wash your hands after applying it and to cover the treatment area to prevent exposing those close to you to testosterone.
  • Pellets
    Pellets are implanted under your skin, often around your buttocks or hips, and gradually release testosterone. The pellets are replaced every 3-6 months.

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