Often times seen in-office are cases that involve some medical detective work regarding testosterone levels.
It's important to provide the doctor with a detailed medical history. Things that should be discussed include:
- past or present major illnesses;
- all prescription and non-prescription drugs currently being taken;
- family/relationship problems, such as sexual problems;
- any major life events or changes that have occurred.
Dr. Bellman takes a history to help pinpoint a genetic basis for other factors that may be the source of the problem and to help identify the correct diagnosis.
The body carefully controls the production of testosterone. Chemical signals from the glands in the pituitary and hypothalamus tell the testes how much testosterone to produce.
There are a number of specific medical conditions that can cause low testosterone. Often, such conditions are most evident in younger men. Some of these conditions are associated with the testes, pituitary and hypothalamus gland. Other men experience low testosterone levels as a result of various genetic factors.
Getting older is the most common reason testosterone levels dip. Illnesses are sometimes to blame, including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver or kidney disease
- Pituitary gland problems
- Testicle injuries
Testosterone is usually measured with a blood test done early in the morning, when levels are at peak levels. Normal levels range from 300 to 1,000 ng/DL.
If you have low blood levels of testosterone or symptoms that affect your daily life, speak with a specialist to discuss benefits of testosterone replacement therapy.
For an expert consultation, Dr. Bellman's office can be reached at 818.912.1899.