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Is Low Testosterone Hereditary?
Scientists have actually been able to pinpoint specific genetic markers. There is a gene, called sex hormone-binding globulin that codes the protein that binds itself to testosterone. Evidence suggests that although, we may not be able to see exactly how, most likely some causes of low testosterone came from genetic makeup. There are other hereditary diseases that may also cause low testosterone such as Prader-Willi syndrome which affects muscle tone and growth.

What Causes Low Testosterone Levels?
Low testosterone can come from Type II Diabetes, Liver or Kidney Disease, COPD, pituitary gland issues and testicle injuries. Radiation and chemo therapy may also affect testosterone levels. Some causes for low testosterone are even temporary. It may be that your stress level, sleep deprivation or weight changes have affected testosterone levels, or it may be something more serious. Sometimes it can be caused by steroid or narcotic usage. It may vary from clinic to clinic but low testosterone is usually indicated by a blood test in which the number is 275 or lower.

Treatment Options
It is important to see a specialist when dealing with testosterone levels.  Dr. Gary C. Bellman works specifically with hormonal conditions. Low testosterone can easily be treated when a proper assessment is completed. Some of the following are options specifically geared to help restore depleted testosterone levels;

Implantable pellets
Testosterone containing pellets are implanted under the skin (buttock area) and need to be placed approximately every three months. A testosterone pellet is about the size of a tic tac. The pellets provides a slow, steady release of testosterone.

Testosterone injections are given in a muscle. Your symptoms might fluctuate between doses depending on the frequency of injections. It is advised to keep yourself on a regular schedule. Typically injections are recommended to be self- administered 1 x weekly.

As the cream dries, your body absorbs testosterone through your skin. Application of testosterone replacement therapy appears to cause fewer skin reactions than patches do.  A potential side effect of the gel is the possibility of transferring the medication to another person.  Avoid skin-to-skin contact until the gel is completely dry or cover the area after an application.

Taking testosterone orally isn’t recommended for long-term hormone replacement because it might cause liver problems.

For an appointment or consultation with Dr. Gary Bellman, please contact the office or call 818-912-1899