Low Testosterone Specialist in Central Illinois
About 40% of men over the age of 45 have low testosterone levels, or low T. If you often feel tired, sometimes have trouble concentrating, or your sex drive is lower than in the past, your testosterone levels could be low. Board-certified urologist Dr. Joseph Banno in Peoria, Illinois specializes in men’s health issues like low T.
What is Testosterone (T)?
Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone that gives men their masculinity. As a minor hormone, it it is not needed for survival, but you will feel lousy and miserable if your T level is low. Low testosterone levels may also shorten your life. Testosterone is most often associated with a man’s sex drive, and plays a critical role in sperm production. It also affects bone and muscle mass, the way men store fat in the body, red blood cell production and even a man’s mood.
What are the Symptoms of low testosterone?
Low T is associated with andropause, the male equivalent to menopause in women. Severe symptoms may include erectile dysfunction or bone density loss. Although age is commonly a contributing factor, there are other medical conditions that can contribute to low T, such as:
- Sleep apnea
- Chronic infections
- Chronic opioid use
- Kidney disease
- Sickle cell disease
The latest Advancements in Treating Low-T
The earlier that a testosterone imbalance is detected and treated, the better. Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) supplements can provide symptom relief while delaying other age-related declines.
There are several testosterone treatments available today. Treatments such as oral capsules, injectables, sublingual lozenges, patches, creams and gels—can be quite effective and easy to use, while having minimal side effects. The benefits for increasing testosterone in men include:
- improved energy and overall well-being
- enhanced libido and sexual function
- increased strength and stamina
- enhanced mood and self-esteem
- improved concentration and memory
Dr. Banno is highly experienced in successful treatment of low T and other men’s sexual health concerns. If you are suffering from low testosterone and live near Peoria or Central IL, call for a consultation today, 309-692-9898.