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Low Testosterone (Low T)

Men aged 45 years and older, have you noticed sudden weight gain, excess sweating, or persistent fatigue? Have you experienced a decrease in desire for sexual activity or a decrease in muscle mass? Each of these situations describes a symptom of low testosterone (Low T), a treatable condition that about 40% of men aged 45 and older experience. Tampa, Florida residents can turn to Bay Area Endocrinology Associates for help with this medical condition.
Low T SymptomsAlthough many men notice their decreased sex drive, some may not associate common symptoms of Low T as such because they’ve been taught that those symptoms “just happen with age.” Let’s consider the most frequently reported symptoms of this common ailment:

  • Hair loss on the head and other areas of the body
  • Unexpected weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue despite getting a good night’s sleep
  • Change in eating habits, whether eating more or less
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Difficulty in achieving an erection and maintaining it
  • Moodiness
  • Depression
  • Memory decline
  • Increased body fat
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Decreased bone mass.

If you notice that you experience a few of these symptoms, make an appointment with Dr. Troy to investigate whether Low T contributes to the problem and to determine its cause.
Diagnosing the Problem

At Bay Area Endocrinology Associates, Dr. Pedro I. Troyspecializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Low T. Dr. Troy uses three tests to help uncover if you experience Low T and if so, what causes it. These tests include:

  • blood prolactin level
  • luteinizing hormone
  • serum testosterone.

The serum testosterone test determines the amount of testosterone in your bloodstream, while the other two tests help the doctor determine the cause of the Low T. Normally, a healthy male individual’s testosterone levels range between 300 to 1,000 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL).
Typical Underlying Causes of Low T

The doctors at Tampa’s Bay Area Endocrinology Associates treat a range of thyroid-related disorders. They offer Floridians a panel of experts who can diagnose Low T, and its underlying cause, and create a comprehensive treatment for it to help address the situation and restore the patient’s health. Commonly, the following medical issues or situations can cause low testosterone in males:

  • AIDS
  • Alcohol use disorder (AUD), commonly referred to as alcoholism
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation
  • Extreme stress
  • Infection
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Pituitary gland conditions
  • Side effect of some medications
  • Testicle injuries

By finding the cause of the Low T, Dr. Troy can treat both the symptom and the problem. This helps each patient recover more fully and experience a longer-lasting outcome.
Why Choose Bay Area Endocrinology Associates

Bay Area Endocrinology Associates in Tampa, FL, specializes in the treatment of all thyroid conditions including cancer, nodules, and hyper and hypothyroidism. Our bilingual staff administers medical tests at our local facility, including thyroid ultrasounds, biopsies, and lab work. Because of this, our patients receive their test results quicker, eliminating the arduous wait that sometimes occurs when an individual goes to a doctor who must send out the test matter for analysis.

Our doctors and nurse practitioner have a range of experience practicing medicine in the US and Cuba. We treat many complex metabolic conditions, including diabetes and obesity, offering a comprehensive weight loss program to address that problem at its source.

Due to the size of the Tampa metropolitan area, Bay Area Endocrinology Associates maintains multiple office locations so our patients can conveniently access our top medical care providers. We care about our patients and strive to help them live the best life possible. Our patients responded by naming us to the “Top Docs” list maintained by Tampa Magazine for four years running – 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. We think that shows our commitment to high-quality patient care and customer service.

Whether you reside in Tampa, Plant City, Wesley Chapel, or Zephyrhills, Bay Area Endocrinology Associates maintains an office near you that provides high-quality medical care. If you notice any of the symptoms of Low T, contact Dr. Troy for testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Let our doctors help you restore your health.

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