Low Testosterone

Punjabi Medical Clinic

Narendra Punjabi, MD, PA

Internal Medicine & Addiction Treatment Specialist located in Travis County, Austin, TX

Low testosterone can affect everything from your sex life to how you feel day to day. Because low testosterone can endanger your health, you should visit with expert hormone internist Narendra Punjabi, MD. His Austin, Texas, practice, Punjabi Medical Clinic, welcomes new patients who need treatment for low testosterone. Even if you’re not sure whether you have low testosterone levels, you should have your hormones checked regularly during your physical exams, before health problems arise.

Testosterone Q & A

Will I know if I have low testosterone?

Likely yes, although symptoms develop gradually. You may have been living with specific issues for a while, not realizing that your testosterone could be to blame. For instance, you might have:

  • A low sex drive
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue or depression
  • Fragile bones
  • Hair loss
  • Unexplained weight fluctuations

Some patients experience several side effects, while others have only one symptom. Speak with Dr. Punjabi about every issue you encounter, no matter how minor it may seem. That helps him diagnose you correctly.

Why do I have low testosterone?

Your testosterone level starts declining slightly as you age, although you can have low testosterone at any point in life if you:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have an injury to your testicles
  • Develop hormonal disorders
  • Have cancer, kidney disease, or liver disease
  • Develop Type II diabetes

If any of these health conditions apply, it’s typically a good idea to regularly have your hormone levels checked before symptoms emerge.

How is low testosterone diagnosed?

Usually, a physical exam is the first part of diagnosing low testosterone. During your appointment, Dr. Punjabi covers your family’s medical history, as well as yours. Once he gathers information about your symptoms, he orders laboratory tests. Blood draws typically confirm low testosterone levels.

What is the treatment for low testosterone?

The ideal treatment plan for you depends on what’s causing your lack of testosterone. For example, if you have a disease or condition that’s affecting your testosterone, such as kidney disease, managing that condition could improve your testosterone levels.

If you need hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Punjabi helps find the right type for your needs. Natural hormone replacement therapy treatments come in:

  • Creams and ointments
  • Injectable pellets
  • Medications and injections

Sometimes men have low testosterone and are unaware. If your low testosterone isn’t causing symptoms, you might not need treatment. But because low testosterone can lead to lower-than-normal bone density, you might need to start a hormone replacement plan right away.

Have your testosterone levels checked at Punjabi Medical Clinic today! Book an appointment online or call the office.