What Is Low Testosterone?

If a person has a deficiency of the male hormone testosterone, it can cause low testosterone levels. But what is this condition and how is it diagnosed?
Low testosterone can occur in people of any age, with the more severe symptoms occurring in younger males and more subtle symptoms occurring in older males. Signs can vary depending on the age of the person when the problems began. Some possible symptoms may include depression, fatigue, and low sex drive. However, a diagnosis should not be made on symptoms alone.
A healthcare provider will make a diagnosis based on the results of certain blood tests. After a diagnosis is verified, the most common and effective type of treatment is testosterone replacement medications.
(Click Low Testosterone for more detailed information on what low testosterone is, possible causes, and various symptoms that may occur. This article also describes how this condition is diagnosed and treated.)
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