Low levels of testosterone can have negative effects on erections, libido / desire, muscle mass, energy levels, mood, bone strength and heart disease risk, so it is important to assess appropriately.
Testosterone levels naturally gradually decline as men get older. However, age is certainly not the only cause of testosterone deficiency.
Other possible causes include obesity, diabetes, other hormonal conditions, some medications, alcohol and some recreational drugs. Sometimes there may be genetic causes, which have not always been identified in adult men.
It is important to identify men with genuine testosterone deficiency, using the correct tests, before considering treatment. It is equally important not to offer testosterone replacement therapy to men who do not have low testosterone levels.
We would be happy to discuss the diagnosis and treatment options with you at our clinic. The Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital (details below) is well located for us to consult with people from Brighton & Hove, Sussex, and further afield.