Dr. Gordon M. Castleberry sees many male patients who complain of excessive fatigue, feeling weak or depressed, and who are experiencing a decrease in their sex drive – all of which are common symptoms of low testosterone. Additionally, an aging population, less societal stigma, and more precise tests are driving factors as more and more men are diagnosed with low testosterone.
Testosterone is a hormone. It’s what puts hair on a man’s chest and is the force behind his sex drive. During puberty, testosterone helps build a man’s muscles, deepens his voice, and boosts the size of his penis and testes. In adulthood, it keeps a man’s muscles and bones strong and maintains his interest in sex.
After age 30, most men begin to experience a gradual decline in testosterone. A decrease in sex drive sometimes accompanies the drop in testosterone, leading many men to mistakenly believe that their loss of interest in sex is simply due to getting older.
Many symptoms of low testosterone are mirrored by other medical problems such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure or coronary artery disease. Dr. Castleberry consults with each patient and performs the appropriate tests in order to correctly diagnosis low testosterone.