If you’re a man who’s not quite feeling like himself -- gaining weight, lacking energy, and experiencing a reduced sex drive -- you may be low on testosterone. A drop in this hormone can lead to symptoms that can be addressed with testosterone therapy provided at Inspire Wellness with locations in the Mission Valley and Hillcrest areas of San Diego. Dr. Habib Dalhoumi is board-certified in family medicine and has special training in bioidentical hormone therapy. Call the office or book your appointment online to have him evaluate your testosterone levels and offer therapy.
Testosterone is a male sex hormone produced mainly in the testicles. Testosterone is responsible for your sperm production and sex drive but also drives the growth of facial and body hair and muscle tissue. The hormone plays a role in bone density and how fat is distributed on your body. Because it also influences red blood cell production, it has an impact on your energy levels.
Your testosterone levels generally reach their highest during adolescence and your early 20s. After age 30-40, your levels start to decline very gradually at a rate of about 1% per year. This reduction of testosterone can also happen at a steeper rate due to aging, causing unpleasant symptoms.
Men can experience a severe drop in testosterone due to stress or obesity. You may also suffer a disease, known as hypogonadism, in which your body doesn’t produce normal amounts of testosterone due to problems with your endocrine system.
Symptoms you may associate with aging are often a sign of low testosterone. These include:
If you’re a man suffering from these symptoms, seek the consult of Dr. Dalhoumi to find out if low testosterone levels are to blame.
If Dr. Dalhoumi suspects you have low testosterone levels compromising your health and function, he’ll order lab tests to evaluate your levels. If you need therapy, he offers supplemental bioidentical hormone therapy in pellet form. These pellets are inserted under your skin, and they release as needed to normalize your levels.
Bioidentical hormones are made from plant ingredients and formulated to match the testosterone your body produces. They’re all natural and safe. With the therapy, you’ll feel your energy and vitality restored.
If you’re a man who feels you might benefit from testosterone replacement therapy, call one of the locations of Inspire Wellness or book an appointment using the online tool.