Testosterone is one of the most important hormones in the male body. It plays a key role in many important functions such as sex drive, sperm production, muscle strength, and bone mass.

Testosterone levels in a healthy adult male can range from about 280-1,070 nanograms per deciliter (ng/dL). However, as men age, their testosterone levels begin to drop. Production of the hormone tends to peak at around age 20, then suffers a slow decrease (about 1% per year) after that.

While this decline is not noticeable in some men, many can experience significant changes if their testosterone levels drop too low. This is most common in men ages 60 and older, but can start happening as early as their middle-aged years.

Some common symptoms of low testosterone levels, also known as andropause, include:

  • Low sex drive

  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)

  • Lack of energy

  • Decrease in muscular strength/endurance

  • Hair loss

  • Decrease in bone mass

  • Depression

  • Mood changes

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Deterioration in work/sport performance

Maintaining healthy testosterone levels is an important part of living a long, healthy life. Regular checkups and age-appropriate screenings are necessary to monitor testosterone levels as you age. Experts estimate that up to 95% of men who suffer from low testosterone go untreated. Don’t be one of them.

If you live on Long Island and suffer from symptoms of low testosterone, help is available at NuWave Medical. With five convenient locations across Long Island and Manhattan, we are always close to home. Schedule an appointment online, or give us a call at (631) 343-7144.