Testosterone

Kirt Tyson, NMD; CPBN; FAAOPM -  - Naturopathic Physician

Balanced Health Medical Center, PLLC

Kirt Tyson, NMD; CPBN; FAAOPM

Naturopathic Physician & Men's Health Specialist located in Washington, DC

Low testosterone can affect your sex drive, energy, mood, and simply cause you not to feel like yourself. It’s normal to experience a drop in testosterone production as you get older, but it’s treatable and manageable. At Balanced Health Medical Center, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., board-certified naturopathic doctor Kirt Tyson, NMD, CPBN, FAAOPM, provides testosterone replacement therapy and nutritional support to counteract the effects of low testosterone. Book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Testosterone

What does testosterone do?

Testosterone is a hormone, or chemical messenger. It’s the primary male sex hormone, which means it affects sexual development and reproduction. Both men and women have testosterone, but men have much higher levels of it.

Testosterone is responsible for a number of the physical changes you go through during puberty, including voice changes, penile and testicular development, facial and body hair, and bone and muscle growth.

Testosterone continues to play an important role in adulthood. It regulates a number of bodily processes, including:

  • Libido (sex drive)
  • Sperm production
  • Bone density
  • Muscle mass
  • Fat distribution
  • Red blood cell production


Testosterone affects your mood and energy level. If you have low testosterone, or a hormonal imbalance, you may experience a number of health problems.

What is andropause?

Andropause, also known as “low T,” refers to symptoms that result from an age-related drop in testosterone. It’s normal for testosterone production to gradually start declining around age 30. This may cause noticeable effects between the ages of 40 and 60.

Men who seek treatment for low testosterone report symptoms including:

  • Erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • Decreased libido
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Low energy
  • Mood changes, including depression and irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating


Another term for andropause is “male menopause.” It’s true that, like menopause, andropause describes symptoms from an age-related drop in sex hormones, but the conditions are different in key ways. Unlike menopause, you can still reproduce after undergoing andropause, and the change in hormone levels is gradual, rather than sudden.

How is low testosterone treated?

The symptoms of low testosterone can be the result of other conditions, so Dr. Tyson may order a blood test to confirm that you do have low testosterone. Dr. Tyson offers testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), which can restore your testosterone levels and improve the symptoms of low T. TRT is available in several forms, each with their own advantages, including injections, patches, and gels.

While providing TRT, Dr. Tyson also makes sure you follow a healthy lifestyle, which naturally boosts your testosterone levels. This can include eating a nutritious diet, losing excess weight, exercising, and keeping a regular sleep schedule. TRT, in turn, can make it easier to follow these lifestyle changes. 

To learn how testosterone replacement therapy can revitalize you, schedule an appointment at Balanced Health Medical Center online or over the phone.