Low Testosterone

Definition

Low serum testosterone, also known as hypogonadism or Andropause, affects roughly 39% of men over the age of 45. The prevalence of low testosterone increases with age. Researcher have found that the incidence of low testosterone increases from approximately 20% of men over 60, to 30% of men over 70 and 50% of men over 80 years of age. There are both sexual and non-sexual signs and symptoms associated with low testosterone.

Risk Factors

  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • High Blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease

Symptoms

  • Low sex drive
  • Poor erections
  • Increase in body fat
  • Lower energy
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Feeling depressed
  • Anemia
  • Loss of calcium from bones

Diagnosis

The main diagnosis of low testosterone is through a blood test.  Hormone levels will be significantly lower.

Treatment

There are many choices to help raise the levels of testosterone.  Testosterone replacement therapy can be given in many forms including skin gels, shots, long acting pellets, patches, and pills.  You should talk to your doctor before beginning any of these treatments to decide the best option.

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