Has your ability to get up and go, gotten up and gone? Do you have trouble remembering where you put your keys? Can’t find where you left the TV remote control? Maybe you’re have difficulty getting an erection as firm as they used to be! Perhaps your stamina and endurance are suffering. It could be that your level of testosterone is abnormally low. Testosterone can be an important factor in each of the symptoms listed above. Testosterone is important in the development of the sexual organs such as the testicles and the prostate gland before we are born and also can influence our sex drive, our muscle mass, our body and facial hair, and our bone mass and strength.
Testosterone deficiency has been linked to a number of other illnesses as well: diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. Evidence shows that men with high blood pressure were nearly twice as likely to have low testosterone, that men with diabetes were more than two times as likely to have low testosterone, and that obese men were nearly two and a half times as likely to have low testosterone. Also, men in generally poor health are likely to have low testosterone.
Age tends to rob us of testosterone, too. The average 80 year old man has a level of 400 ng/dl (nanograms per deciliter), whereas his 40 year old son would likely be close to the average of 600 ng/dl. Keep in mind that these are averages. Some men may have more, and some may have less. Unfortunately a decrease in sexual desire and interests, a lack of mental clarity and acumen, a reduction in strength and endurance, sadness and/or grumpiness, and a difficulty in achieving and maintaining an adequate erection may all be due to a low testosterone level.
There is a strong relationship between low testosterone and obesity. If you have diabetes, you are more likely to have low testosterone, and if you have low testosterone, you are more likely to have diabetes. Testosterone aids insulin to move blood sugar into the cells of the body, so a man with low testosterone is more likely to have what is called insulin resistance. Now for the good news: men who are obese can increase their testosterone level by losing weight, and it is also true that testosterone therapy can help men to lose weight.
“Metabolic syndrome” is the name for a condition which includes central obesity (those love handles around the waist), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. Men with metabolic syndrome are more likely to have heart attacks and strokes, and it is a more common condition in men with low testosterone. Low testosterone is related to insulin resistance, obesity, and diabetes, each of which increases the risk of heart disease. Testosterone therapy has been shown to improve blood sugar levels and reduce obesity.
Other conditions can be related to low testosterone. In men older than 70, those with low testosterone levels were twice as likely to experience depression. Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common symptoms of low testosterone.
Do any of the symptoms listed above describe you? Could you be suffering from low testosterone? Men’s Edge Medical Center has licensed physicians who specialize in the identification and treatment of testosterone deficiency and other male performance conditions. With a simple blood test and a comprehensive evaluation of your medical history, physical condition, and current medications our physicians can work with you to determine if treatment can benefit you and which of our treatment options will be best for you.
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