Men: Are You Struggling With Low Testosterone?

If you're a man in middle age or older, are you feeling tired during the day? Do you notice that spare tire around your middle growing? Is your sex drive dropping? You may assume these are inevitable signs of aging -- or, if you're a thyroid patient, you may assume these are related to your thyroid disease. But what most men over 40 don't know is that all of these symptoms could also indicate an often treatable clinical deficiency defined by abnormally low levels of testosterone.
Find out what low testosterone could mean for you, and how to treat it.

"Low testosterone is potentially the hidden link between men's health and serious medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and depression," says Daniel Perry, executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research. "Millions of American men experience it, but most don't realize the difference between a natural decline in testosterone production and low testosterone, which constitutes a genuine medical concern."

Highlights from the latest national study on low testosterone sponsored by the Alliance for Aging Research are alarming. One-third of American men over the age of 39 report two or more symptoms of low testosterone, including decreased energy, low libido, reduced muscle strength, increased body fat, weaker bones and mood swings.

Low testosterone can be diagnosed with a blood test, but according to this latest study by Harris Interactive, 77 percent of American men over the age of 39 have not been tested by their doctors for low testosterone and 95 percent of men with multiple symptoms said their doctors did not mention low testosterone as a possible cause.

This year's study supports findings from a 1998 survey of 1,000 men by Roper Starch Worldwide that found 68 percent of participants could not name a symptom or condition associated with low testosterone.

"Men should be aware that symptoms of diminished sex drive, erectile dysfunction, increased fatigue, depressed mood and diminished strength or muscle bulk may be due to low testosterone and may be treatable," said Dr. Abraham Morgentaler of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

"An important step is for men to discuss this possibility with their doctor, get tested and consider treatment if their testosterone levels turn out to be low."

It is estimated that 4 to 5 million American men have abnormally low levels of testosterone, but only 5 percent of those men are currently receiving treatment, such as testosterone replacement therapy.

Note: Some experts suggest that men with thyroid conditions, especially hypothyroidism, are at greater risk of low testosterone.

Source: NAPSI

Continue Reading