Testosterone Deficiency or Low T
Testosterone deficiency is not an uncommon condition in the United States today and is defined by the FDA as levels falling below <300 ng/dl of blood. This level may be anywhere from A nanogram is a very small amount of a substance but hormones are very powerful chemicals produced our bodies endocrine glands and they are vital. Symptoms of low testosterone could be experienced as a decline in sexual function and desire, loss of strength, loss of muscle mass, a lowered sense of well being, increased risk of low trauma fractures to the bones, erectile dysfunction, lowered number of sperm produced, and many other maladies (JE Daugherty, 2012).
Low T is commonly associated with diabetes type II, metabolic syndrome, obesity, osteoporosis, osteopenia, erectile dysfunction, dyslipidemia, depression, greater ratios of fat to lean body mass and Alzheimer disease( JE Daugherty,2012). There are likely many other associated conditions that have not been researched yet and found. Many of the conditions that are involved here are also the conditions noted in most of the chronic problems that require treatment as you will note if reading many of these articles on my site. There are many conditions or disease states
Testosterone is known as a male hormone but women also need this hormone too. The incidence in men is easier to predict and is thought to be 12.3/1000 persons in the US. Late set hypogonadism in US men from 40-69 years old is thought to be on the order of 481,000 new cases per year. The prevalence is thought to be 2-4 million males which is 12% of males in their 50s and 28% between 70-79 years and even higher in octogenarians. The incidence in females is unknown (JE Daugherty,2012).
Testosterone is easily checked by simple blood tests that are inexpensive. The testing is best done and most reliable when checked in the morning especially between 6 AM to 8AM but 11 AM is acceptable (epocrates,2012) due to the natural release patterns of the hormone from the testes. This test ideally should be done twice and should not be done in the time of an acute illness as this may make the test results less reliable. Other confirmatory laboratory tests may be performed in obese individuals due to possible inaccuracy of the solo testosterone (epocrates, 2012). These tests are also inexpensive and covered by insurance.
There are many reliable prescription medications on the market that are FDA approved for the treatment of this condition. You may have seen them on TV recently as this is a big problem for males and is psychologically and physically very troubling for all effected, not only the male but also his partner.
Low T Questionnaire:
1. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
2. Do you have a lack of energy?
3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
4. Have you lost height?
5. Have you noticed a decreased "enjoyment of life"?
6. Are you sad and/or grumpy?
7. Are your erections less strong?
8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?
10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?
If you answered "Yes" to question 1 to 7 or any 3 other questions, call us at 817-274-2343 and we can determine if you could have a medical condition caused by Low T and if you should be tested.
If you have any questions or someone you know has any issues that may be related to this easily corrected condition, call my office 817-274-2343 and schedule an appointment and we will find out soon how we may help you.
- The 5 Minute Clinical Consult 2012
- Epocrates 2012