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Testosterone deficiency is common over the age of 40, and affects up to 12% of men aged 50 and over. Affecting more than 790,000 men in the UK, this treatable condition can cause symptoms of tiredness, irritability, depression, low sex drive,, loss of muscle and weight gain.
What is testosterone deficiency?
Testosterone plays an important role in physical and emotional wellbeing. Its roles include maintaining muscle and bone strength, sperm production, and the desire to have sex (libido). Testosterone deficiency is a failure of the body to produce enough testosterone to maintain healthy levels.
Who gets testosterone deficiency?
The reasons for having testosterone deficiency are not always clear. After the age of 30 our testosterone levels begin to drop, however, the chances of it being present are higher in men who have certain other conditions, including:
- Diabetes (up to 50% of men with type 2 diabetes have low testosterone levels)
- High blood pressure / cholesterol
- Heart diseaseHeart disease
- Any chronic inflammatory condition (such as asthma or arthritis)
- Medications (a large number of prescription drugs can also reduce testosterone levels)
- Cancer treatments
How can testosterone deficiency be treated?
Testosterone deficiency can be diagnosed easily in most cases by listening to your symptoms and arranging simple bloods tests. Based on these, we can decide whether testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), is suitable for you. There is excellent evidence that, when used properly, TRT can help alleviate all of the symptoms listed above.
Recent good quality evidence suggests that safe use of TRT in men may be associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and stroke.
There are different treatments for testosterone deficiency; the one that’s best for you can be discussed during your consultation:
- Gels applied to the skin each day
- Injections into the muscle (every 2-3 weeks or every 10–14 weeks)
Once you start treatment it is important to attend follow-up appointments so that we can make sure your treatment is working, and doing so in a safe manner.
What can you do to increase your testosterone levels naturally?
Improving your overall health can help to boost testosterone levels:
- Maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight can help increase testosterone levels.
- Stay active. Regular physical activity helps your brain send out testosterone-boosting signals.
- Reduce stress.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet. Your doctor can advise on this.
Testosterone deficiency can be treated.
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Could you have low Testosterone?
If you feel you might have low testosterone ADAM (Androgen Deficiency in the Ageing Male) test to check if you have testosterone deficiency. Answer YES or NO to each of the following questions:
- Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
- Do you have a lack of energy?
- Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?
- Have you lost height?
- Have you noticed a decreased enjoyment of life?
- Are you sad and/or grumpy?
- Are your erections less strong?
- Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
- Are you falling asleep after dinner?
- Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?
If you answered YES to questions 1, 7 or any 3 other questions, you may be experiencing androgen deficiency (low testosterone). If this is the case, please consider being tested