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Do You Actually Need This Hormone Therapy?

As men age, a real concern begins to pop up – that being their testosterone levels. This is because low testosterone is linked with low libido, weakness, low energy, and poor mood.

The only way to know for sure if you have low testosterone is to undergo blood work.

The official medical term for low testosterone is hypogonadism, and it’s treated with testosterone replacement therapy. These men may experience improvements in libido and erections, mood, strength, and energy levels.

There is another class of men that feel that because they’re lacking in their “manhood,” although they do not have hypogonadism, they require testosterone therapy. But these men won’t experience the benefits of a boost of testosterone as the men with clinically diagnosed low testosterone. In fact, researchers suggest that not only would testosterone therapy not help these men, but it could lead to adverse effects.

Around the age of 30 to 40, men begin losing testosterone at a rate of one percent annually. Normal testosterone levels are 265 to 915 nanograms per deciliter for younger men ages 19 to 39. It is not advised to recommend testosterone therapy in men who have not undergone blood work to determine testosterone levels. For men over 65 without symptoms, it is still not recommended even if testosterone levels are shown to be low.

Testosterone therapy prescriptions were on the rise until a slew of studies were released showing an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

One study specifically looked at 800 men over the age of 65 who underwent testosterone therapy for at least one year, and they experienced the following results:

  • All aspects of sexual function improved
  • Walking distance slightly improved
  • Vitality did not improve
  • Cognitive function did not improve
  • Mood and depressive symptoms improved slightly
  • Mild to moderate anemia improved slightly
  • Bone density and estimated bone strength improved
  • Plaque in coronary arteries increased
  • Men were more likely to have increased levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) – higher PSA may indicate possible prostate cancer

If you begin to experience symptoms related to low testosterone, don’t be afraid to speak to your doctor. This way, you can either determine if low testosterone is really a problem for you or if there is something else going on causing your symptoms. Furthermore, be wary of jumping to testosterone therapy.

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Author Bio

Mohan Garikiparithi got his degree in medicine from Osmania University (University of Health Sciences). He practiced clinical medicine for over a decade before he shifted his focus to the field of health communications. During his active practice he served as the head of the Dept. of Microbiology in a diagnostic centre in India. On a three-year communications program in Germany, Mohan developed a keen interest in German Medicine (Homoeopathy), and other alternative systems of medicine. He now advocates treating different medical conditions without the use of traditional drugs. An ardent squash player, Mohan believes in the importance of fitness and wellness.

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