This week my local paper (Boston Globe) finally acknowledged what those of us in the anti-aging community have long understood. Testosterone does not cause prostate cancer when given to men who need it. Ladies, do the men in your life (age 45 and older) a favor and ask them to have their doctor check their Free and Total testosterone levels. It is estimated that there are 4 to 6 million men in this country suffering from testosterone deficiency and only 5% are ever treated. Men will live longer and be better lovers, friends, brothers, fathers and husbands if they are hormonally balanced.
What are the symptoms of low testosterone in men?
- Fatigue, depression, less passion about sports and sex
- Lack of confidence, feeling less interested in career
- Difficulty having and maintaining an erection
- Weight gain with a tendency to a big belly and “man boobs”
- Cranky, irritable, ill tempered, not much fun to be around
What are the signs and health risks of having low testosterone?
- Bone Loss (loss of height and increased fracture risk)
- Muscle loss and weakness (hunched over appearance)
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
So if a man you care about has any of the above and his Total testosterone level is less than 400 ng/dl (considered “normal” by many doctors) and his Free testosterone is less than 15 pg/ml- they should be given testosterone.