Can Testosterone Therapy Help You?
As both men and women age, our testosterone levels decline. They typically decline about one percent a year after the age of 30. For some people, the decline is more significant and may cause symptoms. These symptoms may include:
- Decreased sexual drive and function, for men the ability to get and maintain erections
- Decreased energy and vitality
- Increased body fat, reduced muscle bulk and strength, and decreased bone density
- Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
- A decrease in motivation or self-confidence. You may feel sad or depressed, or have trouble concentrating or remembering things.
Below is a quiz to help determine if you might have low testosterone
Do you have fatigue?
Do you have a lack of drive?
Do you lack initiative?
Are you less assertive?
Do you have a decline in your sense of well-being?
Do you have depressed moods?
Are you frequently irritable?
Has your self-confidence declined?
Do you have a difficult time making decisions?
Have you had a decline in your mental sharpness?
Has your stamina and endurance lessened?
Have you lost muscle mass, strength, or tone?
Have you gained body fat around your waist?
Total Score <3 – unlikely you have low testosterone
4-10 Low testosterone is possible
>10 – Low testosterone is very likely
How does Dr. Thorpe determine if you have low testosterone? A blood test of your total and free testosterone is the most accurate and reliable way to determine this. If your values are low, a trial of testosterone therapy makes sense to see if it improves your symptoms and overall well-being.
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