Low Testosterone (Low T) (cont.)
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
In this Article
- Low testosterone (Low-T) definition
- What are the "normal" levels of testosterone in men?
- What causes low testosterone (Low-T)
- What are the symptoms of low testosterone (Low-T)?
- How is the diagnosis of low testosterone (Low-T) made?
- How is low testosterone (Low-T) treated?
- What are the risks of testosterone therapy?
- What are natural ways of boosting your testosterone?
- Should I take testosterone?
- Low Testosterone (Low T) - Slideshow
- Take the Low Testosterone (Low T) Quiz
- How Low T Affects Your Health, Mood, Sex
- Find a local Endocrinologist in your town
What are the risks of testosterone therapy?
Possible side effects and risks of testosterone therapy for the normal aging male include:
- Stimulation of growth of the prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy) and possible growth of existing prostate cancer
- Skin reactions
- Limiting sperm production and shrinkage of testicles
- Over production of red blood cells (which can be a contributor to a heart attack)
What are natural ways of boosting your testosterone?
- Get enough sleep
- Keep a healthy weight
- Stay active
Should I take testosterone?
The definite verdict on testosterone therapy is still out. Testosterone therapy is accepted as a treatment for hypogonadism, a clearly defined medical condition.
In older adults who have markedly decreased testosterone levels without significant symptoms or who have modestly decreased levels with significant symptoms, testosterone therapy should be considered after a discussion with your doctor about side effects and possible positive effects of therapy.
Gruenewald DA, et al. Testosterone supplementation therapy for older men: potential benefits and risks. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jan;51(1):101-15; discussion 115.
Emmelot-Vonk MH. et al. Effect of testosterone supplementation on functional mobility, cognition, and other parameters in older men: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2008 Jan 2;299(1):39-52. doi: 10.1001/jama.2007.51.
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