As we get older it’s normal to have a decrease in energy. But doctors say if men are also experiencing other symptoms they may need to be tested for low testosterone.
Dr. Alejandro Miranda-Sousa, a urologic surgeon on the medical staff of Lee Health, says low testosterone is a common problem typically associated with age. “It’s a very complex situation and it needs to be looked into because it really affects the quality of life for our patients.”
Between the ages of 30 and 40, men start to lose testosterone by one percent each year. “It could happen at any age. Obviously the older the patient, the lower the testosterone could be,” said Dr. Miranda-Sousa.
A decrease in testosterone can be caused by many reasons other than age. Things like uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and steroids can also cause patients to have low testosterone. If patients are experiencing symptoms your doctor may recommend medication. “If they feel that they are not as sharp, if they feel tired all the time, I think it’s a good idea to have an evaluation with a primary care provider and then decide if a blood test is recommended,” said Dr. Miranda-Sousa.
Patients with low testosterone may experience a variety of symptoms. “The most common is decrease in energy, decrease in stamina, decrease in sexual drive, decrease in muscle mass, mood swings, a weakening of the bones,” said Dr. Miranda-Sousa.
Patients can minimize their symptoms by losing weight, strength training, limiting sugar intake, and reducing stress. “The problem is you don’t need to look at the numbers only, look at the symptoms. A lot of patients come in with a blood test saying my testosterone is low but they have no symptoms so they need to adjust their lifestyle,” said Dr. Miranda-Sousa.
If left untreated doctors say the symptoms can get worse, making it important to talk to your doctor about any changes or concerns.
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