Low Testosterone (Hypogonadism) is a common occurrence as men age, and affects roughly 39% of men over the age of 45. There are sexual and nonsexual symptoms associated with low testosterone, including:
- Erectile Dysfunction, or impotence, occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. While having this issue from time to time typically isn’t cause for concern, it may cause stress, relationship problems, or affect your self-confidence if it continues.
- Reduced sexual desire
- Increased body fat
- Decreased energy
- Reduced muscle mass
Symptoms may also be a sign of an underlying health condition that needs treatment, such as heart disease or poorly controlled diabetes. So, it’s important to talk with your doctor about getting an evaluation. While discussing Low Testosterone and/or Erectile Dysfunction may seem like an awkward conversation to have with your doctor, it’s important to seek medical advice if the symptoms persist to ensure they’re not linked to an underlying health condition.
Research shows that roughly 40% of men with high blood pressure and 40% of men with high cholesterol levels will develop Low Testosterone. Further, some 50% of men with diabetes and 50% of obese men will also develop Low T, as will 30% of men with HIV, 50% of men with AIDS, and nearly 75% of men with a history of chronic opioid use.
Dr. Scolieri can test patients for Low T with a look at your history, a physical exam, and a blood test. If there is no underlying issue, there are still ways to treat Low T and Erectile Dysfunction.