The Endocrine Society has released new findings that as many as 1 in 4 men suffer from low testosterone levels - although only 1 in 20 have symptoms that drive them to seek medical treatment. When low testosterone levels are accompanied by low sex drive, sexual dysfunction, osteoporosis and depressed mood, androgen deficiency could be the problem. Decreased muscle mass and strength,irritability, decreased energy and just over all not feeling as well as you would like to could all be signs of decreased testosterone.
Testosterone is the most important hormone in the male body - but it is thought that only 95% of men who need treatment are getting it. Testosterone replacement therapy can be in the form of injections, patches (Androderm) or gel (Androgel, Testim). Testosterone therapy can improve sex drive and function, restore muscle mass, prevent osteoporosis and protect against heart disease. There are potential risks and side effects to testosterone replacement therapy - sleep apnea, baldness, prostate enlargement, breast enlargement.
The important thing is to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms - maybe you don't have to suffer in silence.