Get Your Mojo Back

An estimated 40% of men 45 and older have a testosterone deficiency which is defined medically as below 300 ng/dL.  We have written here before that there is a normal decline in testosterone levels as we age.  But andropause (as it is sometimes called) occurs when levels are abnormally low.

Low levels of testosterone can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. In a four-year study, men with one risk factor for heart disease (such as high blood pressure) were four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.

The Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male (ADAM) questionnaire (see below) can determine if you have symptoms of low testosterone.  If you do, you should be tested with a low blood level.  However, you can have “normal” test results and still have a deficiency.  Ask your doctor to test you for total testosterone and free (unbound) testosterone. You may have to find a physician who is trained in the use of bioidentical hormones or a naturopathic doctor.   Of course, “normal” values vary widely.  One study found 17 different sets of “normal” values for total testosterone among 25 labs.

Here is the ADAM* questionnaire:

  1. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?   Yes No
  2. Do you have a lack of energy?   Yes No
  3. Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance?   Yes No
  4. Have you lost height?   Yes No
  5. Have you noticed a decreased “enjoyment of life?”   Yes No
  6. Are you sad and/or grumpy?   Yes No
  7. Are your erections less strong?   Yes No
  8. Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?   Yes No
  9. Are you falling asleep after dinner?   Yes No
  10. Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance?   Yes No

If you answer Yes to number 1 or 7 or if you answer Yes to more than 3 questions, you may have low testosterone.

*Source: John E. Morley, MB, B.Ch, St. Louis University

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