|Believe it or not, men do have hormones as well! Testosterone deficiency is often referred to by medical professionals as andropause or “male menopause.” Unlike women, when men experience hormone decline it is much more subtle and tends to happen at a much slower rate that is difficult to identify. Medical professionals sometimes incorrectly attribute hormone decline symptoms to other problems or diseases.
Low testosterone levels lead to many different symptoms including:
Symptoms of testosterone deficiency affect approximately 1 in 200 men and may include:
This condition is commonly referred to as “Andropause” and less often as “Androgen Deficiency in the Aging Male” (ADAM).
A man may be considered hypogonadal at any age if total testosterone is less than 200 ng/dl, or bioavailable testosterone is less than 60 ng/dl. Basaria and Dobs of Johns Hopkins University recommend that elderly men with symptoms of hypogonadism and a total testosterone level < 300 ng/dl should be started on hormone replacement.
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