Men’s Health

It is estimated that four out of five American men over the age of 40 suffer from “LOW T” (low testosterone), which can lead to “male menopause,” also called andropause.

Hormones affect many areas of your health, including your energy level, sexual function, mood, and overall well-being.  If your hormones become unbalanced, whether due to “andropause” or other factors, you may feel like you’ve lost your zest for life.  Men are living longer, more active lives and are seeking to find relief from the serious symptoms of low testosterone.   Hormone therapy can help you restore balance and feel like yourself again.

What is Andropause?

Andropause is the result of low testosterone levels in the male body. Over time, the body naturally produces less of the hormone testosterone which can lead to health problems such a heart disease and bone density depletion and an overall reduced quality of life.

Symptoms

  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Loss of Zest for Life
  • Diminishing Sex Drive
  • Muscle Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Physical Agility
  • Frequent Urination
  • Memory Loss
  • Depression
  •  Insomnia

Symptoms of andropause usually occur during midlife. It is shown that testosterone production drops every year after the age of 30. By age 70, a man’s testosterone levels may be cut in half.

Warnings Regarding Testosterone

While previous studies suggested a link between testosterone therapy and an increased risk in heart disease, currently the connection isn’t clear.

For example, a 2014 study reported that testosterone therapy might increase the risk of a heart attack in men age 65 and older, as well as in younger men who have a history of heart disease. A 2013 study found a higher frequency of death and heart problems in men who had coronary artery disease and received testosterone therapy.

However, more recent studies show no increase in cardiovascular disease in men taking testosterone therapy. Some research even shows a lower risk of death in men receiving testosterone therapy compared with those not receiving therapy. A large 2016 study following more than 1,000 men for three years found that testosterone therapy did not increase the risk of cardiovascular events.

More research is needed to determine the safety of using testosterone therapy to treat older men dealing with age-related declines in testosterone. In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a special advisory stating that, despite conflicting results, testosterone labels must alert consumers of a possible increased cardiovascular risk.

Patients using testosterone should seek medical attention immediately if symptoms of a heart attack or stroke are present, such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Weakness in one part or one side of the body
  • Slurred speech

Our pharmacists are available for personal counseling sessions by appointment. This allows them one-on-onetime with patients, free from interruptions. Private consultations focus on all aspects of your health, includingcurrent medications and supplements, and personal health history. Such details will help our pharmacis tdetermine the best therapy for you. Call us today at (423) 975-0597 to schedule an appointment.