As we discussed in the previous blogs, the physiologic decrease of testosterone as men in Minnesota age can cause changes in sexual function, mood, energy level and function of other organs. While testosterone is thought of as the male hormone, it is also important to maintain appropriate levels of other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, and cortisol, because the adrenals play a central role in sustaining optimal health and sex hormone function.
Diagnosing low testosterone:
The question may arise whether the symptoms you have may be related to low testosterone level. Dr.Shu takes a medical history and physical exam, assess your signs and symptoms and determine your testosterone levels with either blood or salivary test. Salivary tests for a panel of hormones are preferable, and the tests may include sex hormones, thyroid and adrenal hormones.. Initial salivary testing is important to make a diagnosis of andropause (low testosterone). Due to the complexity of the interactions among hormones, problems that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. If testosterone replacement is warranted, blood test to check Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) must be performed. There is no evidence that testosterone increases the risk of prostate gland cancer; however, if prostate cancer has already developed, testosterone may accelerate its growth.