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ADAM Questionnaire for screening Low Testosterone of men in Minnesota


Take this quick quiz to find out if you should talk to your doctor about low testosterone.

• Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)?
• Do you lack energy?
• Has your strength or endurance decreased?
• Have you decreased in height?
• Have you noticed decreased “enjoyment of life”?
• Are you sad or grumpy?
• Are your erections less strong?
• Have you noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports?
• Do you fall asleep after dinner?
• Has there been deterioration in your work performance?

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions from the ADAM questionnaire, you might be suffering from andropause (low testosterone). You are welcome to visit us in the Edina or Shoreview Offices to get help. One Stop Wellness Clinic offers the Saliva tests for sex and adrenal hormones and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to the men with low testosterone in Minnesota.


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Diagnosis of Low Testosterone in Minnesota


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.


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The Symptoms related to Low Testosterone in Minnesota


Are you experiencing low sex drive? Do you feel low energy and fatigue more frequently than before? These symptoms often occur in any aging male who has a drop in testosterone level. Andropause cause emotional and physical changes that many middle-aged men in Minnesota go through.

Andropause doesn’t happen to every man in Minnesota. It’s not a sudden change, either. The changes happen even much slower than women’s menopause. This is why many men in Minneapolis and St Paul think these subtle symptoms are a normal process of aging without seeking active medical care.

Here is the list of common symptoms in the andropause men.

• Diminished sexual desire and erectile quality.
• Low energy level and fatigue
• Mood changes and irritability
• Decrease in muscle mass and strength
• Depression and loss of excitement
• Weight Gain with an increase in fat around internal organs
• Bone density decreases resulting in osteoporosis
• Sleeping problems
• Hair Loss
• Gynecomastia (male breasts)
• Sweating at night and hot flashes
• Urinary Problems

It is important to keep in mind that not every male in Minnesota will experience Andropause symptoms the same way or the same level. Some will be affected by just a few of these symptoms; some will be affected by most of them.


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Bioavailable Testosterone and Andropause in Minneapolis & St Paul


Testosterone is an important hormone that has an effect on almost every aspect of a man’s body. It is produced in the testes and in the adrenal glands. It is to males what estrogen is to females. Testosterone assists the male body in building proteins that play key roles in virtually every bodily function, and it is crucial for normal sexual behavior and giving rise to erections. Testosterone also contributes to several metabolic functions including bone formation, cholesterol metabolism, liver function, prostate gland growth and production of blood cells in bone marrow. It also affects mood.

When men get into their early 30s, testosterone levels drop at a rate of one percent a year (10 percent every decade). At the same time, another factor in the body called Sex Binding Hormone Globulin (SHBG), is increasing. SHBG binds (traps) much of the testosterone in the circulation and makes it unavailable to exert its effects in the body’s tissues. What’s left over does the beneficial work and is referred to as ‘bioavailable’ testosterone.

Every man experiences a decline of bioavailable testosterone but some men’s levels dip much lower than others. And when this happens these men can experience a cluster of andropause symptoms.


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Andropause (Low Testosterone) in Minnesota


Menopause is a natural biological process for the women in Minnesota, but do Minnesotan men have male menopause (andropause)? The answer is YES. The phenomena of the biological “pause” isn’t exclusive to women, it seems men also have age related changes in hormone levels, sexual function, energy level, mood and body composition. These changes affect men’s quality of life. Andropause is a condition in males in which hormones, especially testosterone, is low. Testosterone plays a critical role in maintaining both physical and mental health. The production of male hormones taper off steadily from the age of 30 onward. As men reach their middle age, the decrease in testosterone production speeds up, and this causes a cluster of andropause symptoms.

Eight in ten family physicians in Minnesota today recognize male andropause as a real change of life for men comparable to female menopause. You should know that andropause is fairly common, and chances of getting it increase the older you get. At 40-49 years of age, about 2% to 5% of men have it. From 50-59, it jumps to anywhere from 6% to 40% of the population. If you’re 60-69 years old your likelihood is somewhere in the 20-45% range. From 70-79 it affects about 34% to 70%. The number will be even bigger if we include the men who have the andropause symptoms, but their testosterone level is in the low end of normal range. That means that if you are concerned or you have some symptoms, you should see a doctor to find out what can be done.

If men in Minneapolis and St Paul have some andropause symptoms, such as loss of energy, foggy mind, depression, sluggish libido, sexual dysfunction, decreased muscle mass and strength, increased body fat, and overall weakness, you should have saliva tests done at the One Stop Wellness Center to check your testosterone hormone level.


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